2nd and 3rd day of Felsted tournament.
The 1st XI were met with a consistent attack of St. Peter’s College from Adelaide. Luke Callanan was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets for the day. After a shaky start with the ball we worked well in the last 20 overs and bowled them out for 28. Our fielding let us down on the day but can always be improved.
The batting innings starting perfectly with Lachlan Bird scoring a quick 39 and Rex Quail rotating the strike. They had a 60+ partnership. Unfortunately, we lost wickets in clumps and made no use of the brilliant start. A few encouraging partnerships were later in the innings with Aaron Williams and Curtis Mackinnon reaching their 2nd 30+ partnership in 2 days. Aaron was unfortunately dismissed to a good shot on 42. We ended up bowled out for 150. However, we did bowl many extras and drop catches. Much room for improvement fellas.
The 2nd XI were playing a t20 against Hitchen boys. We won the toss and elected to bat first, we started very strong and were 0-40 after 11 overs, unfortunately after Oscar and Patrick’s wicket fell a steady flow of wickets continued and we were bowled out for 61 after 16 overs. Pat top scored with 23.
After a disappointing effort with the bat the 2nd XI were determined to make some strides with the ball. Unfortunately Hitchen boys sent out an extremely strong batsmen who dined on our bowling and finished the game in six overs ending up on 50. After the game we presented some memorabilia and Hitchen presented their player of the match to Sam Jackson with an impressive technique throughout his 7 runs and some truly deceptive wrong’uns.
Today both of our teams learned a lot about how to handle a game. We batted first on what seemed to be a good deck. It then proved to have a lot more in for the bowlers than the batsmen. This was challenging for our batters and they seemed to handle it well in the first 10 overs where we were 1/40. Kent Street’s bowling attack gave away many extras. This showed our boys that fatigue does have an impact on everyone, including the festival winners. The good thing is that all our boys felt they were the only team on the tour who were good blokes and had their team filled with 1980’s mullet haircut which was good fun for the boys. We were restricted to 120 odd after 38 on a very hard surface. We were then shown some entertaining batting by an Australian u17 bowler at the top of the order. Their batting showed the boys how to have fun and hit freely. Curtis Mackinnon, Lachie Bird and James McGregor restricted their batting to singles but the damage had been done already.
The 2nd XI also played Kent Street’s 2nd XI and had a convincing win. They managed to bowl them out before tea with Mitch Cope and Eddie Timpson both taking 3 wickets. The target was then chased down within 30 overs with James Potter (25) and Louis Bertram’s (35) both not out at the end. Well done to those boys. However, Oscars sportsmanship behind the stump when the batsmen was down hurt could be improved upon.