Welcome to week two of our Down Under round-up. As ever, we gather this information by trawling websites like http://mycricket.com.au - if you have any comments or information (including related to those not listed), please feel free to contact me on twitter ( @dotski_w ) and I’ll add it to the following update.
First things first, and last week’s round-up didn’t include Graham Kennedy, who is in Perth with Hannan’s Cricket Club in A Grade. Having taken 2-10 off 5 overs in his first game, scoring 23 runs with the bat, he followed this up last week with 67 runs (out of a Hannan’s total of 101), and took 2 wickets for 24 runs.
This weekend he had less success with the ball, conceding 0-54 in his 9 overs as opening bowler, however he again got runs on the board, his 33 being the 2nd best score for his side as they beat North Kalgoorlie by 3 wickets.
Another player who I hadn’t mentioned yet is Muckamore’s Emerging Knight Aditya Adey, who is playing with Bathurst. Having scored 73 runs and taken a wicket in his first game a fortnight ago, he went wild again today, with 40 runs off 21 balls, 3 wickets, and 2 run outs!
In Perth, Stuart Thompson’s Wanaroo continued their game against Freemantle. In the 2nd Freemantle innings, Thompson’s 2 overs went for an economical 7 runs, but their opponents had the better of the game, winning the first innings.
Tyrone Kane continues to recover from his side injury and so did not bowl, but had the satisfaction of seeing his 32 from last week help his University side to a first innings win over Joondalup.
Andy McBrine followed up on his wicket at the end of last week’s play with another today, to finish 2-47 off his 18 overs, as his Midland-Guildford side lost the first innings against Mount Lawley.
In Southern Australia, James McCollum had his best knock of the season so far, with 72 runs in Adelaide's University's 9 wicket win over Tea Tree Gully, in a 50 over First Grade game. Again opening with Ben Wakim, the top order batsman had a great season down under last year, and will be hoping the momentum will carry through from this into the new year.
In NSW, Nathan Smith made a strong pitch to be considered as an all-rounder in future. Batting at 9 in 1st Grade, he top scored for his Northern District side with 63*, as they finished on 256/10 in the 88th over in their 2-day game against Sydney CC. Smith was immediately back in as an opening bowler after that knock, but only had 3 overs before play closed, with the adopted Ulsterman conceding 8 runs.
Harry Tector played his first game in the prestigious U21 competition, the Poidevin-Gray Shield, and had a good start, scoring 23 runs off 13 balls (including 4 fours), as Randwick Petersham finished on 4/118 in 16 overs. In reply, Sydney University managed 87/10 in 15.1 overs, with the young Dubliner’s knock being the 2nd best of the game.
Aaron Gillespie has, we’re told, only just got his visa, but he has already made his mark with Albury, in Provincial First Grade in Victoria. Facing Wodonga Raiders in a T20, he took 2-35 in his 4 overs and took 1 catch, and then followed it up with 75 runs, as they won by 3 wickets, with 5 balls left. Clearly, he didn’t need much time to acclimatise...
Fionn Hand opened the bowling for Preston in their game vs Brunswick, taking 1-38 in his 6 overs. He went for a duck himself in the following innings, but his compatriot and captain Eoghan Delany top-scored with 45, albeit in a losing effort to the Brunsick side.
Finally, a bit of news regarding the younger players involved. On his transition year in Western Australia, Rush left-armer Diarmuid Burke (pictured) has been active in the underage grades, despite having some back problems that have seen him advised to bowl at medium pace. Hopefully he’ll be over this soon enough, but he was able to bowl 5 overs at the weekend in a 50-over game for Scarborough against Perth, and his 0-10 was the most economical figures of the eight Scarborough bowlers, and only one of the nine Perth bowlers managed the same rate of 2.0, so he must be doing something right. I’m told he’ll also be working on his batting in the coming months.
Elsewhere, young SJ De Klerk is playing for Glenwood High School in South Africa this winter, and he scored 113*(61) in a T20 match for them during the week.
Shane Getkate has also made his mark in the Southern Hemisphere this weekend. Playing in the Western Province Premier League, he took 5-29 in his 10 overs, including the UWC top three, as they were dismissed for 93. Getkate's Rondebosch team-mates managed to knock off the required runs without bothering him further with the bat.
So another useful weekend for young and not-so-young players.
Again, let us know if there’s anyone we’re missing.