Under 12s cricket season finishes with Middle Stumpers on top
IT was a ‘full house’ in the under 12 grand final match at Lords Reserve last Wednesday, with 28 players participating.
The Stumpers won the toss and sent The Bushrangers in.
This decision paid off, with opening batters Alec Ritchie and Luke Menhennet falling cheaply to the new ball bowling of Jake Berry and Max Lange respectively.
Nathan Buchanan t oiled hard at number three for two (ret) while Flynn Butterworth fell to a good catch by Tom Dunstan off Jai McKinnon’s bowling.
Zac Tanner made a hardhitting 11 (ret).
He was supported by skipper Nick Scales, until Nick was run out for four in a mix up with Judd Stower.
Soon after, Judd holed out to opposing skipper Max Scott off the bowling of Nick Watson.
Archie Retief was bowled by Jarrah Maloney and the Bushies were in deep strife.
Luke Berriman and Lachy Scales settled things for a while, retiring for five and four respectively.
Dan Brodribb and Isaac Murray also made a couple each at the end of the innings.
Top scorer was ‘wides’ on 25, bringing the Bushies’ total to 59.
In fact, ‘wides’ also top scored (19) in the Stumpers innings.
This is definitely an area for improvement next season.
The Stumpers’ innings got off to a shaky start, with Lange bowled by a nice delivery from Stower.
Fellow opener Jai McKinnon batted sensibly for two (ret).
Tynan Mims hit a nice four in his total of six, before being caught by Buchanan off Tanner’s bowling.
Lachy Edwards stabilised things with a steady knock, while at the other end, Scott was trapped LBW by Murray, and Nick Watson fell to a terrific run out by Ritchie, who hit the stumps from side on.
Harry Mahoney played a great knock through the middle of the innings, scoring nine (ret).
Berry put on three (ret) and Finley Paterson made a quickfire five, before being caught by Butterworth in the catch of the season, Brodribb the bowler.
Archie Storer and Lachy Elliot retired on three and five respectively, Ritchie then bowled Maloney, while Billy Dunstan was run out.
Tom Dunstan and Colby Croxford-Demasi finished not out on four and three respectively at the end of the Stumpers’ 25 overs, bringing the tally to a match-winning 77.
The match, like all of those during the season, was played in great spirit, and a large, supportive crowd was in attendance.
Presentations were held afterwards, with all players receiving medallions.
MJCA president Peter Scales thanked all of the players and parents for their participation and enthusiasm and their help through the season with umpir- ing, scoring, cooking barbecues etc.
He also thanked fellow executive committee members Janine O’Borne and Mark Ritchie and paid particular thanks to Nigel Elliot for doing a great job of coaching the under 12s this season.
All of the players have improved their cricket skills this year and they have banded together with great teamwork and camaraderie.
This will hopefully stand in good stead for those who will be moving up to the under 15s competition next season.
EFFORTLESS: Nathan Buchanan shows grace and style in this shot in the under 12 grand final last week. PHOTOS: David Mims
CHIN MUSIC: Zac Tanner keeps an eye on a ‘Mitch Johnson’ like bouncer in the under 12 match.
ALL EFFORT: Tom Dunstan is bending his back with this ball in the grand final.