BCCC juniors November 14 wrap

(All pics above from the Year 8 and Year 7 Strikers games)

Plenty of good news from the junior games this week and some almosts!

Year 6 Curtling hurtle to a win

Birkenhead Curtling played East Coast Bays Knight Riders at Birkenhead College. Birkenhead scored 113 with the only batsmen to reach double figures being Harry (17), Alex (16), Sam (11), Dominic (10) and Jasper (10). It was always going to be a tough total to defend but the bowlers made a good start, taking the first two wickets for only 13 runs.
Aaron had a good bowling effort, with 2 for 4 off three, and the other wicket-takers were Dominic, Harry and Ollie Leitner. Abdur hit the stumps for a great run-out. Onwards and upwards for next week! However ECB then consolidated to win by 4 wickets, scoring 114/6.

Year 6 Green on the go

A great game of cricket was had between BCCC and Takapuna Casey. Takapuna won the toss and sent us in to bat and the boys showed pretty good resolve with the bat, scoring 155 runs, albeit 49 of them from extras! Damon Rickman batted well and retired on 34, Sam Hazeldine scored 26 and Sam Kay was not out on 23.

Shivam Nair kept our bowling tight with 2-11 from 3 overs, Navick Chandra 1-4 from 2 overs, Tom Beattie 2-8 from 3 overs, Liam Carter 1-11 from 3 overs. There were some good catches in the field from Sam H x 2, Rupert Carter x 1 and Jackson Walsh x 1 and in the end BCCC came out winners, bowling them out in the 27th over for 101.
Great game of cricket and another great win for Birkenhead!


The Pacers.

Year 7 Pacers keep up the pace

The team made a trip over the bridge to play second-placed Auckland University Thunder at the picturesque Pt England Reserve.

We lost the toss again and were put in to bat. We naively waited for the home side to mark out the boundary with cones and then realised we were playing on the full pitch; boundaries were therefore hard to come by. Nevertheless our opening pair of Taine Victor and Joseph Reid hit their way to 95 without loss at the drinks break. It felt like a strong position.

Shortly afterward Taine was caught for 37 from 39 balls. His replacement Vivek Patel was run out trying for an ambitious second run and then five minutes later Joseph Reid was also caught for 40. The run rate slowed right down and the only other batsman to make double figures was William Scott 13*. In total the team scored just 43 from the second 14 overs, bringing the total to a precarious 4/138.

The home team started slowly, making just 5 off the first four overs thanks to the pace of Joe Fell and the spin of Jeremy Ballard.

This prompted them to retire both batsmen and replace them with a run-hungry pair who opened the match up with a 53-run partnership off 50 balls. Game on!

However, a display of excellent bowling and fielding saw the score change from 0/70 to 3/71 and the match again tilted in favour of Birkenhead.

The home side recovered their composure briefly and then found themselves on 6/89. For a moment it still seem like they could do it as they batted on, but at 7/110 needing more than a run per ball it looked like the game would be Birkenhead’s.

Five minutes later we had bowled them all out for 113 off 26 overs – a second win to Birkenhead. Taine Victor was man off the match for outstanding batting, bowling and wicket-keeping. Credit to William Scott with 2 wickets. Joe Fell was noteworthy for his economy of just 2 run off his 3 overs, including a maiden. Shayan Poorekhorsandi took 2 catches and Seb Marsh took a very tricky catch. Wicket keeper Vivek Patel took a catch and effected a run-out, as did Nathan Kenny. And Brandon took a catch Does it read like everyone contributed? They did – the whole team played well to win this one.

Andy Ballard, manager

Year 7 Strikers hope to strike back

A much better start for the BCCC Strikers, putting the Parnell Goddard team into bat and getting the pressure on right from the start. Wickets to Spike, who had already played a game in the morning, and Pat in the first few overs had Parnell in trouble and at 57/2 after 20 overs, and the Strikers were well on top. Despite losing regular wickets, the Parnell team fought back hard posting a creditable 179/9 after 40 overs. Wickets were shared one apiece around most of the bowlers. Best figures were Travis Gower with 4 overs 1/6, Dominic Hawkins 4 overs 1/4, Patrick Faulkner 3 overs 1/8.
The Strikers started strongly but lost regular wickets as a number of batsmen failed to carry on from solid starts. Jesse Hohaia batted strongly for 26 but the only other double figures were Patrick (13) and Harry Carter (17). Unfortunately we were all out for 128 in 39.3 overs.
This team continues to improve with every game, and at times we showed we can be very competitive.  – Steve Ruffell

See the scorecard

Dragons Under 12 girls play with fire

The Dragons played their second game against a strong Auckland University (Hit n Runners) team.

The Dragons batting first had good innings from Molly with 25 runs off 17 balls ( 5 x 4s) and Rebecca (24). We scored 80 off 24 overs.

Rose once again bravely assisted the team in the field despite having a fractured wrist. Rebecca backed up her batting contribution with her bowling, claiming 6 wickets for 16 runs off five overs. Other wickets were shared around. However with just six players plus Rose with the fracture – still looking for two more! –  fielding was always going to be a challenge. Our girls played their hearts out as they always do each game and even without a full squad only missed out on a win by 14 runs.

If you know anyone who would like to joing the team please contact junior convenor Stacey Nicholas on ksnic@yahoo.com.

See the scorecard.

Year 8s grab win in great game

The United Nations cricket side that is the year 8 morning team had a great win on November 14. The side has a core team of 4 Birkenhead players, a few from ECB and Taka, and on this day, as we only had 7, the opposition Parnell were amazing and loaned us fielders.

Fortunately we batted first and with opener Murray Gannaway scoring his second 50 in as many weeks, retiring on 51*. Thomas Hassell was stumped on 17 but Regan scored exactly 50 and Manaal 14 with the usual contributions from extras meaning we got to 169/3.

Parnell started pretty well and were 89/3 at drinks but the team kept chipping away with spinner Kian Harhoff taking 3-19 and every other bowler taking a wicket, including Josh Parkinson taking a caught and bowled with a broken arm! Both Murray and Josh also got run outs and we ended up bowling out Parnell for 159.

We want to pay credit to the Parnell side who loaned us 4 fielders, without whom we’re sure it would have been much tougher. They were a great bunch of kids and parents and deserve a spirit of cricket nomination from us. The main thing is two teams got to play cricket today and that’s what it’s all about.

However, here’s the weekly shout-out for players – any year 7s or 8s who would like to play, there’s not too many more weeks in our season and we’d love to see you. Please contact Andrew Parkinson on parkyzcoaching@xtra.co.nz

Year 5 Vikings

BCCC Vikings played Takapuna Laben at Sunnynook. (No report filed: please send to denisemontgomery.cricket@gmail.com and cc Sabina at office@birkenheadcricket.co.nz)