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Camberwell Magpies win the Under12A Barker shield in a low-scoring thriller

Our emerging ECA stars get a real taste of Grand Final pressure

Bowlers dominate the match with both bat and ball - as pressure gets to the recognised batters

Congratulations to the Under 12A Camberwell Magpies side for taking out the Barker Shield for season 2023-24. In this much anticipated match up, batting nerves got the better of the top order of both sides. Instead, the game was defined by two excellent individual performances from Tom de Crespigny and Aiden Richards.
Ashburton Willows top order squandered the batting-first advantage against the disciplined bowling of Camberwell. Eamon Hersom dismissed the in-form Ishar Manj with the first ball of the match. After a steadying partnership between Ayaan Srinivasan (14) and Shray Sahni (14), Fletcher Bye (2/5) struck twice dismissing both and in the process, put the Willows under pressure. More wickets fell (including a run-out) and with the score at 6/48, it was looking like an early finish was a real possibility. But Ashburton's opening bowler Aiden Richards wasn't having anything of it and he stated to hit the ball to all parts of the ground. He was ably supported by Rayaan Ghosh who stayed with him for an important 32 balls. Aiden's run-a-ball 53 got his side to 111. Akilan Suresh picked up a tidy 2/3 from his three overs.
The families and supporters of both sides were out in force and the innings break had a wonderful buzz of community spirit on a beautiful warm Sunday Autumn lunchtime at Hartwell.
The coaches gave rousing addresses to their charges. For the Magpies, it was about keeping wickets in tact and for the Willows, it was about throwing everything at it to take 10 wickets.
The chase started shakily. After seeing off the dangerous Aiden Richards (0/5 from six) and Lachlan Harrington, Arman Shaw (3/13) skittled Benjamin Sharpe, Jaidon Herath and Fletcher Bye in quick succession, to have the Magpies reeling at 3-6. Callum Lehman (15 from 35) and Tom Forrest (20 from 23) counter attacked and after seemingly having the match back in their control, they both fell in quick succession. At 6/50 it was game-on with Ashburton having all the momentum. Camberwell's middle/lower order responded to the pressure situation magnificently. The trio of Tom de Crespigny (38* from 52), Oliver Hunt (6 from 36) and Akilan Suresh (10* from 43) kept their cool as Ashburton tried everything to make the breakthroughs. This was an exceptional match - importantly a great experience for our youngest cricketers about how tough and exciting our game is. Well done everyone.


Camberwell Magpies Tom Forrest hits a square drive in the Under12 A Barker Shield Grand Final.  Photos © Chris Mirabella 2024


Callum Lehmann helped his side recover from a shaky start to get back into the Unde12A Barker Shield Grand Final. Photo © Chris Mirabella 2024
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Aiden Richards top scored for his side Ashburton Willows with a run-a-ball 53 runs not out in the first innnings of the U12A Barker Shield Grand Final against Camberwell Magpies. Photo © Chris Mirabella 2024
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