2014 Imparja Cup - Alice Springs
Vics too good for SA
14 February 2014
Victoria won the toss and chose to bat on Larapinta Oval, getting off to a good start and making runs quickly as they hit two, sixes and a four off Luke Lavender’s first over. Ayden McGregor-Baptista was however keeping the pressure on down the other end bowling tight areas and only getting hit for 11 off his two overs.
Matthew Bedgegood replaced Lavender from the northern end and managed to make the breakthrough with his tight bowling taking two quick wickets and finishing with 2/18 off four overs. Bedgegood was well supported Dwayne Groves (2/16 off three overs) and Travis McNamee (0/12 off two overs) to bring Victoria’s run rate back down and end their 20 overs with a large but chasuble score of 142.
Marcus McGregor-Cassady knowing it was going to take some big hitting to chase down the Victorians score set out to attack the bowlers early and hit some great boundaries before being run out for 25 off 19 balls.
The boomerangs batted well but lost wickets in crucial moments and never gained the momentum needed to make the runs. It didn’t help when Russel Coulthard was retired hurt after being hit in the calf by one of victorias quicks. Tyrell Sinclair batted well and stuck around until the last ball making 22. Unfortunately the Boomerangs fell short in their run chase only making 117 off the 20 overs.
Boomerangs clinch first win
13 February 2014
Tasmania won the toss and sent the Southern Boomerangs in to bowl on the lush wicket of Albrecht oval. The opening bowlers Luke Lavender and Ayden McGregor-Baptista both looked dangerous bowling tight areas, it wasn’t long before the first wicket came from Lavender sending in a full length delivery and sent the bails flying. The scoring rate continued slowly as Lavender 1/13 off four overs and Ayden McGregor-Baptista 0/13 off four overs finished their overs putting the Boomerangs in a great position.
Marcus McGregor-Cassady made a great start taking a wicket in his second over and putting Tasmania in a difficult position with 2 wickets and only 29 runs after 10 overs. McGregor-Cassady then finished his four overs off with tidy figures 2/12.
The pressure applied by the Boomerangs bowlers boiled over in the 12th over as Ayden McGregor-Baptista showed why he is such a quality fielder with a masterpiece of fielding at deep midwicket. With one hand, McGregor-Baptista picked up the ball to save 4, then with a quick throw to the bowlers end hit the stumps from side on taking the wicket of their danger man Callan Morse and leaving the Tasmanian team rattled.
Brad Walkley bowled extremely well taking 3/14 off three to put the Boomerangs well on top and leave Tasmania having only made 78 after their 20 overs.
With no rush to make the runs quickly the Boomerangs dragged out the overs and pushed quick singles not hitting many boundaries. Good scores came from Jeremy Johncock, Tyrell Sinclair and McGregor-Cassady all making 16, the Boomerangs made the runs in the 19th over with Jamie McCafferty hitting a four to win the Match.
McGregor-Baptista top scores as SA struggles
13 February 2014
On the small Larapinta Oval the ever dangerous Queensland team were sent into bat by the Southern Boomerangs. After a wayward game against Western Australia Luke Lavender was back to his best, troubling batsmen at a short of length. Tight bowling and good fielding keep the pressure on the strong QLD batting line up, Lavender’s good rhythm and the safe hands of Marcus McGregor-Cassady and Brodie Cameron allowed Lavender to finish with figure of 2/15 from four overs.
Tyrell Sinclair (1/10) came on from the southern end and had an immediate impact, teaming up with Jamie McCafferty who took the stumping. The Boomerangs were in a good position as QLD were 3/38 off seven overs. QLD’s P White bought up with half century but was sent packing soon after as McGregor-Cassady’s throw found him short of his ground.
McCafferty continued his handy work behind the stumps claiming another two stumps off the bowling of Ayden McGregor-Baptista and Matthew Bedgegood. The Boomerang bowlers took the pace off the ball in the final few overs to good effect. The Boomerangs restricted the QLD side to reachable 122.
In reply, McGregor-Baptista came out and smashed a four followed by a six the next ball and with help from the bowler, he took another nine off the over. A change in QLD bowling slowed the run rate, but the Boomerangs at 3/60 after 10 overs were on track to chase down the total. McGregor-Baptista continued to turn the strike over but was eventually caught for 37. The boundaries came sparingly but the batsmen kept pushing the twos and after McCafferty sent one over the fence the gap closed to 13 runs of the last over.
McCafferty was able to get one of the first ball and Russell Coulthard followed this up with a two to deep mid-wicket. A boundary was needed as nine was required off the next for balls, unfortunately only a single could be managed. This was followed by a dot point with eight now required off the last two balls, as the batsmen swang and missed the win slipped away. McCafferty who was run out on the final ball of this innings finished on 17 off 11 deliveries.
Western Australia cruise to victory
11 February 2014
Under lights at Traeger Park, the Southern Boomerangs faced Western Australia with the Boomerangs winning the toss and electing to bat. Opener Jordan Charles (15) got the team off to a hitting the WA opening bowler into grandstand.
WA Captain Michael Bailey, who took figures of 5/0 from four overs a day earlier kept the pressure on the openers causing Tyrell Sinclair to play a wild shot and let one through the gate. As another two wickets fell the Boomerangs found themselves in same position as previous games with the score on 3/35.
Captain Marcus McGregor-Cassady and Brodie Cameron again pushed the score along, pushing the two’s and the occasional four and six. The pair posted a 47 run partnership before Cameron was caught in the deep for 28, McGregor-Cassady soon followed, also caught for 23. The Boomerangs were pushing towards triple figures with the score on 5/85 with a few overs remaining. Jamie McCafferty guided the ball around then in the final over hit two boundaries to take the Boomerangs score to 108.
