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Big Mack on fire for WA

5th February 2017

WESTERN Australia have scored a tense seven-run win over South Australia in Adelaide despite the home side dominating the opening two days of the Sheffield Shield clash.

Paceman Simon Mackin was the star for WA with his 5-78 making for a career-best 12-wicket match haul.

Set just 200 to win at Gliderol Stadium, the Redbacks sought to run down the total quickly only to be bowled out for 192 off 39.2 overs.

A 99-run sixth-wicket stand between Tom Cooper and Alex Carey looked set to get the Redbacks over the line.

However, with their dismissals in successive overs, second-placed SA lost their final five wickets for only 26 runs.

Chadd Sayers and No.11 David Grant, in just his second first-class match, threatened to get SA over the line before the tailender was bowled after a 14-run stand.

 

Article from Perth Now

2nd Grade Premiers Again

29th March 2017

The WDCC 2nd Grade are back to back premiers and have won 3 flags in the past 4 years, showing serious dominance for quite some time now.

A relatively consistent season throughout  finishing 4th in a very tightly grouped top 6, 11 wins 2 losses and 2 no results. 

 

To get to the grand final the Dragons easily accounted for Wanneroo in the semi final dismissing them twice under 100 and only needing to bat once. Then a tighter fixture against Bayswater Morley in the preliminary final where the Dragons set Baysie 255 for victory and rolled them just under 200.

 

This brought them into the Grand Final up against top side Joondalup who Willetton had easily accounted for just a few weeks earlier in Round 14, that time a high scoring affair, this however was not the case.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the Willetton top order collapsed dramatically reaching just 6/45, by this time Shane Wornes had recently arrived at the crease and joining him not long after Prad Gunaratne, the two who put in a match saving performance Wornes dismissed for 41 off 103 balls and Gunaratne a Man of the match effort 58 not out.
The Dragons managing to recover and reach a solid 150 runs off 79 overs. 

 

With overs still left in the day the Willetton bowlers toiled hard to make in roads over night, Joondalup away to a strong start after losing one early, the league leaders were 1/45 before Prad returned to action.
Instantly taking two quick wickets and one more in the final over of the day from McCall, leaving Joondalup 4/54 overnight.

Next morning with potential showers around the Dragons wanting to wrap it up maintained momentum and Nic Geisler rattled through the Joondalup middle order leaving them in a lot of trouble at 8/66. 

 

The Centurians tried to fight back and put on partnership before losing their 9th wicket at 100, but before too long Aaron McCall took the final wicket at 115, securing the second Premiership in as many years.

Willetton returned to bat with Joondalup hoping for a miracle outright, but it was never to be, The Dragons shook hands at 4/87 and a lead of 112 runs to celebrate into the night and the next day.

 

Best of the bowlers was Nic Geisler with 4/24 (pictured), Aaron McCall with 3/34, Prad Gunaratne with a crucial 2/13 and Brett Bayley 1/20.

14's Back to Back Premiers

29th March 2017

The Willetton U14's have become back to back Premiers in emphatic style.
Having lost the toss and having to bowl first, the boys restricted Mt.Lawley to just 58 in 37 overs.
The standout figures of 4/3 from Lloyd Allen from 10 overs is a class performance at any level, well backed up by Anav Pimple 2/3 off 5overs. Wickets also to Blair Walsh (2/17) and Bryce DeVries (1/13).

The run chase was a very comfortable one for the baby Dragons with Lachie Lake and Blair Walsh steering the lads to victory. Lake finishing 36not out off 53 balls and Walsh 10 not out off 24balls.

A class performance by the entire squad for the 2016/17 season, the club thanks the coaching staff, supporting parents and players for all your efforts.

WDCC Welcomes New Sponsors

2nd September 2017

The WDCC welcomes new sponsors Driven Finance, Humes, Subway Willetton, Tempo Homes, Jason Windows, Steel Blue, North Coast Electrical, The Melting Point Cafe, TyrePower Willetton, Steineck Plumbing, Totally Workwear Belmont, NGB Painting, Drinkworks, Bunnings Willetton and Lazer Blaze to join our existing sponsors Retravision (New Major Sponsor), AR Advisors, Kent Aluminium Windows, Stiebel Eltron and Cricket & Footy Shop.

The club would like to thank JLT, Smartline Mortgage Advisers & Plunkett Homes for their generous support in previous seasons as they are not continuing in season 2017/18.

Bancroft Scores County Double Ton

13th September 2017

Willetton's very own Cameron Bancroft carried his bat for 206 not out as Gloucestershire posted 385 on day two against Kent at Bristol.

