A marginal first weekend of competition has raised as many questions as it may have answered for the Kiama Cricket Club.
Grade, playing for the first time in coloured clothing and with a white
ball, couldn’t have been much more impressive in their defeat of The
Rail at Croome Road Oval. Bowling out their opponents for just 165 was a
great effort with a virgin bowling attack, while the chase was one of
Kiama’s best in the past 15 seasons, losing only two wickets in the
chase, and with more than 13 overs to spare.
This was the type of
performance that announces a team’s intentions for the season. Some will
scoff that it was “only against The Rail”, but most Club’s will have
taken the result very seriously indeed.
The performance of 17
year old Matt O’Brien was outstanding. In just his 10th 1st Grade match,
he took 5/26. It was his second five wicket haul in 1st Grade, in just
his second season. He becomes just the 41st Kiama player to take
multiple 5 wicket innings in 1st Grade. Not since Darren Gregory has the
Club had a spinner so young with so much talent and maturity. His will
be a season worth watching.
Dale Scifleet’s all-round effort is
the kind of performance that Kiama has been looking for from him for the
past couple of seasons. His start is excellent news for 1sts, and very
He should almost definitely have secured himself a start
in the Burns Cup side as well, where no doubt he will do himself and
his Club proud.
As an opening effort, Matt Meurant would be
pleased with the victory. The boys were certainly on a high back at the
Grand Hotel beer garden after the match. Their enthusiasm and excitement
bodes well for the coming weeks.
On the other side of the coin,
2nd Grade could not have been more disappointed with their loss to one
of last season’s stragglers, Shellharbour City. Though it was a side
that was not at full strength, the team should still have defeated the
opposition they faced.
Apart from John Simon, whose patient 53
held the innings together, the batting failed to fire against some
excellent patient line and length bowling from the Shellharbour side.
Their bowling was, in fact, a perfect execution of what is required in
one day cricket.
2nds always appeared a bowler short, especially
after Jason Wills’ knees buckled for the ninetieth time in his career.
Josh Elliott finished with 3 wickets, and though he was not at top pace,
will expect to get better as the weeks roll on.
Things will be
clearer following the next round, especially with the beginning of the
lower grade competitions. Already, however, Kiama are beginning to feel
very confident about the season ahead.