Page 50 - West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club Yearbook 2016-17
P. 50

• Riley Paton
The “Doug Walters” of the team. Bowling his left arm mediums he had the uncanny knack of getting a wicket when the team needed one (7 wickets @ 11). Best strike rate in the competition (bowling more than 10 overs) with a wicket every 15 balls! Exceptional outfielder (possibly the best in the competition) with his pace to the ball and flat accurate throws. Always plays with a smile on his dial.
• Areeb Rashid
Good medium fast bowler who bowls outswing on a nagging line and length. Won the bowling award with 9 wickets @ 21 at 2.7 runs an over. Unselfishly opened the batting early in the season when the team was short of batsmen and scored a well compiled 26 in Round 3.
• Nick Sparks
Did a great job warming up the boys pre-game and shared the keeping duties with Zac. Worked hard on his keeping and continued to improve throughout the season. The take above his head from a hard throw from the infield to get the run out vs Hornsby-Berowra was a highlight. Can be a devastating lower order batsman when at his best. Showed glimpses during games, top score of 15 vs Castle Hill.
• Alexander Vink
Assisted Nick with the team warm ups. A talented batsman with solid back foot play, top score 26 vs Hornsby-Berowra. Bowls big inswingers with his slow mediums and opened the bowling in some games to great effect. Bowled very well post-Christmas (10 wickets @ 15.5).
Thank you to Roger Kurian, fellow coach, for your valued input and to Jane Bish for your tireless effort as number one team manager. This team has a great parent group and the Blues were never short of umpires, scorers, amenities, support and laughter throughout the season.
Well done Blues, another very enjoyable cricket season.
Ian Cooper Coach
Under 15 Gold
Yet another year when a combination of old faces and some new ones started the season together. Handicapped by a combination of private school players and a player who opted out even before the first ball was bowled for the season, the team was reduced to ten on the field for most of the games.
It is an immense credit to the talent and character of the ten players who took to the field, match after match, to ensure that we had a game on (the team played with a full complement of 11 players for only 3 of the 12 matches played).
Despite the numbers, it has been another grand season for the immensely talented Gold Team who made it to the semis for the 3rd year in a row. It was unfortunate that the last 3 matches, including the semis, were a washed-out affair with only one innings played. It is a shame as the players would have loved to have a crack at making it to 2nd year in a row in the finals instead of the weather deciding their fate.
There have been some individual brilliances during the season and some sensational achievements. Many a personal milestone had been achieved and some personal barriers overcome. However, it would be unfair to credit individual performances as it would take the sheen off the incredible team spirit and the character that the team displayed in supporting and achieving together – and this with fair play and respect on and off the field.
As a coach and a parent, they could not have made me any prouder. Well done boys and Anushka. You have been sensational...yet again.
Ravi... the proud coach.

   48   49   50   51   52