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Cricket 2019

Paul Fielding —

Another disrupted season with rain which cut short Term One cricket and washed out the annual McCullum Cup competition in October. Thankfully once we got going properly in Term Four we had five straight Saturdays in a row with two great victories against Johnnies.

The team is rebuilding after several seniors moved on from last year and intrepid captain Finn Lillis decided to play club cricket for Kaikorai from Term Four.

The squad has a young core of talented Year 9/10 players and enthusiasm remains high. We are the only Co-ed school in urban Dunedin who play Saturday afternoon cricket so we mostly encounter a rotation of Otago Boys, Kings and John McGlashan. Taieri have bragging rights for now after winning against us in November.

For the Junior Tournament Week we played indoor cricket and had three very close games in an enjoyable day at the Metro Indoor Centre.

Yogesh Mamgain continues to torment sides with his impressive pace bowling. His career best figures of six wickets for four runs was achieved against Johnnies in our comprehensive ten wicket win.

Matthew Cowles leads the side with authority and excellent decision making. He is also contributing superbly as wicket keeper and a high order batsman.

Our openers have had a mixed season with Albert Baeumer being tested in early overs while Kieran Graham has put together several long innings.

Our bowling seems to be our strength with Alex Parkes, Dominic Windle, Ethan Lambeth, Loek Van Broekhoven and Laura Graham are all impressing.

Batting still needs development but is now shaping up well, especially with a season high 179/9 in forty overs against Johnnies at the impressive Chingford Park, on grass!

Thanks always to North East Valley for providing a specialist coach, Hunter Kindley at Wednesday practices. Also many thanks to our regular parents for their help on Saturdays, especially Mal and Peter Graham and Graeme Cowles.

Everyone is enjoying their cricket and it looks like we will be even stronger in 2020.