Page 44 - West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club Yearbook 2016-17
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The U13s fielded 3 teams and were all very competitive this season. At the beginning of the season, it was
a bit of a challenge to field 3 teams due to the low number of players returning from last season. This was mainly due to some players enrolling in private schools and was mandatory to represent their schools in sports. Thanks to a few new registrations to the Club and one playing an age group up, we had 35 players to form the 3 teams.
Our White team performed extremely well throughout the season and progressed all the way to the Grand Final. They were runners-up playing against the Pennant Hills team. The Blue and Red teams couldn’t make it to the semis due to a few games being washed out during the latter part of the season but they gave it their best shot.
Thank you to all the coaches, managers, umpires and scorers who dedicated their time and support. Duminda Thenuwara – U13s Age Coordinator
Under 13 Blue Team
This Cricket season although it was tough trying keep the team motivated, it was very rewarding and enjoyable for me personally. I hope the kids also had fun and learned a little bit more about the game. When we started the season, my objective was to ensure that the kids learn as much as possible about the game and ensure that they have enough fun doing this. As a coach, I think I was very fortunate to be able to coach the Under 13 Blue team since the team consisted of a bunch of kids with mixed cricketing abilities but all the kids were willing to learn and put a lot of effort in to improve themselves. As a result, all the kids had improved their batting, bowling and fielding by the end of the season.
The team had a mixed year with some good wins and some losses but overall the team won more games than they lost. The consistent rain over the last few weeks did not help the team. There were some highlights like coming from behind and beating Kissing Point.
Some of the individual highlights were, Oscar’s batting, especially his 60 against Pennant Hills, Oliver’s out swing bowling wickets in the opening overs. Riley’s couple of match saving innings, Cory’s 3 wickets against Thornleigh, Ritish’s consistent batting, Hiresh’s maiden 50 against Thornleigh, Seth’s batting against the Red team, Nikil’s improved bowling, Luchith’s important little innings at the top of the order, Evan’s excellent wicket keeping, especially stumping against spin bowling and Ratul’s excellent bowling against Hornsby.
Given below are some best moments of the season as some kids remember:
Riley: I enjoyed the wickets that Corey took and especially when he got 3 wickets for 2 runs against Thornleigh.
Oscar: Enjoyed being part of this team for the year.
Luchith: Destroying Hornsby's Batting line up in the one-day match against them.
Hiresh: Enjoyed playing in the team and specially enjoyed the wickets I took with my leg spin bowling.
I must thank Adam for being a wonderful manager. Dumi for doing a wonderful job as the age coordinator. Also, I wish to thank all the parents for carrying the gear, scoring, helping out at practices / games and encouraging the kids.
Sumitha De Silva - Under 13 Blue Coach U13 White Team
The 2016/17 season has been a successful one for the Under 13 Whites. Not only was reaching the final a rewarding achievement, the development of the group throughout the season had been significant. When you consider that the squad is only in its second year of playing together, what they have been able to achieve becomes even more impressive.

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