BCCC Juniors December 19 Wrap

Year 5 Vikings

We fielded first and our bowling was very tidy and we didn’t give away too many extras. Once again we dropped a few catches (something to work on) but generally we fielded with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Kumeu’s first partnership got off to a flying start scoring 47. Things were looking ominous, however their bowling was not in the same league as their batting. All their batsmen scored double figures and at the innings break it was looking like we had a big job ahead of us.

Once again our first partnership with Harry (11) and Josh (16) got us off to a pretty good start. Toby (18) and Daniel (7)  did well, followed by Cameron (29) and Leo (17) having a strong third partnership.

When Jared and Daniel (who batted twice as we were down a player) came out to bat for the final partnership, the game was very evenly poised. We need to score runs but also protect our wickets. In the end we won by 22 runs, with Jared hitting 5 fours in his total of 27 and Daniel doing a good job in support at the other end.

Well done team, great to finish the season with two wins back to back. Keep practising over the break!  (Report, Greg Hart)

BCCC Scored 214 (Won)  Cameron 29; Jared 27.
Kumeu Scored 192

Year 6 Curtling

Birkenhead Curtling batted first against Takapuna Casey at Wainoni Park. After losing our first wicket when the score was at six, Harry Price (19) and Everton O’Leary (31* ret) combined for a 59-run partnership that steadied the ship. Good contributions then came from Aaron Fialho (19), Ollie Dooley (18), Mitchell Tucker (15) and Connor Muirhead (10*). Curtling finished their 28 overs on 153/8.

Once again the Curtling bowlers outclassed the opposition, with wickets to almost everyone showing the strength of the bowling attack. We bowled Takapuna out for 77 off 20 overs. Player of the day Ollie Dooley took three wickets for four runs, and Aaron Fialho took 2/2 off two.

Birkenhead Curtling now sits at about No.3 on the table (not all results entered) after 8 matches – a great effort especially as there are 16 teams.  (Report, Rebecca Hawkins)
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Year 6 Green

After a pretty good run this season, year 6 Green (aka Tulloch) came up against No 2 side ECB Warriors and didn’t quite get the result they wanted.We started by losing the toss and ECB batted first. Wickets were hard to come by with only Naveck grabbing 2/22 off his 4 and ECB amassed 170/4.

The batting performance wasn’t one that will be remembered with any fondness, with only one player reaching double figures, Jackson who made 14. Unfortunately Sam Hazeldine, who is top of the batting runs for all batsmen in this grade at this stage of the season, was run out for a duck and three wickets fell when the score was on 29. We were all out for 71. It’s one to forget against a strong ECB side and we’ll come back stronger next year.

Still,  the boys can take some heart from the fact they are still sitting fourth on the table out of 16 teams and Sam Hazeldine has scored the most runs of all 174 players in the grade. Likewise in the bowling, both Jasper Watson (3rd) and Tom Beattie (5th) are in the top 10 bowlers in the grade.

Under 12 Girls Dragons

UPDATE: DECEMBER 23  The ACA has advised that the match below was actually a final against Auckland University Hit N Runners, which was unclear before the match started. With this victory it means the girls have WON the pre-Christmas Under 12 grade in their first season of hardball! Well done girls. Rebecca Nicholas was the “Club Champion” player for the final with 39.8 points. In fact the Birkenhead girls rounded out 8 of the 11 spots for best players in the final.

What a great end to our pre-Xmas season!  We had a tough game against Auckland University Hit n Runners and the girls did manage to get there in the end and beat them by 29 runs – taking our total wins this season to 6.  The Dragons have had a great start to their first season of hardball and we are extremely proud of their efforts.  We took some great wickets, catches and run outs and have had a few games that kept us on the edge of our seats.

The Dragons batted first and again Jasmin impressed with her big hitting to score 18 off 11, well supported by Leyla.
Molly (12), Rose (12), Rebecca (19 off 16) and Brooke (15 off 15) all made double figures. The girls lost 6 wickets along the way.

In the bowling, wickets were shared around but Molly took 2/10 off 3 and Annabel took 2/12 off 3 showing why, at the end of this half of the season, both girls are in the top 10 of all 64 bowlers in the league. Molly is 1st with 13 wickets so far and Annabel is 5th with 8. Rebecca is 2nd on the table with 11 wickets this season including a 5-wicket bag. Both Molly (3rd) and Rebecca (7th) are on the top 10 batting ladder as well (of 74) so that’s all good stuff and everyone else is performing brilliantly and improving every week. We are so rapt to have good new talent in Jasmin and Claudia too.

