A big thanks to Meg Lanning, current Australian captain, who visited Brighton Union at training on Tuesday 14th October.
Pictured below is Meg with some of the U12 Rookies.
U12s Make Finals in Bendigo Bank Lightning Premiership
The Brighton Union U12 team made it through to the finals of the Bendigo Bank Lightning Premiership played at Hurlingham.
One of the day's main highlights was the performance of younger players who showed we'll have a strong U12 team in 2014/15. Senior players performed well and good team spirit was on display.
Of note were:
A major highlight was the stirring win in Match 2 against Cluden:
With wickets falling rapidly towards the end of our 10 overs, Liam Kinsella joined Lukas Galanopoulos at the crease with 7 balls left but with 7 runs still required. Lukas showed admirable faith in Liam’s ability to work the ball for singles, and Liam repaid the faith superbly. The scores were tied with one ball to come, and Lukas hit a four to seal the deal. All of the boys ran on to the field as one to congratulate the last pair! Had it not been for this most exciting climax, there would have been no finals for the Union team.
Hot 38 degrees and windy morning saw the tent destroyed. Graeme Baker provided a strong tent in only 25 minutes. The team did well keeping cool and hydrated.
Many thanks to Phil Arnold for organising the event and also to sponsors Bendigo Bank. Thanks also to the parents who contributed on the day.
Josh Clyne and Tom Watson facilitate the prematch team meeting...
Josh reviews match tactics with Jim Galanopoulos
Liam Kinsella celebrates his 15 not out.
Round 4 8th and 22ndh November 2013
Under 12A Match Report
Brighton Union 6/180(cc) d Beaumaris Gold 7/166
Day 1 of this Round 4 fixture had it all: runs, controversy, and an intriguingly poised contest. When we arrived, a not insignificant section of an already small oval had been fenced off as a result of what appeared to be a burst pipe. The teams agreed that we would each bat for 20 overs so that one team was not potentially disadvantaged next week were the section in fact repaired by then. Young Elliott (Josh was running a little late) correctly called the toss of the coin, elected to bat and we were away. Our aim was to average 4 an over and concede very few wickets. After a handful of overs, we were 2/5 and looking decidedly wobbly after Lukas was caught for a golden duck playing an injudicious shot, and Hayden Lepp, who had looked quite solid, fell to a very sharp caught and bowled chance.
Thankfully, Captain Clyne kept his head and really punished the poor deliveries. He and Liam Kinsella steadied the ship, and they both may have an opportunity to bat next week, retiring unbeaten; Josh on 31 and Liam with an invaluable 4. Their retirements brought Elliott and Ben Graham to the crease with a brief to consolidate whilst taking calculated risks. Unfortunately, Ben played all over a straight delivery and was bowled for a duck, resulting in Gabriel coming to the crease. He and Elliott played very well to steer us from 3/61 to our compulsory day 1 closure score of 3/94, a score which seemed very competitive notwithstanding the compact playing field.
Our bowlers experienced understandable difficulty with the conditions: the immediate approach to the crease featured a ridge (!!) and the run in approach was covered in sand. Though both teams had to endure the same conditions, they were nonetheless sub-standard. However, we probably strayed too far down the leg side too often and were punished accordingly; Gabriel, Elliott and Liam were the pick of the bowlers, and Gabriel was unlucky not to snare a wicket or two. Controversially, I turned down a full blooded appeal for bowled from Gabriel’s bowling in his 2nd over; the ball spun prodigiously from leg and hit the middle stump. Unfortunately, I felt its movement after the ball landed was assisted somewhat by striking the side of the pitch, so called it a wide instead. Good try though guys! Our fielding was also a little ragged. After some lusty hitting from their middle order, particularly to leg, our opponents finished with 3/98, so it was anyone's game on Day 2.
Day 2 was played at our ‘house of pain’ in lieu of the Beaumaris ground as their oval was rendered unplayable due to maintenance / resurfacing works. We welcomed back our coach without peer Trevor, and Gabriel and Elliott strode out to resume their partnership. The boys carried the score to 150 before Elliott was dismissed for a well made 21. Gabriel followed soon after, unbeaten after a determined 30. With wickets in hand, Trevor admonished incoming batters to push the scoring rate along without engaging in kamikaze acts. Tom Watson and Wyatt Baker heeded the call and at the end of our allotted 40 overs, we’d amassed 6/180. The question was: could our bowlers constrict the Beaumaris big hitters?
