U13 Sunshine Coast Scorchers wrap!

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U13 Sunshine Coast Scorchers wrap!

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U13 Sunshine Coast Scorchers wrap!

  1. Jack (Southey) Southgate
  2. Isaac (Isaac) Russell
  3. Luke (Beefy) Wellington
  4. Daniel (Dan) Desmet
  5. Max (Maxi) Holden
  6. Mitch (the Bison) Tennant
  1. Ben (Benny) Blackwell
  2. Aeden (Aido) Mayo 
  3. Kade (Kado) Williams 
  4. Jackson (Jacko) 
  5. Matt (Matty) Riddle
  6. Zavier (Zave) Carter
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The U13 Scorchers entered the week long carnival as regional underdogs, up against the might of the Brisbane Metro juggernauts.  With 4 debutants brought in for the carnival – it was going to take a huge effort up against some strong, experienced opposition.  But we had our KPI’s and we knew if we were able to execute, we’d give any side a run for their money.

Day 1 – Gold Coast 4/248 defeated Sunshine Coast 11/212

Day 1 saw us up against the Gold Coast, who batter first and put on a huge 248 runs.  Despite our effort and our fight, it showed we were a little underdone in the field and with ball in hand.  Such a huge run chase was always going to be a tough ask, but we knew if we stuck to the game plan and executed, we gave ourselves a chance.  And boy, did we go close, just falling short of the GC total by 20 runs……….those 20 more extras we bowled in our innings.  

Special mentions to:

Jack Southgate 59

Ben Blackwell 27.  2/19

Isaac Russell 26

0 Wins – 1 Loss

Day 2 – Sunshine Coast 6/250 defeated Wide Bay 10/203

Day 2 pitted our lads against our northern neighbours – Wide Bay.  

A well-coached, big strong team of young lads out to show their regional brother they could beat us.  Winning the toss and batting first, our openers Southey and Isaac got us off to a great start.  But it was the special innings of captain, Dan, 103 retired not out off 105 balls that was the highlight of the day.  Supported by Maxi for a partnership of 130+ runs.  We managed to post A strong total of 242 – which was always going to be a tough chase for the Wide Bay lads.  After having WB at 7-80, they fought back to fall short by 59 runs.  

Special mentions to:

Daniel Desmet 103 not out

Max Holden 33

Luke Wellington 26

Jack Southgate 26

Aiden Mayo 3/40

Ben Blackwell 2/8

1 Win – 1 Loss

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Day 3 – Sunshine Coast 5/163 (33 overs) defeated Darling Downs 11/159

Day 3 and Darling Downs brought their A-Game.  After losing the toss, Darling Down batted first and got off to a great start, but once Jacko, Southy, and Beefy got through their top order, they fell away quickly – all out for 159.  After changing up our batting order, our lads made light work of the run chase, reaching their total in the 33rd over.

Special mentions to:

Daniel Desmet 51 not out

Jack Southgate 39 and 3/39

Max Holden 27

Luke Wellington 3/17

Kade Williams 2/15

2 Wins – 1 Loss

Day 4 – Sunshine Coast 10/194 defeated SEQ 11/168

Day 4 and SEQ were pumped after a win of their own the previous day. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, the SEQ boys came out and bowled fast and aggressively.  The Day 4 pitch played into SEQ’s hands, as our top order struggled in losing 3 early wickets.  At 6/32, SEQ was on a roll and dominating with the ball.  That is, until Dan put on two 50+ run partnerships with Maxi and Benny to recover our innings, and finish with an amazing total of 194.  After losing their openers early, SEQ recovered and were well on track for run rate with wickets in hand.  With 5 wickets down needing only 60 runs to win, SEQ had set batsmen and were looking comfortable in their run chase.  Sunshine Coast needed something special.  Maxi was thrown the ball and took 3 wickets in one overall cleaned bowled, to turn the match on its head.  With 8 wickets down, SEQ weren’t able to recover, bowled out for 168 in the 46th over.  

Special Mentions to:

Daniel Desmet 95 not out

Max Holden 24 and 5/24

Mitchell Tenant 3/17

3 Wins – 1 Loss

Finishing 3rd after 4 days – we meet the BEARS in the playoff for 3rd and 4th

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Day 5 – Sunshine Coast 10/177 defeated the BEARS 5/123 (40 over match)

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The play-off for 3rd and 4th saw us pitted against the BEARS – a big, strong metropolitan side with a history of playing hard aggressive cricket.  But our boys were pumped and turned up ready to play.  Once again, Dan won the toss and we elected to bat.  For the first time all week, we didn’t get off to the greatest start, losing Southey and Isaac earlier than we had all week.  At one stage, we were looking at a score of 100 – 110, but it took another special inning from Luke, Dan, Benny, Maxi, The Bison, and a magnificent cameo from Jacko at the back end to bring about a very respectable total of 189 off 40 overs.  The BEARS were always going to chase hard, and with some very skilful batsmen, they were on target at the halfway mark.  That was until Dan threw Benny Blackwell the ball and asked him to do something special – which he did – taking 2 key wickets to break the back of the BEARS run chase.  A special direct hit run out by Maxi to dismiss their No.1 bat, and it was all but over.  However, just as we were gaining the upper hand, lightning from afar caused a pause in the game.  By the time we were able to return, the BEARS needed 33 runs from 16 balls.  With some big hitters in – it was possible.  But Benny, Maxi, and Dan bowled a perfect line and length and gave nothing to the batters to score.  Our lads went on to win a great, albeit rain interrupted, the game of cricket.  Special mentions to Kado – who picked up a hat trick (across 2 games).

Special mentions to:

Danie Desmet 42

Luke Wellington 25

Ben Blackwell 20

4 Wins – 1 Loss

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All in all, it was an amazing carnival. Every single individual shone at one stage or another throughout the week.  Lots of laughs and fun was had on the sideline, with Jacko and The Bison providing endless off-field entertainment.  We had a few very simple KPI’s for our batting, bowling, and fielding – and it was clear that when the boys executed and managed to achieve half of our KPI’s, they won the game.  This proved to be a great learning tool for the boys, and really simplified the game of cricket in a way that they hadn’t previously considered.  We batted our entire innings each and every day, and we bowled from stump to stump.  While the cricket was great, and at times amazing, what was more pleasing was the spirit and mateship that these lads showed.  Strangers became mates.  Mates looked after mates.  A dropped catch saw half a dozen players race over to their mate and let him know it’s okay – and that they’ve got his back.  As a coach, that’s all I can ask for.  

It was a pleasure to catch these young men, and I look forward to watching their cricket develop and grow over the coming years.

Daniel Desmet – 302 runs at an average of 151 (the highest run-scorer at the carnival)

Jack Southgate – 134 runs

Max Holden – 103 runs

Ben Blackwell – 6 wickets

Kade Williams – 5 wickets

Max Holden – 5 wickets

Aeden Mayo – 5 wickets

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