Resuming on 124, and with his team 242-5, Bancroft struck 23 fours and one six as he remained unbeaten for more than eight and a half hours and 131.5 overs.

Article from BBC Sport

Rd 1 is here - Cap Presentations this Thursday 

3rd October 2017

Round 1 has snuck up very quickly and we commence the season this Saturday the 7th vs Claremont Nedlands, we will be holding cap presentations for the junior sides and team selections for senior sides this Thursday 5th @ 6.30pm.

Come down and see who is representing your Willetton Dragons for the start of the 2017/18 season.

Where: WDCC Clubhouse - 58 Burrendah Blvd, Willetton

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Bar open

Bancroft Test Selection

17th November 2017

Willetton Dragon Cam Bancroft has been selected to open the batting in the first Magellan Ashes Test starting Thursday 23rd at the Gabba.

He has had several outstanding first class seasons and has been rewarded most recently after his terrific double hundred last week. For many years Cam's work ethic and passion to improve his game has been very evident.

Well done Cam and best of luck!

WDCC Club Raffle Results 2017

24th December 2017

It is with great pleasure to announce that the winners of the raffle are as follows:
Sandro Jelaska (ticket 105) $500
Nadiv Katulanda (ticket 2101) $1000
Phil Siljeg (ticket 1538) $2000

Thank you for all the efforts in selling and buying tickets, it has been a very successful fundraising initiative for the club #GoDrags
#Clubraffle #MerryXmas

Higher Honours for Several Dragons

24th January 2018
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Cameron Bancroft has been selected in the Australian Test Squad travelling to South Africa. After an Ashes with mixed results the national selctors have backed Bangers in as a bright prospect for the future.

D'Arcy Short has been selected in the Australian T20 side to face England early next month after what could only be called a dominant display in the Big Bash, with one match still to play D'Arcy has scored over 500 runs at the top of the BBL runscorers and one hundred clear of second place. It was mentioned by national selector Mark Waugh -

"D'Arcy's selection speaks for itself, he is the leading run scorer in the BBL and has also taken valuable wickets when handed the ball," 

"He is in outstanding form and we look forward to seeing what he can bring to this T20 side."

Matt Hanna this week was selected in WA Future League side for the first time, taking on top side South Australia. Not only was this selection well deserved with quality A grade performances but he also backed it up with an outstanding showing taking 8/73 from 34 overs for the match, taking 5/25 in the first innings.
He also made a steady 30 not out in the first innings of the fixture.

 

Aaron Hardie also appeared in the above fixture scoring 47 runs and taking 2 wickets.

Scorecard here

Ex Dragon Liam Livingstone earlier in the month was named in England's Test squad to face New Zealand across the ditch. In addition to this was named captain of County side Lancashire. It seems since departing WA after his season with the Drags his career has gone from strength to strength.

Well done to all players!

Hardie Shines in U19 Pakistan Series Defeat

15th January 2018

Willetton's Aaron Hardie was selected for a one off one day series for the Australian U19 vs Pakistan end of December prior to the World Cup which Aaron was left out of.

However during his time Hards from 3 matches scored 46, 85 and 28 not out as well as chiming in with a wicket.

Well done Hards! 

Update: (27/1/18) Aaron has been called into the World Cup squad at pointy end of the tournament after injuries to current squad members.

Bancroft Experiences Ashes Success

10th January 2018

Cameron Bancroft has fulfilled a childhood dream of being part of a winning ashes team after Australia finished the series 4 - 0. On a personal note averaging above 25 after the series scoring 5, 82no, 10, 4, 25, 26, 27, & 0.
He also found his niche at short leg and cordon taking 5 catches.

The club is pleased to see Cam opening at the elite level and hope it is the biginning of a very long international career.

D'Arcy Shorts Big IPL Pay Day

29th January 2018

WDCC Dragon & Hobart Hurricanes star D'Arcy Short's Saturday night ended on a high note.

Less than 30 minutes after Hobart advanced to the KFC Big Bash League finals, he went under the hammer in the IPL and was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for $775,000.
After what can only be described as a tremendous BBL home and away series D'Arcy's hard work and persistence has shone through and amazing opportunities continue to present themselves. 

Well done D'arcy! 

Dragon U15 Talent on Show!

29th January 2018

Willetton junior talent continues to shine as Peter Hardie U15's coach outlines the outstanding achievement of our boys that have been playing representative cricket.

