Parkes Junior Cricketers ready to start season

JUNIOR CRICKET: Batsman Connor Batt in action for Parkes White in an Under 12s  match against Forbes Bernadi's IGA last season. Photo: Jenny Kingham.
JUNIOR CRICKET: Batsman Connor Batt in action for Parkes White in an Under 12s match against Forbes Bernadi's IGA last season. Photo: Jenny Kingham.

Parkes and District Junior Cricket Association (PDJCA) will begin their 2017/18 cricket season with the following structure:

U/17’s – a five team competition featuring 2 teams from Parkes (McGraths and Borders) 2 teams from Forbes (Gunns Mensland and Adept Plumbing) and a team from Condobolin.

U/14’s – a four team competition featuring 2 teams from Parkes (Chappells and Lillees) and 2 teams from Forbes (Frank Spice and Hazell & Field Accountants).

U/12’s -  a six team competition featuring 3 teams from Parkes (Waughs, Pontings and Gilchrists) and 3 teams from Forbes (Forbes Livestock, Bernardis IGA and Auswest).

U/10’s – a four team competition with all teams from Parkes (Benauds, Trumpers, Lyons and Davidsons).

Under 10 players should note that the Parkes teams are named after famous Australian cricketers, one a current Australian player in Nathan Lyon (the record breaking off spinner who hails from Young in NSW), Richie Benaud (former Australian captain and leg spinning all-rounder who became a legendary cricket commentator after his playing days), Victor Trumper (the legendary Australian batsman of the early 20th century who was rated by many keen cricket experts as second only to Sir Donald Bradman) and Alan Davidson (the outstanding left arm bowler/batsman of the 1950’s-60’s who went on to be a highly regarded and admired cricket administrator after he retired from playing cricket).

Allocation of newly registered players

Since the Parkes team lists were published in last weeks junior cricket notes in the Champion Post some new players have registered. They have been placed in the following teams –

U/17’s – Koby Johnstone to the McGraths team.

U/14’s – Frankland Ross to the Chappells team.

U/12’s – Harley Logan to the Pontings team.

U/10’s – With 7 extra players registering it has meant we needed to create a fourth team which has meant a number of players being moved around to try make even teams. The newly formed teams are –

BENAUDS – Bailey Price, Blake Price, Matty Price, Harry Yelland, Holly Duncan, Riley Duncan, Thomas Ball and Anderson Ball. Managers – Peter Yelland and Sharon Scott.

TRUMPERS – Aiden Rayner, Samuel Rayner, Henry Rice, Darcy Summerhayes, Zavier Cheema, Zayn Cheema and Liam Duffy. Managers – Scott Rayner and Chris Summerhayes.

LYONS – Caleb Drew, Llewellyn Pepper, Jacques van Wyk, Thomas Simpson, Memphis Potts, Tyson Carruthers, Josh Riley and Triston Ross. Managers – Michael Drew and Glenn Pepper.

DAVIDSONS – Callum Rowbotham, Lochie Jennings, Sonny MacGregor, Cody Newman, Lachlan Griffiths, Sam Westcott and Nina Richardson-Bartley. Managers – Nathan Jennings and Cory Rowbotham.

Registration forms and late payment of registration fees

There are a number of players who have been allocated to teams who are yet to have completed registration forms for the 2017/18 season and/or have yet to pay their registration fees.

These players will not be covered for insurance purposes until their parents/carers take action to rectify this matter.

PDJCA Honorary Secretary Greg Morrissey will be at Woodward Oval from 5pm to 6pm on Friday, October 13 to assist those people who need to fill in registration forms or pay their fees.

New players are not allowed to play until they are fully registered and allocated to a team.

Draw for Saturday, October 14:

Saturday – all games to begin at 8.45am, players need to be there by 8.30am.

Under 17’s – McGraths V Borders  at Northparkes Oval; Gunns Mensland V Adept Plumbing at Hugh Wilson Oval, Forbes; Condobolin have the bye.

Under 14’s – Chappells V Lillees at Spicer Oval; Frank Spice V Hazell&Field at Gaggin Oval, Forbes.

Under 12’s – Waughs V Pontings at Keast 2; Gilchrists V Forbes Livestock at Keast 1; Bernardis IGA V Auswest  at Botanical Gardens, Forbes.

