Both SECA girls teams were defeated in their semi-finals on Monday 8th. The U14s were all out for 75 but made ISEC work for the win 7/76 (9 a side games). The U12s were well beaten by Western, 8/184 to 15/163. Both girls teams can be pleased with their efforts in the tournament.
The U18s Arnold Shield team are in 3rd place with 2 wins and 1 loss. They get points for a bye on Monday15th so they should make the final 4. Vinnie Page has had a great tournament so far with 91 runs avg 45.5 and amazing bowling figures of 14 overs 8/20. Jack Munnings has 135 runs (incl 102 no in Rd 1), and James French has bowled well (5/66).
The U16 Beitzel shield have won all 3 matches and sit in 2nd place.Matt Stoupas 82 runs avg 41 and Nick Benson 72 runs avg 24 are the leading run makers, while Kobe Heitleinger (6/80) and Aidan Nicholls (5/78) have bowled well. The U16 MacKay Shield won with a huge score 3/313 in Rd but havent won since, and sit in 5th spot, they need to start winning if they want to make the top 4. Nick Ritchie 130 runs incl 100 no in Rd1), Kyle Frencham 104 runs avg 34.7 and Ethan Clark 86 runs avg 43 have been firing, and Matt Corcoran ((5/82) and Angus Evans (4/91) have been the best with the ball.
The U14 Allen Shield have 3 wins and 1 Loss and sit in 3rd place, if they beat the 11th placed side on Monday they will consolidate that spot. Batting is heavily dependent on Zach Grech 127 runs avg 42.3 and Luke Mott 125 runs avg 62.5, but the boys are bowling well, with Felix Archibald 7/58 and Minro Eshwara 5/44 the standouts. The U14 Nolan Cup side sit 9th with 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses, and must beat 6th placed Western Region on Monday to make finals. Jake Temby 136 runs avg 42 and Thivi Salwathura 89 runs avg 44.5 have batted well, and Callum Heath (4/68) is the leading bowler.
The U12 Mitchell Shld team was washed out on Friday so are in 2nd spot with 3 wins and a draw, and need to beat Diamond Valley on Monday to hang on to 2nd place. Chris Kellaway (122 runs not dismissed) has had a prolific run, and Alex Turner (78 runs once out) is also in good nick. Christian Howe (4/47), Chris Kellaway (4/59), Alex Cortese (3/37) and Harry DeMattia (3/65) lead an even attack. The Josh Browne Plate team have blitzed the comp, leading the field with 4 wins. Skipper Charlie Wood has had a golden run with 102 runs avg 51 and 5/20. Moe Spencer 72 runs avg 24 and 4/21, and Nate Edwards 69 runs avg 23 and 3/31 have been consistent, while some of the bowling figures have been sensational, Ashwin Appu 17 overs 3/21 and Austen Gillard 17 overs 3/11!
No doubt all players, parents and coaches are relishing a well earned rest before we are back into the business end of the tournament on Monday 15th.