2015/16 Season Round Up

We have reached the end of another cricket season, a successful one in terms of finals appearances but unsuccessful in reaching the Grand Final across the board. This result is disappointing considering we had 4 of our 5 sides competing in semi finals. To not have any make it through is hard to take but we will learn from this and build forwards into season 2016/17 and beyond. On a positive note, we were able to field 5 senior teams for the first time in a long time with all teams competitive most weeks. Most pleasing from this was the inclusion in several junior players representing our senior sides throughout the season. From singular appearances from the likes of Josh Aulert, Henry McCabe and Kyle Scott to the more regular inclusions of Josh May, James Pretty, Ryan Parry, Jed Jenkins and Lachie Stewart, the future of our club is bright. Along with this we also fielding 4 junior sides in the Under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s.

A Grade

The A grade, led for the first time by Chris Farrell went into the season in section 2 after being promoted following last years premiership. We were able to keep the core of our premiership group together, and along with a few new comers pushing for spots the general feeling was that we could give it a good shake. The season got rolling reasonably well with our batting continuing to build while our ever reliable bowling held us in good stead. We comfortably accounted for the likes of Glenelg ANA, Sheidow Park and ICC early and our confidence grew from there. We went into the Christmas break in a good position, going in undefeated with 4 wins, a tie and a draw due to heat. Unfortunately we were hit by injuries and unavailability post Christmas and our form was patchy at best. Our batting struggled but our bowling held firm and we were able to sure up a spot in 4th place. Unfortunately nothing went right in the semi final against top of the table ICC, with the sharks sent in to bat first and posting a very gettable 152 following a collapse of 9 for 62 thanks largely to Mahen Fernandos 4-26 with handy contributions from Nathan Checketts, Chris Jones, Tanzil Muntaqim and Jordie Dienelt. Unfortunately we were never in the chase, only able to compile 113 in reply with Chris Farrell's 30 odd the only highlight. We push into the next season full of hope and determination to get ourselves back to section 1, where we belong.

 B Grade

The Bs had another strong season helping to build the club back up to what we once were. With all sides making the big dance last season the B grade were determined to make amends for their failure the year before and they went about it beautifully. Aside from a late hiccup or 2, the B Grade found themselves competing also in the semi finals with nemesis Warradale. Unfortunately Warradale proved far too good for our boys posting a score of 200+ of which our boys were never in the hunt to chase. Another solid season but need to start taking our opportunities and build into next season. 

C Grade

Our C Grade were also promoted after winning last years section 6 flag and were again extremely competitive all season. Again there were late failures that cost us and saw us sitting 4th heading into the finals against Keswick. They proved extremely strong unit, batting first and compiling 318 for our boys to chase. While we gave it our all, we were 2-12 early and the chase was never really threatened falling over in the end for 196. Again a good season and plenty of positives to build on for the next season.

D Grade

Our father son team throughout the year built upon dads and their sons with some experienced players littered around them were again a force to be reckoned with this season. They were extremely competitive and probably went into finals in the best form of any of our sides. Again, our D Grade were in 4th place and played the top of the table ICC. We lost an early wicket before a Dylan Pretty and Cliff Asciak 78 runs stand resurrected our innings. Unfortunately we fell away from there to be bowled out for 136 with 6 overs left to bowl in the days play. An early wicket would have been nice but it didn't happen and ICC were 0-8 overnight. We started slowly the following day with ICC cruising at 0-65 at the first drinks but to our sides credit they never gave in. Some tight bowling, great fielding and a never say die attitude saw our side claw its way back into the game with a steady flow of wickets occurring. At one stage ICC required 12 off of 6 overs. This turned into 3 off of the last over. Unfortunately they were able to score 2 runs to tie the match ultimately ending our season due to finishing lower on the ladder.

E Grade

Our E's were the new boys on the block and dealt some tough hands with player injury and late changes hurting the side being the 5th unit to represent the club. They can hold their heads high for their efforts throughout the season and use this as a platform to propel themselves and be more competitive in the next season.