Peter says:

Congrats to the following boys who were selected to play in the recent U15's talent carnival:

Olivier Brehaut
Jordan David
Diyoan Gajanayake
Michael Hardie

Special congrats to the following boys who were named as emergencies for the U15s state team:

Luke Holt
Blair Walsh

And very special congratulations to the two boys selected for the U15s state team:

Prabhakar Basnet
Lachlan Lake

Very well done to all the boys. Junior Drags doing Willetton proud!

Lachie Lake and Prab Basnet pretty impressed with their new hats! 

Photo Credits: Craig Lake

Dragons Bow out of Premiership Race for 2017/18 

14th March 2018

The 2017/18 season has come to an abrupt end for both senior finalist 1st and 2nd Grade, bowing out in the first week of the finals.

1st Grade

After finishing second on the ladder only behind Claremont-Nedlands on quotient, we faced a strong 5th placed Melville.

Willetton won the toss and selected to bowl first, Saturday's play was a real grind with Melville looking solid posting a strong total of 303 off 99.5overs. The pick of the Willetton bowlers were Matt Hanna with 4/93 off 28 overs, a massive effort for a guy that had played under an injury cloud for the last few weeks of the season injuring his quad in a Futures League game under massive workloads. Kallen Bond also chimed in with a handy 3/93 off 27.5 overs.

On the Sunday the Dragons run chase showed real promise all day, but consistent loss of wickets throughout the innings saw Willetton dismissed for 239 off 83.3 at approximately 5.10pm. Captain Matt Johnston showed real class and patience with an important 69 off 152 balls, again Kallen Bond and Aaron Hardie both showed grit with 32 runs a piece. Everyone got starts but unfortunately fell before adding genuine scoreboard pressure.

 

Due to 1st placed Claremont Nedlands being defeated by 6th placed University and we had been defeated by 5th placed Melville the WDCC A grade side was ranked in the 2 lowest losers and unfortunately eliminated.

A massive season of highlights with a similar list to last year we had improved on last seasons 9th position to fly up the table and finish equal first and play off in the One Day Grand Final. A proud performance by the boys, but that elusive 2 day Premiership still eludes us.

2nd Grade

The 2's had led the competition most of the season in first place but due to player unavailability with 2nd XI and 1st class commitments and several key injuries at the back end of the season the boys battled hard but lost their last 3 games to finish 5th in a very tight top 6.

Willetton met Mount Lawley away from home in the first final, whom they had played just 2 games earlier where the Hawks had our measure. After winning the toss and electing to bat, that was the last of our success after being bowled out for a meager 113 off 51.3 overs, top scorers were senior players Shayne Wornes with 27 off 62 balls and Prad Gunaratne with 20 off 58balls. With still half the day to play Mount Lawley lost 2 quick wickets but asserted their dominance passing our total 

just 4 wickets down. They batted on into the second day where they added another quick hundred when the match was conceded with Mount Lawley 5/278.

A disappointing finish to a season of dominance in the tilt for a Premiership 3-peat, with depth tested the boys fought on bravely in a season to be proud of.

With a strong set up at the club and large pool of talent, sustained success across all grades is just around the corner.

Thank you to all sponsors, staff, players, families and supporters of WDCC for your involvement with the mighty Dragons.

Only 120 days till pre-season for 2018/19...

WDCC Statement on Bancroft

29th March 2018

The Willetton District Cricket Club will support player Cameron Bancroft and his family after being handed a nine month ban from International and First class cricket from Cricket Australia.
These sanctions were further to the ICC, who handed down a fine of 75% of his match fee and 3 demerit points (4 demerits = 1 match suspension).

 

Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions and has made a public apology in front of media at the WACA immediately after landing home in Perth, having departed Cape Town.
The club will help Cameron to come back from this and work towards reaching the pinnacle of cricket again.

President Ron Kukura met with media at Burrendah Reserve this afternoon to reiterate this statement of support.

WDCC Club Champions 2nd time in 3yrs

4th March 2018

For the second time in Willetton District Cricket Club's history and the second time in three years the club has won the WACA Club Championship. It came down to the last round and last over of the day to decide the final placings on the ladder as there were anxious moments relying on a few results around the competition needing to fall our way. But with wins to Willetton in 1st, 3rd and 4th grade in the final round, we had done enough to secure the prize, particularly after Melville whom were 2nd placed on the table TIED in 1st grade (half points) and lost 4th grade.

 

The clubs Director of Coaching, Aaron Harwood posted:

Congratulations to all those involved in our 2nd Club Championship win in 3 years 🐲
The Club Championship title is something that ALL players, coaches (Junior and Senior), board members, sponsors, volunteers and supporters can share together! 
A particular mention to all the junior players (and their parents/coaches) who have represented the senior sides this season. Your contributions have been crucial to the success of our club. 
Very proud of the Dragon family... 

