The Redbacks had a cracking day out against St John’s Anglican College Dragons on Saturday 20 February. On a very humid morning the boys were able to secure six wins from six games not affected by wet weather.
Batting in the first session, the First XI side were keen to make the most of good weather. Jack Morton had an innings he will remember for a lifetime. His unbeaten knock of 105 from 121 balls showed patience, aggression, poise and class. A noted big-hitter, Jack’s ability to wait for the ball was the cornerstone of his success. Skipper, Henry Long fell just short of another half century with a solid 46 off only 36 balls. Sam Meaney got a start before being caught on 27. In the final overs Isaac Khan chanced his bat scoring 23 off 13 balls faced, which included three boundaries and a six. With the ball, the boys kept a determined St John’s outfit honest with accuracy and consistency. A steady stream of wickets did not allow any major partnerships to develop and St John’s fell well short of the target set in scoring 116 runs.
The Second XI, fresh of a dominant performance against St John’s were eager to keep the success rolling batted first and were all out for 117. The score was not as great as the 2/204 of Round 3, however, Stuart Macnair’s 45 and Jackson Kovacic’s 31 allowed for a respected total to be established. Seamer, Jason Bretz, was placing his quicks on a dime taking three wickets for only 11 runs. Christopher Metcalfe’s effort in the nets was rewarded with three wickets and his accuracy and patience only allowed 14 runs. With the gloves, Macnair held onto three deflections and was quick enough to grab a stumping. St John’s were not able to reel in the Redback’s total and finished the morning all out for 40 runs. Sitting on top of the table coach Duncan Fallon commented, “I am very proud of how the boys are playing. Their attitude cannot be questioned and their commitment to each other is outstanding”.
Batting first the Third XI side lost early wickets to Liam Colquhoun and Cameron Avent and were sitting for 2 for nothing and looking a bit shaky. Those doubting the boys to post a respectable total did not see the confidence in Trent Payne’s lanky stride as he marched to the crease. Trent’s 73 runs off 50 balls were the foundations of solid score. Trent was eventually caught cheaply in 20th over in fine leg attempting to perform a ramp shot. Lucas Barnett’s quick fire 45 off only 26 balls with only four dot balls was a sight to hold and cannot go unmentioned. Skipper Conal Grewar could see Avent needed to prove his worth with the ball and gave him the fresh nut to open the bowling arsenal. With the first ball Cameron took a wicket. Cameron ended up with three wickets for zero runs off two overs. Conal took a wicket and Will Maher took two wickets before Patrick Dowling was able through down some stray bullets and taking the final St John’s batsman for figures of 1 for 8 off 1.4 overs (7 wides). Ormiston won 3/105 to St John’s 14.
The Intermediate 1 side had the willow in hand for the first innings and openers Thomas Lampacher and Dylan Kritzinger were required to be very patient. St John’s had a couple of accurate openers who camped the opening pair in their crease not giving away many opportunities for score. Thomas was only able to secure 1 run from the 21 deliveries he faced, however, as is the case in cricket sometimes, he saw off one of the better bowlers that allows the next batsman to come in fresh and play some shots. This person was Stephan Muller who finished the innings not out with a half century (50 off 81). Kritzinger was eventually run out for 21 (off 55). At the change St John’s were set a difficult task of chasing down 106 runs for victory. Ormiston were just as accurate as St John’s were with the ball and took a steady stream of wickets. Thomas Lampacher (2 for 7 off 4 overs) and Declan Angel (2 for 8 off 3 overs) bowled particularly well early in the innings. However, it was late in the innings when things got exciting. Sam Farrar was the eleventh bowler of the day and Sam bowled one over he will never forget. A wicket from his first ball (caught by Thomas) followed by a wicket from his second ball (caught by Graeme McNair) followed by an accurate dart to dismiss a third batsman from to bring up an elusive hat trick! Despite his success, Sam was able to keep his head to dismiss the final batsman with the sixth ball of his over for figures of 4 for nothing off 1 over. Great memories for Stephan and Sam were created against St John’s!
St John’s were the first to bat in the Intermediate 2 game and the Redback bowlers were hungry to limit the total the batsman would be set to chase down. Not allowing any particular St John’s batsman to make a start the boys took a steady stream of wickets to set a total of 58 runs to win. The Intermediate 2 side ended up securing a six wicket victory with only 11 overs faced to win 4 for 60 runs. Coaches Will Mitchell and Jai Lordan have been impressed with the willingness and patience of the boys at the midpoint of the season.
Christopher Dembskey, skipper of the Intermediate 3 side, won the toss and elected to field first. Chris must have had a hunch his troops would deliver the line and length required to set a getable target. Nic Potztal was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets and conceding zero runs from his two overs. Harry Kovacic was also inspired with the ball taking two for one off two overs. Chris Delibaltas and Harry opened the batting for the Redback in style, accumulating 18 runs between them off a patient 43 deliveries. The reliable Jack Byrne had another ripper of a game scoring an unbeaten six runs off five balls and taking a challenging catch. Coach, Mr Lyon, has enjoyed the chance to coach cricket after a few season off the ovals and comments graciously on the sportsmanship of the boys at any chance.