Semi Final Reports & Grand Final Previews - Juniors
As mentioned last week, BSCC Juniors were represented in Finals by the entire Under 15 group. This is a wonderful achievement, of which all the boys and coaches should be very proud of.
Under 15/1 Semi Final Report The boys finished 2nd and hosted Buckley Ridges. Josh won the toss and batted in perfect conditions. We lost a couple of early wickets, but this was really no advantage to BR, as it brought together 2 of the most talented juniors our club have ever produced. Josh Sawrey & Bailey Paroissien initially fought hard against an attack that probably got ahead of itself after removing the openers. It didn't take long for Josh & Bailey to see them off and runs started to flow with little or no risk. They got through to drinks with no further loss and after the break, it was time to set a target. They were simply at another level as BR were forced to chase leather for the remainder of the innings. After 45 overs, we reached an imposing 4/206cc. Captain Josh made yet another compulsory retirement and he walked off late in the innings with 77 against his name. Bailey also played a wonderful knock and he reached 55 before he was dismissed looking for quick runs.
Day 2 and BR had to produce something special to even get close to our score. Their openers began in positive fashion, negating the new ball and scoring at a very good rate. We took our first wicket at 63, but once that partnership was broken, we began to get on top. After the 63 run opening partnership, the wickets began to fall regularly, with no further partnership above 21 for the remainder of the innings. As the wickets fell, the run rate slowed dramatically, before we dismissed them for 138 in the 45th over. Rhyce Tisdale was the wrecker and he finished with the amazing figures of 5/16, which are the best figures ever taken in a Junior Final for BSCC. Bailey Marinic offered great support finishing with 2/15. Captain Josh capped off a great game, by taking 3 catches.
Grand Final - Berwick Blue vs Berwick Springs at Max Pawsey Reserve (Fountain Gate) Berwick Blue were clearly, the benchmark in 2018/19 and they go in undefeated. They finished 2 games clear on top and deserve to be favourites. Our only meeting with them this season, occurred in Round 3. We set a below par score of 8/113cc (Josh Sawrey 51, Rithvik Rao 24), but we were right in it to the end as they finished on 8/126cc. Josh 3/11, Ranmith Abeygunawardane 3/18 and Bailey P 2/28 kept the pressure on all the way. Our boys should take great confidence from this game, given that Berwick lost just 44 wickets all season, but we were able to have them 8 down in one innings. Bevo will have all the boys primed to take on the top side in the decider. There is no doubt that with 11 contributors, we can give this a real shake.
Under 15/2 Semi Final ReportFinishing 4th the 15/2's had to take on top side Narre Warren in the semi. Narre won the toss, but surprised by sending us into bat in perfect conditions. We saw off the new ball, but lost a wicket at 1/16, then our 2nd at 2/44. Hunter Freeman and Sanjeevi Basker then put together a very handy partnership of 41 before Hunter was out for a very solid 29. Sanjeevi was the backbone of the innings and he was given great support by the middle and lower order, before he was dismissed for a wonderful 57 just before our innings closed at a competitive 8/139cc. As they say, runs on the board in a final are like gold and this could prove to be the case, providing we bowled and fielded well. The boys started well having them 2/25, then struck a double blow around the drinks break, leaving them in trouble at 4/48. Narre's no. 3 was playing a lone hand and at 6/78, we looked like bowling them out under 100. The lower order then stuck around with the no. 3 and they inched closer to the target. At 7/128, things were looking bad, until we were able to dismiss the last remaining batsman for 52. The final 2 wickets fell soon after and we had beaten the top team by a mere 4 runs. Sanjeevi Basker topped off a great game with 2/13, Sagar Pai 2/20 and Jai Brockley 2/21 both rounded out a suprerb team effort.
Grand Final - Cranbourne vs Berwick Springs at J&P Cam Recreation Reserve Cranbourne finished 2nd, but had by far the best percentage in the division, Their batting is extrmely strong, losing just 38 wickets for the whole season. Our only meeting this season in Round 9, saw us wriggle out of an impossible position. Making just 96, Cranbourne cruised to 0/92 and were certain winners until the heavens opened, leaving no further play. Travis Collier 29 & Hunter Freeman 21 held things together with the bat, while the bowlers toiled against a formidable opening pair. Thankfully, a Grand Final is a different ball game and anything can happen. After the semif final upset, our boys confidence will be sky high. Providing they can continue on with that form, they are certainly in this up to their eyeballs. Early momentum against a strong opponent will be vital, so it will be extremely important to start well.
Good Luck to both our Junior Teams in the Grand Final.