The Senior Boys Cricket team recently ventured to Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully to compete against two teams from Rowville Secondary College’s Eastern and Western campuses.
Whilst T20 has largely captured the imagination of the cricketing public we were taking it to a new level, playing two T10 matches, which required big hitting, tight fielding and accurate bowling.
Our co-captain Hayden Morrison lost the toss for the first match against Rowville East after ignoring the age-old adage of ‘tails never fails’ and we were sent into bat. Our openers Matt Plumridge and Jack Marget made a somewhat "watchful" start against some good length bowling and we were 0/19 after the first four overs. The boys then began to accelerate our run rate, finding the boundary regularly. Jack was dismissed in the 6th over for 32 which included 5 boundaries, and Matt followed in the following over for 15. Hayden and Bailey Cowman then saw us through the rest of the innings and we made a competitive 3/73 off our 10 overs, Hayden being run out on the final ball of the innings for 17.
Our bowlers, particularly Lochie Noy and Matt, got us off to a solid start and Rowville were 0/19 after 3 overs. However, they then really got going, and despite our best efforts we were unable to rein in their scoring rate. Our score was passed in the 9th over for the loss of no wickets and thus our dreams of moving onto the next round were dashed.
Playing now for pride only, we saddled up against Rowville West. Hayden once again lost the toss and this time we were bowling first. The ball was shared around in this game with 10 players getting an over each. Shiva Ganesan, Miheer Hirani and Lochie each claimed a scalp – two of these catches to Nikhil De Silva – and Rowville West ended their innings on 3/49.
Confident of chasing down the score, we introduced a new rule to keep things interesting in our run chase. Any batsman who faced three dot balls would be immediately retired. This forced the batsmen into some interesting shots and the calls of “That’s two!” rang out from our camp every time a batsman had faced two dots in a row. Bailey and Hayden took up where they left off in the last game. However, Hayden fell victim to our new rule and was retired on 22, much to his disgust and our joy. Jack took his place in the middle but was comprehensively bowled for 7. Bailey ended up 22 not out as we won with more than 3 overs to spare and 9 wickets in hand.
Well done to all our players on the day – the boys already mentioned, plus Jesse Adams, Sarang Raghvani, Shreyash Raghvani and Vinit Vekariya.
Mark Oudshoorn – team coach