Mansfield Courier

Last hoorah at Lords for under 12s

- By RACHELLE ROBERTS

THE final match of the season for the under 12s cricketers saw Lachie Scales and Alec Ritchie take on the respective captains’ roles for the Bushranger­s and the Middlestum­pers.

Excitement and anticipati­on levels were high just at the thought of stepping onto the supreme turf wicket at the Lords oval last Wednesday.

The boys had been looking forward to playing at the venue all season.

Alec Ritchie won the toss and sent the Bushranger­s in to bat first.

Max Mahoney and Prabh opened and Luke Berriman was nominated to bowl first.

The wicket was fast and Berriman took Mahoney’s wicket on the second ball with a strong catch by Isaac Murray.

Prahb settled well and hit a few singles, before Berriman struck again on the last ball of the over taking the wicket of Sammy Bell.

Jake Berry put on five solid singles before Connor Healy bowled a beauty t hat Luke Menhenet caught which took Berry’s wicket.

The Bushies were in trouble when after 12 overs they were 6/23.

Prahb retired on six and the next five batsmen only managed to put on three runs between them.

Lachie Scales came to the crease and started pushing the run rate up.

Archie Storer’s first shot made the boundary and the Bushies saw hope for a decent score.

Storer made a couple more before he was run out, which left only Prahb to come back in.

With only two overs left the Bushranger­s were on 52.

Scales saved the day and hit four boundaries in those last two with a high score of 35 not out.

Noah Lachal picked up a wicket, Jai McKinnon took two and Luke Menhenet picked up two also.

The Bushranger­s got their final score to 71.

Nathan Buchan and Luke Menhenet opened the batting for the Middlestum­pers, but Archie Storer was on fire and took both wickets with only one run on the board.

Isaac Murray steadied the ship with some solid, quick singles and a boundary before being bowled by Prahb.

Scales took the wicket of the ever dangerous Alec Ritchie and the Bushies’ energy and enthu- siasm were sky high.

Jai McKinnon managed to hit the boundary a couple of times and top scored with 12 for the Middlestum­pers, before Cody Bell sent him back into the stands.

Sam Bell got Luke Berriman’s wicket straight after his first shot went speeding to the fence for four.

Jake Berry took Lachal’s wicket, Connors was caught and Chad Turner bowled Dan Noble for one.

Unfortunat­ely for the Middlestum­pers there were no more batters and they fell short on runs making a total of 40 with Paddy Buchanan the last man standing.

The Choices Milk Bar award went to Prahb and the Man of the Match was Lachie Scales.

Many thanks to Choices for their weekly encouragem­ent award.

Also a big thank you to all those parents and grandparen­ts who gave their time at training, umpired, scored, shopped and cooked the barbecues, made coleslaw, did admin and came to support this wonderful group of sportsmen - the under 12 boys.

 ??  ?? THE HAIR FLIES: Jai McKinnon is bowling, as batter Max Lange is waiting with umpire Rohan Berriman.
THE HAIR FLIES: Jai McKinnon is bowling, as batter Max Lange is waiting with umpire Rohan Berriman.
 ??  ?? OH NO: Max Lange is out.
OH NO: Max Lange is out.

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