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From Behind the Stumps: Rain fails to dampen our spirit

Ben Heal in action

From Convenor of Cricket, John McCallum

Waverley Cricketers showed they are a determined group, rising to the challenges of poor weather to still get some good Cricket played against local rivals Cranbrook. A few matches were washed out sadly, but the 9Bs had the day’s highlight with a convincing victory by almost 100 runs. Nicholas Quinn scored 52 not out to add some key partnerships in their total of 4/173 from 20 overs. The bowlers backed this up with controlled performances, including Max Farmeary producing a great spell to take 3 wickets.

All other matches were either washed out mid-innings, or continue this week for the 2-day sides. The 1st XI and 10As are mid-innings and needing some strong partnerships to set competitive totals. The 9As and 2nd XI are bowling currently and are in strong positions to take wickets and chase these totals on Saturday. The 3rd XI had an entertaining innings with the ball, on top early thanks to 3 wickets to Zane Zilich, before a late rally by Cranbrook and then further rain.

Next Tuesday, November 14 sees the 1st XI in a home Twenty20 showdown with Cranbrook.  Play starts at 4pm, and all boys are encouraged to support the team for what will surely be a highly entertaining clash.

Ryan Smith attacks

1st XI Report: Round 3 Cranbrook – Day 1,  by Coaches Mr J Boyd and Mr G Elliott

Under overcast skies Waverley won the toss and elected to bat hoping to take advantage of the wet outfield and an optimistic forecast. Before a ball was bowled, the covers were back on and a delay saw the first ball bowled at 10.45. In only the 4th over, Benjamin Scarf played down the wrong line and lost his off stump. Two balls later Oliver Ruse looked to turn one on the leg side only to find an outside edge which flew fast to be caught high to the right at 3rd slip. After only 8 overs the rain started again and the covers dragged on with Waverley at 2 for 13

When play resumed, Jack Hardwicke-Owen played some enterprising shots to move the score along to 23, when an attempted shot through mid-wicket resulted in him being caught in that position. Opener Rory Doyle was the next to go with the score on 40, when he was somewhat unlucky to be adjudged LBW. Skipper Ryan Connolly looked to be in an aggressive mood but with the score on 52 he played a very loose shot to be caught at gully. The rain returned, with Waverley in a very shaky position at 5 for 60. only 28 overs were possible, so next Saturday begins an hour earlier, where 114 overs will be required for the day. Waverley will rely heavily on the batsmen presently at the crease Alex Ferrara and Reid McNamara to set a solid platform for the batsman to follow, Jacob Tomasiello, Lachlan Forrest, Harry Whitaker and Harry Whiteman. Batting for around 40 overs to hopefully increase the total by another 100+ will give Waverley a competitive total on a slow outfield and the time to bowl Cranbrook out.

Darcy Mullins in action