HAMILTON’S Under 15 representative coach Andrew Povey was a happy man after the 66-run victory over Portland on day one of Country Week.
He was full of praise for his young side’s performance at Melville Oval on Monday, and while hopeful that Hamilton could reach the final as it did last year, was aware that there is a lot of cricket to be played before then.
“I thought our bowling was fantastic at the start with James Cullinane taking four wickets, and with six wickets being bowled it showed we were bowling in the right areas,” Povey said.
“We bowled good line and length and it made it hard for them to score, and they lost wickets from just being behind the eight ball and the pressure that was on them right from the start.”
With a bit of a slow playing pitch, Portland’s total of 9-133 looked a competitive score, but once Riley Pickering (108*) and Charlie Wootton (22) settled into a rhythm, Hamilton had little trouble reaching the target, finishing with 1-199.
“Their 133 was probably a hard score to chase, you don’t know whether to go out hard at it or creep up to it,” Povey said.
“It’s a challenging score … a small score is easier or a big score might be easier because you know how to go after it, but that sort of score is hard so wasn’t sure how to go at it.
“Our opening partnership set up the platform for us to launch from.
“After 15 overs and we’re none for, and going at about three runs an over which was on pace, it just set up a beautiful platform.
“In this form of cricket, the bowlers are going to tail off in that you’re going to get the best two in the association first up, so if you can get through the opening bowlers it sets you right up.”
Povey was particularly happy to see Pickering make his first century on Monday.
“The solid start also set up a platform for Riley,” he said.
“He got to the stage where he was seeing the ball that well that he could pick the balls that he wanted to hit and just build momentum in his innings, and when I spoke to him at the drinks break, he set himself the goal to try and make a hundred and to build up to it and he timed it perfectly.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 9, 2014