On Sunday 17th Jan three SECA Rep teams were successful in winning their grand finals in the VMCU Junior Carnival.
The U16 Beitzel team were chasing a good score by ISEC, 6/164. Tyler Pearson (2/21) and Henry Pearson (2/35) bowled best for SECA. Zac Grech (23) helped get the side off to a good start at 1/32, but wickets fell and at 4/85 the game was anyone's. Henry Pearson held the innings together with a masterful 83 off 90 balls, including 11 boundaries to set it up, and Luke Healy (13) and Oliver Peake (13 no) got us over the line to reach 5/167. A fine job by coach Stan Moraitis to go through unbeaten, this was our 3rd win in the Beitzel Shield in 16 attempts.
Both girls Rep teams also tasted victory. in the U14 savage, SECA 7/144 (Mikayla Collins 47 no and Amelie O'Meara 35 no) were able to bowl out North West Metro for 130, with Mia Ursprung 2/8, Olivia Smith (2/10) and Matilda Lloyd (2/7).
In the U12 Fatone, SECA sent Western Region in and restricted them to 4/116 (Imogen Campbell 2/5). In reply SECA knocked up 5/121, with opener Georgia Naughton playing a patient hand (14 no off 53 balls, while her fellow opener Aanya Jaswal carved up the bowlers with a dashing 47 no off 39 balls, including 9 boundaries. Congratulations to coaches Jess Dale, Abbey Samild and Mia Perrin on a job well done.
The U16 Mackay posted a creditable all out 174 after being in hot water at 5/42, with Nick Tindall 23 and Luke Hawkeswood 27 giving support to Luke Collis, who made a great 73 (10 boundaries) before being last man out. Ringwood didn't lose their first wicket until 76, but then s ateady trickle of wickets saw RDCA 9/150 and on the brink. However their last 2 batters showed commendable composure and Ringwood just got home with 2 balls left in the match, 9/178. Must have been an absorbing contest to watch, the boys certainly did SECA proud. Jack Luscombe (2/36), Xavier McGrath 3/25) and Tansh Bedi (2/26) all bowled well. Great job by first year coaches Jono Vincent and Pat Parsons.
The U12 Mitchell couldn't recover from 7/28 after 14 overs. Tom Elliott (25) and Jock McKenzie (15 no) showed great character get us to 9/104 and at least bat out our overs. Harish Salwathura (1/13) struck early with a caught and bowled, Jack O'Brien (1/15) and Ton Elliott (1/6) also struck to have Eastern 3/27 with their 2 main batters Hester and Massey. at the crease. These two gained in confidence, passing out score in the 31st over with no further loss to seal an emphatic win. Coaches Nick Huttley and Angus Hanrahan did a good job coaching the boys.