BCCC Juniors December 5 wrap
The sun was shining and that made for some much more competitive and interesting cricket on December 5.
Year 5 BCCC Vikings
The Vikings took on North Shore Grant Speedy and while we scored 126 with the bat, when the maths were done and the 12 wickets we lost were subtracted, we sadly came up one run short. North Shore had scored 97 but only lost six wickets, meaning we came in at 156 and Shore at 157. Cameron was Player of the Day and Leo earned the Coach’s Choice award. We are still improving every week. We just need to get a little better at protecting our stumps. (Report, Greg Hart)
Year 6 Curtling
Birkenhead Curtling played North Shore on Saturday at Bayswater Park. Player of the day was Sam Godward who retired on 31*. Dominic Hawkins made 24 not out and the team reached 123/6 off their 28 overs.
With this score we thought we were in for a good contest, however North Shore completely capitulated to our bowling attack. They were all out for 18 (!), but as they had 12 players, we allowed their twelfth man to also bat and they finished at 26 for 11 after 13.5 overs. Every player was clean bowled, apart from one, who was run out by a direct hit from Connor Muirhead. It showed the boys were really on the mark with their line and length which was very pleasing.
As you can imagine, everyone had great bowling figures, but the standouts were Harry Price with 3 for 1 off 2, and Dominic with 3/3 off 2. Alex Godward also did well with 2/6 off 2. (Report Rebecca Hawkins)
Year 6 Green
Birkenhead Green batted first after losing the toss against Hibiscus Coast, on artificial at Ashley Reserve. Despite a good start by openers Naveck (18) and Sam (16), it became hard work once the first wicket fell when the score was 37. Naveck was run out as was No 3 Tom and No 6 Liam Carter, so the scorecard reads as a bit of a disaster with nobody else making double figures. The sharp fielding by Hibiscus Coast meant we scored 99/6 off our 28 overs and it was clear a bit of work needs to be done on the running between the wickets.
In reply, Hib Coast made 102/3 off 26. Best of the bowlers for BCCC were Sam Kay 1/12 off 3, Rupert Carter 1/14 off 3, and Jack Whale 1/7 off 2. Mr Wides and Mr Byes featured strongly on our scorecard too, to help the opposition cause.
Under 12 Girls, Dragons
What a great day for cricket, a little cool to start but once the sun was out it was fabulous! That was made even better by being on our home ground – with such a great outfield. We had so many parents and some grandparents on the sidelines and they were treated to one of the best performances of the girls’ season.
Bowling first, for the most part the Dragons bowlers stuck to a great line and length meaning we smashed the castle of a few of the Howick Pakuranga opposition. All rounder Molly Moxley had an exceptionally good game behind the stumps before swapping roles halfway so she could bowl too and grab herself three wickets (3/13 off 3!).
Newcomers to the team Claudia and Justine (who took a catch) showed real promise and are a welcome addition. At the end of the Howick-Pak innings we had taken 11 wickets. Annabel was right on the money, bowling just one wide in her 2/8 off 3 showing good technique counts for a lot. Amber also bowled very well to end up with 3/20 off 3. Rebecca ended up with 1/16 off 3 and executed a good run-out, and Leyla got in on the wicket action too, grabbing one.
We started our batting innings a little slowly run-wise but more than made up for that by not losing any wickets until the third partnership (each wicket is worth minus three) so that really kept us in the game. Our girls ran well between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over and finally we saw the boundaries many of them are capable of, after several weeks of wet outfields and long grass. Annabel 15* (3 x 4s), Molly 14* (2x4s) Rose 11* (2x4s) and an excellent 25 off 18 by Brooke (6 x 4s) meant it was going to be a tight finish.
In the end we scored 106/4 against a strong opposition, who had scored 103 but lost 11 wickets in the process. Another win under our belts, but wow it was close at the end and the girls had to wait until the scorers had done the maths. The girls’ positive attitude right through the game was noticed by the website manager who watched the whole game. They constantly cheered each other on and had a lot of fun throughout the day.
