From the Convenor of Cricket, John McCallum
The first Saturday for all of our Cricketers saw many enthusiastic boys playing in trials for some, while the 2-day teams completed their round 1 matches against St Aloysius. The sound of leather on willow is most certainly back, and certainly the highlight was a magnificent century by Year 9 student Mac Jenkins, who scored 109 for the 1st XI in their highly impressive outright victory by an innings and 10 runs. Interesting match summaries appear later from coaches of both the 1st and 2nd XI, and coaches have been challenging our boys to set some short and long term goals for their season, which will hopefully allow boys to work toward the processes required to achieve at higher levels. Although both the 9A and 10A teams went down in their first matches, they learnt a great deal from the experience of the need to sustain both their concentration and pressure on opponents for greater periods.
For this weekend, please ensure you arrive at the grounds 30 minutes prior, and allow time for finding the ovals. Boys also need to be wearing the Waverley Cricket hat and ensure adequate sun cream and drinks are used. With teams for this week, please remember that coaches are always looking for boys displaying a great attitude, work ethic and performing and improving weekly – so opportunities for moving into higher teams can be possible.
All boys currently in Years 8, 9 or 10 have an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Waverley College Cricket Tour to New Zealand in December 2017. Boys have been given information notes and an itinerary about what is a unique opportunity to play competitive matches in a culturally and geographically beautiful nation, and strengthen friendships with team mates. Parents need to email firstname.lastname@example.org,au by Friday October 28 to express their interest in the tour.
From 2nd XI Coach, David New
2nd XI Report – SAC 150 defeated Waverley 130
Batting first, Jeremy Vanos and Patrick Cocks started well to be 0/20 after 7 overs but Waverley then lost 3 wickets in 4 overs to be 3/29. Vanos continued punishing the poor deliveries and steadied the innings to be 3/59 at drinks. After drinks Jeremy was out for 42 but Lachlan Forrest (36) and Fred Watkins (14) enjoyed a 44 run partnership to have Waverley 3/99. The tail managed to wag and Waverley were all out for 130. SAC finished at 0/29 at stumps.
Day 2 arrived but the first hour was a bleak one for Waverley leaking 60 runs to put SAC close to victory. However a great fightback in session 2, securing 5 wickets in 13 overs to have SAC 7/122. However SAC secured victory and were bowled out for 150. Well done to Dan Andrews 2-51, Ben Heal 2-10, Jeremy Vanos 2-14 and wickets also to Rob Higgs, Zach Conacher-Smith and Tom Andrianakos. A special thanks to the SAC parents for a great lunch and Waverley parents for their support.
From the 1st XI Coaches, John Boyd & Greg Elliot
1st XI Report – Waverley vs St Aloysius’ College
The new season began with round one at home against SAC. Three boys, Joel Ellis, Jacob Tomasiello and Rory Doyle were making first appearances in a CAS game for the Waverley 1st XI, Jacob following in his father’s footsteps. New skipper Tyler Von der Heyden lost the toss and SAC elected to bat. SAC made a slow start with 9 on the board in the seventh over when Ben Scarf rapped the pads in front to claim the first wicket. Von der Heyden entered the attack after 12 overs and found an edge through to keeper Donaldson with the score on 16. Joel Ellis was introduced into the attack in the thirteenth over and claimed his first scalp in just his second over to have the score at 3 for 20. SAC rallied with a partnership of 21 to be 3 for 40 at lunch. Immediately after the break Connolly struck, bowling the batsman around his legs to make it 4 for 41. This soon became 5 for 45 with Connolly striking the pads in front. The SAC captain fought hard to hold out the Waverley spin attack but a throw from Tomasiello found his batting partner short to give Waverley the sixth wicket with 81 on the board. Mac Jenkins then picked up the decisive wicket, clean bowled attempting to lift him over the infield. 7 for 86 became 8 for 93 when Harry Whiteman accepted a catch at mid-off from the bowling of Von der Heyden. Whiteman claimed the next wicket with an edge through to keeper Donaldson and then in the over before tea Connolly finished the innings as a simple catch was spooned to Hardwicke-Owen with the final total at 136. This left Waverley with the final 2-hour session to begin the run chase on day one.
The first over proved eventful, Hardwicke-Owen smashed the first delivery through the covers for 4 but nicked down the leg side to be caught behind on ball 4. Alex Ferrara was bowled middle stump with a gem of a delivery ball 5 leaving Waverley at 2 for 4 and Donaldson to face the hat-trick ball. This he did and over the next 80 minutes he and opener Jenkins set about blunting the attack. The score had progress to 59 when Donaldson was done by the slow pace of the spinner and bowled. Tomasiello suffered the same fate when the total was on 65. This brought new man Rory Doyle to the crease for the final 35 minutes of the day. He and Jenkins, who had now passed 50, managed the bowling through to stumps with a score of 4 for 90, just 47 short of first innings points.
Day 2 began under sunny skies and the overnight pair did a good job in the first 25 minutes to move the total to 109 before Doyle played a touch early to hit a low catch back to the bowler. Von der Heyden joined Jenkins and this pair saw Waverley to first innings points. Now past the SAC total runs began to flow and it wasn’t long before Jenkins pushed a single to point to bring up a well-compiled century. It came off 178 balls with 13 fours and one six. He was finally out in the pursuit for quick runs for 109. Waverley lost 2 further wickets before declaring at lunch, 8 for 209 a lead of 73. Skipper Von der Heyden remained 40 not out.
Ben Scarf had Waverley off to the perfect start with a wicket in the third over. Harry Whiteman improved the Waverley position when he claimed the second wicket with the total on 13. Jacob Tomasiello then swooped on a ball at backward square and threw down the stumps to see SAC in big trouble at 3 for 18. SAC batted very slowly allowing Waverley to crowd the bat, and with Alex Ferrara’s fifth delivery, it stayed low and trapped the batter in front. He produced the same delivery and result to send SAC to tea at 5 for 32. After the break, centurion Mac Jenkins was reintroduced into the attack with immediate results trapping the SAC mainstay in front. Jenkins then found the edge with one that turned sharply and Rory Doyle accepted a sharp chance low at slip. In his next over Jenkins deceived the batter into playing early and accepted the caught and bowled opportunity to make the score 8 for 58. This became 9 for 59 when man of the match Jenkins trapped the number 9 bat in front. Just when it looked like Jenkins might achieve the rare double of a century and five wickets in a game, Connolly stepped in to finish the innings with SAC all out for 63.
This presented Waverley with the maximum 10-point start to the season by an innings and 10 runs. Mac Jenkins finished with the figures of 4 for 12. This week the team move on to Cranbrook who scored 266 with the bat in round one. Tight lines and good length will again be the aim with the ball and building partnerships with the bat. Hopefully this young but talented side can again rise to the challenge.