The boys started well losing only two games prior to the Christmas break, beating our eventual grand final foes Tintenbar Heat at home mainly on the back of some great bowling from Ollie McDonald taking 5/10 off 2.1 overs. However, the highlight for me was against Murwillumbah in round 8 where we won the toss, batted first, & amassed 6/188 with Jonah Wentzel scoring a superb 73 not out off 40 balls & Riley Baharov taking 4/6 off 3 overs including a hat-trick! The boys had a lot of fun that morning. During this period, at times we only had 9 players - even with some assistance from the under 13’s namely Brayden Kernaghan & Max Ingram to make up 10 players at best, as we had lost Kesh to Aussie Rules for quite a few games.
After the Christmas break we were still down playing with 9, but stellar performances from the boys kept us winning including Jonah again at home this time getting 86 not out off 40 balls first up after the break. During the run into the finals we were able to get Kesh back & only lost two games prior to the semi-final including a close one against Heat.
A comprehensive win over Fire saw us up against Heat in the grand-final at Kingsford Smith North on an overcast morning with the threat of rain always a factor. Heat won the toss & batted first, compiling a competitive 5/145 off 30 overs. In reply Lennox needed 7 runs off the last over for victory but sadly could only manage a total of 9/143.
Some great cricket was played by this side considering we only had 9 or 10 players for most of the season. To get into the grand final & go so close with only 10 players is testament to the all-round skill of these fine young cricketers.
On a personal note, I have thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday mornings with this mob watching them improve every game & see them going from being critical of my umpiring, to paying me a few compliments as I improved.