Junior Redcaps Report – Round 3

OUR two New Norfolk Cricket Club junior boys’ teams played a couple of away games at the weekend and finally experienced some decent weather following the cancellation of Round 2. We had a Friday night game and Sunday afternoon game against two quality sides and our boys worked hard to produce some great individual performances. Here is how they went.

🏏New Norfolk Under-13s v Wellington at Eady Street on Friday night: New Norfolk bowled first. At the time of writing, Play HQ is down still so these scores were provided to me by Wellington, which is why I won’t be writing in as much depth as usual. Thanks Ian for providing them. Roo Topping: 3-19; Angus Fraser: 2-5; Bobby Nossiter: 1-16; Hamish Fraser: 1-18; Gabe Bannister 1-38. Roo Topping was the pick of the bowlers, snagging 3 wickets in a great bowling display. He is always really consistent and his work rate is first class, with his bowling putting a lot of pressure on the opposition. Angus Fraser continued his good form for the season with another 2 wickets, both coming at crucial times in the innings. His figures were very tidy and he worked hard. Bobby Nossiter, Hamish Fraser and Gabe Bannister each picked up a wicket for their team and did a good job of bowling line and length, with all 3 boys getting their side up and about with their wickets. Wellington finished on 8-227. 

Batting, Bobby Nossiter was the only Redcaps player to reach double figures, finishing with 21 runs. He played some lovely shots and lit up Eady Street, looking confident and working hard for his side. Angus Fraser (6), Jude Bannister (4), Judah Topping (3) and Gabe Bannister (3) all tried hard for their side but unfortunately couldn’t get past double figures. New Norfolk finished on 8-45, giving Wellington the win. 

Despite the result, it was great to hear that the Redcaps players were all supportive of each other and constantly working as a team. It’s great to hear that win, lose or draw, our team are still a great bunch of kids and representing our club extremely well. Obviously our batting let us down during the game but we will work on it at training in the hopes that we can improve over the coming weeks. 

🏏New Norfolk Under-15a v Glenorchy Black at Collinsvale on Sunday: New Norfolk bowled first. Noah Evans: 2-18 off 3; Oliver Rhodes: 1-9 off 4; Zayne Field: 1-9 off 4; Ronan Hunt: 1-15 off 3.1; Ruben Strong: 1-25 off 4. Tyson Smith (0-5 off 3) and Zayne Field got the ball rolling for their side, bowling extremely well to the opening batsmen. Both boys showed their experience and produced a number of dot balls that frustrated the opposition and got our side off to a great start. Ollie Rhodes came in at first change and continued with the awesome accuracy, bowling a line that put the opposition under immediate pressure. He showed great control and he and Zayne picked up an early wicket each to put New Norfolk into a great spot early. Ruben Strong battled through illness to pick up a wicket and continue the good work of the opening bowlers. His work rate was really good and he bowled a nice line. Ronan Hunt didn’t want his brother to be the only one claiming a wicket this weekend, picking up a quality wicket midway through the innings. He has been a great asset so far this season and will be a great bowler for years to come. The pick of the bowlers was Noah Evans, who snagged two wickets and showed that his work at training is paying off. Noah has been trialling spin bowling and it proved to be a valuable asset to his arsenal, confusing the opposition and giving him another string to his bow. One of his wickets was a spinner and the other pace, giving him a few options going forward. In the field, all the players were up and about, with Logan, Zayne and Haiden each picking up a runout. These kind of efforts are a credit to the hard work the boys did in the middle on Tuesday night and shows they were switched on all in innings. Glenorchy finished all out for 111.

Batting: Haiden Smith: 37 off 52; Zayne Field: 29 off 26; Bobby Nossiter: 13 off 33. Zayne Field and Logan Hunt (7 off 16) opened the batting for New Norfolk and came in with a positive mindset, looking to see off the openers and play their shots. Tyson Smith (6 off 9) couldn’t quite capture the heroics he had last game but looked solid when he was in the middle. Haiden Smith was the star of the innings, finishing with the highest score and looking extremely comfortable. He hit a couple of boundaries but most of his innings was filled with hard running and quick singles as he rotated the strike and waited for balls in his zone. Bobby Nossiter scored well and was strong in defence, batting like a brick wall. He continues to impress every game and his leadership has been a welcome addition this season as well (as it has for the last few seasons). He and Haiden have started off their captaincies with some really good signs. The Redcaps were in a really good spot but some incredible bowling from Glenorchy got them over the line by 4 runs. New Norfolk finished all out for 107, giving Glenorchy the win.

The signs were there for the Redcaps, especially with the ball. As a junior team, we need to work hard on our batting over the next few weeks to try and get rid of some of the mistakes we’ve made. Despite the loss, the boys should be proud of their efforts and know that they can take it up to quality sides. 

🏏REMARKABLE REDCAPS

  1. Tyson Smith: 66 and 5-35 off 4 in U15s in round one. 
  2. Bobby Nossiter: 47 in U15s in round one. 
  3. Roo Topping: 3-19 in U13s in round 3. 
  4. Haiden Smith: 37 in U15s in round 3. 
  5. Zayne Field: 1-9 off 4 and 29 in U15s in round 3. 
  6. Jack Neads: 1-3 off 3 and 23* in U13s in round one. 
  7. Jude Bannister: 29* and 0-16 off 4 in U13s in round one.
  8. Angus Fraser: 2-5 in U13s in round 3. 
  9. Angus Fraser: 2-16 off 4 and 5* in U13s in round one.
  10. Noah Evans: 2-18 off 3 in U15s in round 3.

That’s it from me this week. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at training as we continue to work hard and continue to improve. Until next time, cheers and GO REDCAPS!

JOSH WALSH

EDITOR’S NOTE: All Derwent Valley/Central Highlands cricket teams are welcome to send reports for publication at newnorfolknews.com. Email reports and photos to damian@newnorfolknews.com

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