Premiers ready to defend TDCA title

Matthew Byatt could be the key to the All Stars premiership defence in the TDCA grand final on Saturday..

As the Tumbarumba and District Cricket Association 2020/21 season reaches its climax with Saturday’s grand final between the All Stars and Tooma, all eyes will be on the minor premiers.

The All Stars were crowned the winners in 2019/20 after finals were interrupted by Covid-19 and no decider was played; as a result, they are keen to prove their worth as premiers. 

“We were the Covid champs,” laughed All Star, Karl Lewis.

“We are the defending premiers and it will be good to play the grand final this year.”

The All Stars have quite easily been the team of the decade, with this appearance in the TDCA decider their ninth consecutive grand final appearance, and they’ve won all but two deciders in that time.

All Stars have it all to play for on Saturday, with Tooma declared the giant underdogs. 

“We have everything to lose, considering how well we have gone all year,” Lewis said. 

“They (Tooma) only won the one game in the regular season but they are in pretty red-hot form in the finals and we will need to watch out.” 

Lewis said the All Stars bowlers were firing on all cylinders ahead of the big game. 

“Our bowling attack has finally hit some form in the last month or so, and if we can bowl well, that will get the job done because our batting speaks for itself,” Lewis said. 

Playing at Rosewood could see some big scores, with the ground described as a batting paradise as times. 

“It’s a small fast ground and if you can capitalise on that, you should score very well,” Lewis said. 

“It should suit both teams.”

When quizzed on what made the All Stars so dangerous, Lewis said it came down to his side’s nonchalant approach to the game.

“It probably sounds a bit cliché, but we don’t take it too serious, we just go out there and have some fun,” Lewis said.

“We don’t mind if we win or lose and we have been extremely successful with that attitude.”

Supporters and cricket fans can get down to Rosewood to watch the All Stars take on Tooma from 1pm onwards.

Mini Stars book GF berth

Tumbarumba Mini Stars were too good for Tooma Cricket Club juniors, defeating them comprehensively and ending their season in the Tumbarumba and District Junior Cricket Association preliminary final in Tumbarumba on Saturday.  

Mini Stars will now meet Rosewood in the grand final at Rosewood next Saturday. 

Tooma, after winning the toss, decided to bat under blue skies with the Tumbarumba ground in excellent condition. 

At the end of their 25 overs, they had compiled 66 runs for the loss of five wickets. 

The ground was slow and scoring quick runs was difficult against an opposition bowling attack giving little away and conceding only eighteen extras in the innings. 

Alex Crain top scored with 18 and Brock Hamilton made 13. 

Brandon Shore and Luke Sweeney made starts without being able to capitalise, while Jed Sweeney and Chace Hamilton remained not out on five and four respectively when the innings came to an end. 

For Mini Stars, Elijah Tokarei, Oliver Duffy, Jackson White, Deegan Lesniak and Troy Perry each took a wicket.

The Tooma total didn’t seem to be enough with Mini Stars chasing down the target in twelve overs. 

When the match was called off in the fourteenth over, the final score was 80 for the loss of only two wickets. 

Things looked promising for Tooma with the score at 2/7 in the second over but this flame was quickly extinguished. Brock Hamilton took a wicket for Tooma.

Troy Perry and Deegan Lesniak both reached 26 before retiring not out, helping their side to a good win. 

Congratulations should be offered to the Tooma players, all fourteen of them, who had another successful season and the club hopes to see most of them back again next year.

For Brandon Shore and Jed Sweeney, who have reached the age of fifteen and are no longer eligible for juniors, the Tooma club thanked them for their invaluable efforts for the team wished them well in their future endeavours.

The Tooma Club also thanked parents, families and supporters, who contributed to their success.

Mini Stars on the other hand, live to fight another day, and their young and dangerous team will be fit and firing for a crack at the unbeaten Rosewood in Saturday’s grand final.