Un­der 12s cricket sea­son fin­ishes with Mid­dle Stumpers on top

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

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.

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