Page 45 - West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club Yearbook 2014-15
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As the boys get older and take up other summer pursuits, those who remain in whites are the true cricket tragics. Our original four teams, who had previously consolidated into three, now further consolidated into two teams for the 2014/15 season. The delightful result was that it brought together a number of players who last ran around together in Kangas. As old acquaintances were renewed, so too were new batting and bowling partnerships forged. Captains gained added firepower to their line-ups and coaches welcomed new umpires, scorers, assistants and supporters.
The season was full of challenges for both the Green and Gold WPHC teams, from managing a large squad of players to the high quality opposition we faced each week. Although neither team was able to make it through to the semi-finals, there were some great performances and the young men played the game with wonderful spirit. As always, the two intra-club games were keenly anticipated and hard fought, with victories (and bragging rights) being shared.
A big thanks to the coaches/managers of the two team, David Murray, Brendan Flynn and Grahame Clegg for devoting themselves to cricket for the summer. Also to the many assistants, umpires, scorers and general supporters who rolled up to training and games, your support and involvement makes it all possible. Finally to the young men who played their hearts out during the season, congratulations on your performance and in the words of the late Richie Benaud, you were all marvellous.
Under 15 Green
Batting – Haydn Murray (187 runs @ 23.38) Bowling – Brent Larkham (11 wickets @ 14.64) Team Player – Andrew Fernando
James Trainor
U15 Age Coordinator and Coach U15 Green
Under 15 Gold
Under 15 Gold
Batting – Shivraj Rana (284 runs @ 28.40) Bowling – Cameron Bish (9 wickets @ 18.89) Team Player – Ben Cutler
The famous NFL Coach Vince Lombardi once said “one year you’re a Great Dane, the next you’re the fire hydrant”. This year we got a good understanding of that expression.
With 11 out of 14 returning from last year’s Premiership winning team, plus some great new lads joining the squad. Our confidence & expectation for the new season was high. What we found throughout the season was that all of our opposition had also improved and we needed to be at our best each game to get the win. Every team turned up ready to play & knock off last year’s premiers.
When the boys applied themselves with both bat & ball, we were a match for everyone. Unfortunately, some of the matches our application went missing at vital times and the tight wins we earned last year became missed opportunities this year. The good thing about cricket is there is always another game/season to get back out there and have another go.
Special mention goes to our Captain, Riley Behlevanas, who took over leading the team this year, setting the field and ringing the bowling changes. Well done mate. Congrats also goes to our Individual award winners. Shivraj Rana for Batting, Cameron Bish for Bowling and Team Player as voted by his peers was very well deserved and won by Ben Cutler.
Thanks to all the Parents that contributed to the smooth running of the team throughout the season. Our umpires Graeme Cutler, Phil Milford, Deepak Gill, Alan Townsend & Dave Behlevanas. Many thanks go to you, without your help we don’t play. Big thanks also to Grahame Clegg for everything he did in managing the team from Scoring every week to his terrific spreadsheets.
What we really learned this year is that Cricket is all about comradery, supporting each other and enjoying being out there playing the great game of Cricket. That is something the boys can take with them for next season and throughout their cricket career.
Brendan Flynn U15 Gold Coach

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