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2024 VMCU Carnival Check In - With Two Games Remaining

The 2024 VMCU Carnival has been off to a fantastic start despite wet weather, very hot weather and everything inbetween. We thank VMCU Junior Representative Paddy Gunatilake for all his hard work organising our ECA sides, along with Team Managers, coaches, parents, and volunteers. The kids enjoyment comes from all your hard work and support, and we encourage families to get down and support all teams in their final 2 games before finals.
Below is where every team stands after the break:
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U12 Josh Browne 2 wins 2 losses - 4th Position

The U12 Josh Browne Side are all smiles as they work hard for their spot in the VMCU finals. Photo: Michael Mirabella

Sitting in 4th position by the weekend break, based off their good percentage, the U12 Browne side is primed for a finals run but will want to win their final 2 games given that they are tied for points with 5 other teams!
In their first match, they lost at home in a close game that saw them go down by 2 wickets. There was consistent batting throughout the order with Nathan Riedler (20* ret.), Senuk DeSilva (22* ret.), Ashton Grainger (24), and Arman Shaw (21) all contributing. Lead by Jenson Lange (2/16) they were also tight with the ball, but failed to dismiss MPCA's number 3 who finished 44* ret.
They bounced back in game 2 with a 17 run victory. Grainger (22) and Shaw (26* ret.) backed up their game 1 form, but the top scoring honours went to Ishaan Reddy Thadiparthi with 28. In a similar story to game 1, only 2 batters got on top of the bowlers with a 43 and 48* respectively. Shaw bowled well with 2/21 but captain Jagan Tennakoon gave nothing away with 2 for 2 off 3 overs.
Game 3 marked back to back wins with their most comfortable game of the tournament so far, defeating DVCA by 40 runs. Lots of contributions helped the ECA again, but this time they went further than the 20s, with Ayaan Desai opening and making a fantastic 43* ret. And Riedler wasn't far behind with 39* ret. Grainger made his standard runs with 27 this time, and DeSilva hit a quick 26. Desai also was the top bowler with 2/25, but a well rounded team bowling effort saw 7 individual wicket takers.
Unfortunately in the game before the break the batting consistency dropped off, and despite a fighting 18 from 56 balls at number 11 from Shaw, the ECA only managed 103 against BHRDCA. But the ECA were up for the fight with Tennakoon (4/12 off 6) dismantling the top order, and 3/19 from Shaw, with BHRDCA trying to make the runs rapidly at the expense of wickets, just crawled across the line to win by 1 wicket.

U12 Josh Browne ECA Photos
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U12 Keith Mitchell 3 wins 1 loss - 2nd position

The U12 Keith Mitchell Side celebrate a wicket in a comfortable game 1 victory. Photo: Chris Mirabella

The U12 Mitchell side look one of the most likely for finals glory for the ECA, dropping just the one game so far.
Their campaign got off to a dominant start, making 218 that saw Arihant Kalla (59* ret.) and Charlie McBride (43) enjoy their time at the crease and dismissed NMCA for just 46 in 18.3 overs. The ECA used 7 bowlers, with each claiming a wicket. Archie Green should be noted for their opening spell where he claimed 2/0 of 3 overs!
Game 2 against RDCA was the only loss for this side, which came down to the last over but a lack of wicket pressure cost the ECA. Kalla backed up their runs with another 31, but we had a new milestone player as captain Shray Sahni lead from the front with a terrific 50. Kalla also took 2/11 to be the only multiple wicket taker.
Things got back on track against BHRDCA, bowling first Archie Green (3/23), Nethil Adikaram (3/10), and Thomas Forrest (2/11) were relentless and dismissed the opposition for just 106. Sahni (44) and Kalla (33*) made short work of the chase as ECA passed the total just 1 wicket down.
The bowling effort in game 4 was still at top tier, behind Forrest (2/16) again, and Patrick Forster (2/22), and had it not been for a fighting 36* from the oppositions number 8, this would have been a small total to chase, but instead were left to chase 7/130. But it was no trouble for this sensational top order: Ishar Manj (30* ret.), Ryan Sharma (29* ret.), and Kalla who made even more runs with 49*, just 1 run off a second 50 this tournament, but who heads into the break with an impressive 172 runs at an average of 172! ECA win by 7 wickets.

