LOVE AND DEVELOPMENT OF CRICKET THE FIRST STEP IN AMS’ EYES
Team manager Chris Ams has paid tribute to the maturity of skipper Sajana Gunathilake and his entire squad as Pilbara Junior Cricket Association endured a tough but rewarding Alcohol Think Again Junior Country Week. On Pilbara’s final day Ams who is chairman of the Pilbara Regional Cricket Board identified the importance of his team trusting a core game plan and just having fun as the cornerstone in returning a much wiser and stronger outfit. “When you are in the 14s B-section, the prime focus is treating it as a development squad for young cricketers,” Ams said. “We were aware that other stronger teams would possibly send us in for outright, so we built a plan for each game and we executed it each time which was very pleasing.”
After winning the toss Pilbara fought hard right from the start of the day, Saxon Dawe 2-17 and Ky Hill 1-22 were the pick of the bunch as rival West Pilbara compiled 7-214. In reply Pilbara were dismissed for 80 with Dawe again shining with a lone (32). Although disappointed not to grab a victory, Ams still stressed that his side had enjoyed the week immensely and had handled the volume of cricket professionally while representing the Pilbara with pride. “Junior country week is the holy grail for us considering how remote we are within comparison to many, for example we have played six games this week and only five in our regular season due to distance,” Ams said. “It hasn’t been easy but to come up against kids who are fourteen when our youngest is nine, really gives our squad terrific exposure at cricket on the next level.” The Pilbara Junior Cricket Association are set to return for the 2019 Alcohol Think Again Junior Country Week. The region is again set to be represented by Port Hedland, Newman, Dampier and Karratha with plans for expansion.