By Aaron Kirby
The second week of Kwinana’s 2018-19 campaign saw a series of disappointing results as the one-day grades got underway.
2nd Grade returned home, taking on Riverton-Rostrata.
Kwinana batted first and had the worst possible start losing both openers for ducks.
Kurt Verdonk did his best to rescue the innings making 62, but with no support, Kwinana was bowled out for 115.
The bowlers made a great start having Riverton-Rostrata in trouble at 2-8, but the total was just not enough with Riverton-Rostrata finishing the innings on 124.
Geoff Perera took 4-15.
4th Grade travelled to play Riverton-Rostrata.
Kwinana was asked to bowl first and was taken apart by the batsmen who ended the innings on 6-196.
Shaun Wilson took 2-37.
Bart Pratt again led the way for Kwinana making 59 as it came down to the wire.
The tail-enders put on a partnership of 21 for the last wicket but couldn’t get it done as Kwinana fell four runs short of victory on 193.
One-Day Bs went up against Piara Waters in their first match.
After winning the toss, Kwinana captain Peter Geere decided to bowl.
The bowlers took early wickets, but poor bowling cost Kwinana 37 extras as Piara Waters took full toll making 177.
Scott Benjamin took 3-18 opening the bowling.
Kwinana lost their first wicket on one but Benjamin (38) and Geere (43) steadied the innings however a middle-order collapse saw Kwinana finish the innings on 9-153.
A late change saw One-Day Fs become One-Day Gs as they brought home the only win of the weekend against Maddington.
Kwinana bowled first after winning the toss.
Tight bowling restricted Maddington to a 6-112.
Aaron Kirby claimed 2-22.
Consistent partnerships and an outstanding innings of 60 from Jason Williams saw Kwinana chase the total down and finish on 4-138.
By Aaron Kirby
Kwinana’s 2nd and 4th-grade teams kicked off the season with mixed results.
2nd grade travelled to Frye Park to take on Kelmscott who finished sixth in last year’s one-day competition.
Kwinana lost the toss and was put into bat.
The openers made a promising start before the middle order pushed on thanks to Kwinana debutant Matthew Parnham (35) and Kurt Verdonk (30).
A few late wickets restricted the total to 7-150.
Kelmscott was in trouble early in the innings at 4-21 and even a useful contribution of 47 from opening batsman Gillam Jones couldn’t rescue the innings with Kelmscott eventually bowled out for 128 in just 33.3 overs.
Kwinana’s bowlers were disciplined, sharing the wickets around with Daniel Bell finishing with the best figures of 2-9 including four maiden overs.
Kwinana’s 4th-grade side also played Kelmscott but had a tough day on home soil.
Kelmscott batted first and steadily picked off the bowling to keep a steady run rate.
This run rate was boosted by Kwinana’s wayward bowlers who bowled 33 extras pushing Kelmscott’s final total to 6-159.
Last year’s leading wicket-taker Mark James was the pick of the bowlers claiming 2-18 from his eight overs.
Kwinana’s batsmen showed little fight after crumbling early despite Captain Bart Pratt trying to lead a comeback scoring a patient 31n.o.
Kwinana was bowled out for 99 falling 60 runs short and registering a sound defeat.
Round 2 will see both sides in action again against Riverton-Rostrata with 2nd grade returning home to Orelia Oval.
By Aaron Kirby
Kwinana Cricket Club is set for a big season after winning three out of four preseason clashes and paying tribute to a great legend of the club in the annual Fiona Harris match.
Baldivis and Shoalwater travelled to Kwinana and played two one-day matches each giving new and old players a chance to dust off the cobwebs.
The Fiona Harris match was an emotional game where a team of Kwinana Legends knocked off the current crop.
Josh Atkinson takes the reins of 2nd grade for his second season as captain and will look to go one step further this season after finishing as the runner-up in the one-day competition before making two-day finals only to fall short in the semis.
Bart Pratt will captain 4th grade for the first time this season as he also looks to improve on 5th grades semi-final last season.
Kwinana veteran Peter Geere takes over the one-day Cs team and is again looking to avenge a semi-final loss against Willetton.
David Langlands returns for his third season in charge of the second one-day team (one-day Gs) and will look to nurture Kwinana’s youth to build into the future.
Round one begins on Saturday with both 2nd and 4th grade taking on Kelmscott.
4th grade plays at Orelia oval while 2nd grade travels to Frye Park.
Kim Hughes made a special appearance at the club on Thursday 4th October to give the players inspiration for the season ahead
By Aaron Kirby
The 2018-19 season kicked off under blue skys on Sunday as Kwinana took on Baldivis in two scratch matches.
The first game took place on Orelia oval with a team made up of players from 2nd and 4th grade.
The new boys shone on debut with the spinners pulling out a bag of tricks and a new keeper putting on a classy and composed batting display to get Kwinana within ten runs of victory before falling as the final wicket.
The second game saw the one-day players dust off the cobwebs in a dominant display. They batted first making a total of more than 200 before bowling Baldivis out well short.
A good turnout from Kwinana and Baldivis members saw the players receive plenty of support.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was capped off by a sausage sizzle with players from both sides getting together to share stories.
Sunday the 16th of September will see Kwinana take on Shoalwater in another two scratch matches at Orelia.
The club welcomes all members to come down and cheer on the boys as they get ready for round one.
Kwinana Cricket Club would also like to remind everyone that the annual Fiona Harris T20 Match will be held on the 23rd of September at Orelia Oval.
WEST Australian and Australian cricket legend Kim Hughes has become Kwinana Cricket Club’s number one ticket holder.
Hughes has been communicating with the club since he appeared alongside fellow Aussie test cricketer Rodney Hogg in The Ultimate Ashes Show last season.
He was impressed by the committee’s dedication and the direction the club is moving in to ensure its future.
Hughes has promoted cricket throughout the state on 91.3 Sports FM and hopes to help cricket grow in Kwinana.
Kwinana’s Junior Vice President and Club Captain Josh Atkinson said “We are extremely excited to have Kim take up this position. To have somebody of his profile associate and promote our club is huge for us.”
Hughes has also expressed his interest in mentoring Kwinana’s senior teams and especially the club’s juniors program during the 2018-19 season.
Club President Dave Abbott believes Hughes’ presence would “give our guys firsthand knowledge of what it takes to become a better cricketer. He was an absolute superstar.”
Hughes was a prolific run scorer known for his dashing strokes and is the only West Australian to captain the Australian Cricket Team on a full-time basis.
Kwinana’s pre-season begins on August 19. Junior registration is on August 26 at the Fiona Harris Pavilion between 2pm and 4pm. The season kicks off in October.