U12 Keith Mitchell ECA Photos
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U12 Claudia Fatone 1 win 2 losses - 7th position

Pippa James claims a nice catch in a tough day in the field against RDCA Photo: Michael Mirabella

It's been a tough start for our U12 girls, but they were close to having a 2nd win and they show promise for their final two matches.
Game 1 against MPCA showed encouraging signs for the tournament as our bowling attack restricted the opposition to just 8/62 behind Lucy Fitz-Patrick (2/8) and Emily Pugsley (2/6). Despite 3 ducks, Isobel McBride's (30* ret.) and Ava Lloyd's (16* ret.) 2nd wicket partnership was dominant and just about secured the victory themselves, but they'll take the 6 wicket win.
Game 2 against NWMCA was a nail biter that saw ECA fall just 5 runs short before their 30 overs were up. The bowlers lead by Chloe Macafee (2/3 from 3 overs) were again impressive restricting the opposition to 5/79. But despite a fighting 13 from Youmaneh Atti, the batting was torn apart by one bowler who bowled a sensational 4/6 from their 5 overs.
Game 3 was our girls greatest challenge as RDCA's 4/133 proved too many to chase. Captain Olive Allen (1/8 and a run out) was terrific but RDCA had some serious batting talent. Atti again played a tough innings for their 19, but struggled for partners as the ECA fell for 92. If this side can string together some partnerships in their final 2 games, they will be a force to be reckoned with on the back of their tough bowling.

U12 Claudia Fatone ECA Photos
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U14 Des Nolan 2 wins 2 losses - 5th position

Keeper Xavier McIntosh makes a desperate dive for a legside catch, only to see it run down to fine leg. Photo: Michael Mirabella

Sitting at an even 2 and 2, our U14 Nolan boys will need to win their final 2 games to play finals as teams placed 1-3 all sit two games ahead of 4th, and teams 4-8 all sit on 12 points, just separated by percentage.
Game 1 was a tough ask against second placed SECA, with them setting a tough 4/154 as a target as our bowlers struggled to break through their number 4 who made 60* ret. But Harry Nicholson was excellent opening the bowling and finished 2/17 from their 8 overs. The ECA in the end needed someone to continue on with their start as Tanish Singh (22), Thevin Sembukuttiarachchi (29), and Alexander Wilhelm (26*) all made good starts, but ultimately fell 17 runs short.
Game 2 was a tight 2 wicket victory over FTGDCA. Nicholson (2/25) was amongst the wickets again, but had support from 4 other wicket takers as they kept the other team to 8/145. Sembukuttiarachchi became the one who would go on with their innings in this game making a statement 63* ret. But as the rest of the top order fell around him, it looked all for naught, until Harry Dichiera finished the job at number 9 with his cool 17*.
ECA made it 2 from 3 with a convincing 31 run victory over CCCA. This time ECA batted first and only 2 players made double figures...luckily this was a 4th wicket partnership between Thomas Tritton (60* ret.) and Wilhelm (60* ret.) that made up 120 of a total of 4/146. Nicholson continued with another 2fa with 2/25 this time, but this time found support in Sterling Rofe (2/28), Nickolas Tuli (2/7), and Tritton who capped off a great game with 2/17.
BHRDCA were too good for us in the final game before the break, winning by 5 wickets. Similar to this team's other loss, while there were multiple contributions, nobody could go on, Sembukuttiarachchi hit another 29, and Taranjot Singh Soi (33) were both impressive but their 6/148 proved to not be enough, despite Tuli doing everything he could with 3/17 from his 4 overs.

U14 Des Nolan ECA Photos
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U14 Russell Allen 3 wins 0 losses - 2nd position

Romesh Gunatilake hits a crisp straight drive. Photo: Chris Mirabella

The Allen side are one of two undefeated sides for the ECA, and are only in 2nd on percentage. One more victory would seal finals for this side.
Bradley Moore (3/30), Romesh Gunatilake (3/17), and Lucas Van Gurp (2/12) bowled well to keep SECA to just 127 in game 1. Things were looking grim for the ECA, as wickets kept falling as batters made it into the 10s, until Siddh Bhatnagar showed his class to make 56* to seperate himself from any other batter on the ground, leading ECA to a tight 3 wicket victory.
Game 2 was a tense finish against BHRDCA, as wickets were hard to come by, but ECA needed to chase down their 4/137. Gunatilake (Named captain for this match) opened up a solid start with 34 runs from a long 110 ball stint, despite plenty of wickets falling cheaply, Bhatnagar (24) and Van Gurp (24) got ECA back into the match, and ECA claimed victory on the 3rd last ball of the innings.
Running between the wickets was an issue in game 3 with three seperate run outs. But it was Bhatnagar again with 33 and a rapid 28* from Moore at number 9 that gave the ECA 8/156 to defend. Captain Auley Brown (2/13) claimed two early wickets, but Moore was again top of the bowling honours with 4/37 and Van Gurp was in the mix again with 2/15. ECA ultimately held on for a close 10 run victory to go into the break undefeated.

