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WE ARE THE 7TH GRADE CHAMPIONS!
Date of Event Rydalmere Cricket Club: Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:31PM
WE ARE THE 7TH GRADE CHAMPIONS!
It's time to celebrate!
A massive congrats to our mighty Wrens 7th grade team who have been crowned NCU PREMIERS 2020-21!
The Club is proud of your achievements, particularly your sportsmanship, leadership and the ruthless way you won your grand final matches.
It was amazing to watch this powerhouse Wrens team play their best cricket in the Grand Final.
Congratulations to Wrens players in all Wrens team for a thoroughly enjoyable year.
7TH GRADE GRAND FINAL
The Wrens thank our outstanding leaders: DOMINIC MOREIRA & LAKSHMAN NIRTHANAKUMARAN. Fantastic leadership all year - you represented the Wrens with distinction.
The Wrens finished 2nd on the ladder so had to beat Cammeray in the GF. Cammeray were formidable opponents so the game was going to be a tightly fought contest.
DAY 1 - THE WRENS BATSMEN LOOK TO DOMINATE 1st INNINGS
The Wrens batted first and started to steadily build their innings against excellent bowling from Cammeray. Loose balls were scarce and Cammeray bowled tight lines and length to restrict the Wrens.
The Wrens plans were clear - bat to tea, build innings to 150 with wickets in hand, and then throw the bat to amass 200. Ideally, an early declaration before 5-30 would give the Wrens attack a juicy crack at the Cammeray openers.
The Wrens got to 9 for 200 at the end of the day which set the game up beautifully for day 2.
Batting honours went to silky smooth batsmen DILUK 'DK' KANNANGARA who provided the foundation bedrock with 54.
Several Wrens played critical innings to build the imposing total; DANIEL COARY 36, LAKSHMAN NIRTHANAKUMARAN 25 and SEBASTIEN Du PLESSIS 20.
It's always a difficult task in a grand final to decide how many runs you need and how much time to get 10 wickets to win.
The batsmen delivered the runs needed so it now time for ths bowlers and fieldsmen to impose themselves on the game.
DAY 2 - WRENS PACE BOWLERS START THE ATTACK
The Wrens declared and sent Cammeray into bat. The game was now Cammeray's to win with 200 runs and 70 overs.
A slow start from Cammeray was due to superb, controlled swing bowling from young Wrens firebrand SAM WILKIN and DILUK KANNANGARA.
Through a combination of exceptional bowling and conservative batting, Cammeray's leadership team decided very early in their innings to take defensive tactics and bat out 70 odd overs for the draw.
This is often a tough and risky feat because the weight of scoreboard pressure could expose the lower order to bowling and fielding pressure if there was a collapse. Grand Finals also have a way of imposing excess weight onto the shoulders of batsmen.
Cammeray had patiently batted to 1 for 30 off 28 overs and probably thought they had successfully seen off both Wrens opening bowlers.
Cammeray's cautious tactics were slowly paying off to be 3 wickets down at tea but only 52 runs on the board off 45 overs.
Cammeray had the upper hand as they batted towards a draw. The next hour session was critical. No loss of wickets would take the game away from the Wrens.
The Wrens bowlers had bowled incredibly well with relentless discipline, accuracy and fire. The Wrens needed a break-through. An inspired bowling change saw STEFAN GERMANOS (1 for 6) claim the wicket.
The Wrens were back in the hunt when something amazing happened. DILUK seized on the loose ball for a chance run-out having noticed Cammeray's opening bat was standing out his ground. The poor fella had batted superbly and was a rock.
The run-out tipped the game towards the Wrens as 5 for 50 odd exposed Cammeray's lower order to a heavy deficit and 2 hours facing the Wrens attack.
The Wrens tightened the noose with outstanding contributions from all bowlers. The remaining 5 wickets fell in quick succession and the mighty Wrens claimed a deserved victory.
LAKSHMAN took 2 blinding catches in the impossible position of short leg gully which demonstrated how well the lads had caught and fielded all day.
But it was the Wrens bowlers who dominated with the ball. The spearhead of the attack was SAM WILKIN who bowled one of the all-time great spells of 3 for 27 off 25 successive overs.
SAM's pace and accuracy were the same for his first and last over. The bowling spell will be honoured for years to come.
The rest of the Wrens bowlers were equally impressive and strangled the life out of the game with immaculate line and length.
The SINGH brothers - KIRAN & ARJUN - bowled high-quality spells to make the batsmen play every ball under pressure.
It was amazing cricket to watch with:
* ARJUN SINGH taking 2 for 14 off 15 overs and
* KIRAN SINGH taking 2 for 11 off 8 overs.
Players voted the prestigious Man of the Match award to DILUK KANNANGARA for his all-around stellar performance with the bat, ball and in the field.
Hearty congratulations to the Cammeray 7th grade team for playing fantastic cricket all year. Your spirit and sportsmanship in the Grand Final was outstanding. You did your Club proud!
Go the mighty Wrens!
Last updated: Wednesday March 31, 2021 2:34PM
Author: Matt Roberts
Cricket New South Wales
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