From Convenor of Cricket, John McCallum
From Behind The Stumps – Momentum and Scores building for Waverley
The 1st XI had a fantastic win in the CAS Twenty20 match midweek – defeating the defending Premiers Trinity in a momentum-building performance. All sides have had a productive week training and last Saturday saw some great team performances with the bat. One factor in the creation of batting confidence comes from quality training, and all boys can be commended with the work ethic they are demonstrating. The additional small-group specialist batting sessions in our weekly Batting Club are also providing boys more opportunities to develop skills and enjoy the growing confidence.
Two sides to work through some tricky periods in their batting innings to finish Day 1 of matches against Knox were the 2nds and 10A sides. Being 6/60, the 10As kept belief that developing partnerships was the key to a good score, and all then was built around Dylan Brown as he compiled a strong 66 not out. This includes key partnerships with Murray Shearer (24) and Nick Quinn and Matt McAlpine to end the day with a solid 8/179. The 2nds had a number of great middle-order contributors in a determined performance to score 160. Ridley Owens looked classy scoring 56 runs, and had tremendous support from Flynn Wild with 32 and Charley Howell 23.
The 10B side bowled Barker out for 242, with Jesse Sonego taking 2/8 with clever bowling. Edward Sullivan led the chase with 41 in the Waverley total of 131- not enough on the day however. The 9As are in a strong position in their first 2-day match for the College, bowling Knox out for 199 and are 2/42 in the chase. William Dodd took a fearless approach to end the day very strongly on 31 not out and ready to lead the boys in the 158 required to win. Ed Regan, Max Brooks and Patrick Abrahams all took 2 wickets apiece with excellent bowling.
The 8As need to find the gaps in the field more frequently in order to score more than their total of 96 In future innings. Will Hickey scored a fantastic 62 in holding the innings together, but more support in changing the momentum with extended partnerships is needed In this age group. Barker chased the totals in the 8A and 8B matches, while the 8Cs topped the team totals in the age-group with 107 in response to Barker’s 145. Best of luck to all Waverley sides this weekend against Knox
1st XI Report, Round 2 Day 1 V Knox
Waverley made the journey up to Currugal Oval to take on Knox, with captain Alex Ferrara losing the toss and the Waves were sent into field. Harry Schultz and Brock Preston started off the day well and applied pressure with the new ball by bowling tight lines, and grew in confidence throughout the spell. The first breakthrough came from Ryan Smith who was able to take a sharp caught and bowled chance and followed it up with a successful LBW . Further pressure was then applied to create a run out to midwicket, a good throw above the stumps by Harry Whitaker allowed for Rory Doyle to whip off the bails in time. Knox were 3/38 at drinks.
Then entered J Naganayagam from Knox, whilst we knew what he was going to be produce, it was a matter of taking our chances against him. He managed to score 83 of 55 deliveries and was caught out by the off-spin of Ferrara to the long off boundary and neatly taken by Whitaker. This took the score to 4/131.
Liam Andrews was then given the ball and was able to get the next break through whilst at the same time notching up his first wicket in the baggy blue. Smith (3/34) and Ferrara (3/50) bowled extremely well to take six wickets between them. However, special mention must go to Lachlan Forrest who came back from an initial onslaught to have respectable figures of 1/86 off 21 overs. He created all the pressure for second part of the innings, which allowed the other bowlers to reap the benefits. All credit to Knox as they were able to rebuild at the loss of each wicket and build partnerships throughout their innings. Knox reached a total of 297 with half an hour’s play in the day to go.
This meant a very tricky period for our opening batsman to navigate. Out walked L Forrest and R McNamara. First ball of the innings, Forrest dropped at gully by playing a wide one. Not the ideal start to the innings, but they were able to compose themselves and be 0/22 at the end of play. All in all, the game is nicely posed for a big second day. With 275 remaining to chase down, the team is full of confidence in getting the first win of the season next week.
T20 V Trinity Grammar: Tuesday 30 October
Last Tuesday saw the first official T20 fixture of the season. Waverley batted first and scored a formidable 154 off the 20 overs. Reid McNamara 27 (31), Mac Jenkins 42 (51) and Harry Whitaker 35 (31) all played valuable innings to set a tough ask for Trinity to chase.
In reply, Trinity were bowled out at the 16th over for 117. Lachlan Forrest 3/27 and Alex Ferrara 4/21 created the pressure to win the game for the team. Congratulations to all for the first win of the season!
Coaches – Mr G Elliot and Mr R Bryant