U14 Wandin cricketer tons up

L-R: Wandin's brilliant U14s batters Jye Aitken, Jack Dowthwaite and Tyler Seeger. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Bryce Edwards

Wandin U14s vs Yarra Junction – written by David Marshall

Wandin’s U14s team have been doing really well this year with many players showing great skills throughout the season, however, every now and then you get to witness something special. Taking on Yarra Junction at home, Wandin won the toss and elected to bowl first in the split innings two-day format. At the end of Yarra Junction’s 1st 25 overs they were well placed on 4 for 78. There has been massive improvement with the Yarra Junction boys since the first time Wandin played them which is a credit to the Yarra Junction coaches. A team heading in the right direction.

With Wandin’s turn to bat, facing the allotted 50 overs of the two-day split innings format, the Wandin pups all batted brilliantly finishing the innings on an incredible all-out for 396. Significant contributions were made by Jed Leckie opening the batting and making 42 runs. Tyler Seeger in the middle order made an aggressive 54 of 34 balls, and towards the end, Jack Dowthwaite finished on 62 off 41 balls.

Yarra Junction returned to bat to chase down a daunting total but with Wandin’s bowlers keeping a tight line, they were able to bowl out Yarra Junction for 116. Bowling contributions include Jack, 3 wickets for 9 runs for a great all-round game. Harry Churchill finished with 2 for 8, Lewis Vaughan, Will Johnson and Tyler all took one wicket each.

However, the moment of the day belonged to an incredible batting performance by Jye Aitken. Coming off a previous week’s highlight in the Senior’s 3rd XI, batting with his Dad (Rod Aitken) both making 50 batting together to create a special memory that won’t be forgotten by either, Jye took this confidence into this match to make an incredible 113 runs of 69 balls. Hitting the ball with incredible power his 113 runs included two sixes and 13 fours. Even more incredible is that Jye is bottom age U14s and still has a year to go if he chooses to do so.

A wonderful performance by a fantastic kid and the Wandin Cricket Club is incredibly proud.

Wandin 1XI vs Warrandtye 3XI – written by Dave Thorne

Day 2

Wandin would take to the ground in day two having posted a score of 190 last week and having Warrandyte 4/70.

With a score that’s chaseable for Warrandyte, Wandin would need to continue to bowl well to secure the win and that they did with Jarrod Dobson taking a much-deserved 7 for 51 off 22 overs with Wandin bowling Warrandyte out for 132.

Wandin 2nd XI v Wantirna South 3rd XI – written by Rick Painter

Week one would end with Wandin in a strong position with only 83 runs to win and all 10 wickets in hand after bowling out Wantirna South for 137. An early wicket from Ash Webb (2/72) would not worry Wandin as the in-form Bryce Edwards would carry his bat with (49*) and partner with B Galante (24)and J Galvin (20*) to cruise to victory with eight wickets in hand. The win put Wandin second on the ladder with one home and away game before finals.

Wandin 3rd XI vs Hoddles Creek at Wesburn- written by Greg Foben

After winning the toss and electing to bowl we had a great start with Sam Robinson taking a wicket on his second ball. From there both Sam and Blake bowled good tight lines with no reward as the Hoddles Creek batsman dug in and got to 100 without losing another wicket as the Wandin fielders struggled to protect the boundaries on the small ground.

The first bowling change came around and the ball was thrown to the young Jed Leckie on his senior debut to try and manufacture a wicket which is managed to do in his third over, finishing with the outstanding figures of 2/38 off 6 overs.

After drinks the Hoddles Creek batters put the foot down and the Wandin team looked to Mark Polido to step back into the bowling lineup after recovering from a shoulder injury he managed to bowl well and keep the run rate down whilst also snagging a very handy wicket.

With the last 10 overs looming and Wandin needing to limit the runs as much as possible the ball was thrown to the wicketkeeper Archie Brown in a move that could only be seen as excellent captaincy as Archie took 5 wickets in his five overs, finishing with 5/35 and Hoddles creek finishing their 36 overs with the mammoth total of 9/254.

Wandin started a bit rocky with the bat as Cooper Kneebone chipped one to mid-off, but to the dismay of the Hoddles Creek fielders this bought the powerhouse of Pat Laws to the crease to play a quick-fire 50 filled with multiple 6’s and very few singles. The Wandin top order put in a huge effort with the bat to keep us in the game with Ben Warren and Matty Owens also reaching unbeaten 50s. The middle order was mixed up a bit to try and get the run rate up but unfortunately, the total was just too great in the end with Wandin finishing short on 6/212.

Wandin Womens vs Mooroolbark – written by Kirwan Peluso

Wandin won the toss and elected to bat first. B Cuddon (1) and G Burgi (2) solidly opened the batting for the first 5 overs. N Lazarus (16*) steadily batted out the 30 overs with some fine hitting and running between the wickets. She was supported by K Peluso (30), A Peet (3) and C Edwards (14). N George (2*) finished off the innings with N. Lazarus. Wandin ended up making 114 for Mooroolbark to make 115 to get the win.

Mooroolbark started well and batted consistently throughout the innings. E. Curwood (0/22) was unlucky not to get a wicket with her tight bowling early. It was N. Lowe (1/6) with her accurate bowling who got the first breakthrough. Wickets were scattered amongst the bowlers as Wandin shared the ball around – C Edwards (1/10), K Friend (1/22), A. Peet (1/17), N. George (0/14), K. Peet (0/7), A. Lazarus (0/11). Mooroolbark passed Wandin’s score in the 26th over, ending up on 4/117. Despite the result, it was a game with a lot of positives including some nimble fielding by N George and K Peet. The team look forward to playing Bayswater Park next week as they prepare for finals action in a few weeks.