Kangaroo Island junior cricketers engage in East vs West competition

East vs West Under 14s game played at Parndana on November 23, 2019

Saturday saw the first East v West Under 14s Junior cricket round consisting of a combined selection of Under 14 Junior cricketers from all Kangaroo Island clubs and coached by Ray Wadsworth East and Clayton Morrison West.

The concept has been added this year to further develop junior cricket on the island and will be used as a trial for future selections of a representative team to head off island early next year to compete in the Fuller shield.

The two teams were selected to ensure an even contest and that is what we got with the West team winning the toss and electing to bowl.

The East team managed 156 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Top run scorers were Colton Trethewey 26, Timmy Turner 28, Cain Florance 22 and Callum Putland 18.

The pick of the bowlers were Tyler Richardson 2 for 22 (Richie Benaud figures) and TJ Warren 1 for 7 with two maidens. Several other bowlers contributed to the wickets and keeping the run rate down. Some clever fielding saw a couple of runouts which kept the target very gettable.

The West team came out to bat with Koby Henderson opening the batting showing that he has ability well above his age.

He survived 2 dropped catches and showed true composure to go on and make 50 not out. With a mini top order collapse it was up to Ryan Stoeckel to steady the ship and join Koby to get the run chase back on track.

Ryan made 35 not out. Also Blaize Whale contributed to make 25 not out. West reaching the target with several overs to spare. With the ball Timmy Turner and Colton Trethewey bowled well without luck.

Timmy claiming 1 for 16 and Nick Shurven 2 wickets for 19 and Cain Florance taking 1 for 7.

A notable mention in the field to Jackson Short for saving many runs and taking a good catch.

All in all a great contest setting things up for a big rematch in two weeks time at the Parndana school oval. Thanks to all helpers, attending family and to the Parndana school for presenting a pleasant fixture for cricket.

Look forward to seeing everyone for the rematch in two weeks time. - Ray Wadsworth

East vs West Under 17s game played at Parndana on November 23, 2019

East coached by Damien Berden and West coached by Georgia Weatherspoon.

Sun shining, once again another great day for a game of cricket. West winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Openers for West were Riley Boyle and Jackson Lockett. Callum Bowell with a quick breakthrough grabbing the early wicket of Jackson Lockett putting West in an awkward position early.

Rory Florance coming to the crease. Riley and Rory continuing their form with the bat as a pair both unbeaten and retiring.

Trae Lovering and Ryan Turner creating a nice partnership with Oscar Morgan bowling some tight deliveries gathering the wicket of Trae Lovering.

Ryan Turner continued on with some strong hitting also retiring. Otto Wendt and Xavier Wadsworth hung in with the bat. Great team effort with the bat finishing the game innings with 184.

East opening pair were Callum Bowell and Wade Berden. Callum on the move hitting the ball cleanly retiring quick for East.

Isaac Trethewey fell short on 6 by an amazing catch taken on the boundary by Trae Lovering. Wade Berden steaded the ship with some sensible batting and retiring.

Some power hitting by Ethan Stoeckel, Aedan Bowell and River Berden giving East a chance to chase the total down.

Ryan Turner came into bowl his off-spin and proved to be too strong striking two batsmen on the pads, given LBW and one ball straight through the gate.

Ryan finishing his spell with 3 needed wickets for West. Some tight bowling by young Dallas Clarke and Xavier Wadsworth helped West stop the runs flowing. T

ight finish with East needing 21 runs off the last over but unfortunately falling short by 7 runs.

A great match played in good spirits by all the boys. Well done West on the close win. Looking forward to the next game. - Georgia Weatherspoon

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