Juniors

Our juniors were successful and impressive in different aspects throughout the year. Our under 10s were severely undermanned at various stages throughout the season but were able to fight to the end of every match. Our under 12s had some handy wins and built confidence in themselves, the under 14s had a win littered with some honourable losses and our under 16s were competitive all season. A thank you needs to go out to Peter Scott (PJ), Todd May, Jake Hollis, Steve Chapman, Jordie Dienelt, Stephen (moon) Dixon and Nathan Checketts for coaching these teams throughout the season. Without their help these kids don't play so they are greatly appreciated along with the parents that help and support at various stages throughout the year.

All in all it was a good season for the club on and off the field and one that we can build on and get stronger. 

 
2014/15 Trophy Winners
Congratulations to all trophy winners from juniors and seniors this season. Was a quality effort from all involved and a successful one as a club.
 
Allan Sutherland Player of the Year: Chris Farrell
 
Daryl Reynolds All-Rounder Trophy: Todd May
 
Mark Sansome Fielding Trophy: Mahen Fernando
 
Max Thomas Wicket Keeping Trophy: Shawn Davis (also wins the Section 5 Wicket Keeping Trophy)
 
A Grade
Batting Avg. & Agg.: Shaun Hollis 410 runs @ 37.27
Bowling Avg. & Agg.: Nathan Checketts 38 wickets @ 6 (Section 3 Trophy Winner)
 
B Grade
Batting Aggregate: Shawn Davis with 416 runs
Batting Average: Darren Adams with 252 runs @ 84
Bowling Avg. & Agg.: Darren Adams 19 wickets @ 9.68
 
C Grade
Batting Avg. & Agg.: Geoff Abdulla with 616 runs @ 68.44
Bowling Avg & Agg.: Craig Ryan with 14 wickets @ 11.71
 
D Grade
Batting Avg. & Agg.: Todd May with 586 runs @ 97.67
Bowling Avg. & Agg.: Todd May with 25 wickets @ 11.28
 
Juniors U/15
Batting: Jed Jenkins with 174 runs @ 34.80
Bowling: James Pretty with 11 wickets @ 16.45
 
Juniors U/13
Batting: Zack McKinnon with 77 runs
Bowling: Adam Campbell with 6 wickets
 
Congratulations to all trophy winners and we look forward to the next season.
 
2014/15 MPCC Season Wrap
 
The 2014/15 season turned out to be one of the most successful seasons in the clubs 50+ year history. The club was able to field 4 sides for the second season in a row and through recruitment and a bit of luck, a number of quality cricketers and individuals came out for their first seasons. The mix of young and old club players along with these new players built a strong playing group that have turned out to be highly successful. The season saw Mitchell Park have all 4 sides make the finals this season, a club record. This record was further extended with all 4 teams winning their semi finals and getting into the big dance on the final weekend of cricket for the season. Out of all of this, 2 of the 4 sides were able to achieve glory while the other 2 sides unfortunately fell at the final hurdle. These 2 premierships however, equalled the club record set in 1988/89.
 
A Grade
The A Grade set out expecting a big season following making finals in the previous 2 seasons without tasting success. New club captain Jake Hollis took the reins from clubman and life member Tim Harris. The season got off to a flying start with comfortable wins against Plympton II, Woodcroft, Western Youth Centre II and Coromandel Ramblers II. By the Christmas break, the team was well set and we were looking finals bound. We went to the Christmas break with a record of 4-1-1 and looked to winning big games after Christmas to set the best possible chance for success. We were able to knock off some quality outfits to finish the regular season as minor premiers with a win/loss record of 9-1-1 with a wash out before Christmas. The semi final would be played on our home turf against Kenilworth and did not go to plan with Jake Hollis winning the toss and opting to bat, his batsmen did not back him up and we were bowled out for 91 with Raman Singh (36) the only real resistance to Kenilworth's bowling. By stumps Kenilworth were 2-27 and early wickets on day 2 were vital. Thankfully our bowlers dominated the day and this, backed by awesome fielding saw us roll Kenilworth for 70 and move into the grand final for the first time since 2012/13. Jamie Bonnet was the pick of the bowlers with 6/26, ably backed by Singh (2/8), Checketts (1/11) and Battersby (1/9). The Grand Final would also be on home soil against old foe North Haven II. This time we lost the toss and were sent into the field. Thankfully our bowlers continued their good form and kept North Haven II to a below par total of 111 with us having to face 3 overs before stumps and closing play without the loss of a wicket. Bonnet and Battersby each had figures of 1/22 to go with Section 3 leading wicket taker Nathan Checketts 3/15, Singh 2/21 and J.Hollis 3/17. The game was never in doubt in the end, with us passing their score 3 down with 25 overs to spare. S.Hollis (60) and Harris (18) got us off to a flyer and we never looked back with Johnson (23*) and Dienelt (9*) seeing us home.
 
