BYC Bash gets off to a thrilling start
The inaugural ElectroServices Buller Youth Cricket (BYC) Bash began on Monday with both games ending in very exciting fashion, kicking off great new opportunities in cricket for high school students in Buller. The aim of this competition is to align youth clubs to the current senior clubs in a Monday evening T20 competition. The first round saw Ngakawau vs Old Boys and Athletic vs Coastal.
Batting first in a seven-a-side game Ngakawau got off to a rough start by missing straight ones losing Blake Jack for two, and both Caleb O’Brien and Seth McDonald for 0. Brock Johnson batted sensibly opening up with 18 before a wild swing also saw him bowled. Blaine Meikle, back in cricket for the first time in four years since playing Buller Primary Reps, came back with a bang hitting 14 off five balls before being caught. C Dunlop managed 5 and Eoin Pratt 0 not out and Ngakawau were all out for 60 off 10.3 overs. The Old Boys bowling shared the wickets. Cam Hill, Devlin Pratt, Blyth Dent and Tomo Stanger all getting one wicket, and Stan Thomas two.
In reply Old Boys got into early trouble with Buller U15 reps Hill and Devlin Pratt both getting out cheaply as did Stanger and Thomas. Brock Johnson and Blake Jack both picked up two wickets each before bowling out their four overs each. Blythe Dent scored a patient six in a partnership led by Nico Gugich who scored 10 put Old Boys in an easily winnable position, but Sent fell with less than 10 runs to get leaving it up to Gugich and Cian Pratt for the last wicket. Old Boys got there despite a dropped catch along the way to win by one wicket.
In the other game it was a two man show between Athletic captain Josh Roche and Coastal captain Sam Jope in an eight-a-side matchup. Batting first Coastal scored 193 for 6 off 20 overs thanks to Jope’s 133 not out retired. Jamie Kerr also chimed in with a well struck 29. Year 5 fill in Sheldon Walsh picked up two wickets for Athletic, with Jesse Hart, Luke Henderson and Roche picking up one each. Jope’s retirement would come back to haunt him though as Athletic cruised past the total from 18.2 overs and only two down thanks to Roche’s 111 not out which was well supported by Henderson’s 50 and nine not out from Flynn Aldridge.
The standings after one round see Athletic on top over Old Boys due to a superior run rate with both teams on six points. Coastal and Ngakawau are both yet to get off the mark and will be looking to turn that around next week. Next Mondays draw sees Athletic vs Old Boys and Ngakawau vs Coastal.
Last Man Standing Report
The ASB Last Man Standing competition began on Tuesday night with what is currently a five team competition. Games are six overs per side with everyone bowling one over, batters retiring on 20, and special rules which are Last Man Standing and Double Play.
First up the Spraycando’s took on WestIndia. Batting first Spraycondo’s scored 57 thanks to Matt Cunneen’s 20 retired. WestIndia were behind the whole game until it counted. 14 was needed off the last over and it was achieved off the last ball.
In the other game Where’s Wassa amassed 65 thanks to some guy called Andrew Duncan who looks like a cricketer with potential, and 15 each to Craig Adams and Cam Hill. Chris Aldridge was the unfortunate player to be the first run out off a double play. In reply the Boomfa Boys were cruising thanks to Ben Pratt but his retirement slowed things markedly. 22 off two overs became 19 off the last as the Boomfa Boys finished short on 55.
Next week the competition will take a break due to Waitangi Day, but will then continue for five weeks after that. In the spirit of social sport, team registrations will continue to be taken. Teams of six or more can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email as an individual from which a team of random players can be created.