On Tuesday 28 February, a hot day to end the summer, the Intermediate Boys Cricket Team won the pennant as Northern Peninsula Champions after an undefeated day of excellent cricket. Playing in unfamiliar conditions of eight overs per side and using hard plastic balls on a grass pitch with short boundaries, the team quickly adjusted and used excellent tactics to ensure a successful day. The incentive was to play straight, with all runs scored straight worth double.
Round 1 vs Mt Erin Secondary College
Mt Erin batted first and were dismissed 8/64 with one ball remaining, with three excellent run outs from the Frankston High School (FHS) team a highlight. Wickets were shared between Luke Kranzbuhler 1/6, Jonah Avery 1/5, Harry Thouas 1/12, Ned Godsell 1/5 and Matthew Van Wijk 1/4.
In reply, we passed the target in the fifth over before reaching 5/107 after the allotted 8 overs. Matthew Van Wijk retired on 25 before returning to reach 33, Luke Kranzbuhler retired on 26 and Luke Long smashed 25 retired with scoring shots of only 12, 6, 6 and 1!
Round 2 vs Patterson River Secondary College
Frankston High School batted first and smashed our way to 4/148 with some big hitting indeed! Five straight shots carried the boundary in the innings, earning double runs to turn 30 into 60. Luke Kranzbuhler retired on 25 after hitting 12 off the first ball of the match, Matthew Van Wijk retired on 28, Jonah Avery retired on 27, Josh Rice scored 21 and Nick Hammel was not out on 21.
Patterson River struggled after losing a wicket first ball to Luke Kranzbuhler, before losing regular wickets to finish 6/67 off 8 overs. Wickets were again evenly shared between Luke Kranzbuhler 1/4, Jai Block 1/6, Josh Rice 1/6, Nick Hammel 1/15, Jonah Avery 1/7 and Ned Godsell with a very economical last over of the match of 1/2.
Semi Final vs Patterson River Secondary College
With FHS finishing on top of the ladder and Patterson River in fourth spot, we had a rematch of Round 2 for the Semi Final, with our boys bowling first this time. Patterson River were restricted with excellent bowling to be only 5/22 off 6 overs, before late hitting took them to 8/53 – still a very achievable target for FHS. Wickets went to Josh Rice 2/5, Luke Long 1/3, Nick Hammel with an amazing 1/1 off the 5th over, Luke Kranzbuhler 1/8, Matthew Van Wijk 1/20 and Ned Godsell 2/11.
After a shaky start with the loss of two early wickets, the target was obtained in the fifth over. Credit to Patterson River who lifted their game for this final, holding FHS to our lowest score of the day of 6/65. Matthew Van Wijk continued his excellent day with 26 retired and Luke Kranzbuhler next best on 18.
Grand Final vs Elisabeth Murdoch College
After being asked to bat first in the final, FHS got away to its slowest start of the day to only be 3/38 after four overs. However four big overs followed to finish of 15, 17, 13 and 21 took the total to a very competitive 4/114. Matthew Van Wijk played a great captain’s knock of 21 to make it 108 runs for the day, before being run out in athletic fashion by a Delacombe Park Cricket Club teammate. Luke Long turned the innings with an explosive 26 retired, before Harry Thouas finished the innings in style with 24 not out.
In what was a perfect bowling display for a Grand Final, EMC were dismissed for 8/26 in only 5.4 overs. Luke Long continued the momentum from his batting display to snare 5/5 off two excellent overs. Luke Kranzbuhler took 1/6 at the start of the innings, with Aidan Fulcher finishing the match with 2/4 off the sixth and as it turned out, the last over.
A great day of cricket, made even better by the FHS Intermediate Girls team also winning their Grand Final on the adjacent ground. Looking forward to the challenge of the next stage, to be held in Term 4.