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Term 1 Knockout Cricket Results

On Wednesday, March 15, our 8/9 Knockout and First XI travelled via bus with Henley High School teams to Mount Gambier to compete and defend our state knockout titles against Tenison Woods College and Mount Gambier High School.

Our relationship with Mount Gambier is one that sees us try to travel on an annual basis, providing an opportunity for more students to experience travelling and playing in a team environment outside of Adelaide, whether that be regional, interstate or internationally.

Our accommodation at Old Mount Gambier Gaol was great, central and a perfect place for the kids to unwind after playing. They cooked themselves breakfast and dinner each morning and night, which is another great element of the trip from a development point of view.

On the first day, our First XI played at Marist Park (Tenison Woods College) which saw our boys lose the toss, bowl first and end up restricting them to 101 on the back of James du Preez's 5fer and some sharp restricting bowling after some initial lapses before drinks. Darcy Hunkin and Ethan Lee both had some moments with the ball on debut, which was most pleasing to see. In the chase, Paul Wasiewicz and Suraj Rajesh made fast 20's, before a mini collapse of Rajesh, Wasiewicz and Fletcher saw us 3/50. Riki Boschma then came to the crease with Manush Patel, with him hitting a masterful 46* (33), whilst Harry Strunk hit a four to win it in quick time. 

In the 8/9's, we played at Mount Gambier HS on a hard wicket, with Tyson Miller and Jaxon Pearson winning the toss and batting first. We reached 8/273 after 40 overs, with Toovey and Pearson missing out early but Miller and Thilthorpe putting on 133 before Thilthorpe was run out for 63. Miller ended up on 58 before holing out at mid off, with a series of quick runouts; a mixture of aggressive running and some errors in judgement saw us go from 4/202 to 7/213. Lachy Hodder-Trenwith then swung cleanly across the line for 30 from 19.

This then flowed into the bowling, with Lachy ripping out 4 wickets in a strong opening partnership with Sharvil Modi. Tucker then got in on the action, before McArdle ripped out 3 wickets in 3 overs, with a neat stumping for Barnett off Kelly to finish the innings for Mount Gambier, a fair way off our boys first innings total.

On Finals Day, our 8/9's snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against a strong country Tenison Woods team, playing at the picturesque Frew Park. Tyson Miller was excellent with ball in hand with 3 wickets, with Kent, McArdle, Kelly and Hodder-Trenwith all chipping in with wickets to dismiss them for 104. This saw us chasing, with us 2/2, then 3/30, then 5/30 then eventually 8/89, with Ned Tucker departing for a valuable 22. Enter Hodder-Trenwith and Kent who showed nerves of steel to compile a 10th wicket partnership of 16 to get Adelaide High home!

Meanwhile, in the First XI State Schools Final at Marist Park vs. Henley High School, Adelaide won the toss and batted, amassing a strong 8/290 from 45 overs. Rajesh and Wasiewicz looked strong again at the top, before Riki Boschma compiled a classy 100 off 80 balls. Fletcher and Konnis looked in good touch with good contributions. The bowling was again led by du Preez, with Hunkin taking his first wickets for our First XI, along with Lee, Patel (yes Patel!), Fletcher and Neagle all wicket takers. This means that we came away with 4 wins from 4 games and two more knockout titles, starting 2017 off successfully. 

It was an absolute pleasure to have each and every one of the boys on the trip, who showed maturity, mateship, skill and effort throughout. Despite a couple of sick episodes on the bus ride back, I hope that they have all had a great time travelling away as a group on a regional trip.

Special thanks to Apples and Tate Robins (who were both brilliant in their coaching, mentoring and handling of all situations), along with the relationships we have with Mount Gambier HS, Henley HS and Tenison Woods College that allow for such opportunities to happen.

Monday March 20 sees us play the Year 10 T20 Knockout Finals at Park 25, along with Harmony Day Cricket on Tuesday, followed by Open Night which is our main chance to attract new cricketers to the school. A busy week for all cricket students after lots and lots of cricket for their school and club over the past two weeks!

Congratulations

Congratulations to Suraj Rajesh and Erik Carrington who are representing South Australia in the 2016/17 School Sport Australia Under 15 Male National Championships to be played in Queensland from Sunday 26 March to Sunday 2 April 2017. 

Link: http://www.saca.com.au/player-pathway/youth-squads/under-15-male

Phil Hopton

Head of Specialist Cricket Program

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