Final junior games of the season
Well that’s that then. All the junior games are done and dusted just as the weather really turned to custard. (Poetry!)
There have been some spectacular results this season (see here), great attitude and spirit by the players, coaches and parents and we can be proud of that.
What a great cricketing community we have – we thank all the junior parents, players and supporters from the season. Without you it wouldn’t be half the fun each summer.
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Year 5 Cobras
For the final game of the season, the Birkenhead Cobras were captained by Alfie and were playing at home to the Hibiscus Coast Panthers. The Panthers won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Ryan S and Olly were the first into the middle to face a very good Panthers attack who were looking to knock over the team at the top of the table. The boys did very well to finish on 34 runs, with each hitting a boundary.
Next in were Joe and Cameron and they also scored 34 runs with Cameron hitting three boundaries. The third partnership in was Brodie and Ryan C, and they scored 18 runs with a boundary from Brodie. Ricco and Alfie came out to complete the innings and scored 57 runs including 6 boundaries from Alfie in his total of 38 runs. The Cobras finished on a respectable 143 runs.
However the Panthers’ tight bowling and sharp fielding resulted in the loss of 12 wickets to restrict the home team to a net total of 83 runs.
It was obvious how much this game meant to the boys – they were clearly upset at losing wickets and were very disappointed at not having scored more runs. After a pep talk from Coach Aaron, the Cobras were back out, determined to show their class in the field. Birkenhead produced their best effort in the field yet. Accurate bowling and great team work from all the boys put pressure on the Panthers and produced two run-outs from Olly, one a direct hit. Olly and Ryan C also got a wicket each from bowling an opposition batsman.
With two overs to go the Panthers needed only three runs to win…and the Cobras needed wickets. Coach Aaron passed the ball to Alfie who rewarded his faith with one of his best overs of the season – ripping into them with fast, accurate bowling and getting two wickets. Ricco then completed the game with another great spell and earned himself a wicket to ensure the Panthers finished their innings on 108 runs for the loss of seven wickets, giving a net total of 75 runs and the win to the Birkenhead Cobras!
Well done to Olly who got Player of the Day – solid batting, a wicket from his bowling and a dynamo in the field to get two runouts.
Congratulations to Aaron and his team, the mighty Cobras – the team photo shows just how hard the boys worked … fighting to save every run. Their teamwork and “never say die” attitude got them thewin on the day and meant that they finished as the North Harbour Year 5 Champions!
Year 5 Vipers
It was a tough season for the Vipers but they kept on keeping on and trying really hard each game. We hope they will have learned a lot. Well done to all the kids and parents who came along and supported the Vipers this season. We’re looking forward to next year. I know we all appreciated the time Clint gave in coaching the kids and thanks to the parents who scored and umpired. Four hours concentrating on a screen and kids running up to you asking about their runs is a big task!
See you at prizegiving in May.
Year 6 Vikings
For our last game of the year, we played another Takapuna team. We needed to win the game to win the championship. After finally winning the toss, we batted. Krish and Shivam made a great start after an initial run out. Krish got a classy 26 and Shivam batted aggressively again to get a quick 36 not out. Sam Kay played a typical Sam innings and got 30 not out. We made a total of 185 which was always going to be difficult for Takapuna to chase down.
The boys bowled and fielded well and restricted Takapuna to only 110, giving us a 75 run win!! Shivam and Colby both picked up 2 wickets each with Tiger picking up 1.
We were crowned the champions of Year 6 North Harbour division of the Auckland Championship. This is a great achievement for a team who have battled against the odds all season. We have some very good players in the team and hope they get the opportunity to prosper.
After the final Harbour trials, Shivam Nair, Sam Kay and James Taylor have been selected in the wider Harbour squad to train through the winter. The final Harbour Team will be named in November so best of the luck to the boys.
Under 14 girls, the Dragons
The end of an excellent season for the Dragons.
Unfortunately we lost the final against Eden Roskill, our first loss of the season. Coach James O’Rourke says the girls have been wonderful, very supportive and encouraging of each other, always playing with full commitment and a very positive attitude.
Well done girls on an excellent season of cricket.