“RDCA U/21 Team Wins Third Round Match
Last Sunday the RDCA played its third and final round match in the VMCU Neil Wright Shield against the Victorian Turf Cricket Association (VTCA) at Croydon Oval, Croydon. This was another must win game as VTCA had already received a forfeit against ECA and won comfortably against DDCA in their matches. Fifteen squad members were available for selection with two players injured.
VTCA won the toss and elected to bat on a reasonable third day pitch. RDCA bowlers claimed two early wickets for 2/11 with VTCA recovering to take the score to 4/63 followed by an 86 run partnership to 5/149. Tighter bowling and good fielding saw 6 wickets fall for only 48 runs for a final score of 10/197 off 36.3 overs. Best bowlers were Rory Tattersall (SCR) 4/35 off 7.3 overs, Lachlan Barrett (SCR) 3/26 off 5 overs, Josh McCallum (MTR) 1/38 off 8 overs, Luke O’Brien (CNT) 1/38 off 7 overs and Jay Dimitrov (WSO) 1/41 off 8 overs.
After lunch RDCA commenced its innings with the loss of a wicket on the first ball followed by a 54 run partnership to reach 2/54. Partnerships of 35 and 68 runs took the score to 4/157 before wickets began to fall to tie the score at 9/197 with one ball to come. Luke O’Brien stepped up and proceed to pierce the close in field for a four to achieve an RDCA victory. Main contributors were our “international star” Sam Mulligan (LYD) 81 runs, captain and opener Will Pleming (KIL) 40 runs, big hitter Chris Williams (TMP) 36 runs, Lachlan Barrett (SCR) 14 runs and Rory Tattersall (SCR) 12 n.o. An exciting win in a close and competitive match played in excellent spirit by both teams. This result meant that three teams finished with two wins apiece and unfortunately the grand final will be between DDCA and VTCA with RDCA missing out on percentage (mainly due to VTCA receiving a forfeit from ECA in the first round).
Thanks to Croydon CC for hosting us at their new facilities and Maroondah Council. Special thanks to Kim Stewart, Mandy Staggard and Darelle Barrett for preparing the lunches.
Craig Staggard and I would especially thank all the squad members for making themselves available to play on the three Sundays and we hope that the experience will assist them in their future cricket careers either with their current RDCA clubs or elsewhere. We would also like to thank Paul Attfield at Saxon Sports for all the assistance he has given to us through the use of his indoor facilities and provision of uniforms and equipment.
At this stage this will be the final season of the U/21 competition in the current format. The VMCU has appointed a sub-committee to review any likely future competition but most associations have indicated the difficulty in getting players to commit to Sunday matches and could not guarantee future participation. RDCA has also experienced this situation over the last three seasons with a lot of my personal time and effort going into achieving our squads. Therefore this will be my last season as U/21 Co-Ordinator and I would like to sincerely thank Craig Staggard for all his work over recent seasons as Team Manager and coach. It has been an enjoyable experience with great groups of young RDCA cricketers over my seven seasons journey. One regret has been the lack of support and assistance from both clubs and the RDCA cricket community in supporting the management and players in this competition.
Pat Meehan, U/21 Co-Ordinator”