Brooke was our Player of the Day today for her batting efforts and Claudia won the Outstanding Effort Award for her great boundary save, really putting her body on the line!

Auckland Uni Hit N runners, 83/10  Dragons 112/6.  Happy Christmas everyone!   (Report, Stacey Nicholas)


Year 7 Pacers

The final game of the first half of the season was played at home against the Waitakere Panthers. Due to the time of year we only managed to field eight players, but the Panthers only had nine so it was fairly even. Both teams had to borrow fielders, which was a bit interesting at times.
Birkenhead lost the toss and were sent into bat. Joseph Reid and Vivek Patel opened and Vivek scored 5 before he was caught by our own player, Seb! Ben Simpkin then joined Joseph and both scored well until a mix-up resulted in Ben being run out for 11. Orlando then came to the crease, but we soon lost another wicket as Joseph was run out, for 20 and Orlando was bowled for 1. This brought Shayan and Spike into the fray and they both played some nice shots in a good partnership before Shayan was bowled on 18. Spike and Taine continued to build a decent score before Spike was caught on 19. Seb then had a nice knock with Taine before he was run out for 12. Taine continued to bat on with a returning Seb and Vivek. Unfortunately Orlando was again bowled for 0 and Vivek run out on 10. This brought a returning Ben to the crease who batted for an unbeaten 4 runs. At the other end Taine remained unbeaten as well with the day’s highest score of 35 not out off 38 balls. After our 28 overs the Pacers had posted a respectable 169 for 9, but rued three run-outs along the way.

In reply, Waitakere started well and raced off to a to a good score before Taine took a wicket, then two balls later took his second with a caught and bowled. Both Waitakere openers had done very well scoring 35 and 18. The new batsman continued the good batting, before Spike and Vivek combined well for a run-out. But the new batsmen were up to the task, scoring freely. Seb then did the job, getting rid of one of them for 38 (caught Taine)  and Joseph returned to pick up two wickets.
Seb and Vivek were also in on the action grabbing another wicket each. With a few overs to go it was looking like it might go down to the wire, but an excellent knock of 42 not out from 39 balls by Waitakere’s Ryder was good enough  get them over the line at the start of the 27th over. Congratulations to Waitakere, well played.

Birkenhead scorer Ray Simpkin did a short post match analysis with input from both umpires. Looking at the book a few players are worthy of merit including Joseph, Seb and Taine for their wickets, but also Orlando for being the only bowler not to bowl any wides. Joseph, Shayan, Spike and Taine all had good scores with the bat too, but overall Ray awarded the man of the match to Taine who will be captain for our first game in 2016.

The Pacers wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and we look forward to the wonderful sound of leather on willow in 2016.  (Report, Pawl Victor)

Pacers 169/9 lost to Waitakere 170/8. Joseph Reid 20, Taine Victor 35*; bowling J Reid 5 overs 2/28; T Victor 3 overs 2/22; Seb Marsh 3 overs 2/15

Year 7 Strikers (Premier)

The Year 7 Strikers are still looking for that elusive first win but are getting stronger and stronger for sure. Despite losing to a strong North Shore XI, we finished on a bit of a high. Asked to bowl first on a bouncy track, our opening bowlers made the most of breezy conditions, quickly put their batsmen under pressure. Despite several desperate LBW appeals, it took a sharp run-out chance to get the first wicket in the 11th over and a good catch by Spike to have North Shore at 71/2 after 17 overs. The Strikers lost a bit of focus after drinks and runs flowed freely before a devastating bowling spell from speedsters Spike and Jason picked up 5 wickets for just 13 runs, to swing the game around in Birkenhead’s favour.

Set 213 runs to win, the Strikers started off slow and cautious, and were guilty of being a bit too defensive. This slow scoring trend continued for much of the innings, and at just 69/2 after 25 overs, the game was always going to be very tough to win. The Strikers finally answered the call with a late fightback, scoring an impressive 103 runs in the last 15 overs – boundaries, big hitting, quick singles, fantastic running – it was great cricket to watch and some very happy batsmen!

The passion and fire from our quick bowlers together with an excellent run chase at the death, showed again that this team has plenty of talent – just a bit more determination required. We will be back next year – there’s plenty more to come from this team including a win!  (Report, Steve Russell)

S Ruffell 7 overs 2/17; Jason Kay 6 overs 3/29; batting Patrick Faullkner 27, Jesse Hohaia 34, Travis Gower 23.