Young­sters show­case skills at in­au­gu­ral tal­ent car­ni­val

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Justin Fris

The in­au­gu­ral Mid West cricket tal­ent car­ni­val at GBSC Sports Park in Ger­ald­ton last week­end show­cased the finest ju­nior crick­eters in the Mid West and Gas­coyne.

Held across three divi­sions, the for­mat of the car­ni­val al­lowed play­ers to be placed in highly pres­surised game sce­nar­ios, and pit­ted against play­ers of equal abil­ity.

Watch­ing with a keen eye over pro­ceed­ings were Western Aus­tralian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion coun­try coach­ing and tal­ent spe­cial­ist Job Van Bunge and Western Aus­tralian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Mid West re­gional man­ager Ryan Hosk­ing, who were thrilled with the over­all stan­dard and tem­per­a­ment of the co­hort.

In the Joanne Star­ling un­der-12s di­vi­sion, teams were split into four teams and played a round robin car­ni­val over Satur­day and Sun­day.

All matches were fairly even in na­ture, with sev­eral play­ers press­ing their cases for rep­re­sen­ta­tive duty.

Don­gara’s Archie Bougouard, who was se­lected as skip­per for his side, again led the way with the bat.

Bougouard ended the 12s sea­son in ex­cel­lent club form and his per­for­mances in all matches saw him recog­nised as one of the best play­ers in the di­vi­sion for the week­end.

Oth­ers who joined him were Digby Gal­lop, De­clan McAuliffe, Nathanael Fox-Muhl, Jasper March and Shane Brown.

Brown, who trav­elled from Carnar­von, put on the style in the fi­nal pool game for team Black.

He fin­ished the match un­beaten on 45 and backed up his ef­forts with the ball, claim­ing 2-5 against team Blue.

Ad­ja­cent to the un­der-12s fix­tures on Satur­day morn­ing, the Court­ney Ke­effe un­der-14s di­vi­sion be­gan with a 50-over-a-side rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­ture be­tween the Ger­ald­ton Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s un­der-14s Ju­nior Coun­try Week team and a com­bined un­der-15 Mid West Tal­ent Car­ni­val All-Stars side.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, the All-Stars burst out with early as­cen­dancy with the up­per or­der get­ting starts.

At 3-115, they ap­peared to be on course for a hefty to­tal, be­fore a dogged ef­fort from the op­po­si­tion saw them lose their fi­nal seven wick­ets for 18 runs.

Chas­ing 134 for vic­tory, the GJCA’s coun­try week side never got go­ing, with Liam Dibben re­mov­ing two of the open­ing three bats­man to put them out of busi­ness.

Dibben fin­ished with 4-28 from 10 overs, with Cal­lum Mar­quis (2-6) and Wil­liam Dur­manich (1-1) also im­press­ing with the ball.

On Sun­day, the play­ers re­con­vened for an in­ter­nal-based fix­ture, with Kade Gilling­ham lead­ing team Blue to a com­fort­able vic­tory over team Orange.

Gilling­ham and Dibben were recog­nised as the Court­ney Ke­effe un­der-14s di­vi­sion play­ers of the car­ni­val.

For crick­et­ing purists want­ing to see gutsy dis­plays of bat­ting and per­se­ver­ance, the Norm Jupp un­der-16s rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­ture on Sun­day morn­ing did not let them down.

The GJCA un­der-16s ju­nior coun­try week team won the toss and bat­ted first against a com­bined MWTC un­der-17s All-Star team.

They may have been even­tu­ally dis­missed for 126 off 47.1 overs, but the brave­ness of Josh DeLacy’s in­nings rose the spir­its of all in and around the ground.

DeLacy, whose fa­ther Craig trag­i­cally passed away days ear­lier, toiled hard for 35 off 114 de­liv­er­ies.

Chas­ing 127 for vic­tory, the MWTC eas­ily passed the to­tal and fin­ished on 8-220, with Hud­son Toomey bru­tally ef­fi­cient.

In a truly breath­tak­ing in­nings, Toomey’s un­beaten 129 com­prised off 20 bound­aries and two sixes — and only came off 87 de­liv­er­ies.

Picture: Marisa Worth

Play­ers across all divi­sions pause for a car­ni­val picture.

Pictures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Re­gan Bas­sett, of Carnar­von, charges in dur­ing a Joanne Star­ling un­der-12s di­vi­sion pool match.

Un­der-12s player Luke Small­wood car­ried his good run of club form dur­ing the car­ni­val.

Brock Ramirez, of Carnar­von, rep­re­sent­ing Blue dur­ing the Joanne Star­ling un­der-12s pool stage.

Black un­der-12s mid­dle-or­der bats­man James Gar­diner de­fends a de­liv­ery.

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