1st XI and Year 10 KO Cricket Results
Year 10 T20 Knockout Final Win – Adelaide High wins replay of Grand Final vs. Henley High
In a grand final replay after the initial rain-affected grand final against Henley High School, Adelaide High has successfully retained the Year 10 T20 Knockout title for the fifth year in a row (could be more but as far back as my records go).
After defeating Valley View and then Reynella East in the semi-finals, in the initial game we batted for our 20 overs against Henley High before a downpour came and ended proceedings. On the replay on Monday, April 27, we brought in Tyson Miller and Ben Kelly from Year 9 to replace our outgoing State U/15 representatives Erik Carrington and Suraj Rajesh, along with Rachel Church also missing through illness. A special mention to these three as they were all instrumental in our minor round success, with Suraj contributing a special 100 (51 balls) against Reynella East. Suraj has also been selected for the Australian U/16 tour of Pakistan later this year, which is a fantastic achievement. Anyway, back to the game!
Adelaide High won the toss and batted first, with our Year 10’s reaching 8/142 from the 20 overs. Manush Patel 44 (33) showed class and composure, along with Sam Scrimgeour 30 (27) putting on an important consolidating 70 run partnership. Richardson 20 (10) and Hunkin 23* (17) then batted with great intent and strike rates to see us challenge Henley to go at 7 runs an over in the chase.
Samyak Jain and Darcy Hunkin then ripped the game open with strong spells of intelligent pace bowling, taking 2/7 (3) and 2/11 (3) respectively to have them reeling at 4/16. Enter Ben Kelly on debut who took 4/17 (4) with confident leg spin bowling in a T20 game, announcing himself as a kid on the rise after a strong year of grade cricket. We ended up bowling out Henley for 78 runs, giving us a convincing win and showing the development of our Year 10 group.
Year 10 T20 Knockout Team
Ben Kelly, Coby Grindlay, Daniel Kriek, Darcy Hunkin, Erik Carrington, Jared Merritt, Liam Kent , Manush Patel (c) , Rachel Church, Riley Williams, Sam Richardson, Sam Scrimgeour (vc), Sam Stones , Samyak Jain, Suraj Rajesh.
All Schools Knockout Cricket Final – Adelaide High loses to St. Peter’s College
On Tuesday April 4, Adelaide High was seeking redemption for a Messenger Bowl replay final loss against St. Peter’s College, who are gearing up for their Intercol vs. Prince Alfred College this weekend.
Our side welcomed back some experienced Year 12’s, along with the introduction of debutant Samyak Jain (Year 10, Prospect DCC) to take on the team that had won the right to currently be the best private school cricket side in South Australia.
St. Peter’s won the toss and batted at Park 25 No. 2, with their captain Harvey Brennan taking the momentum, playing an array of T20 cricket shots against some poor bowling to have them 0/100 after 15 overs. Our bowling improved through the unlikely source of Bradman Pfitzner, who finished with four key wickets through doing the basics better than most of our other bowlers.
Fulton, du Preez, Neagle, Hunkin, Jain and Fletcher all had their moments with the ball but were unable to adapt, find a common length and bowl to their fields, which saw St. Peter’s post 7/229 from their 45 overs. This was not a bad restriction from their rocketing start but we gifted about 30 runs through poor fielding. Their openers contributed over 160 runs to their total, which was an ominous platform.
Our batting line-up runs really deep however, with the potential to chase down such a target. Rajesh and Wasiewicz opened up, but along with Elliott, Fletcher and Pfitzner all falling, we were quickly 5/53 at the 15 over mark. The only real resistance came from Manush Patel and Aiden Blackman, who tried to get the game to a position where we could launch an unlikely run at their target. Unfortunately, all of our batters showed an inability to withstand the pressure of the moment, with us crumbling to be all out for 78.
After the game, we spoke to our players about improvements and how we can make those games go in our favour. Our players play in teams every week that are stronger than St. Peter’s, they play against better players and are arguably better individual players than them, but they don’t get to do this as a team that plays together every weekend. We emphasized that this is part of our program’s point of difference, and that we need to understand that going forward, we can implement some of the qualities that St. Peter’s displayed, whilst continuing to trust the path that we have at Adelaide High School. When Jeremy and I were given the opportunity to look after the cricket at Adelaide High School, we had a directive to concentrate on what we were producing at the end of Year 12 in terms of the person, the character of that person and then finally the cricketer. After watching this game and this Term 1 of cricket, I am really confident that we are on the right path.
Thank you to everyone who continues to provide support to our cricket program and enables the improvement of so many young students who love their cricket.