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From Behind the Stumps Cricket Report: New Generation off to a Cracking Start!

1st XI Winners of Br Berg Murphy Shield 2020

1st XI Winners of Br Berg Murphy Shield 2020

From the Convenor of Cricket, John McCallum

The new Cricket season has begun with great promise and enthusiasm from Waverley’s cricketers, with positive signs already emerging. It is great to see the trial process and first games underway in such a positive fashion, with boys sharing roles, encouraging each other, and developing great team relationships. This is the goal of our sport, whilst the skill development has been impressive in our early weeks of training, with coaches and boys identifying their strengths and weaknesses in order to take further steps forward.

A new generation of talented Cricketers are emerging, showcasing some fantastic batting already in early matches, including:

  • Jonathon McDonald in the 8As scoring 42 against Cranbrook and a stylish 63 against St Aloysius in their fantastic run-chase win.
  • Jack Hickey scored an impressive 79 runs opening the batting in the 1st XI against St Patrick’s Strathfield. Jack and Eddie Regan compiled a strong 102-run opening partnership to steer Waverley to a 3-wicket victory and win the Br. Berg-Murphy Shield for 2020 – our annual EREA
  • Cricket trophy part named after Waverley’s Brother Brian Murphy and his extensive contribution towards Cricket.
  • Jesse Sonego led the 1st XI victory against Riverview with a classy 67, with more of this assertive batting required from the 1sts after a 9-wicket defeat to Trinity.

The Cricket program for this year aims to give boys great opportunities to develop their games and includes:

  • Additional small group batting sessions available to all boys in the “Batting Club” sessions each Wednesday and Thursday morning – 7 am at Senior school nets
  • Senior to Junior coaching and mentoring program begun, involving 1sts Cricketers involved in some coaching of Junior teams from Yr 5-8.
  • Additional specialist skills sessions from coaching partners from Pro Performance Cricket, and Waverley’s Mr John Boyd

Best of luck to all teams this weekend, with Waves to Win!