How quick was that? The AFL Grand Final on Saturday night, then junior cricket starts two days later!
The North Huon Stage 1 side were away to Margate on Monday evening. Four of the six juniors were playing hard-ball cricket for the first time, so it was always going to be a challenge against the experienced Mecca side.
Captain Jack Stevenson won the toss, and sent the opposition in on a cool but dry evening. First time player Connor took a fine catch off the first ball, and then zeroed in on the stumps to claim 3/13 off his four overs. He had strong support from Alex (2/4) and Anthoney (2/15), while the other bowlers impressed with their accuracy. The Warriors were a bit rusty in the field, but Alex and Felix combined for a clever run out as the Mecca were held to 10/96 off their 20 overs.
The target felt like it might just be gettable, and Connor (15 runs) and Seb (11) set a solid foundation. Jack stepped in and sent the ball flying to all corners on his way to a match high-score of 23 runs. Margate then wrested control back with some tight and fast bowling, and ended up restricting the Warriors to 13/75. It was a closer game than expected, and a great learning experience for the players who are yet to have their first training session!
Congratulations to Connor Lyness who won Warrior of the Week for a fine performance with both bat and ball on debut. The team is looking forward to a home game next Monday against Kingborough Blue.