Senior Blues show a lot of heart

THE Greenspace Gardens and Mowing under 16s Blues season finished on a high note by beating eventual grand finalists, the North Nowra-Cambewarra Maroons. 

The club presentation was held last Friday where the award winners were announced. 

The batting award went to Kane Armstrong with 277 runs and an average of 46.17. Kane injured his back early in the season, meaning he could not open the bowling after just three rounds. 

He then batted up the order and killed it with some big scores to deserve his trophy. 

The bowling award went to Nicholas Michell who claimed 13 wickets at an average of 11.92.

Nicko skids them through nicely and often clean bowled his victims. 

The all-rounder award went to captain Lloyd Herron with 223 runs, six wickets and nine catches. 

Lloyd was dynamic in the field as usual and led by example as captains should. The coaches award went to Blake Huard who also suffered an injury playing first grade which saw him miss most of his representative season and a few games in 16s, meaning the team was without his all round ability. 

Blake trained and worked hard at his game and played first grade most Saturday afternoons where his game improved. 

Newcomer Jayden Norsworthy did extremely well in his first season at Norths with plenty of wickets and valuable runs. 

Jayden will play plenty of grade next year where his bowling will develop and his speed no doubt to make him a tricky bowler to face. 

Mia Davidson claimed her fourth Shoalhaven Female Cricketer of the Year award after she made her senior debut and played women’s representative cricket. Jordan Hockey had a stellar season where he hit his top score with 79 and he hit plenty of more valuable runs including a memorable six off the last ball to win a game against Bomaderry. 

Jordan’s bowling is getting faster and will really be firing next season in juniors. 

Rowan Campbell had a good year with wickets with his off-spinners and some runs either at the top or middle of the order and will be in juniors again next season. 

James Hamilton looked good with the bat via a solid defence plus his favourite cut shot and cleaned up with his legspinners and will play good senior cricket next season. 

Brodie Nielsen was in and out of the side as he juggled serious rugby league training with the St George Illawarra Dragons and was sorely missed when not on the cricket pitch. 

His 49 against Ulladulla early on was his best innings with some big sixes. 

Tim Balzer hit his highest score of 49 against Basin and he will be keen again next season. 

The team had a go in the Weetbix T20 and impressed before bowing out against Keira. 

With four players being too old for the next competition, the team will need some new players if the remaining players are keen to go around in 16s one more time. 

It was a good season, and with wins against the eventual champions and grand finalists, the team can be reasonably pleased with their results. 

Losing Kane, Blake and Brodie either though injury or football saw the team struggle at times, but at the end of the day all enjoyed themselves including the coach and parents. 

A big thank you to Kaylene Campbell and Deb Armstrong for scoring and Vicki Lowbridge as the club’s junior co-ordinator, which is the toughest job of them all in organising to get teams on the paddock each year and 1000 other jobs she does so well. 

Thanks also to Tim Bricklebank and Tony Mcguire who coach the little ones at Milo Cricket on Friday afternoons, meaning the club continues to grow with the Milo kids moving into the 10s when ready to play. 

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