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Year 8/9s Win Callum Ferguson T20 Trophy

Year8_9 T20

Callum Ferguson Trophy – Statewide Knockout Year 8/9 Boys T20 Cricket

On Thursday, November 19, Adelaide High looked to retain its 8/9 T20 Knockout title, playing a T20 semi final and a final T20 at Park 25. Playing Henley High in the semi final, Riki Boschma won the toss and elected to bat, with Tristan Rex and Suraj Rajesh opening the batting. Tristan showed great intent after an initial careful assessing of the pitch and bowlers, going at almost 2 a ball to finish with 50 off 28 balls.

A top and middle order of Riki Boschma (20 off 12 balls), Mason Neagle (42 off 26 balls) and Euan Fletcher (33 off 28 balls), and lusty hitting from Zac Kreutner (26 off 12 balls) helped AHS set an impressive target of 207 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Henley High were restricted to 9/116 from their 20, with Ethan Lee taking 3/18 from his 4 overs, setting the tone, along with Erik Carrington showing his versatility picking up 2/13 with his part time spin bowling. This saw us progress through to play Pedare in the final.

In the final, we lost the toss and bowled, with Ethan Lee (0/9 off 4), again bowling with great rhythm, pace and bounce, along with James Dupreez (2/13 off 4), seeing Pedare restricted to 9/75. This was helped with a team hat-trick from the bowling of Tristan Rex (2/6 and runout) and Erik Carrington chipping in with 2 wickets again.

Batting with a slightly different order, Jack Konnis and Kirill Skiba got us to 27 without loss, before Kirill chopped onto his own wicket after some nice shots early. James Dupreez  (8 off 8) and Riki Boschma (21* off 12) helped Jack Konnis (33* off 24) cruise to reach the target within 9 overs to top off a strong day of cricket from our knockout boys.

This is another win for a very successful Year 8/9 cohort who have not lost a knockout game to date, with Saturday morning cricket being a very successful start to their cricket weekends. Riki Boschma captained intelligently, whilst the development of Year 8’s Suraj Rajesh, Manush Patel and Erik Carrington bodes well for this competition next year.  A thank you also to Harry Strunk (injured with a broken finger) for scoring and being an excellent team mate.

Their challenge is to continue to be successful with dignity and class, whilst also approaching any roadblocks or disappointment in the right vain, showing resilience and a desire to be better for their next opportunity.

This is the final knockout game for 2015, with the next two weeks seeing our Year 9/10 Mount Gambier Cricket Trip and First XI Five High’s Cricket Trip to Melbourne, along with a T20 Blast School Final for our Year 8/9 Cricket Girls.
Phil Hopton

Teacher in Charge of Cricket