 

The club championship is calculated by the accumulation of wins in each grade carrying different points for each grade. See below for points allocation.
 

Season Review 2017/18

17th March 2018

The season has come to an end and we can proudly boast another Club Championship. 


1st grade:  finished second, played 15 - 2 outright wins, 8 wins and 5 losses. (Elim wk 1 finals )

2nd grade: finished fifth, played 15 - 10 wins and 4 losses and 1 outright loss. (Elim wk 1 finals)

3rd grade: finished seventh, played 14 - 1 outright win, 7 wins and 6 losses.
4th grade: finished ninth, played 14 2 outright wins - 4 wins and 8 losses. 

Separate to the club championship table, the Premier T20 side finished 3rd in group B missing the next round on quotient with 2 wins and a loss, the Colts T20 side finished bottom (4th) of group B also missing the next round with 1 win and 2 losses.

The 1st grade lost the One Day Grand Final to Claremont Nedlands 170 all out vs 3/174 cc.

 

The Junior sides:

U17's: finished tenth, played 13 - 6 wins and 7 losses.

U15's: finished third, played 13 - 11 wins and 2 losses. (Premiers)

U14's: finished second in the Southern grouping, played 7 - 5 wins and 2 losses. (Lost Semi)

U13's: finished seventh in the Southern grouping, played 7 - 1 win and 6 losses.

For scores of each individual match proceed to MYCRICKET

TOP 20 Runscorers

100's

TOP 20 Wicket Takers

5 Wkts or more

Note: Brett Bayley's round 7 performance of 6/17 included a hatrick!

WA Hand out 2018/19 Contracts - 4 Dragons

15th May 2018

This week WA finalised it's contracts for the 2018/19 season! 

Out of the 30 squad members, CA contracted, Full Contracts and Rookies Willetton have 4 players on the list. Congratulations to Cam Bancroft, D'Arcy Short, Simon Mackin (Full Contracts) and Aaron Hardie (Rookie) who were are employed by the Western Australian Cricket Association for the coming season.

Well Done lads.

 

Bancroft Cleared to Play with Willetton

16th May 2018

Cameron Bancroft has been cleared to play Premier Cricket in Western Australia while serving his suspension for ball tampering in South Africa.

Bancroft was tonight granted special dispensation to turn out for his club side Willetton after the 16 WA Premier Cricket clubs held an extraordinary general meeting to vote on the opener's future.

The vote was carried 14-2 after a ballot following a half-hour debate by members of the Western Australia District Cricket Council. 

Bancroft did not attend the meeting, and was instead practising yoga as the meeting went on, according to WACA chief executive Christina Matthews.

"I'm pleased to announce the Western Australia District Cricket Council tonight approved Willetton's application for an exemption to the rule that prevented Cameron from playing Premier Cricket this season," Matthews said.

"It was strongly debated across a number of areas, but ultimately approved. It's great news for Cameron and I'd like to congratulate the WADCC on their decision.

"They were put in an awkward position by the sanctions in the first place and a lack of understanding of the rules that applied across Premier Cricket in Australia. But it's good news for Cameron tonight.

"It was about a half-hour discussion. I think everybody knew the questions they wanted to ask and were prepared to sit and talk about them, and a positive outcome for all."

Bancroft is serving a nine-month suspension from state and international cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

That Cricket Australia ban ends in late December, at which point Bancroft will be free to play for WA, the Perth Scorchers and Australia again. The opener was retained by WA on the state contract list and can join teammates at pre-season training next month.

However, under WADCC rules, any CA ban automatically extends to WA's Premier Cricket ranks.

The 25-year-old has now been granted an exemption to play for his WA club side Willetton while serving his CA ban.

Matthews said the debate against allowing Bancroft an exemption was not personal to the opener.

"It was the fact that there's been other players who have had to serve out sanctions when sanctioned by Cricket Australia in other competitions," Matthews said.

"So it's just reasonable debate and discussion about why it wouldn't apply in this circumstance and how the circumstances were different."

WADCC rules differ to other states, which do not automatically enforce CA sanctions for their Premier competitions. Fellow banned Test players David Warner and Steve Smith are free to play with their NSW Premier Cricket sides in Sydney while serving their 12-month CA suspensions.

Bancroft has retained his WA and Perth Scorchers contracts, and will be free to join in at training when pre-season starts in June.

Matthew said the WACA expected to finalise the opener's community service commitments soon. As part of their CA sanctions, all three banned Test players must perform 100 hours of community service. 

