OC cricketers fought hard in the first TAS cricket finals since 2014. The First XI and Third XI premiership games saw OC unable to chase down difficult first innings totals. The Second XI side finished third and Intermediate 1 side seventh, with convincing wins. The Intermediate 3 side posted a high total of 9/136, however, Canterbury were too good and came over the top of OC late in the match. The Intermediate 2 side was a washout.
Hosting five games, the property staff performed admirably during the week to get the decks and outfields in the excellent condition they achieved. The decks ended up being hard and in excellent condition, despite the limited access they received to sunlight and rollers. The outfields, particularly on the Bank of Queensland Oval, were more of a concern late Friday afternoon. The fields and decks receive a lot of regular attention from the property staff and their efforts were greatly appreciated by the boys.
The First XI side were confident heading into the match after earning the right to host the final. Dylan Kritzinger (1/11 off 6 overs) snared an early wicket in the second over before a solid partnership formed taking JPC to 62 runs before Sam Meaney caught one at mid-on from a Calvin Mulder (1/13 from 6 overs) delivery. Skipper, Tanner Elliott (2/18 from 7 overs), then took two wickets in close succession and the boys were full of confidence. JPC never formed a long partnership, but had the runs ticking over despite losing wickets every few overs. Jack Morton (2/18 from 9 overs) had his best figures of the season, as did Jason Bretz (3/26 off 7 overs). Stuart MacNair (1/13 from 6 overs) also bowled well.
With the bat, OC never really got going with a partnership that has always been there throughout the season. We were 2/17 early in the game and at different points in the game we were 4/36, 5/44, 6/46 and 7/56. Joshua Duxbury has one of his finest batting performance, particularly under the pressure of finals, scoring a team-high 26 runs. The boys ended up being all out in the 40th over for 92. The boys played so well all season and their effort at the final hurdle was outstanding. This is one of the tightest teams, of all sports, witnessed in recent times and with only two Year 12 students in the team the boys were positive about playing in 2018.
The Second XI side batted first in their 3v4 final and openers, Lachlan Kesur (20 from 41 balls) and the skipper Christopher Metcalfe (20 from 47 balls) formed an eventual game-winning partnership of 41 runs. Thomas Lampacher (13 from 26 balls) also looked handy with the ball before being caught out. With the ball, Sam Webster (2/3 off 3 overs) was sitting on a hat trick before the all important hat trick ball trickled down leg side. Kesur (2/4 off 4.1) also bowled well in a convincing victory.
The Third XI side played a much improved Canterbury unit who posted a decent first innings total of 8/101. Thomas Dowse (3/31) and Jared Marot (3/16) were the main wicket takers. In the run chase, the reliable Dowsey scooped one to cover and lost his wicket in the first over. Thomas Waller-Brown (20 runs) and Marot (17 runs) took the team to 2/42 and the team battled well until a few wickets fell with the score at 5/71. The boys next five wickets fell with only four runs scored. The boys were disappointed, however, should hold their heads high as about five of the team had never played cricket before this season.
The Intermediate 1 side finished their season seventh with a victory over St Columban’s. Sam Paltridge once again played well with the bat, despite needing a spell on the sideline after receiving one in the guts early in his innings. Dhruv Sriram scored his highest total of the season – 47 runs. The Redbacks took four wickets with the ball, however, were able to keep the run rate low and finished the game 38-run winners.
The Intermediate 2 side game was washed out and they finished the season 4th on the ladder.
The Intermediate 3 side posted an excellent total of 9/136 from 30 overs. However, as has been the trend this season, the opposing side were about to claw back the total with only a few balls to spare. In this case, Canterbury hit their 137th run with 7 balls to spare.