“RDCA U/21 Team Beaten in Semi- Final”
On Sunday 13th January 2019 the RDCA played its first home semi-final in many years against Cricket Southern Bayside (CSB) at Bayswater Park No.2. oval in sunny warm conditions. Three squad members, including our captain, were unavailable due to holidays and injury, leaving thirteen members to play.
RDCA won the toss and elected to bat on what proved to be a two paced wicket with both rising and low balls. The team struggled to adapt due to inexperience on varying turf wickets. The openers were dismissed early to be 2/8 followed by a small partnership to achieve 3/25 with further wickets falling to be 5/35. Another partnership followed to reach 6/74 with no batsmen dominating the steady and accurate CSB bowling attack to finally being dismissed for a lowly 88 runs off 32 overs. The majority of the wickets were from catches reflecting the difficulty in playing on this surface and poor choice of shot selection. The main run scorers were Will Killen (APK) 19 runs, Nick Mc Donald (WSO) 17 runs and Dillon Bettess (APK) 10 runs. A disappointing batting effort particularly considering our great performance in the last round match.
After lunch CSB commenced its innings attacking the RDCA bowling from the outset by playing some aggressive stroke making with a flurry of boundaries. The first and only wicket fell at 44 runs and the scoring continued at a brisk rate to pass our score at 1/89 off only 14 overs. Our squad members can only learn from this experience. We wish CSB well in the grand final to be held on Sunday 27th January at Schramm’s Reserve (Fitzroy – Doncaster CC ground).
Craig and I would like to thank the ladies Mandy, Kim and Sue for preparing the lunches and also to Bayswater CC for making their facilities available once again for the RDCA U/21 matches.
I personally would like to thank the squad members for making themselves available for the matches and the exemplary manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the competition. I hope that the experience gained on turf wickets will assist them in their future cricket careers. A big thank you to our team manager Craig Staggard for his dedication, advice of turf experience, outstanding management of the squad and matches. In addition thanks to our coaches Paul Attfield and Michael Hancock for their expertise and assistance to the squad members both at training and matches and also to our scorer Paul Pleming. Thanks also to those parents, grandparents and others who attended matches to support the team.
I wish you all well for the remainder of the season and hopefully look forward to you all participating in the U/21 competition next season.
Pat Meehan, U/21 Co-Ordinator.