The 2018/19 season for the Forbes and District Junior Cricket Association concluded with the staging of the grand finals of the Under 17’s, Under 14’s and Under 12’s competitions.
The results were:
Under 17’s: Parkes Hawkes 9/133 in 25.2 over’s defeated Forbes Acheson’s 8/110 off 26 over’s. Hawkes won by 23 runs.
This game was played in a very competitive but very fair atmosphere by both teams under the supervision of Parkes umpire, Greg Morrissey and Forbes Junior Cricket President, Jeff Nicholson.
Batting first, Hawkes soon realised they had a battle on their hands after Acheson’s bowler, Jed Matheson took two early wickets in his first over. Sensible batting by Hunter Hawke and Mitch Wright restored the situation for Parkes before Hudson Hawke, Zayne Ehsman and Royce Simpson added quick runs towards the end of their innings.
Royce Simpson, in scoring 26 n.o., certainly demonstrated why he received the Most Improved Player Award for the Hawkes team at the presentation ceremony on Sunday. Jed Matheson, Connor Greenhalgh and Toby Hurford all demonstrated that they are talented bowlers by taking two wickets apiece for Acheson’s.
Abi Simpson gained an early breakthrough as she had Toby Matheson caught and bowled before Hudson Hawke had Josh Higgins snapped up by a smart catch taken by Corey Thompson.
Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the Forbes innings until some aggressive batting by Toby Hurford (51 n.o.) and Jack Cole (28) boosted their tally. Toby Hurford deserves full credit for his fine innings.
Parkes Hawkes bowler Harrison McGregor demonstrated very brisk pace and accuracy as he produced two consecutive searing Yorkers to skittle the stumps of Forbes Acheson’s batsmen.
Under 14’s: Parkes Sixers 1/55 off 8 over’s defeated Parkes Thunder 10/53 in 22 over’s. Parkes Sixers won by 9 wickets.
Full credit must go to both teams for making it through to the final after facing strong competition from the two Forbes teams throughout the 2018/19 season.
Under 12’s: Information was not available at time of going to print.