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Berwick Springs CC Senior Season Reports 2018/19

With all 6 senior teams reaching the finals, expectations of multiple premierships would seem normal, given our rich history. Sadly, we came away with just one flag from 2 Grand Finalists. On face value, this looks under par, but we can take many positives out of another long season.

First XI (Turf 4) The 1sts began the season in fine style, winning the first 3 games and were firmly entrenched in the 4 after Round 9, but 2 straight losses, including a 5 run nail biter to Berwick, briefly saw the team fall to 5th, but they regrouped with 2 wins, including an outright in the 2nd last round, saw them finish safely in 3rd spot. The close loss to Berwick, ultimately cost the team top spot.
The 1sts used 18 players during the season, with only Harry Whitehead & Josh MacKenzie playing all 14 games, with Josh Amsterdam playing 13.
The team lost 4 games in the regular season, all coming when batting second. The Grand Final was an identical story.
While the batting was reasonably solid, starts were an issue, with 27 being the best opening partnership of the season. Archit Vora & Josh Amsterdam led the batting by comfortably reaching 300 runs, with Josh MacKenzie (32) & Harry Whitehead (29) taking almost half of the wickets between them.

Second XI (Turf 4 Reserves) The 2nds capped off a terrific season with a comfortable win in the Grand Final, to take the club’s only flag in 2018/19.
It was a dominant season, with 12 wins, 1 loss (Rnd 1) and a percentage that was far above any opponent. The team had 30 players go through during the season, with only Brayden Tisdale playing all 14 games. Blake Sully with 12, Braydon Hillman & Harry Bell (11 each) were the only others to reach 10.
The batting was even throughout the season, with nobody reaching 300 runs. Luke Kerford, Brayden Tisdale & Bailey Paroissien all made 200+ runs. Harry Bell (23) & Blake Sully (20) led the wicket takers.
Apart from the Grand Final win, the highlight of the season was undoubtedly, Corey Roberts’ bowling performance in the semi-final. Defending just 118 at home, Corey ripped Springvale South a new one, taking an amazing 8/8 as SS were destroyed for just 29. 6 ducks painted a destructive picture. SS followed on and fared little better finishing 8/79. Corey took 2 more to finish with 10/29 for the match. Corey now holds 3 of the 5 best bowling figures in our history (you’re still no.1 though Doug).

Third XI (Turf 6)The 3rds finished 4th at the end of a very tight season but fell to top side & eventual premiers Berwick in the semi. They were on just 12 points after 5 rounds, but a streak of 5 wins and a draw from Rounds 6-11 saw them clinch 4th spot in the 2nd last round.
They also used 30 players, with Doug P & youngster Pratham Raje the only batsmen to pass 200 runs. Corey Roberts took 18 wickets before his promotion and he was well supported by Thanura Wijesiriwardena’s 15.
The season highlight was the maiden century to Pratham Raje in Round 10, which was just his 8th senior game. Pratham & Doug posted an unbeaten partnership of 130 in this innings. The emergence of several juniors in Turf 6 including Pratham, Josh Sawrey, Bailey Paroissien & Yahqub Naveed gives further proof that the Berwick Springs nursery is alive & well.

4th XI (A Grade) The A Grade team dominated the home and away season, finishing 9 points clear on top. Just 1 loss, which was a nail biter by just 2 runs, but it all came crashing down in the semi, with a dramatic batting collapse saw us dismissed for 101. The team fought back to have Lynbrook 6/79 late on Day 1, but they steadied to a narrow 1st innings lead, then held out our reverse outright attempt in comfortable fashion.
A whopping 33 players represented A Grade in 2018/19, with Cadeyrn Curtain playing 12, Jason Miseki, Logan Hillman & Shean Taylor all playing 10 each.
Cadeyrn had a terrific season posting 454 runs, with Lachlan Chugg 280 in his 8 innings. Both scored terrific centuries during the season, with Chuggy’s being his first. Rivin Rajapaksa 17 wickets and Shean Taylor 14 led the wicket takers.

5th XI (B Grade) In what could only be described as an interrupted season, the B Grade actually started the season in C Grade, but were promoted after Round 2. They finished 4th but went into the semi-final in rusty fashion and went down to the eventual premiers, Narre South.
Due to a quirky draw caused by a 7 team Division, B Grade had to deal with 3 byes, 1 forfeit and an abandoned final round. The team did not bowl a ball in anger from Australia Day (26 Jan) until Semi Final weekend on 9th & 10th March.
27 players went through the team, but none reached 10 games. No batsman reached 200 runs, but Shoaib Mohammad got 194 in his 4 innings including a wonderful 116 in a one dayer in Round 3. Veteran Russ Collier led the bowling with 17 wickets, including his personal best 5/36 in Round 9.

6th XI (D Grade) After a slow start, losing the first 2 games, then sitting on just 15 points from 6 games, the D Grade boys went on an unbeaten run through to semi-final weekend. Finishing 3rd, they faced Doveton Green in the semi. Our bowlers did the job dismissing DG for 127, but we fell 29 runs short in the chase.
Unbelievably, D grade used less players than any of the 3 synthetic teams at Berwick Springs in 2018/19. Under 17 player Jordan McMahon & Luke Coffey (who made a most welcome return from overseas) were the only players to reach 10 games for the season.
Veteran Bevan Tisdale was the lone batsman to reach 200 runs, while first year player Simar Bahl led the wickets with 18, with youngster Rhyce Tisdale taking 14.
There were many highlights in D Grade, starting with Andrew Ferguson’s hat-trick in Round 8. John Wise captured his career best figures of 6/13, followed by 4/5 in the 2nd innings of the same game to give him the club’s best ever match figures. This performance led to an amazing outright victory, with Doveton Black’s 2nd innings lasting just 10 overs, when they were destroyed for 25 (3 players absent). Simar Bahl provided another highlight with 5/10 in just his 3rd game at BSCC.
D Grade also became a trend setter of sorts, playing a Sunday game on our Turf wicket in Round 12 against Berwick.