For the first time since the 2019/2020 season, Tooma Juniors cricketers made the trip to Memorial Oval, Batlow to play the local juniors team in round two of the Tumbarumba District Junior Cricket Association competition.
With no rain to speak of on the Friday, the club was optimistic that the match would take place. Nevertheless, it was a great relief not to hear any rain on that night and the match started on the Saturday morning, albeit under grey skies.
Tooma were only able to call upon nine players for the match with the Crain and Mulligan brothers unavailable to make the trip and Will Wood a late addition to the team.
The team was Will Wood, Declan Faithfull, Mac Brindley, Darcy McGee, Brock and Chace Hamilton, Blake and Ava Dakin with Heidi Shore captaining the side.
Batlow won the toss and asked Tooma to bat on a wicket almost twice as wide as the one at Tooma and a playing surface which the club would love to have at their home ground.
At the completion of their innings, Tooma had scored 71 runs for the loss of three wickets in their 25 overs.
Best for Tooma was Wood, who retired undefeated on sixteen runs.
The going was tough against a determined Batlow opponent and scoring opportunities were limited due to good bowling and the slowness of the ground.
Faithfull made four, Brindley two, also retired and a late cameo of five undefeated by Chace Hamilton from the last two deliveries of the innings helped the team’s cause.
Jaymin Gould and Phillip Murphy each took a wicket for Batlow and Oliver Speering effected the run-out dismissal of Faithfull.
In reply, Batlow were all out after 20.5 overs for 31 runs.
Oliver Speering remained not out on three for the home team. The Tooma bowlers dominated with Brock Hamilton taking the bowling honours with four wickets for two runs from 2.5 overs.
He was well supported by Wood with 2/1 and Shore with 2/2. Blake Dakin and Brindley also chipped in with a wicket each.
Both teams were guilty of bowling too many wides and no balls and giving away cheap runs. This is an aspect of junior cricket which has proved difficult to redress.
The final margin was a win for the visiting team, Tooma by forty runs. Both teams approached the match with the proper spirit.
Both sides thanked the umpires and scorers, especially the latter, as both teams had persons who put their hands up to score with no previous experience, which was most appreciated.
Rosewood proves too good for Mini Stars
In the second of the Tumbarumba District Junior Cricket Association round two matches, Rosewood came out 45-run winners over Mini Stars.
Playing in Tumbarumba, Mini Stars won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 7/93 from their 25 overs.
Deegan Lesniak top scored when retiring on 26 and Oliver Duffy (11) and Dayne Perry (10) both contributed to the home side’s score.
Kieran Middleton and Arthur Smith both took two wickets apiece in a tight bowling effort.
In reply, Rosewood was dominant, scoring 5/138 from their 25 overs to record a strong victory – their second of the season.
In round three of the competition on Saturday, Tooma are away to Jingellic and Mini Stars travel to Batlow. Rosewood has the bye.