"Like anybody he has his ups and downs but overall, I think he is in a pretty good space," Matthew said.

"He's not far off starting his community service, we have some things lined up for him there and we'll hopefully finalise those this week.

"He's really committed to doing that in a genuine and authentic way, and not just a box-ticking way."

New Australia coach Justin Langer has already said he'd welcome the return of Bancroft, Smith, and Warner when their CA bans end.

Bancroft could yet return to cricket in the Northern Territory's Strike League in July. 

Article from https://www.cricket.com.au/news/cameron-bancroft-wa-premier-cricket-vote-willetton-ball-tampering-ban/2018-05-14

WDCC Senior - End of Season Presentation Awards

17 April 2018

Matt Hanna named Club Champion      Mark Walsh named a Life Member        Brad Hurst named Grade Player of the Year

For all photos from the evening - click here

Fantastically hosted by MC -Todd Lavender the WDCC Wind up was a great event that was well organised and well run by all involved. On the night we saw approximately 100 people attend the presentation of awards and enjoyed the after entertainment, a Casino Night run by OMG entertainment. Special thank you to the Social Committee inclusive of Rashel Blazevich and Sue Walsh who did the bulk of preparation as well as Jan Bartlett who made many delicious cupcakes.

 

Club Based Awards

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - CLUB CHAMPION 2017/18

Matt Hanna

 

GRADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brad Hurst

 

LIFE MEMBER

Mark Walsh

CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR

Chris Lagana

 

COACHES AWARD

Oliver Arkinstall

 

At the Olley Cooley Evening held on the night before our Presentations, the following Awards were received by Willetton and it's Players:

- WDCC was presented with the Club Championship Trophy

- Matt Hanna won the A grade Bowling Aggregate and made the Grade Team of the Year (2 years running)

- Aaron Hardie was awarded the Young Player of the Year by the WA Media Guild.

See below the individual batting and bowling awards awards for season 2017/18:

1st GRADE

 

BATTING AWARD

Aaron Hardie 475 runs @ 39.58

 

100s

D’Arcy Short 125 R6 Melville

Kallen Bond 121 R8 Scarborough

Aaron Hardie 110 R9 Perth

 

BOWLING AWARD

Matt Hanna 52 wkts @ 15.00

 

5fas

Kallen Bond 5/20 R11 South Perth

Aaron McCall 5/70 R14 Mt Lawley

Brett Bayley 6/17 R7 Gosnells (including hat-trick)

Absent - Will Rhodes 5/49 R9 Perth

Absent - Will Rhodes 6/27 R12 Fremantle

 

10fa

Matt Hanna 13/85 R5 Midland-Guildford 6/41 &7/44

 

2nd GRADE

 

BATTING AWARD

Sean Brennan 341 runs @ 42.63

 

100s

Sean Brennan 101 R1 Claremont-Nedlands

James Godfrey 157 R7 Gosnells

Iszak Milentis 119no R5 Midland-Guildford

Kris Elliot 104 R14 Mt Lawley

 

BOWLING AWARD

Nic Geisler 20 wkts @ 21.50

 

5fas

Absent - Prad Gunaratne 5/59 R13 Rockingham-Mandurah

 

3rd GRADE

 

BATTING AWARD

Apurv Sharma 289 runs @ 24.08

 

BOWLING AWARD

Cameron Becker 24 wkts @ 15.71

 

5fas

Nicholas Blazevich 5/16 R7 Gosnells

Cameron Becker 5/35 R12 Fremantle

Josh Kuser 5/47 R14 Mt Lawley

Bevan Hargrave R15 Rockingham-Mandurah

 

 

4th GRADE

 

BATTING AWARD

Stewart Hepburn 282 runs @ 35.25

 

100s

Blair Walsh 105 R7 Gosnells

Stuart Smith 100 R1 Claremont-Nedlands

 

BOWLING AWARD

Brad Hurst 38 wkts @ 12.16

 

5fas

Brad Hurst 8/37 R13 Rockingham-Mandurah

Brad Hurst 5/31 R12 Fremantle

 

10fa

Brad Hurst 10/69 R14 Mt Lawley 5/40 & 5/19

 

 

 Note: Brad Hurst finished just one wicket behind a South Perth player who took out the WACA 4th Grade bowling Aggregate.

Milentis off to Under 19 Championships.

4th of December 2018

Iszak Milentis has been selected as Vice Captain of the WA U19's side to take part in the National Championships Mid December in Adelaide.

Well done Iszak, good luck!

To follow the matches, click here: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS