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From Behind the Stumps – A Challenging Round

Harry Whiteman bowled strongly in the 1st innings.

Harry Whiteman bowled strongly in the 1st innings.

from Convenor of Cricket, John McCallum

Waverley had a challenging round last weekend against Barker for 2-day teams, and Knox for the 1-day teams, with our development throughout the term truly tested. Most teams responded really well in lifting their standards of bowling and fielding in particular, whilst there were many highlights with the bat individually and collectively. The 4 teams playing 2-day cricket this term have a final round against Knox on Friday afternoon and Saturday, so wish them well for a strong conclusion to the term.

The 1st XI lost on 1st innings to Barker, despite bowling them out twice over the course of the match. Ben Scarf, Harry Whiteman and Ryan Connolly all took 3 wickets apiece in an innings, but it was the team’s batting that wasn’t able to generate partnerships in the match to claim the points. The 2nds and 10As both had promising starts to their batting innings, but failed to post the big score required on good batting wickets. In the 10As, well batted Darcy Mullins (36), Oliver Ruse (30) Ridley Owens (25) and Year 7 student Dylan Brown – who stepped up 2 years in age to open the batting with strength and determination in scoring a fantastic 30, and taking a wicket in the 2nds innings.

More Year 7 students piled on the runs across their age group, with Peter Reeves scoring a fluent 73, Nick Quinn 54 and matt Mcalpine 27 in the 8Bs victory over Knox, based on a huge team score of 6/171 from their 32 overs. Charles Jaeger then did the damage with his left arm spin, taking 4 wickets for 43 runs. The 8As just fell 5 runs shy of the win in a nail biting chase, requiring 13 runs from the last 2 overs. This position was created from some great early batting from Kyle McBride with 29, Jesse Sonego 24 and captain Sam Connolly with 34 and 2 wickets. James Hoggett also was dangerous with the ball in snaring 3 Knox wickets.

Season-best innings were also compiled by many boys across different teams, so are congratulated on their achievements – but challenged to maintain their focus for even greater periods and capitalise from a strong start. Hal Cumpston topscored for the 3rds with 25, Anthony Vassalo (43) and Zane Zilich (30) starred for the 4ths, while Finn Mccloskey scored 34 and Jack Sonego 22 opening the batting together in the 9Cs.

Best of luck to teams playing on this final weekend.