U14 Russell Allen ECA Photos
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U14 Julie Savage 3 wins 0 losses - 1st position

Jessica Hodgkinson hits a boundary in her game 1 24* ret. Photo: Michael Mirabella

Our U14s continue to be the pinnacle of success for our competition as our U14 girls also go into the break undefeated.
Batting first in game 1, the ECA's first 3 batters faced their 60 balls to retire: Rose Clayton (21* ret.), Jessica Hodgkinson (24* ret.), and Maddison Tudor (13* ret.) set the standard, with Polly Verner (20*) and Holly Scammell (27*) cashing in at the end of the innings for a mammoth total of 2/171. Tudor backed up their batting with 3/15 from 3.3 overs and Elodie Powyer was also excellent with 2/11 as the ECA dismissed WRJCA for just 107.
Game 2 saw another top batting performance. Batting first, and after DVCA's opening batter retired, our girls got back on top dismissing them 8/103 after their 40 overs behind Genevieve Khaw's relentless 2/2 off 5 overs with 4 maidens! And captain Clayton's 2/9. ECA required just 4 batters with Hodgkinson (34* ret.) and Khaw (21* ret.) doing the grunt of the work, with Verner (19*) and Scammell finishing off the job, to win by a commanding 10 wickets.
AGCC threw a challenge for our strong side making a tough 10/139 target, but there were still positives with 7 individual wicket takers, lead by Charlotte Treloggan's 2/9. There were contributions across the board for our batters again but congratulations to Polly Verner for bringing up her just about run a ball 50* to take her runs to another level - 89 runs for the tournament without being dismissed! ECA won by a casual 6 wickets.

U14 Julie Savage ECA Photos
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U16 Jim Beitzel 2 wins 1 loss - 4th position

Maxwell Taylor's match winning, game 2 hattrick is by far the highlight for the ECA in the 2024 VMCU Carnival so far. Photo: Chris Mirabella

Our U16 Beitzel side is a game ahead of 5th in the race for finals, but will want to win today to secure their spot.
We mentioned this side had one loss, and this came in game 1, as the tournament was off to a rocky start, being dismissed for just 41 in a slow slog of 33 overs. The only highlight in the 8 wicket loss was the bowling of Harry van der Pligt who claimed 2/0 off 5 overs (5 maidens).
Game 2 looked to be a horror repeat, as the boys were dismissed for a slightly improved 89, mainly thanks to William Apted's 32 and Kathir Suresh's 21. ISEC looked to be home at 6/68 as Apted worked hard for 3/17, but some late magic from Maxwell Taylor saw the rare occurrence of a terrific hattrick to turn the game on it's head before Maadhav Maheshwaran (2/13) sealed the 12 run victory.
Game 3 saw the first all round performance for this side as they dismissed NWMCA for just 120 as captain Apted (2/24) and Taylor (2/15) were amongst the wickets again, as well as van der Pligt who gave nothing easy with 2/8 off 6.3 overs. Openers Noah Mariadason (20) and Maheshwaran (21) got the side off to a solid start, but the run rate required kept creeping higher and higher, reaching 6 an over needed at one point. But on a day where boundaries were hard to come by (2 in the innings to this point) and 5 runs required from the final over, the ground was tense, but with Daniel Anderson (28*) and van der Pligt (27*) at the crease there was still confidence. Van der Pligt didn't waste any time and hit two 4s of the first 2 balls of the last over to seal the 5 wicket victory.

