Five Shoalhaven cricketers, Mitch Downey (Bomaderry CC), Kyeden Booth (Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s CC) and Jed Salmon, Tayah Hancock and Mark Tuckwell (Batemans Bay CC) have been given the opportunity to play representative cricket with their selection into Southern Zone Cricket’s Under 14s Northern Cavaliers team.
This year, in addition to association teams from the Shoalhaven and South Coast, Southern Zone has formed the Cavaliers team to enable developing cricketers from the Shoalhaven and South Coast to play rep cricket.
Whilst Mitch played in the Shoalhaven U12s and Tayah U13s last year, it’s the first experience of rep cricket for Kyeden, Jed and Mark. All five are relishing the opportunity to play at this level.
Last Sunday the Northern Cavaliers played Shoalhaven in the first of two T20 games. Winning the toss and batting first, the Cavaliers made quite a slow start to inch their way to 6/68 off their 20 overs. To their credit, Shoalhaven’s bowlers gave the batsmen absolutely nothing to hit and their fielding made it as difficult as possible to score. A late innings cameo from Kyeden (24 off 10) at least gave the Cavaliers bowlers something to defend.
The Cavaliers bowlers tried hard to keep it tight but Shoalhaven’s opening pair were simply too good and chased down the required total in the 12th over without loss.
The Cavaliers second game was against the Highlands. Winning the toss and sending Highlands in on a wet outfield, the Cavaliers bowlers started well and didn’t give Highlands many opportunities. The Highlands struggled to really get anything happening in the first 10 overs. Towards the end Highlands began to hit out and got to 5/107 off 20. Tayah Hancock (2/18 off 3) bowled very well at the end, supported by Mitch Downey (0/11 off 3).
Changing up the batting order in the hope of some quick early runs seemed to work very well and the Cavs raced to 0/40 off just 5 overs, again thanks to a T20 master class from Kyeden Booth (26 off 19). With the required run rate now well and truly in the Cavaliers favour some very intelligent batting from the middle order saw the Cavaliers chase down the required 108 with 2 overs to spare.