Junior boys in semi-finals for Midland-Guildford

The U13 secured their spot at the top of the ladder while the U14 finished second – qualifying both for the semi's.
February 8, 2024
Joshua McKenzie

WHILE the Midland-Guildford senior sides were locked in matches, the male U14 and U13 secured their spots in the semi-final stages of the competition.

Entering their match on Sunday, the male U14s were positioned third on the ladder and required a significant victory against Scarborough to move into second position and secure a semi-final berth.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, consistent wickets throughout the innings and particularly in the early stages of the match were the key for the side as they limited their opponents to a total of 130 all out.

The team were able to prevent any partnership from exceeding 33 runs, with Leo Jones being the standout bowler as he took the final four wickets of the innings to finish with figures of 4/17 off six overs.

With the target set at 131, captain Mohit Malviya (57 runs off 93 balls) and Cooper Forsyth (42 off 76) were the keys to passing the score with eight wickets remaining as they shared a partnership of 71.

Vice-captain Dylan Wood (53 not out off 61) guided the side to a total of 5/216 off their 50 overs, which proved to be enough to secure the necessary incentive points to jump ahead of Joondalup on the ladder and finish in second position – qualifying the side for the semi-finals.

Having already secured a spot in the semi-finals, the male U13s were looking to remain unbeaten throughout the regular season phase of the competition and solidify their position atop the ladder.

After electing to bat first, an opening partnership of 44 runs between Tanveer Chauvan (25 off 63) and Lachie Flux (26 off 50) proved to be to the most significant partnership of the innings which finished 5/143 after 40 overs.

It was a dominant all-round bowling performance which followed, with Chauvan collecting three wickets for six runs off four overs.

Xavier Parker, Orson Bennett, and Parker Byfield all took two wickets, and helped dismiss Scarborough for a total of just 72 runs from 26 overs, securing a 71-run victory as the team remained unbeaten in first position on the ladder entering the semi-finals.

The match scheduled for the female B grade on Sunday was not played due to a forfeit by Subiaco-Floreat.

The female U17s played Subiaco-Floreat in a 40 over match and would ultimately fall short by six wickets.

The side posted a total of 132 all out with Makayla Hendry top scoring with 34 off 39, but it was not enough as their opponents would chase down the target with 5.5 overs remaining.

The remaining male and female teams will either return to action or complete their ongoing matches this weekend.

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