Ben ‘master blaster’ Graham opened the bowling at the northern end, and struck with his first ball. Beaumaris’ 7th wicket fell at 147 with two balls remaining in the 36th over, and the equation for our opponents was 34 to win from a minimum of 26 balls. The fall of that wicket brought Beaumaris’ best bat back to the crease and from that point on, our opponents’ run rate rose disconcertingly. However, Lukas’ four overs at the death were metronomic, a la Glenn McGrath, and his economy rate of 2.25 helped to ensure that we squeaked home by 14 runs, thereby resulting in our boys taking over second position on the ladder. Elliott and Ben also bowled quite well.
Round 3 1st and 8th November 2013
Under 12A Match Report
Brighton Union d West Bentleigh by 55 runs on first innings
Day 2 of this round 3 fixture had been preceded by, and looked like it would be afflicted by, rain. After a slightly delayed start due to the late arrival of our first 20 overs keeper Lukas (my Wife and I may have had our wires crossed on that one), we commenced under dull skies by going on the attack. Due to the conditions and the forecast rain, the team agreed that Josh should open the bowling, insert a slip and have two men field 10 metres from the bat at silly-mid on and a very short mid-off, respectively.
I took the view that these field placings and tactics would assist the boys to think a little more strategically about their cricket, and at the same time provide us with an optimal prospect of victory. It took us a while to explode into action, hindered by dropped catches and some (initial) wayward deliveries, but when we starting bowling good line and length consistently, the results came our way. Four wickets clean bowled was a testament to our accuracy. By the end of the 20th over, Bentleigh were 8 wickets down. If not for the missed catches, the game would have been well over by then, and we may have even been able to push on for an outright victory and bonus points.
The 9th wicket came soon after the break and whilst the last wicket pair provided stubborn resistance, 'master blaster' Ben Graham ended proceedings in his first over after tea with a ball which knocked over the middle stump.
In terms of our bowling, Josh and Ben bowled with pace and control and delivered 5 of the 9 wickets to fall at the hands of the bowlers. Tom's bowling was quite impressive and he took a deserved wicket, as did Sam Haddon. Hunter worked up some good pace and induced edges, whilst both Elliott and Lukas bowled beautifully without getting ultimate results. An emphatic result, but a result that could have been even more so. Well done to all.
Next week, we finally travel and are opposed to Beaumaris in what should be a competitive game featuring 2 vs. 3 on the ladder. As I mentioned to the boys after the game, we need to reduce our 'extras' count, (we conceded 41 extras on Friday - approximately 50 % of Bentleigh's score) and we need to take catches when they are offered. Catches truly win matches. Thanks to Trevor and the boys for giving me the opportunity to guide and instruct them.
Round 3's notable performers:
Round 2 18th and 25th Oct 2013
by Niki Gaal
Below are the results and highlights from Round 2 played over two Friday nights:
U12 BUCC 10/90 def by Port Melbourne 1 7/142 - Player of the match *Finley Starr*
U14 BUCC 7/197 def Brighton 2 9/164 - Player of the match *Max Day*
U16 BUCC 6/197 def Bentleigh Uniting 1 165 - Player of the match *Harry Collins*
Round 1 11 Oct 2013
by Niki Gaal
What a great positive start to season 2013-14, training and a BBQ at the Clubrooms last Thursday night,
followed by sunshine and 3 wins Friday night! Well done to our new team managers/ coaches -
Trevor Blaser, Jackson McDonough and Ben Harris.
Well done and congratulations to our new players (below) and Welcome Back to those from past
* U16 Harry Collins
* U14 Harry Traum
* U14 Oliver Miller
* U14 Jack Rawlings
* U12 Sam Haddon
* U12 Hayden Lepp
* U12 Liam Kinsella
* U12 Sam Wagland
* U12 Will Dwyer
* U12 Ben Graham
The results and highlights
U12 BUCC 4/113 def Brighton 6/67 - Player of the match Wyatt Baker and well done to
Hunter Hare on his first 4
U14 BUCC 3/134 def Hampton United 2/58 - Player of the match Lachie Martin, well done to
Harry Traum for hitting a 4 in his first ever match.
U16 BUCC 1/128 def Brighton 6/84 - Player of the match Ollie Hanrahan
SECA Files. Click links to download or view.