Midland-Guildford has broken a 23 year drought by taking the WADCC Under 17’s Shield in a wonderful display against Wanneroo at Lilac Hill Park on Saturday 28th March 2014.

It was the first time the club has taken the under 17’s title since a fresh faced Simon Katich donned the creams for the black and whites in his last year of junior cricket with the club. So much has happened in these 23 years with Katich having since retired from the game where he was one of Australia’s finest test cricketers.

It was an outstanding season from all Midland-Guildford players with the winning captain, Will Mattock, describing the win as “A fantastic team effort today that was reflective of our team’s performances throughout the year. We had no passengers and the whole squad made contributions to the successful season.”

The day started with Wanneroo winning the toss and electing to send a strong Midland-Guildford into bat. It was a shaky start by the Midland-Guildford side with the Wanneroo pace attack having Midland-Guilford in a precarious position at 4 for 40.

A strong 36 run partnership between Midland-Guilford young gun, James Kirwan (24 runs) and Hayden Rowland (20 runs) settled the innings before Rowland was bowled by Wanneroo captain, Corey Rocchiccioli (1/9 off 6 overs), with Kirwan being caught soon after off the bowling of Matt Purcell (1/8 off 6 overs). The Midland middle order then dug in with a solid 37 run partnership between top scorer, Giles Dent (39 runs) and wicket-keeper Austin Thomas (24 runs) with Wanneroo eventually bowling a strong Midland-Guildford batting line up out for 170 runs. The Wanneroo pace attack bowled gallantly with Elijah Gravestock (3/28 off 12 overs), Ieuan Estall (2/30 off 9 overs) and Dylan Banks (2/31 off 12 overs) all making strong contributions.

Wanneroo were never in the game after an excellent opening spell by Midland-Guildford pace bowler Thomas Gosling (2/23 off 12 overs as well as a very lucky run out) and man of the match, Ben Skinner (3/7 off 7 overs) having Wanneroo reeling at 4/16 after the opening spell. The next change saw Wanneroo batsmen fall quickly as Tristan Edmonds (3/18 off 8 overs) tore through the Wanneroo middle and lower order with excellent support from Aaron Hutchison (1/21 of 6 overs). Braiden Hudson (28 runs) was the only batsmen to get a start, as Midland-Guildford bowled Wanneroo out for 80 runs off 37 overs to claim the title.

Coach of Midland-Guildford, Darryl Hodgson described the win as “This was the perfect end to a stellar season. The whole squad should be thoroughly proud of themselves for all their hard work over the whole season, not just the Grand Final. It is through this hard work they get the rewards of taking home the premiership. I just hope all players continue this hard work and the development of their cricket to aspire to the greatness of club legend Simon Katich.”

Dick Hutchison, Assistant Coach of the side, adds “The continuing personal and technical development of the players from the early stage of our preseason training and culminating in winning this grand final has put each of them in a very good place to further enhance their cricket careers next season either as Under 17s players or, for the older guys in our squad, as senior players at Midland-Guildford. I thank the many supporters who also provided invaluable support to our players in various ways on and off the cricket field”

It is a momentous effort by all players to end such a premiership drought at the Club. Let’s all hope all players show the determination and put in the hard work required to reach the heights of such a great stalwart of the Midland-Guildford Cricket Club, Simon Katich. Who knows, another legend of Australian Cricket may be found within this great group of young men. Watch this space.

All queries to Coach of Midland-Guildford Cricket Club Under 17’s Darryl Hodgson on 0413851474 or Team Manager David Mattock 0414477674.

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