The 2 Phantoms – Round 3

CLUB BOWLING RECORD BY ROBBIE KNIGHT

HEY ROBBIE - GIVE US A BREAK WILL YA ?

Round 3 saw yet another club record fall by the wayside when Robbie Knight from the Dragons senior C1 team took a sensational 6 wickets in each innings in his team’s game against Illawong up at Boys Town. Yes, you heard correctly, 6 in each dig, that’s 12 wickets for the match.

His first innings figures of 14 overs 6 for 39 was good enough, but then he handed in almost identical figures in Illawong’s second time around, 12.2 overs 6 for 41, and, unsurprisingly, the Dragons won outright.

And do you know what ? Most cricketers would be content if they took 12 wickets in a season, let alone in one game. And this guy had a serious back operation just over 12 months ago. So, quite an impressive come-back don’t you think ?

And it has been reported that Robbie, making light of his achievement, said after the match that he almost pulled a muscle in his shoulder having to keep holding the match ball aloft.

That kind of bowling deserves an ONYA AWARD.

JAMES BILLS MAKES FIRST GRADE DEBUT :

One of our many talented juniors to go on and play Grade cricket, James (Jimmy) Bills was called up to play First Grade last weekend down at Glenn McGrath Oval Caringbah against Manly.

This is quite an achievement by this modest and unassuming young man who started his cricket career not at all certain whether he had a future in the game or not.

James originally played with the Heathcote Cricket Club before joining the Dragons in our 14B team several years back and, we think even he would agree, that he did struggle somewhat in his first couple of years in the game.

However, we just happen to know for a fact, that he applied himself, in just about as determined a way as it is possible to apply one’s self, to eventually overcome any inadequacies he felt he had, and blossom into a player of true first class potential.

It just goes to show, if you want it bad enough, whatever it might be in life, you can do it. It is possible.

And would you believe ? He took his first wicket in his first bowling spell for Sutho.

IS THERE A PLAYER REGISTRATION DECLINE ?

We went back through our club records to see if it is true that interest in cricket is getting less each year and made some interesting discoveries.

SENIORS :

In the 1961-62 season there were 97 registered to play Senior Cricket with the club.

Today there are 83 registered Senior Comp players which is good these days compared to other clubs in the Shire.

JUNIORS :

In 1961-62 there were 67 registrations to play Junior Cricket.
3 years later there were 116 Junior registrations.

Today there are 121 registered Junior Comp players. This is also pretty good by comparison. Especially when you consider the sporting opportunities around today.

So, basically, even though the population in and around Engadine has quadrupled since the club’s beginning, the numbers of players has remained more or less the same.

But not so throughout the Sutherland Shire though, where the number of junior players has dropped by over 250 for this season alone.

SO WHY DON’T MORE KIDS PLAY CRICKET ?

The question is, why aren’t more kids attracted to cricket.

Is it because the Aussie National team is not doing as well as they once did ?

Maybe it’s because there are no real super stars these days and the good players aren’t grabbing the headlines the way they used to.
Or is it because there are easier and less demanding sporting pursuits out there ?

THE GAME IS EASIER TO PLAY :

It’s a fact that over the years the Junior Cricket Association has done an enormous amount to make the junior game easier for all levels of ability to play, to make the game safer to play, and generally to make the game more exciting and enjoyable for all young kids regardless of their ability.

For the younger kids playing cricket the games are shorter with both teams batting and bowling on the same day. and where everyone gets an opportunity to bat, bowl and field in every game. Can’t see much wrong with that.

BUT IS THE GAME SAFER ?

The protective equipment available these days is truly amazing. The helmets, the batting gloves and pads, boxes etc are all cutting edge. And they do what they are supposed to do – protect.

The bats themselves are incredibly light yet powerful and make playing shots so much easier than the old ones.

When you pick up one of these New Bats you feel like you can’t wait to get out there in the middle and try it on.

Also the coaches are better qualified than they used to be. Special Coaching Schools are held regularly to update coaches on the latest techniques.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE FOR A YOUNG CRICKETER ?

We’ve been asked many times if there is one piece of advice we could give to young cricketers that would help them during a game.

And this is what we reckon it should be :-

If you fail with the bat, make up for it with the ball,
If you fail with bat and ball, make up for it in the field.

Basically what that means is …..Become a genuine all-rounder

You can do it……It is possible