Barrier Reef Pools, Coomera Hope Island CC U16 Team - Warehouse Cricket Winter Comp.

1 Game Under The Belt

Day 2 of the game saw the Magpies go back in to bat and ask us to take their last wicket, which fortunately we were able to do after only 2 balls, with another Billy Walker/Lachy Aitken combo for a stumping. Magpies all out for 181 off 75.2ovrs. Well done to the Magpies Miron Nanayakkarawasam on his 60 not out & Billy Walker on our side for his 3 wickets in the end.

The CHICC batting innings got underway only 10 minutes after the scheduled start time on a very different pitch from the week before. 6 days of sunshine and some top notch curation providing a very good batting deck for the Crocs with still enough in it to start with for the bowlers to keep us honest. Lachy Aitken and Jordy Baker donning the pads to get us underway.

The main aim for this team for this winter competition was not so much about taking the chocolates for the competition as much as providing an avenue to get the young adults back off the play stations after 16 weeks away from sport due to COVID-19 and back on the field and as well, working on different skill sets & refocusing with a view to summer competition. Coach Rob Milde’s work on’s with the team when it came to batting, prior to the competition starting, was all about patience and waiting for the ball with the competition's format allowing plenty of batting time on some often sticky winter wickets. So it was so very encouraging to see both Lachy and Jordy get through to the first drinks break showing huge amounts of discipline to bat through the first hour without taking any unnecessary chances, but still taking the opportunities when they came to put bad balls away and the singles and 2's when they presented themselves. Good, positive cricket and exactly what was discussed by the team about how they wanted to play.

So it wasn’t until the 25th over with already less than 100 runs to get that the Magpies got their first break through, with Jordy chasing a ball that he had already put away several times, but this time unfortunately it snuck through. Jordy out, bowled for a well compiled 34(75). And then along came big Billy Walker, who took up exactly where Jordy left off. Billy and Lachy working together through to the 46th over and now only needing 40 runs for the win when Lachy (75 off 122) was caught by a pretty good sneaky slow ball to be LBW’d.

Xabian McKay-Mavin came in at 4 with himself and Billy effectively accelerating the scoring with only some 20 overs left in the day, passing the Magpies total for a 1st innings win in the 50th over for the loss of only the 2 wickets. From there the intent was to endeavour to maintain the strike rate and compile runs with a view to the points available to be earned on the competition table and if possible give others a bat without being stupid about it. Billy out, unfortunately for 83(107) and Xabian 26(41) opening the door to the rest of the team for the final dozen overs of the day. Dan Rodrick with some classy on-side play (14 off 12), Ashton Paul (15 off 21 n.o.) with some initial aggressive play before settling in to a supporting role for Steven Timms (19 off 12) with Timmsy, literally, putting one out of the park and across the road into a neighbouring house after threatening a car parked on the street in front of it. The video of this is a must see for the fielders reactions.

So a good 1st hit out for the team. A bowling performance that on the whole was pretty positive in the way of bowling plans and discipline with what was trying to be achieved. But a couple of areas to tidy up. The batting for the top 4 very positive on the whole and encouraging signs from some in the lower order this game. The group of kids coming together to form a team that seems to enjoy each others company immensely. It's just a pity that the guy who was the probable player of the match is also in charge of the fines jar, Billy dealing from a position of strength for the next game there. It should be a good team BBQ at the end of the competition in this game was anything to go by, right Christian?

Game 2 is at home ground, Choice Home Oval in Oxenford against the Kuraby Knights. Another 2 day game over the next 2 weekends - 11:30 start through to 4:30 close of play. Here’s hoping the weather gods play ball and allow us conditions like the past 2 weeks.

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