NMCA – Under 14’s Rep Coaches Report Semi Final V’s SECA
The under 14 rep side today played SECA in a semi-final at our home ground at Kelynack Reserve.
Captain Harry Smith winning the toss and having a bat. Our openers Jack Morley and Isaac Prestney getting us off to a solid start. A 36 run opening partnership before Isaac was dismissed for 16. Ollie Price who has had a fantastic carnival with the bat continued on the good work and made a contribution of 16. Jack Morley’s innings came to an end on 37, but he had really laid the platform for Thomas Sweetman and Will Hanlon to accelerate the innings. The boys were fantastic with a mixture of hard running and big hitting. Tom made a run a ball 34. While Will made an unbeaten run a ball 31.
Our innings had finished at 4/148 from our 40 overs.
The boys have bowled well all carnival and our opening bowlers Harry Smith and Jules Tragardh were on top of their game again. Harry Smith led the way with 8 overs 3/14 and Jules 5 overs 0/12 was efficient as usual. The ever reliable Ollie Price was on at first change and he bowled 7 overs 0/22. Leading wicket taker of the carnival Jack Bell came on and bowled tight for 7 overs 0/20. The pressure was building especially after Liam Hogan bowled outstanding with pace and control for 4 overs 2/12. Zayd Farouque with his array of left arm spinners picked up a crucial wicket and had the figures of 4 overs 1/13. Will Hanlon capped off his great day with 4 overs of great pace bowling and figures of 1/10. With the game in control Tom Sweetman bowled the last over of the game, thankfully Tom has made lots of runs for the carnival as his over was interesting to say the least.
SECA finished their 40 overs at 8/117.
We fielding amazingly with Liam Pappas and Aidan Hobbs doing a superb job behind the stumps. A special mention to a couple of the characters in the team. Liam Hogan for his brilliant run out, and to Alex Ralphs who didn’t get a bat today but ran hard at the non strikers end for the last ball. Those boys really showing the team first spirit.
The boys have had a couple of great weeks of cricket learning plenty about their own games. For them now to be playing in a grand final is a great testament to their commitment, dedication and hard work.
As coaches Dean and I are very proud of the boys and appreciate all the support from the families.
We now look forward to Sunday and the grand final against Ringwood at Hartwell Sports Ground.
One more to go boys.