In another weather interrupted weekend the Hampton Cricket Club turned out a great wicket for Sunday’s VMCU U21 Semi-Final where CSB took on the neighbouring Dandenong District Cricket Association. Winning the toss and electing to bat South Caulfield’s Elliot Bradley (59) was off to a flyer 23* after 6 overs, joined by Beaumaris' Cam Watts (75) they took the score to 120 before Bradley was out, CSB reaching 5/226 of their 40 overs. With Liam Wolters (Beaumaris) and Bradley combining for a run-out and Bonbeach’s Tim Mulholland (2/29) grabbing an early wicket the DDCA were quickly 2/6. Watts continuing his batting form with the ball, this time picking up 3/38 and Mentone’s Michael Waller 2/24, with the DDCA all out 129 in the 31st over. CSB will meet the winner of this weekend’s other semi final between the Mornington Peninsula and West Gippsland with the final at Fitzroy Doncaster’s Schramms Reserve from 10am on Sunday 28th January. In further news for the U21’s, congratulations to Cam Watts and Hampton’s Tom Marron who have both been selected in the VMCU U21 representative side to take on the VCCL on Sunday Feb 11 at Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo. Weather again intervenes Once again this season the weather impacted on the weekend’s play with matches abandoned due to rain. With quite a few games getting starts it was disappointing to then have the rain come and and for a couple of clubs even more so as they had events planned on the day. At Beaumaris David Hussey made 8 from 5 balls before the rain halted play, and Heatherton held its past players day with support from our sponsors Taubmans. We all have our fingers crossed that the season gets a better break with the weather as we head towards the home straight. Creating New Traditions in Southern Bayside The CSB Women’s competition is aimed at beginner and returning players, and as the next step for junior female cricketers who may not be ready to take the step into either Women’s Community Cricket Program or Premier Cricket. To date, the involvement of junior female cricketers has opened opportunities for mothers to emulating that great tradition of fathers playing with sons. Both Diana Gilbert of East Malvern Tooronga Cricket Club and Natalie Pribil of the Parkdale Cricket Club experienced this opportunity during the Ten 10 day. Their story can be found here on our womens.southernbayside.com.au website. Kookaburra Trails with CSB CSB is stepping up to assist Kookaburra with trials of the White Turf Ball which is used at first class level this weekend. Approached by Kookaburra to assist, CSB will use these White Turf Balls (which have some subtle manufacturing variations from the existing Turf Ball) in Championship and Division 1 this weekend. CSB clubs will return the match balls (provided free of charge) back to Kookaburra for analysis. We are delighted to have quickly developed an excellent relationship with Kookaburra and happy to assist in developing product for the sport. Kookaburra have also assisted CSB clubs with sponsorship through practice balls and training gear, and assisted with club kits for our developing Women’s program. Premier Cricket Back to Club Night The second Back to Club Night for Premier Cricketers in Tuesday 30th January 2018.