2005 Dobson & Robinson Shield for under 9s

September 4th 2005

Junior Cricket Skills and Single Wicket Finals Day

Scorching hot weather once again greeted the young Oaks cricketers in pursuit of single wicket glory. A total of XX young cricketers turned out to contest the five age-group finals. Amongst them were four of last year's winners Joel Gallagher, Scott Hartley, Nick Crook and Jack Davison.

The morning's events were once again a six-discipline skills competition designed to whittle the numbers down to two in each age-group for the afternoon finals. The disciplines were Running, catching, batting, bowling, throwing and fielding. The Running was held in age-groups with other events in mixed groups although the scoring system was against only each cricketers peer group. The Running skill comprised a 100 yard sprint and a 66-yard 'three-run' simulation with bat in hand. As usual the crowd were unstinting in their derision of any one considered not trying and this year was no exception. The five-discipline rotation followed for the remainder of the morning. The results emerged as below:

Under 9s Batting Bowling Throwing Catching Running Fielding Total
Ben Howell 5.5 6 6 6 3 6 32.5
George Ingham 5.5 5 4 5 6 4 29.5
Jack Keighley 4 3 5 4 5 3 24.0
Matthew Dilworth 3 4 3 3 5 5 23.0

Under 9s Final

Mighty mite Ben Howell took his first trophy, the Dobson & Robinson Cup for 2005. The Final with George Ingham was a tense affair as Ben scored just one from the bat, opting for a defensive strategy. Two wides from George swelle3d his tally to 9. Ben's bowling had earlier been exemplary with only 2 wides but he did capture George's wicket the once which was more enough to take George's score from 13 to 5.