Well done to all Waverley Cricket teams, who took part in the first round of the CAS competition against St Aloysius.’ Waverley recorded success in the 1st XI, 9A, 9B, 8A, 8B and the Year 7 teams. Furthermore, an added congratulations to all Year 7 teams is warranted, as they represented the Senior School for the first time. The energy and skill that has been apparent over the past few weeks, brings excitement for the years ahead.
1st XI and Words of Wisdom from Mr John Boyd
The 1st XI showed grit to hold off a determined chase by St Aloysius’ in what was a nailbiter of a match. The day began with a baggy blue cap presentation led by Mr O’Donnell, Mr Kroll, and former Waverley student, coach and teacher, Mr John Boyd.
Thank you to Mr Boyd for imparting his words of wisdom to the team, and inspiring them all to be leaders on and off the field. Mr Boyd featured in multiple Archer Shield wins during his time as a student at the College, and as a former coach of the 1st XI. Moreover, he spoke of his time playing cricket for Waverley, and challenged the team to be competitive, but to place enjoyment of the game at the forefront of team goals.
Waverley batted first with Eddie Regan and Hirav Gandhi setting the pace early on. However, both were dismissed before they were able to truly open up. Maxim Brooks was also out early with a deceptive full toss hitting the pads. Will Dodd and Jack Rigg then came to the crease, and worked to put pressure back on Aloysius’ with aggressive running between the wickets. Will Dodd reached 43 before he was caught, and Jack Rigg was unfortunately run out due to some miscommunication. Daniel McSweeny (caught for 17), William Hickey (caught for 24), and Carter Steyn (not out for 10), then rounded Waverley up into a double century total of 8/202.
Nonetheless, St Aloysius’ came into bat with a keenness to put the pressure back on Waverley, by maintaining a steady run rate. The two openers began to make life a little difficult for Waverley, as the outfield began to dry up and boundaries became more of an option. However, it was Connor Andrews who got the breakthrough for Waverley, and the wickets then slowly became more achievable as the Aloysius’ batsmen fell behind Waverley’s run rate. Hirav was impressive, taking two wickets for 23 runs off five overs, and Will Dodd again stood up to take three wickets off only four overs. Aloysius’ simply ran out of overs and reached a total of 175.
2nd XI, Year 10A and Year 9A
Unfortunately, the 2nd XI and the Year 10A were washed out due to the heavy rain across North Sydney. However, well done to Hunter Elridge of Year 10 who took 3/10 off six overs whilst also carrying his bat to score 51 of 108 balls. Jonathon McDonald of the Year 9A team also helped his team seek out a hard fought win with a score of 42.
Fantastic Signs for the Future Success of this Season
Growing numbers across all teams, and the ongoing commitment to training that is ever present, is a fantastic sign for the future success of this season. Thank you to all coaches, players and parents for their support and preparation in the lead up to the start of the CAS season.
I am looking forward to seeing the development of all teams displayed over the coming weeks. This Saturday, the College will play against a well-drilled Cranbrook School for CAS points. The Year 7C team will play another T/20 game against Newington, at home. I wish all teams the very best.
Mr Sean Picone
Convenor of Cricket