The first round of the competitive cricket season began last Saturday, as Queens Park hosted the 10A and 2nd XI fixtures against Knox. The 1st XI and the Year 9A both played their respective matches at Knox.
This week, we have also been very fortunate with a return to the Batting Club, despite the recent downpour of rain. The Batting Club is a fantastic extra session that the College provides, to enable and equip our aspiring young batsmen. I encourage all batsmen who are looking to enhance their skillset, to take part and learn from our talented skills coaches.
Players have been notified via email of the times and dates for each session pertaining to their age group. Players must complete the survey sent to them, if they would like to attend. Ultimately, the Batting club rounds out our Cricket program for those players wishing to improve as a batter, as they are provided with two net sessions and one fielding session each week.
Batting Club Session Schedule
- Tuesday: 7am – 8:10am – Opens and Year 10 Batters
- Wednesday: 7am – 8:10am – Year 8 and Year 9 Batters
Reports From Across the Grounds
Waverley batted first and ended up all out for 119, but were chased down by Knox with six overs left in play. Well done to Toby Rudolph, reaching a total of 48 not out off 16 balls. This amazing effort was supported by Will Livissianis and Fred Robertson, who both set a stable platform of 27 runs a piece. Toby Rudolph was again active in halting Knox’s run chase taking 3/10, and causing a pressured finish at the end of the day for Knox.
The Year 10A proved that they were the team of the round, by comfortably chasing down Knox’s 76 in only 26 overs. Charlie Short’s 2/19 and Zander’s highly impressive 3/1 also set the tone, by pressuring Knox into miscalculating shots. A most notable display of cricketing athleticism was Zander Bass’s screamer of a catch in second slip off Liam Walsh’s perfect line and length.
- 2nd XI
Unfortunately, the 2nd XI were outmatched by a well-drilled Knox, however, the Waverlians put in a strong fight with Freddie Le Vay reaching a total of 26, on what was a tricky wicket due to all the recent rain and humidity.
- 1st XI
Despite falling short of Knox’s 7/228, it was evident that the Waverley students were there to work hard for each other and dig deep. Carter Steyn, Toby McDonald, Matt Frost, Jonathon McDonald, Hunter Eldridge, and Hirav Gandhi all took a wicket, as Knox batted first. Hirav Gandhi and Will Hickey both put on a display of flair with the bat, and equally top scored getting out on 52.
Congratulations to Liam Wood, Hunter Eldridge, Jack George, Lucas Ryan, Jonathan McDonald, Toby McdDonald, and Matt Frost on their 1st XI debut. Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that Hirav Gandhi will take over as 1st XI captain and he will be supported by William Hickey as Captain of Cricket.
Lastly thank you to John McCallum, Ben Shorthouse, Greg Elliot, and Dan Kroll in facilitating the early morning preseason training sessions at the end of last term. The cricketing community is always very appreciative of your efforts in fostering the cricket program.
Good luck to all teams, Captains and Coaches for this 2022/23 season!