In this weeks sport update,
- Kukerin-Dumbleyung Cricket Club
- Championship Singles Plate
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Championship Singles Plate
On Monday March 21 two of Dumbleyung greatest ladies bowlers went head to head in the Championship Singles Plate. After over an hour of play Lola Hannah defeated Liz Dare, 25 to 16. Umpire Audrey Bateup commented it became close towards the end and was overall a good game.
Kukerin-Dumbleyung Cricket Club
The start of the game is always important and with Cuballing having an aggressive line-up it was likely that the upper hand would quickly be established. Unfortunately it went to Cuballing with their openers getting off to a flyer. Just as quickly as they had started the partnership was broken with Scott Gray taking a brilliant one handed catch while half way through his follow through. The first wicket did not bring a second and with the runs still flowing the captain turned to Conan Holder and Pete Downey. Although bowling well they could not stem the runs and by drinks Cuballing had batted themselves into a good position. Like the previous week the Kukerin-Dumbleyung boys needed to dig deep to get the game under control and to enable this the spin twins of Dame Leo and Kalan Joyce came on to bowl. The change in bowling had the desired effect of lowering the run rate and increasing the pressure on the Cuballing batsmen. The wickets then started to fall and with the spinners proving to be effective they continued in until late in the innings. In the last five overs the opening bowlers came back and did a great job of finishing off the innings. A good fight back from the team restricted Cuballing to 8/188, a tough total to chase but not impossible.
The batting plan was simple. Both openers bat for 45 overs, score about a hundred each and the game should be won. Despite the simpleness of the plan it still would not be easy with Cuballing boasting a strong bowling line-up. The plan started well with Dame Leo and Matthew Gilfellon getting off to a solid start, keeping out the openers and scoring at a reasonable rate. Cuballing went straight to negative tactics, placing men out on the boundary to stem the run rate. The first milestone of the partnership, facing off the opening bowlers, was within reach when the first wicket fell. This started a procession of batsmen coming and going, not at a rate that would qualify as a ‘Parrot Parade’ but a rate implying a team showing fight but slightly outgunned. This fight was assisted by Pete Joyce providing a backbone to the innings, with an at times guarding and at times counter-attacking innings. One man though was not enough to beat the Cuballing attack and the last wicket fell for 103, well short of the required total.
Above: David Head bowling and Pete Joyce in background
The team was despondent and in shock at the abrupt finish of the season. Despite lacking the required polish all it was hard not to concentrate on the negative tactics or seemingly unjust decisions of umpires. Part way through the bus trip at home the talk had changed, discussion of the highlights of the game and of the season abound. With the rising of the sun in the morning so did the hope of the team, determined to go one better next year.
Despite not winning the grand final this season has had plenty of positives. Firstly is the emergence of a couple of young batsmen (Pete Joyce and Ryan Taylor) who have shown plenty of skill and fight during the season as well as a young all-rounder (Conan Holder) and young bowler (Pete Downey) who will hopefully be around in the future. Secondly is the form of some of the veterans who have led the team with bat and ball and will hopefully be around to continue to do so over at least the next few years. Most importantly though is that the club had plenty of people committing to playing, a fantastic group of supporters and helpers and much enjoyment is had by all.
P Joyce 40 S Gray 3/41 (9)
K Joyce 2/35 (9)
Well done to the Kukerin-Dumbleyung Cricket Club on a great season! We look forward to reading Jiminiy Cricket match commentary next season!