Coach Kevin Nicholas, who was also the scorer, carefully managed the team so that the 9 players all got a fair go and bowled 3 overs each – some concentration when you are doing the scoring as well! Thanks also to Amber and Leyla’s dad Waqas for umpiring the match and to Pete, Molly and Rose’s dad for tips from the sideline, plus all the other parents and supporters. And of course the outstanding efforts of Stacey Nicholas, team manager and junior manager for BCCC!
Jasmin was our Player of the Day and Claudia won the Outstanding Effort Award for her first game. Welcome to the Dragons, girls!
Year 7 Pacers
Birkenhead Pacers captain Seb Marsh won the toss (yay) and, having inspected the wicket, elected to field. It was a breezy morning and the grass wicket was slightly damp so we felt it would favour bowling early. Unfortunately wickets proved elusive and it wasn’t until one of the Cornwall Wright openers was caught by Joseph Reid off Vivek Patel in the 10th over that we made a dent in the opposition’s batting. Six overs later his replacement was caught by Vivek off Joseph for 12 but by that point the home team was building a good total and their number 2 retired 50 no. A strong 38 by Cornwall’s No 4 was eventually ended by another catch from Vivek off Seb.
Taine Victor’s bowling was tidy (2 overs, 5 runs) but bowling in general was not strong from the Pacers. We bowled 61 wides and 11 no balls meaning the opposition ended on 195/3. Vivek was the only bowler not to bowl a single wide or no ball.
The boys applied themselves to the chase but lost some of their usually strong batsmen cheaply; opener Joseph Reid for just 4, Taine Victor for 2 and Nathan Kenny for a golden duck. Attacking batting from Vivek Patel (24 off 31 balls), Brandon Gashema (20 off 25 balls) and Joe Fell (44 off 40 balls) and great wicket defence from Ben Simpkin, kept our hopes high but as we went into the final two overs needing nearly 40 not even a spirited performance from Shayan Poorekhorsandi (11 off 8 balls including his second six of the season) supported by Orlando Cooper could bring it home. Our final score of 181/9 would have won many games but was not quite enough on the day. Hopefully the two home games before Christmas will see the team climb back up the table. (Report, Andy Ballard)
V Patel 2/10 off 3 and 24. J Fell 44, B Gashema 20 BCCC 181/9 lost to Cornwall 195/3.
Year 7 Strikers (Premier)
This week the Strikers were up against mid-table Grafton United. Strikers captain Jesse Hohaia won the toss and elected to bat first on a hard, bouncy deck. Early runs were hard to come by, with the ball swinging around a bit in the humid conditions. With top order wickets falling early, some hard work from Spike and Jesse helped consolidate a slow start but with plenty of work to do at 59/4 at drinks, it took a great lower order fight back from Travis (19), Cam (18) and Jason (25*) to add some respectability. We ended up 156 all out in the 39th over.
Some unorthodox tactics saw spinners Vivek and Cam open the bowling, looking to force an early error. The tactic worked a treat with Spike bagging a great catch off Vivek’s third ball of the opening over. BCCC struck again in the 5th over with fast bowler Spike clean bowling Grafton’s opener for 2. More tight bowling followed and at the drinks break it was game on with Grafton needing 4 runs an over for the last 20. Quick wickets to Jimmy, Harry and Jesse raised the tension with Grafton still needing 32 runs off the last 8, with strike bowlers Trav and Spike in full flight.
Another close one, but Grafton got home with an over to spare and 5 wickets in hand. Despite another loss, this team continues to grow and learn, and are a very competitive outfit. If we keep working on our application and team effort, the results will come. (Report, Steve Russell)
Unfortunately this team has had to withdraw from the competition as the battle to find players each week got too much. Thanks to Andrew Parkinson for all his efforts.
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