Under 10’s – Benauds V Trumpers at Armstrong Park; Lyons V Davidsons at Holy Family School.

Team Equipment

Team coaches/managers will be issued with information sheets detailing competition rules when they collect their team kit, scorebooks and results sheets from Greg Morrissey and other PDJCA executive members at Northparkes Oval cricket storage shed from 8am to 8.25am on Saturday morning.

U/12 and U/10 managers will receive new Cricket Australia scorebooks designed for players/teams at these levels as well as retractable stumps, tape measures and tape (to be used to mark creases on synthetic wickets to cater for shorter length pitches).

Competition rules, team lists draws, results sheets and ground inspection sheets will be found in scorebooks for each team.

Managers and players should read competition rules prior to the start of play, visit to access these.

Managers will greatly assist in the publication of results in the following weeks Champion Post if they neatly complete the results sheets including 3-2-1 points for Best & Fairest players in U/17’s, U/14’s and U/12’s age groups.

If any scorers need any extra tuition please contact Association Secretary Greg Morrissey on 0428 963 605.

PDJCA has been blessed to have many parents who have been neat, accurate scorers in recent years. The neatest, most accurate and complete scorers are recognised at the annual end of season presentation.

All scorebooks for U/17’s, U/14’s and U/12’s PLUS results sheets from ALL grades are to be returned to the “Cricket Box” at Cunninghams IGA Supermarket at the completion of games.

In2Cricket Classes

Scott Knights, a top line Parkes representative cricketer and the new president of the Parkes Senior Cricket Association, who successfully guided the in2cricket classes for the past 2 seasons is prepared to conduct the program again for the 2017/18 season.

To enrol in these classes, parents/carers will need to register online at,2,4,8,16 .

The cost to register is $65 per participant and is aimed at the 5-8 year age group. All participants receive an in2cricket kit which consists of a bag, shirt, hat, drink bottle, bat and ball as well a certificate at the completion of the course.

In2cricket will be held on Thursday afternoons from 5pm to 6pm at Woodward Oval, starting on November 2 and running for six weeks where it will break over Christmas before resuming in February 2018 for the remaining four weeks.

Max Shepherd Shield U/14 Carnival at Dubbo

Parkes U/14 player Harry Bayliss recently represented Lachlan Cricket Council at the ninth Annual Max Shepherd Shield Cricket Carnival at Dubbo. Parkes team manager Graeme Bayliss and Umpire Greg Morrissey were on hand to guide the Lachlan team.

The Lachlan team performed with distinction at the eight team carnival being the eventual runners up to a strong Dubbo team. Lachlan scored convincing victories on the first two days at the 3 day carnival. With 45 overs a side games, Lachlan 6/168 defeated Bathurst Green 9/152 on day one, then went on to thrash Orange with the score being – Lachlan 5/166 to Bathurst Green 10/76. Harry Bayliss turned in a superb bowling spell of 4 overs, 3 maidens, 0/1 in this game before he top scored with 32 n.o. against Dubbo Blue on day three – with Dubbo Blue 10/248 defeating Lachlan 9/140.

Once again the Max Shepherd Shield carnival proved to be a terrific opportunity for the U/14 cricketers to begin the season. All the Lachlan players were splendid on and off field ambassadors for Lachlan Cricket Council.

Representative Cricket

Lachlan Cricket Council held selection trials for U/14’s and U/12’s at Cowra on Sunday, October 8 before the rain set in.

Parkes players Harry Jones and Maddy Spence (Lachlan U/12’s) and Harry Bayliss (U/14’s) gained selection in the Lachlan teams, while Parkes parents in Shane Jones (coach of Lachlan U/12’s) and Graeme Bayliss (manager of Lachlan U/14’s) will guide these teams in the forthcoming representative season. PDJCA  secretary Greg Morrissey was on hand to assist with the selection of the Lachlan U/12 team.

Lachlan Inter-Council U/14 and U/12 competitions to begin on Sunday

Parkes are scheduled to play host to Dubbo Blue teams in Parkes on Sunday, October 15. 

The under 14 team are to report to Spicer Oval by 9am ready for the game to commence at 10am. U/14’s play a 40 over a side game.

The Under 12 team are to report to Woodward Oval by 9am ready for the game to commence at 10am. U/12’s play a 32 over a side game.

Final Parkes teams will be announced after training at Woodward Oval nets on Thursday, October 12.