U16 Jim Beitzel ECA Photos
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U16 Keith MacKay 0 wins 4 losses

Siddarth Subedi hit some big boundaties in their game 3 run chase, but was unfortunately caught in a spinners trap. Photo: Michael Mirabella

Unfortunately our U16 MacKay's finals campaign is already over and will be playing their last two games for pride.
In game 1 ECA made a defendable 8/136 thanks to James Le Get's 43 and Owen O'Brien's 26, but a lot the top order soaking up a lot of balls to be ultimately dismissed cheaply cost their side a win in the opening game. Joel Dichiera (2/3 off 4 overs with 3 maidens) was superb and Aadhi Harsha Raj (2/33) opened the bowling well, but didn't have enough runs to bowl to, losing to SECA by 3 wickets.
It was the same batting story in game 2 against DVCA, O'Brien hit another 24 runs, but the ECA only managed 10/103. The ECA bowlers didn't claim their first wicket until 1/90, but James Moylan could hold his head high with 2/6 off 4 overs. ECA lose by 8 wickets.
Game 3 was a clone batting performance, once again being dismissed for 103, lead by Le Get's 19. James Hall bowled well with 3/26, but ECA fell again by 6 wickets.
Game 4 will hurt for the U16 boys, they had MPCA 8/77 and spirits were high, but a ridiculous unbeaten 9th wicket partnership of 138 runs completed a remarkable turn around, as MPCA finished 8/215. After some early wickets, the partnership from Raj (40) and Siddarth Subedi (27) showed promise, but after their wickets it was a matter of time before the innings finished with spirits low, despite a late fighting 31 from Dichiera. ECA lose by 72 runs.

U16 Keith MacKay ECA Photos
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U17 Mel Jones 2 wins 1 loss - 4th position

Sienna Dobson's 5/8 in the game 2 victory was a highlight for the U17 Mel Jones ECA side. Photo: Chris Mirabella

After a loss in round 1, our U17 girls are hitting their form at the right time and are a good chance for finals, but will need to win both games to be secure.

In game 1 despite 2/21 from Lucinda Reeh and Victoria Gonsalves (2/14) the ECA let multiple starts get away for AGCC who finished their 40 overs 8/139. After 3 ducks at the top of the order to chase was not looking good, but Sienna Dobson (26) and Reeh (17) gave the chase a good crack, but ultimately ECA fell 58 runs short, being dismissed for 81.

Game 2 got off to another shaky start with the bat, but Bianca Broadbent-Siciliano (34) was hitting the ball all over the park and was well supported by Abbey Tyrrell who found singles everywhere to keep Bianca on strike, salvaging the innings to make an under par 98. But the ECA bowlers were fired up, and after Georgina McLeod (2/16) picked up 2 early wickets, it became the Dobson show as Sienna Dobson claimed a milestone 5fa with a match winning 5/8 off 4 overs, dismissing NWMCA for only 47.

Game 3 saw a huge improvement in batting, as Broadbent-Siciliano starred again with 36, but captain Lily Murrihy played an excellent captains knock, scoring 39 off 93 balls on the way to the side's 7/153. After AGCC's opener hit 56, the ECA girls would have been sweating, but Reeh (3/17), Gonsalves (3/15), and Dobson (2/32) held their nerve dismissed the opposition for 137, securing a 16 run victory.

U17 Mel Jones ECA Photos
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U18 Phil Arnold 1 win 2 losses - 8th or 9th position?

ECA's Phil Arnold Side batting first in their final game before the break against some strict bowling. Photo: Chris Mirabella

The U18 Arnold Shield ladder looks to be having some issues, but our boys are sitting in roughly 8th spot and will need to win their final two games with some healthy percentage boosters to be considered for finals.
In game 1 against SECA Christopher Gorman (3/25), Jack Wajntraub (2/31), and Aalvyn Sardar (2/36) had no issues claiming wickets, but controlling the run rate was tough as the opposition made 9/187 from their 45 overs. Each of the top 6 batters plus number 9 made it into double digits, but all were dismissed in the 10s, with nobody able to go on the ECA fell short on 9/139 showing good signs but room for improvement.
Game 2 was a big improvement with the bat, as opener Nick Terpou set the tone with an impressive 59, and was supported well by Grady Brooks (30), captain Obie Chambers (40), and Charlie Landrigan (25*) on the way to 5/170. Wajntraub was top of the wickets again, falling just short of a five-fa, taking 4/18 off 8 overs, sealing a close 17 run victory.
In game 3 the openers James Little (32 off 87) and Gerard Croagh (19 from 57) both batted well, but may have wished they ticked over the singles more regularly, as the rest of the order struggled to get anything happening, as the ECA were dismissed for 118. Despite this, Gorman (3/16) and Little (2/25) were up for the challenge, but the MPCA batters held their nerve, securing a tense 1 wicket victory.

U18 Phil Arnold ECA Photos

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