The Boomerangs claimed the prized wicket of WA’s Bailey for 3 to give themselves some hope. WA’s Ugle brothers then took the game away from the Boomerangs as they put on 55 run partnership to take the score to 2/64 as Liam Ugle (11) was bowled by McGregor-Cassady (1/17).
WA’s A Muir didn’t trouble to scorers as he was stumped off the bowling of Ayden McGregor-Baptista (1/15). Dayne Ugle continued to send the Boomerang bowlers over boundary; he finished on 77 not out hitting four 6’s and 6 boundaries as WA chased down the total in the 15th over.
NSW too good for SA on day two
11 February 2014
Knocking off New South Wales was always going to be a tough task and after the loss in the first game the Southern Boomerangs were out to prove they were no easy beats. Winning the toss, Boomerangs Captain Marcus McGregor-Cassady chose to bat first.
The Boomerangs' openers looked much more confident and comfortable at the crease in game two and while they could only manage 16 runs before Tyrell Sinclair (6) departed, the signs were looking good.
A couple of good partnerships were built with McGregor-Cassady (22) and Brodie Cameron adding 30 before he was caught on 21 and the score at 4/63. The NSW bowling attack was able to dry up the boundaries, and along with a slow outfield meant the Boomerangs had to do plenty of running between the wickets.
With wickets in hand coming into the final few overs, the batsman needed to take the risk and hit out, unfortunately the team was unable to do so and finished their 20 overs on 5/89.
With a small total to defend the Boomerangs' bowlers needed to be hitting the right areas from the first ball. The NSW openers were shaky early, Luke Lavender (2/17 from 4 overs) continued his good form from the previous day and was rewarded when Jeremy Johncock took a diving one handed catch in slips. This was backed up by tight bowling from Ayden McGregor-Baptista (0/19 from 4 overs).
Lavender continued from the northern end keeping things tight, troubling the NSW batsmen with his line and length. The Boomerangs were up and about in the field, building the pressure which caused the NSW batsmen to play an erratic shot to give Lavender his second wicket. This pressure again caused erratic actions from the batsmen, McGregor-Baptista from the edge of the circle and with only one stump to throw at found a NSW batsman short of his ground.
With seven overs completed and NSW reeling at 3/21, all momentum was going the Boomerangs way. Johncock was able to hold onto another one in slips off the bowling of Travis McNamee (1/18 off 3 overs) as the pressure got too much for the young NSW batsmen Jonte Pattinson (11).
The NSW batsmen needed to rebuild and they did through Nathan Price (42*) and captain Jeff Cook (21) who took the score up to 83 before Cook became young Bradley Walkley’s first Imparja Cup wicket.
While NSW were able to win the game the next over with two boundaries, the Boomerangs stood up today and showed what potential they have.
Boomerangs go down in thriller
10 February 2014
At one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the country, the Southern Boomerangs played the Northern Territory side to kick off the 2014 Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.
Winning the toss, NT sent the Boomerangs into bat, with conditions that were only going to get better as the match went on. The Boomerangs found themselves in trouble early as openers Jordan Charles and Tyrell Sinclair departed for four and three respectively. At 2/13 brothers Ayden McGregor-Baptista and Marcus McGregor-Cassady started to rebuild the innings.
Ayden took to lead role hitting two boundaries off of NT’s left arm orthodox spinner to kick start the innings. Captain of the Boomerangs McGregor-Cassady pushed the singles and two’s early on in his innings, while Ayden went for one too many shots over the in-field and held out to the sweeper on the boundary for 20.
The Boomerangs lost wickets in groups which hurt their chance of building partnerships and a total to defend. As McGregor-Cassady was caught by an unlucky unjudged catch for 24 the hopes of building a total seemed loss. This triggered a collapse as the Boomerangs lost 5/17.
With one wicket in hand and three overs left in our innings Russell Coulthard (23) and Matthew Bedgegood (5*) added many valuable runs, saw the team reach triple figures and also the end of our overs. Coulthard played the shot of the day hitting a slog-sweep six over mid-wicket as the team was bowled out for 103.
In reply NT was lucky to get off to a good start as there were eight sundries given up by the Boomerangs in the first over. This put the Boomerangs on the back foot early while NT began to take full control of the game.
It wasn’t until quick Luke Lavender was rewarded for his tight bowling that NT lost their first wicket with 45 runs on the board. Lavender again broke through and finished with tremendous figures of 2/10 from four overs. With the Boomerangs drying up the runs this caused mistakes from the NT batsmen.
Sinclair (1/11) and McGregor-Cassady (1/23) both struck while Travis McNamee was able to run two batsmen out in the same over. By now the Boomerangs had well and truly got themselves back into a position to win the game as NT required seven off the final over. McGregor-Baptista was brought onto bowl and the field was also brought in to stop the singles. NT pushed the ball wide of Charles at square leg; Charles picked the ball up and threw it to the bowler’s end where he hit the stumps only to have the umpire judge the batsmen to have made his ground.
Bowling around the wicket McGregor-Baptista’s next two deliveries strayed down leg side with both the batsmen and wicket keeper missing the deliveries, each time the batsmen ran two with wides coming from each of the deliveries. NT won the match with four balls to spare. A good fight back from the Boomerangs but much work is needed if they are to claim victory in the remaining matches.
2014 South Australian Imparja Cup team announced
The 2014 South Australian Imparja Cup team has been annouced, the team will be travelling to Alice Springs to take part in the National Aboriginal Cricket Championship. This Cricket Australia run championship pits the best Aboriginal cricketers from each state and territory against each other over a week of Twenty20 matches. The championship is made up of the State & Territory, Major Centre’s and Community Divisions.
Coach: Paul Tregloan
Assistant Coach: Marcus Wallis
Manager: Tanya McGregor