Katamatite Cricket Club Gazette

News, Info, Game Reports & Events of Your Local Club

Volume 2, Issue 4: 10th December 2015

Spinning Them Out

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KCC Premier Division captured their first win of the season in their two-day match against Finley last round, thanks to their spin attack; Tom Pendlebury taking five wickets, Andrew Erickson taking three and Lockie Sharp two.

Tom also high scored with the bat, making 68 runs, supported by Captain, Daniel Gattuso who made 51.

Game Reports

Premier Division

The boys of our top division took their first win against Finley last round, see front page. Unfortunately, despite a number of impressive individual efforts with bat and ball, we have been unable to string consistent team performances together across the first half of the season, though giving competition front runners, Nathalia, a scare last round bodes well for the second half.

Division 2

Thanks to Captain, Adam Harwood who has been providing fantastic game reports week after week on Facebook to keep the family informed. Here is his breakdown of Division 2s nail-biter against Tocumwal two weeks ago:

For a change we had a bat first; we didn't get off to the best start with D9 [Daniel Parnell] out second ball. Daniel Brophy and myself then put on a good partnership of about 50, before both of us were out LBW. Kevin Clarke made 19 and little Broph [Adam Brophy] made 9. We were all out for 105. Brad [Parnell] and Ollie [Ross] bowled well taking 2 wickets apiece, but Toc were batting ok and got to 40 with only a couple down. Harry took 3 wickets and Morgs' [Stephen Morgan] 1 wicket tied things up, mainly thanks to some great fielding by Brad who took 3 catches and a run out. Toc kept getting closer to the target and things got a bit stressful until Kev got the vital 9th wicket with Ollie taking a great catch. With only 2 runs needed the batsmen got an edge and Harry did the rest behind the stumps to end a very close game.

Under 14s

Though not having registered many points on the ladder, KCC Under 14's season is most definitely on the up and up. "The kids are improving week after week; we've been competitive - we're yet to be smashed or out righted - the way they have played and improved, a win isn't far away", says Coach, Tim Lukies.

About their Round 5 match against Cobram-Yarroweyah United Coach Lukies believes that it was the teams "best result to date, even with kids out; Kaleb Clarke kept the best he has so far, and Austin Lukies again holding up an end when we lost an early wicket". Stepping into the role for that match, Ben Lukies also produced a Captain's knock of 39* and the team were further bolstered by a very impressive and enthusiastic performance by Oliver Mynard who came up from Milo Cricket to fill in.

Of the round 4 match against Waaia, Coach Lukies gave honourable mentions to Daniel Palmer, who high-scored with the bat, and Blake Palmer's bowling effort.

On This Day in KCC History...

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December 1985.

We can't paint much of a picture of the day Laurie Lawless made his A Grade century against Finley in '85, as the man himself doesn't have a lot of details to give. "All I really remember is finishing up with a lot of sunburn and being really worn out", tells Laurie.

Perhaps playing down his achievement, Laurie jests, "It's a long time ago, I'm flat out remembering it, now it's just something I can hold bragging rights over to Conor!" Obviously having heard more of the story, son, Conor, also jokes, "in another thirty years he'll still be able to tell you about every ball of it!"

Interestingly, Laurie doesn't actually rate this as his best innings, instead referring to an "80 odd" in a tight end of season tussle where his side were trying to make finals.

Always the team player. Well done Laurie.

The Live Action

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The President's Mid-Season Report

By Andrew Erickson

Ok so we are approaching the halfway mark of another cricket year, Christmas is on our doorstep and our usual hot Aussie summer is upon us. And there's lots to talk about from our season to date.

Firstly, Adam Harwood and Tim Mynard have been doing a terrific job taking Milo Cricket. We have also taken part in Milo Blast, which is a little more like a real game. The kids have loved both programs and participation and improvement has been fantastic. So thanks to all the kids and parents who have taken part. It is much appreciated.

Tim Lukies decided to progress from coaching the under 12s to to taking on the under 14s; he has done a great job with them and really shows passion for the job. The kids have improved to no end and been more than competitive in all games, which is a real credit to all. We also plan on having more of the specialist coaching clinics that the kids have benefited from so much.

Adam Harwood has taken on B Grade Skipper, with Kev Clarke Vice, and the team have had a fairly good start to the year. Adam is a fantastic leader and B Grade has really benefited from him being back. They are sitting in 6th spot on the ladder and have a real chance of playing finals, so good luck in the second half of the year guys, and let's hope we get your full team on the park and sneak into finals.

A Grade have really started to hit our straps in the last 3 rounds, giving top-of-the-ladder team Nathalia a scare, then knocking off Finley up there. Our first win for the year and was well celebrated. Daniel Gattuso is really coming on as Captain, considering it is only his second year in the high pressure job, so well done. Lockie Sharp has taken on Vice-Captain and, in his first year at the club, is doing a great job. Let's work hard and take some scalps in the remainder of the guys.

Our major function of the year, the Trivia Night, was really well supported with around 130 people coming along, and was a fantastic success. Credit to Catherine, amazing job. Another major thank you to Dossie who somehow managed to feed the 130 guest a 5 course meal, with help from her husband JP. Massive effort guys. Last thank you is to Laurie for doing the bar and Tracey for counting the scores. Well done guys. Great night.

Big congratulations to Steve and Amy Carr on the birth of little Zoe June - another girl cricketer! We are sure to have a gun girls side soon.

Lastly, a big thanks to all volunteers who have helped so far during the year. Volunteers are the only way a club can run and with the quality of our KCC volunteers It's no wonder our Cricket Club is going from strength to strength. So once again, a massive thank you to you all.

Your Invitation to Celebrate The Festive Season With Us!

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