The final game of the home & away season has been played and the boys had an excellent win.
The scenario was thus: Four teams (4th thru 7th) were on the same number of points, only separated marginally by percentage, leading into the final round. Seddon were seventh playing Altona who were fourth. Playing at Altona the boys batted first making an excellent 8 – 177.
Mali made a fine 40(retired), Sam 25, Felix 24 (his best ever score), Gus 22 and Ethan 11no (in a partnership of 63 with Mali).
Week two we bowled and it was our most consistent performance of the season. Altona were bowled out for 114. Everybody bowled well and the wickets were shared with noone taking more than one wicket. The fielding was easily the best of the season with four run outs (due to good fielding not batsman error) and some great catching. Hamish took a spectacular running catch on the boundary line at deep square, Felix took a great catch at fine leg, Vincent at mid wicket and Mali took two nice catches in the circle. Gus, Mali, Rueben and Sam were all involved in run outs with Jagger having a good game with the gloves.
Unfortunately, the team that was fifth had a win that was just enough to keep them above us on percentage. We finished fifth so very close to finals action.
Coach, Ray Pereira, was presented by the players with a token of appreciation after the game. He did a fantastc job with the boys this season and they all love him. Ray was very proud of the boys efforts this season and was most genuine when he said that ALL of the boys had improved significantly over the course of the games. He would have loved to make the finals but he said his aim at the start of the season was for the boys to both enjoy themselves and develop as cricketers. He said both of these aims were achieved and believes that all the boys could become very good cricketers if they continue playing and work hard.
Steve Smith and Michael Victory did a great job admin wise and thanks so much to the parents who volunteered to score. Scoring in the juniors is a tough, fast paced job and we all appreciate those who did it.
Well done boys and good luck for next season.