The OC cricket fraternity were frequent users of the Bureau of Meteorology, or similar, application on Friday and Saturday with showers looming like a shotgun blast on the weather map. We were able to complete all games, which was more than could have been hoped for considering the frequent showers.
First XI Captain, Henry Long, won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a very flat and even pitch. Openers Alex Osborn (20) and Jack Moreton (9) provided the boys with a solid foundation once again with an opening stand of 40. Three quick wickets from WestMAC shifted momentum and left Zac Smith to rebuild with an important innings with a stoic knock of 24. This left Ormiston with a total of 129 heading into lunch. With showers on and off throughout the day the boys were running covers on and off consistently, these stoppages in play resulted in the game being shortened to 35 overs a side. After lunch the boys were clinical in their execution in the bowling attack. This enabled the boys to stay on top of the batsmen all the way through the order with WestMAC finishing on 9/94. Ryan Johnston (3/10 off 7) was the pick of the bowlers, closely followed by Jack Moreton (3/7 off 5). The fielding standards all day from Ormiston were excellent with every opportunity of a catch taken with safe. Daniel Hornibrook had a gutsy effort behind the stumps under difficult conditions of hot and humid weather followed by low light and drizzle. Ormiston rose to the occasion winning the match by 35 runs. At the end of the day the boys took a lot away from the game and with plenty to focus on for St Columban’s next week.
The Second XI side played their first home game of the season on the Junior School Oval. Coach Duncan Fallon regularly comments on the commitment and skill level of his chargers who secured a win against WestMAC (5/107 to 106). Josh Duxbury troubled the batsman with the ball snaring 4 for 12 runs. Jackson Kovacic jagged 2 for 15 and should have finished the day with a hat trick only to miss out with a dropped catch. Stuart Macnair’s 35 from the willow was a patient knock showing maturity and class.
Playing at WestMAC the Third XI side bowled first. Short a few players at the start of the game, Ashan Randula was able to open the bowling before sneaking off to his Seconds volleyball game. Before Randula left for warmups he dismissed one of the WestMAC openers. Trent Payne (3 for 3 off 3 overs) and Brandon Edlin (3 for 10 off 2.3) were the pick of the Redback bowling attack. Edlin also featured in a runout, however, Hudson King’s screamer at silly mid-off was the highlight in the field. Brimming with confidence at the change, opening batsman Patrick Dowling was looking to get the boys off to a good start. It was not to be as a lucky ball took his wicket. However, it did show the boys how the ball was playing off the turf, which was pivotal knowledge for leading scorer, Cameron Avent (18 off 12). Trent Payne (9 off 12) and Hudson King (9 off 15) were next best scorers. The boys won the game 7/67 to 66.
The Intermediate 1 side were the third side to play at WestMAC. Bowling first the boys restricted the opposition to 9/70 with an even share of wickets amongst the players. The showery conditions caused the pitch to be unpredictable at times making batting difficult. Dylan Kritzinger was the best of our batsman staying in the whole innings that saw the boys eclipse the WestMAC score with three wickets spare – 7/71 to 9/70.
The Intermediate 2 played their first game at home and came up against an evenly matched WestMAC outfit. While the boys went down 5/105 to 5/106 they will take away a lot from the game. Batting first the boys made a solid score of 105 runs with Max Goldsbrough (26) top scoring. Sam Paltridge (21) also batted well. WestMAC were handy with the bat passing the Redbacks total with two overs to spare. Sam Webster snared two wickets and Tom Rohm-Hurford, Goldsbrough and Jaden Gilbert each credited with a wicket.
Bowling first the Intermediate 3 side played a quality WestMAC outfit featuring an outstanding batsman. We were able to dismiss the opponents in the 30th over, however, with their best batsman making a half century the damage had been done. Chasing 148 for victory the boys were positive. Jack Byrne was able to nudge away 27 runs, however, with teammates dropping around him we were only able to score 58 runs. Head of Middle School, Mr Makridakis, was present to support the boys and was impressed with the general attitude of the players and leadership of their skipper, Chris Dembsey, who along with Harry Kovacic impressed Mr Mak and coach, Mr Lyon. The boys will be looking to bounce back against the St Columban’s Eagles at Caboolture.
The weather held off enough for the boys to play some cricket and overall we had a good round against WestMAC. The attitude is high and positive in the cricketing circles and with some patience with the bat the boys could develop some strong partnerships and memories.
All the best next weekend cricketers.