The Caulfield Grammarians’ / NCG Cricket Club enjoyed another solid season in both the MCC Club XI and Cricket Southern Bayside competitions, with our three teams competitive throughout.
Whilst a Premiership eluded us this year, our team in Cricket Southern Bayside (CSB) made semi-finals for the second consecutive year. Further, our Division 1 side in the MCC Club XI just fell short of finals, denied a bonus point victory in the final home and away round which would have earned them a finals spot.
Highlights for the year included Bhumil Patel’s first ever century at any standard of cricket, an even 100 in a win against Old Whitefriars; CSB skipper Nisarg Pancholi scoring his first ever half century in any level of cricket; and Harry Kannan recording his best bowling figures in Caulfield colours of 7 for 6!
Jacob O’Sullivan was selected in the Division 3 MCC Club XI combined team of the year with 229 runs at 32.71, and Harry Kannan was likewise in Division 1 due to his exploits with bat and ball (179 runs at 25.57 and 15 wickets at 11.47).
Vishal Brahmbhatt, who has been a club stalwart for almost 10 years, had another strong year scoring 226 runs and taking 9 wickets.
We also saw the emergence of young talent with Jeremy Anderson and Tom Kittson making their mark with the ball, Tevin Kuruwita coming of age with an innings of 74, and Josh Marton showing continued promise with the bat and his work behind the stumps.
Our more experienced players also enjoyed good seasons or at least good days’ out, with Grant Poulter (175 runs at 58.33) and Cameron Guyett(8 wickets at 21.63) leading the way, while Cameron Scholten, John Borneman, Matthew Scholten and Cameron Dickson continue to be outstanding contributors on and off the field.
Chris Fagan has had another outstanding year as Treasurer (11 years and counting!) and hopes to put the pads on again next year, while major sponsors Scholten Collins McKissock and the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association continue to ensure the club remains successful.
However, the need for succession and transition particularly on the field continues, and the emergence of good young players this year was very pleasing, but more will be required to ensure the ongoing viability of one of our longest standing CGA affiliated clubs.
Thank you to everyone for their support of the club this season and we look forward to going around again in 2019/20.