Dylan Newton and his fellow cricketing youngsters will be gearing up for finals action this weekend.
Dylan Newton and his fellow cricketing youngsters will be gearing up for finals action this weekend.

Crunch time in CRJCA competition

TRADITIONALLY March sees the end of the cricket season. This is none more poignant than this Thursday and Friday, when the Clarence River Junior Cricket Association hosts its Junior Grand Finals.

In the under-12 competition, Minor premiers Tucabia, take on the second place getters in South. Both teams have strong player bases and games between them this year have been close, with Tucabia winning both encounters but only by small margins.

Tyson Blackadder, Tucabia captain, will be a dangerman, as will be Clifford Stephenson who is a powerful hitter of anything loose from the South bowlers. Throw the stability of Shinae MacDonald in and Tucabia have a very good team. Isaac Brown has also proven to be valuable, and his early form gave him a spot in the representative team.

From South’s point of view they have several players that can turn a match. The technically sound Dylan Cleaver has ability all over the ground and his enthusiasm is certainly a team lifter. Wiri Boland has been a surprise packet, the little pocket rocket has been hitting the ball cleanly of late. Lachlan Rowe and Logan Thompson will also need to continue their consistent ways and provide good support.

This match is set down for JJ Lawrence Number 2, commencing at 4pm Thursday.

The under-14 fixture is set down for JJ Number 1, and is set to be a cracker. It also sees one playing two from the ladder, although Tucabia were given an easy path to the final due to a forfeit by South. The Brothers squad made relatively easy work of Easts, bowling them out in just 29 overs.

The Brothers team has been consistent all year. The McDonald twins of Grace and Naomi are both talented batters, and can hold up an end with ease and comfort. Of course the sheer ability of Mitch Kroehnert cannot be denied, however, if Tucabia get him cheaply, Brothers will need to knuckle down. Thomas Munro has come into form towards the end of the season and he should not be underestimated.

Tucabia have many playmakers all over the ground and if they all fire, Brothers will be in strife. Dylan Adamson, who I tip to be a stand out bowler, has performed exceptionally well this year with the bat, only being dismissed twice all season. Kayla Worthing is also a danger and has the ability to bat for long periods without giving chances. Callum Barnier and Jesse Powell could hold the key to the bowling, as both finished in the top-five for wickets for the association.

The final of the under-16s will certainly be a torrid game. Set down for the inconsistent Lower Fisher Turf, both teams will have to be wary of their stroke play.

Brothers made short work of the South outfit in the semi-final. Jake Kroehnert is proving that his experience at higher representative levels is invaluable, having a top score of 81 this season. He will certainly be the dangerman with both bat and ball. Like several other youngsters in the both line-ups, the Premier League experience will be of great assistance.

Without doubt the Harwood side have got the talent all-round. The Johnson boys, Liam and Ryan, are both outstanding young cricketers, who together form a deadly partnership with bat and ball. In their outing against Yamba in the semi, they took seven wickets between them. Of course skipper, Ben McMahon will have plenty of wisdom for a young bloke, as his dad, Tim, is well respected for his cricket mind. Ben’s experience of bowling in the Premier League will also be of great benefit.

All matches to commence at 4pm.

With these matches complete the 2010/2011 season will come to a close. The CRJCA will host its annual award night on March 24 at the Grafton Primary School. A BBQ will be provided at 5.30pm. All clubs, players and families are welcome.

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