BCCC Juniors Report, Year 6s battle it out in epic match

There was one match we knew Birkenhead would win for sure on Saturday and that was the Birkenhead Year 6 Curtling taking on the Birkenhead Year 6 Green at BMW, but there was another winner on the day too – Cricket!

Most of the pictures in our gallery this week are from the Year 6 match – players and parents please send me the names of any of the players you see uncaptioned if you like and I will add them! denisemontgomery.cricket@gmail.com

Year 5 Vikings

Birkenhead’s Year 5 Vikings played Takapuna at home. Report to come.

Battle of the Birkenheads: Year 6 Curtling vs Year 6 Green (aka Tulloch)

It was the battle of the Year 6s in a thrilling match played at Birkenhead War Memorial and what an impressive turn-out of supporters from toddlers and dogs to siblings, parents and grandparents. It was a great atmosphere and had they known about the scintitllating game they were about to watch, we might have even been able to charge them $2 each for the show! Some great young cricketers in both these teams that’s for sure.

This match between two highly competitive sides was always going to be close. Curtling won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Aaron and Abdur made double figures and a solid start but it was the work of no 3 Harry and Dominic batting 4 that got things going for Curtling before Harry fell to Navick, caught by Jackson. Dominic (30) retired and batting at 6 so did Sam – having it 31 off 28 balls. Connor (19) finished not out as did Jasper (4) in the team total of 164/4.

Then it was Tulloch’s turn at bat and Shiv was bowled by Everton early butthen Sam Kay found his his shots and settled in before retiring on 31. But two more wickets fell to some pacey bowling and Curtling’s persistent wicket-hunting as a team. When No 5 Jackson entered, the run rate required began to fall and suddenly it looked as though Tulloch could do it.  He played aggressively with a few 6s and 4s before retiring on 32. Unfortunately the following batsmen all fell to some amazing catches in the field, with the final five batsmen crumbling for just 11 runs. Curtling is a strong bowling side though so all credit to them too.

Then it was down to retiring batsmen Sam Kay and Jackson Walsh to try to chase the runs required with just a wicket in hand. Sam put on another 12 runs including a couple of 4s, and Jackson was looking comfortable as he put on another 18 runs including a 6 and a 4. In the last three overs the equation was 18 runs required of 18 balls, but just one wicket in hand…

Curtling’s Jasper Watson had bowled really well all day for no reward but in the final ball of his over he claimed the prized and final wicket of Jackson Walsh who sadly (for him) ended up out bowled, one run shy of his 50. Sam ended up not out on 43 and the game was over – Tulloch Green all out for 153.

What a game and experience to see and score. That’s what makes cricket  a highly watchable sport.  – contribution from Tina Walsh

Under 12A girls, Dragons

The girls are finding this higher grade quite a learning curve but will become all the better for it. This week bat to ball improved with some girls getting into double digits (Molly, 23), Amber (24), which was fantastic to see and a real boost to their confidence.  We played Takapuna at Onewa Domain on a very hot Saturday morning. We ended up 90/6 over Takapuna’s 91/3.  Molly and Rebecca took wickets and Leyla had a run out.  Amber got our Player of the Day as she did a great job as captain this week, selecting the batting and bowling order and guiding the team on the field.  – Stacey Nicholas

Year 7 Pacers

Boys had a bye.

Year 7 Prems, Strikers strike again

Back-to-back wins against Takapuna have got the Year 7 Strikers off to a great start in the ACA Y7 Premier Championships rounds.

BCCC captain Harry Carter lost the toss and was asked to bat in near perfect conditions. After losing an early wicket, Jesse Hohaia (43) and Harry Carter put on a quickfire 50-run partnership. Supported by Travis Gower (21),  and a solid middle-order contribution, BCCC finished up with a season-high 187/8 after 40 overs.

Takapuna took up the challenge with some positive batting but lost wickets in the process to be 101/4 at the 20-over mark. Needing just 60 runs off the last 15 overs, Takapuna looked well set before a great spell from quicks Spike, Trav and Jared ripped through the middle order to set up a great 17 run victory to BCCC.

Pick of the bowlers this week included Spike (3-19), Trav (2-32) and Jared (2-21), very well supported by some great fielding with catches to Jesse (3), Will, Cam, Travis and Nathan H.

Back-to-back victories – well done boys! Great team effort.  – Steve Ruffell

Scorecard here