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From Behind The Stumps: A Wet Weekend

Cricketer Peter Nevill visited Waverley for the Summer Sports Assembly.

Cricketer Peter Nevill visited Waverley for the Summer Sports Assembly.

From Convenor of Cricket, John McCallum

It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm at training and so many students looking positively towards making this season a memorable one. Students also thoroughly enjoyed meeting and hearing from current Australian test Wicket-keeper Peter Nevill – who was the special guest at last week’s sports assembly. Peter presented awards and spoke strongly of the importance of team work, leadership and resilience in the pursuit of achieving goals, and challenged all students to give the best of themselves in all their activities.

Despite many games washed out last week, 3 of Waverley’s 2-day teams begun strongly on their first day against Cranbrook, with each of the 1sts, 2nds and 9A teams bowling first. All teams are capable of executing a well-planned chase of their respective totals, and hopefully there our determination to work through challenging periods in the game to build strong partnerships will ensure plenty of runs this week for Waverley. With the ball, well done to Brock Preston with 3/30 (and 2 catches) and Leo Shanahan with 2/40 in the 9A game for their best bowling performances this season. Joel Ellis was a key contributor and partnership-breaker for the 1st XI in dismissing Cranbrook for 217. Jeremy Vanos and Daniel Andrews were consistent and creating chances for the 2nd XI – with Cranbrook limping to 4/161 after day 1.

All students and parents can be kept up to date with all the latest team lists, news, live score and photos of all the action weekly by downloading the free Team App for all devices from the app store. You can then search and submit details for Waverley College Cricket – so we look forward to developing this further.

All students 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. Students 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,au by Friday October 28 to express their interest in the tour.

1st XI Report v Cranbrook

By Mr J Boyd and Mr G Elliott

On arrival at Horden Oval the covers were on and light rain was falling which meant the start of play would be delayed. As the rain lifted and the covers were removed, Cranbrook won the toss and elected to bat.. In the 3rd over however a shouldering of arms, saw Ben Scarf hit off stump with the score on 5. Cranbrook dug in and at lunch was 1 for 42. After the break Jack Hardwicke-Owen was given the ball and with the score on 54 found an edge onto the thigh, which ballooned to keeper Ben Donaldson. The 3rd wicket fell to an excellent piece of fielding from Ben Scarf at cover diving to his left, raising to the knees and rocketing the ball to the keeper for a run out with the total on 65. The 4th wicket fell with the score on 90 when Tyler Von der Heyden trapped the man in front. Cranbrook batted slowly and with great care moving the score to 134 at before the reintroduction of Joel Ellis swung the balance in Waverley’s favour. His stump-to-stump bowling produced the next 3 wickets, all bowled to have Cranbrook teetering at 7 for 147.

Mac Jenkins claimed the 8th wicket accepting a catch off his own bowling making it 8 for 153. He was unlucky not to have another scalp, when with the total on 164 a ball was skied in the direction of long on only for the chance to be grassed. The new ball was taken and this brought a flurry of shots from the Cranbrook batsman who had been given the life. He progressed the total to 198 before a smart piece of fielding from keeper Ben Donaldson resulted in a direct hit at the non strikers end as the batsmen failed to make his ground. Runs still flowed until with 214 on the board a good piece of fielding, and even better thinking from Joel, finished the innings as he run the ball in to break the wicket with both batters at the other end. Joel Ellis was the best of the bowlers with 3 for 29 but Mac Jenkins was again the workhorse bowling 25 overs to finish with 1 for 24.

Waverley had a nervous 15 minutes to bat. Openers Jack Hardwicke-Owen and Mac Jenkins navigated the 5 overs and posted 18 runs in that time. Next Saturday will see Waverley requiring a further 196 for victory with all 10 wickets intact. A sensible approach and partnerships are what is needed to get the result.