B Grade
The B Grade were looking for a big season after being relegated to Section 5 and with new players to the club the B's looked much stronger. The B Grade, much like the A's were a strong outfit and closed the season undefeated and as minor premiers also. The B Grade had a total of 32 players play throughout the season so to go through undefeated with so many changes is a testament to Steve Rodgers and his team mates. The B's found themselves taking on Cove II in the semi final and were required to chase a testing total of 173 to get into the grand final. Adams 4/26, Manser 2/37, Judd 2/41 and Sansome 2/45 set the tone with the ball and the batsmen were able to follow thanks largely to Fernando's 86 runs. The B's got the job down despite some edgy moments with 3 wickets in hand. They would play Belair II in the grand final and unfortunately it was not the game the team was after. Bowling first the B Grade found themselves chasing a large total of 194 for victory. Unfortunately they were never in the hunt, falling well short for 78.
 
C Grade
The C Grade represented Mitchell Park in Section 6 this season and were also extremely successful. The C Grade broke the trend of minor premierships and closed the minor round in 2nd position on the ladder. The C Grade went up against ICC Sharks IV and won the toss and batted, posting a large total of 203 with a number of players contributing well. The captain McGinley 61 led the way and was well backed by Abdulla (49), Kumar (38) and Quintel (33*). Their opponents never really looked like chasing down the total, eventually bowing out with a total of 156 with Ryan (3/21), Quintel (3/25) and Moyle (2/36) getting the job done for the lions. Through to the grand final and our lads faced a determined St George II outfit desperate to win. Much like the other grades, the C's found themselves chasing a total of 166 however it could have been much less with St George II at one stage 9/90. Nonetheless, 166 was still gettable although disappointing to let it slip. Ryan (6/38) was the star with the ball with Abdulla (2/20) good support. Following this the C's went about their run chase and found themselves never in doubt of the total, passing the score 4 down with overs to spare. McGinley (45*) Pretty (32*) Abdulla (29) and Kumar (29) made the runs and the C's were premiers.
 
D Grade
The D's were one of the highlights for the season for the club. With junior numbers rising at Mitchell Park, we were able to see some of our U15 squad members filter through for appearances in the D Grade with some also earning promotions. The D Grade started the season strongly, with their first hiccup of the season not coming until round 5. By the end of the minor round the D's found themselves in 2nd position and well placed for a tilt at the title. They found themselves playing Warradale IV and batted first, setting a strong total of 184. One of our U15 members in Jed Jenkins compiled a mature 49 to go with Richardson's 45. Following this, the D's had some nervous moments but important catches were held and they managed to roll Warradale IV for 161. Club stalwart JL took 5/52 to go with Szkup's 3/44. This saw our D Grade play Southern II in the grand final. Unfortunately it was not to be for the D's but they went down swinging. Southern set a total of 185 for victory with Dixon's 5/51 the highlight performance with the ball. Unfortunately our boys fell 30 runs shy of their target with JL (44), PJ Scott (29) and May (27) the best with the bat.
 
All in all it was an extremely successful season for the club and also a successful season for a number of individuals.
T.Johnson and S.Davis put on an unbeaten partnership of 225 against Western Youth Centre to enter the record books for highest 1st wicket partnership in the clubs history. Nathan Checketts won the Section 3 bowling trophy taking 38 wickets at 6.00 including finals. S.Davis won the Section 5 wicket keeping trophy. Todd May made the highest ever individual club total of 227*. All these to go with 2 premierships is a testament to where this club is heading. Get on board!