by Wicket to Wicket, Senior Cricket with Randall Woodley
THE season for the Tewantin-Noosa Thunder cricket club ended last weekend in much the same way as the total season played out.
"Wet wicket-no cricket. Rainy day - no play.”
None of the long-term players can remember a season when so many matches were abandoned before a ball was bowled or called off during play, due to the weather.
And in many of the matches which were called off, the TNT teams were in strong positions.
Last weekend the Fourths, (who had won the 5th-grade premiership in 2016-17) were to play Palmwoods for a place in the final, but the game was abandoned due to the saturated state of the field in Palmwoods.
This was a disappointing end to their good season. The Seconds were left out in the cold when one other team was forced to forfeit in their final match, moving the TNT team from fourth place to fifth.
In spite of the cancelled matches and no team playing in the Sunshine Coast Cricket Association grade finals, there were some outstanding individual performances during the season. Here are some of the highlights:
FIRST GRADE:. Both Andrew Kratzmann and Jarrod Officer scored centuries. Ben Gear, who was recently promoted to the Scorchers, was the top run scorer with 371 runs at an average of 46 and a top score of 99. Jarrod Officer was the top wicket taker with 21.
SECOND GRADE: Chris Wright with 497 runs at 38 was the SCCA 2nd Grade top scorer.
BEST bowler was Will Gear who took 12 wickets in his 6 matches. Rowdy Thomson who played just one Second Grade match took ten wickets in that game.
THIRD GRADE Steve Gallagher was the top run scorer with 140 at 23 in his 6 games.
The pleasing feature for the club was the emergence of a number of teenage bowlers. Kieran Dunning was top wicket taker with 14 at an average of 14.
Jye Baker took 6-45 in one of his few matches and Cody Wright also took 5 for 57 in his best performance of the season.
FOURTHS Luke Anstey, playing 7 matches, scored 301 runs at 43 closely followed by Craig Moore with 260 runs at 32.
Both these batsmen were one short of centuries, each scoring a 99 during the season.Graham Chaplin was the stand out bowler for the team and in the SCCA Fourth Grade with 29 wickets at 13.
The TNT club committee already have comprehensive plans underway for the 2018-19 season, which include the appointment of a club coach, reorganised training arrangements and intensive recruiting.It was felt that each of the grades had the backbones of competitive teams this season, but more consistent performances by both batsmen and bowlers will be required, if TNT is to be placed in the association finals next year.