From Mr J McCallum, Convenor of Cricket
Maxim sends records (and leather) out of the park in a stunning 163 not out for the 8A’s
The 8A game was treated to a magnificent unbeaten 163 from Maxim Brooks, who has scored Waverley’s highest score in 10 years at any level. Waverley’s resident historians Brother Murphy and Mr Boyd are reaching back decades to locate another Year 8 student to have ever passed 150 for the College, and we thoroughly congratulate Maxim on such strong execution of skill to launch his team to a dominant 5/237 score and win by over 130 runs. Maxim’s innings came from 95 balls, and included 16 sixes. Amazingly, he scored 133 runs from his final 52 balls faced to perhaps get a few scouts for the Big Bash turning up to watch him in action this week! The 4 spinners of the 8As then wreaked havoc to confuse and restrict Trinity: Luca Derbyshire, Liam Joll, Eddie Regan and Louis Kitto all taking wickets in a huge confidence-builder.
With one round for Senior School boys and just 2 for Yr 5-6, boys are itching to pad-up for a final tilt at some great team performances.
Last week’s matches involved a number of great performances – with both the 9A and 9B teams having convincing wins on the back of improved execution of their skills and game-plans. The 9As attacked more with the bat to reach 6/187, with Jack Hickey 58, Murray Shearer 52 and Jackson Dodd 34 – all at a run-a-ball or better. Leg spinners Dylan Brown with 2/23 and Conor Boyd-Boland with 3/15 took the game away from the Green Gremlins to win by 70 runs. The 9Bs are playing for a premiership this week after another convincing win, as Noah Mitchell with 34 and Edward Sullivan with 56 enjoyed great innings to back up 3 wickets apiece to Peter Reeves and Jesse Sonego.
A number of sides were just a few runs or balls away from tasting victory, and can be commended for great efforts. Our 9C team fell just 15 runs short in an entertaining tussle with Sydney High- Gabriel Kidston in outstanding form with 51 not out. The 10As, 7As, 7Bs and 7Cs all had great contests, including a strong 40 runs to Scott Swinburn and 2 wickets to carter Steyn in the 7As. The 7Cs featured excellent bowling by Reece Emmins and James Iatrou, which complimented the strong innings from Alexander Polihronas and James Fragias. Declan Strong was fantastic with the ball to claim 3 wickets to give the 7Bs a chance of victory after Mitchell Marsh topscored with 20 runs. We wish all teams the very best luck – though in particular the 26 Year 12 boys who win wear the Waverley creams for the last time. This group of Seniors have stuck together throughout many years, with their friendships strengthening and they have displayed genuine interest in the development of younger cricketers.
Cricket Presentation Evening 2018
This Saturday evening – March 10 will also be the Cricket Presentation Evening from 7-9pm, with all Cricketers and families from Years 5-12 warmly invited and encouraged to join in celebrating the achievements and friendships of the Cricket Community.
Special guest will be Australian all-rounder and NSW Captain Moises Henriques to speak and present awards. I thank the fabulous Cricket Supporter’s Group for their preparations in what will be a fun evening for all – including a BBQ dinner, season highlights and awards. All Year 5 and 7 Cricketers will also be receiving a special Waverley Cricket training shirt, supplied by the Supporter’s Group at the Presentation, while there will also be drinks available to purchase at the bar and an amazing Raffle to win one of 4 major prizes.
1st Prize is a night’s accommodation at the for 2 at the Darling Hotel Star City, including a $250 Restaurant Voucher and valet parking; 2nd Prize is a Round of Golf for 4 people at St Michaels Golf Club. Presentation tickets are $10pp, and raffle tickets are $10 each of 3 for $20.
Please Book tickets to the Presentation and Monster raffle with payment via the site https://www.trybooking.com/UJVM
1st XI Report: Round 9 v Trinity
From Coaches, Mr G Elliott and Mr J Boyd
The 1st XI travelled to Summer Hill to take on premiers Trinity Grammar and break their unbeaten season. Skipper Ryan Connolly won the toss, electing to bat on what appeared to be an excellent batting wicket, and the boys were ready to go. What unfolded in the next 23.3 overs is hard to explain. The wickets tumbled due to the opening pair from Trinity putting on an exceptional spell of bowling which created an enormous amount of pressure on our top order. Unfortunately, we were unable to withstand this pressure and the score tumbled to 8-38 at the 14th over mark. Seven of those wickets saw stumps cartwheeling out of the ground. Cameron Shearer walked to the crease and immediately put his stamp on the game. Sometimes, the best form of defence is attack, and Cam played some exceptional shots to get the top score of 23. This cameo put the team total to 78 runs.
This was clearly an insufficient total for the quality of the pitch that was produced. The boys did however, come out with great intensity and spirit in the field. This was another example of their ‘never give up attitude’ which has resulted in them coming out on top in games where our backs were against the wall. This was not to happen today and the victory went to the best team in the competition. The team are looking forward to the final round of the season at QP against Barker College.