First XI Cricket Nailbiter

Ormiston and JPC have a terrific history in cricket. In the 128 games played between the schools OC has won 60 and JPC 72 games. However, in recent times JPC has been able to get the upper hand over OC winning 20 of the past 30 games played. A shared First XI premiership in 2016 led to the first game of the season for both schools was more than just a hit out.

With just two Year 12 students in the First XI one could think that 2017 is seen as a rebuilding year. On paper with the keeper, Stephan Muller, and opening bowler, Dylan Kritzinger, both in Year 9 this young team does write to the script of preparing for the future. However, the team is seasoned, extremely close and not looking for any excuses.

Choosing to send JPC in to bat after skipper, Tanner Elliott, won the toss the Redbacks got straight to work. In the second over, Kritzinger (2/32 off 10 overs) was able to sneak one past the opening batsman to knock over his stumps for just two runs. Elliott (3/32 off 8) then dismissed the other opener thanks to safe hands by Jackson Kovacic and JPC were looking a bit shaky sitting on 2/10. A quality 87 run partnership saw JPC out of trouble and they were plodding along at a run rate of about 4 runs per over. Plodding is a good descriptor here thanks to some accurate off-spin by Calvin Mulder (0/29 off 10) and leg-spin by Joshua Duxbury (1/29 off 7) and Sam Meaney (0/14 off 5). First gamer, Oliver Breadmore, had an eventful inauguration to First XI cricket in his two overs. The quick had trouble with his line, but was able to snare two wickets to finish with figures of 2/10. A few runs leaked at the end of the innings and JPC eventually finished their 50 overs with a score of 9/191.

Jack Morton and Kovacic opened the batting with Kovacic caught plum LBW for 1. Morto took his time to get off the mark and unfortunately was caught behind on 15 just as he was finding his comfort. Mulder came in and was looking the goods hitting a patient 16 off 48 balls before being caught out. OC were looking on the ropes sitting at 4/48 before Isaac Khan (46 off 79) and Kritzinger (48 off 77) combined exceptionally well for an innings saving 99 run partnership. Both players fell just short of scoring 50s, which would have been just rewards. Khan was the first of the pair to go and then there was a steady collapse of wickets. Muller and Meaney, two of the teams best batsman were batting down the order as both are nursing broken fingers (despite Muller keeping for 50 overs!). They ended up falling just short of JPC’s total by 5 runs, with 7 balls to spare in the innings. Despite the agonizing loss, coaches Rob and Mitch Carrigan were so proud of the effort of the boys. A lot can be learned from the match and if the season goes well there could be a rematch in the finals.

The Second XI game saw JPC bat first with Declan Angel (2/10 off 5 overs) the pick of the bowlers. JPC batted well making 8/104. The conditions were very warm and by the time OC went into bat they were fairly fatigued. Liam Gilbert started the season in form scoring 14 runs off 20 balls. JPC were accurate with the ball, preventing any OC partnerships to form. The Redbacks were all out for 75 runs, falling 20 runs short of JPC’s total.

The Third XI team boasts a lot of athletic talent and friendship. JPC batted first and OC was relentless with the ball. Tom Waller-Brown (1/4 off 3) was accurate, as was Tom Dowse (2/5 off 1.4). However, in his first over of cricket ever, Nino Hatzifotis knocked the stumps out of the ground twice with his unorthodox action. JPC finished their innings 8/54 off 13.4 overs. OC made quick work of the run chase eclipsing JPC’s total in 10.2 overs. Dowse (20 runs from 34 deliveries), Jared Marot (9 from 19) and Waller-Brown (16 from 8) looked in total control.

Intermediate 1 secured a solid victory. OC batted first and the JPC bowlers were difficult to put away. Openers Daniel Vidal (12 runs off 31 balls) and Sam Paltridge (11 off 36) top scored and a timely late knock by Dhruv Sriram (10 off 11) proved to be a much needed knock. JPC fell just short of OC’s total, scoring 60 runs. Seamer, Max Gardiner (4/12 off 6 overs), was the pick of the bowlers. Of the eight bowlers used, all were accurate and not expensive. In saying this, the 14 wides conceded are something the team can work on to create more pressure moving forward though.

OC were sent into bat first in the Intermediate 2 game. A total of 47 runs were scored, 33 of which were sundries. While inaccurate at times, JPC’s bowlers were difficult to score runs off the bat. Looking to find a way to sneak singles will be something this team can look forward to improving on as the season progresses. This will no doubt come to this athletically talented team. Despite a low total set, the OC bowling attack were positive and it took JPC 20 overs to claim victory. Khalid Khan bowled well (1/6 off 4 overs).

Overall, it was a great round of cricket. Some lessons have been learned and the boys will be better off for Round 3 against CHAC.

Jack Pincott
Dean of Activities