Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cricket season in review

THE Derwent Valley Gazette's cricket writer, Quick Single, provides his review of the season that was.

IN what seems like a blink of an eye, the 2013-14 cricket season has come and gone and what a season it was! For the Derwent Valley clubs it was their most successful seasons since joining the Southern Cricket Association in season 2008-09.

We saw the rise of New Norfolk I and Gretna II, winning their first premierships in the SCA. New Norfolk II had a very good season, playing off in the 5th Grade finals and showing it will be one of the teams to beat next season. Although defeated, Molesworth I showed it was again a top side, playing off in its fourth successive 2nd Grade grand final appearance. Gretna I showed great fight, playing off in the finals for the second season running. A very young and talented Molesworth II just missed out on the finals, finishing a very creditable sixth. Bushy Park was promoted to 2nd Grade from 4th Grade and did its best in what was a tough season for the club.

There were many individual achievements, but none tops the massive 324 scored by New Norfolk I all-rounder Stewart Rice in Round 11 against the MacKillop Beltas at Tynwald Park. Rice clubbed an incredible 38 sixes and 10 fours in what was a magical innings. At season's end, Rice collected the 2nd Grade best player award by 12 votes. He also won the batting average with 72.36 and aggregate 1013 runs and then was second in the bowling average with 12.00 and 38 wickets. To top it all off, he played in New Norfolk's premiership and was named player of the match with his superb 103 runs and 1 for 9. Rice ended the season with a mammoth 1122 runs at an average of 70.13 and 40 wickets at an average of 12.50, and - get this - a total of 101 sixes and 75 fours! An excellent effort to say the least.

Other individual efforts
Batting - 2nd Grade: Brad Coppleman 143 for Molesworth I; Stewart Rice 131 for New Norfolk I; Mathew Burns 129 for Gretna I; Mathew Smith 126 for Molesworth I; Ben Rainbird 125 for Gretna I; Nick Piuselli 123 for Molesworth I. 4th Grade: Dylan Pearce 102 for Gretna II; Joey Eyles 95 not out Gretna II. 5th Grade: New Norfolks's Richard Munnings made the big score of 194 v Dynnyrne in Round 17; Leigh Berry 131 & 117 for New Norfolk II; Cody Neads 105 Molesworth II; Stephen Nichols 103 for New Norfolk II.

Bowling - 2nd Grade: Jamie Maddox, New Norfolk I 6-15 (8.3); Mitch Crosswell, Bushy Park 6-22 (9.4); Josh Bomford, Molesworth I 6-22 (9.1); Brad Coppleman, Molesworth I 6-36 (10.1); Jackson Ackerly 5-6 (7) and Craig Cunningham 5-15 (8.5) both of Gretna I; Josh Rowlands 5-31 (10). 4th Grade: Peter Jelkic 6-13 (10), Adam Browning 6-18 (10) and Matthew Eyles 6-33 (10) all for Gretna II. 5th Grade: Josh Walsh 6-13 (7) and 5-18 (10) and Richard Munnings 5-16 (7) both for New Norfolk II.

The biggest team score of the season came when New Norfolk I made the mammoth total of 7 for 492 off 50 overs against MacKillop Beltas at Tynwald Park. This was the match where Rice made the 324.

Of the big partnerships of the season, Molesworth I captain Brad Coppleman and Mathew Smith put on 256 for the fourth wicket in Round 3 against Richmond/Cambridge at Boyer Oval. New Norfolk I captain Rohan Heron and Jake King put on 180 for the first wicket in Round 16 against Derwent at Tynwald Park. Molesworth I pair Nick Piuselli and Jamie Adams put on 168 for the third wicket in Round 1 against Montagu Bay at Boyer Oval. One other partnership I would like to mention was that of 106 runs for the eighth wicket between youngsters Brayden Chaplin and Jye County for Molesworth II in Round 7 against McRobies Gully. These two showed great character for such young men and have a great future ahead of themselves.

Players from Derwent Valley clubs did very well in the association awards. As mentioned New Norfolk I player Stewart Rice was named the 2nd Grade best player on 31 votes with Gretna I player Mathew Burns runner up on 19 votes. For the batting it was much the same with Rice winning with 1013 runs at 72.36 with Mathew Burns next with 678 runs at 48.43 and Molesworth I captain next with 564 runs at 37.60. In the 2nd Grade bowling Stewart Rice was second best with 38 wickets at 12.00. Craig Cunningham from Gretna I was fourth with 23 wickets at 13.22. For the best fielder votes Rhys Browning of Gretna I, Geoff Crosswell of Bushy Park, Jamie Hill of New Norfolk I and Brad Ransley of Molesworth I all finished equal third on six votes.

In the 4th Grade awards, Peter Jelkic figured the best in the best player vote, finishing sixth over-all on 13 votes with the winner from Hobart in Nathan Price polling 23 votes. Jelkic did well in the bowling, finishing send with 32 wickets at 9.09 while Matthew Eyles also of Gretna II took 32 wickets at 11.56. In the batting awards, Bruce Emery finished the best for Gretna II with 299 runs at 37.38 and Brian Smith 284 runs at 31.56. In the award for the best fielder, young Brock Nichols from Gretna II was runner up on seven votes.

In 5th Grade young Cody Neads was runner-up best player on 12 votes to the winner Shaun Bennett from Claremont with 14 votes. In the batting, New Norfolk II player Leigh Berry won this award with 471 runs at 67.29. In the bowling, Molesworth's Brayden Hodge was fourth with 27 wickets at 16.78 and teammate Aaron Triffitt was next with 24 wickets at 16.88. The best fielder in 5th Grade was one of the Derwent Valleys up and coming stars, New Norfolk's 13-year-old Nathan Rice with 8 votes. This was a big effort considering so many senior players were in the mix for this award. An excellent effort young Ricey.

Young Player of the Month (Under 21): November, Josh Rowlands, New Norfolk 11 wickets, three catches; January, Cody Neads, Molesworth, 200 runs, four catches; February, Brad Coppleman, Molesworth, 216 runs, five wickets and five catches.

Player of the Round: Round 2, Josh Bomford, Molesworth, 25no and 6-22; Round 4, Mathew Burns, Gretna, 70 and two catches.; Round 11, Stewart Rice, New Norfolk I, 324 no.

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