Four wins in four matches for TNT
By Randall Woodley
Quote of the Week “No matter how pretty you are, what matters is how many races you do” Steve Waugh (Australian Test cricketer 1995 – 2007)
The season started off positively for Tewantin-Noosa Thunder Cricket Club, with the freshmen winning both of their T20 games on Saturday at Read Park. After two Saturday matches, the TNT boys are the only undefeated team in the T20 eight-club competition.
TNT vs. Coolum
Playing the Coolum Sharks in the afternoon, the strong home side faced a young Sharks team who showed great enthusiasm but lacked experience. This is their third season in freshman and they will continue to improve each season. Beating first, the TNT openers showed they were after a big score and the first wicket only fell on 10 of 77. Chris Wright was at his devastating best hitting 59 of 31 balls including nine fours and three six. The score finished 3 for 170 of the 20 overs with contributions of 43 no from Lewis Waugh and 27 from Jarrod Officer.
After the break, the Coolum boys tried their best to avoid the fast bowling of TNT’s opening trio, but found the situation difficult. They were ultimately eliminated for 76 in the final. The wickets were split with Scott Aufderheide, Ben Laughlin and Dom Taylor taking two apiece while Lewis Waugh taking 3 for 7. Besides the strong stick and very efficient bowling, the other notable feature of the afternoon was the ‘excellent fielding and capture of the TNT team. This will be an asset for the club as the weather gets warmer and the competition will switch to a two-day format later in October.
TNT against Maroochydore
The match was played under the lights from 5.30 p.m. TNT won the toss and, following their strong hitter earlier in the day, set out to build a solid platform against their rivals, the Maroochydore Swans. The Swan bowlers, as always, were in line, but the local boys still managed to score around seven points. After 20 overs, the scoreboard read Thunder 4 for 149. All the batsmen started with the top scorers – Blake Steel 36 of 37, Lewis Waugh 36, Chris Wright 25 and Andrew Kratzmann 23 not.
The task now was to limit the Maroochydore batsmen to less than six more races. As usual, the Thunder’s opening bowlers were up to the task and while the Swans maintained a good run rate, they lost wickets along the way. Their first batsman, Callum Stitt was the main thorn in the side for Thunder and scored 54 of 39 balls before being fired by TNT captain Jake Dennien who finished with the numbers 3 for 21 on his four overs. The Swans ended the night 6 for 134, 15 points off target, giving Tewantin-Noosa four wins in their first four appearances in the T20 competition.
The strength of this season’s Thunder squad can already be seen in the statistics for the T20 competition. TNT has all four of the top eight wicket takers in games played – Ben Laughlin, Scott Aufderheide, Jake Dennien and Dom Taylor. They also have four of the top eight point scorers so far in the season – Chris Wright, Jarrod Officer, Lewis Waugh and Andrew Kratzmann. These stats show that all is going well for the long season ahead with plans well under way to bring home the premier of the season.
The format of this Saturday, September 25 is unchanged with matches being played at Read Park in the afternoon (1:30 p.m. against Caboolture Snakes) and after a barbecue the night match will be played against the Glasshouse Rangers at 5:30 p.m.
Junior cricketers are reminded that the club’s coaching clinic will be held during school holidays. Check out nathanreardoncricket coaching on the internet.