The OC cricketers had a solid round against the boys from Ipswich. The Senior sides all claimed victories and the Intermediate sides came up against three WestMAC sides who were all sitting on top of their respective ladders. The Intermediate 3 side came just short of an upset victory, showing great signs of improvement.
For the first time in a few rounds the First XI saw themselves bowling first. As usual the skipper, Tanner Elliott, sent down an unplayable ball to the opener snaring an early wicket. Elliott’s opening partner, Dylan Kritzinger, then jagged one back into the pads of the first drop to see WestMAC 2/18 in after the 6th over. Jack Morton and Jason Bretz then stalled the run rate to a stroll before Stuart MacNair (1/6 off 4 overs) and Calvin Mulder (3/20 off 10 overs). The athletic Oliver Breadmore (1/4 off 2 overs) has been slowly bled into the First XI side showing signs he could be a big wicket taker in 2018. WestMAC were all out for 85 after 32.5 overs.
WestMAC claimed an early wicket of Jackson Kovacic (4 runs) who was caught early in the innings. His opening partner, the talented wicket-keeper/batsman Stephan Muller (10 from 39), spent some time with Sam Meaney (26 from 64 not out) before being bowled. Meaney was in form right from the first delivery he faced. He has the right to be confident after a pair of outstanding efforts in recent weeks (86 against St Paul’s and 91 against Canterbury). However, Isaac Khan appeared to be eager to head back to the Bayside with a scintillating unbeaten 36 from 39 balls. Before anyone knew it, the boys were in the cars with the run chase covered in 25 overs.
The Second XI secured a comfortable win. Batting first, the Redbacks were making runs, but at an expensive cost of wickets. That is before Henry Foort (26 from 40 balls) waltzed to the crease with the score sitting at 5/46. Harry McTigue (25 from 29 balls) shortly followed in Foort’s footsteps with the score at 6/54 and he and Foort dug in for a timely 44-run partnership. These two boys must have something going on out in the middle as it is not the first time they have nurtured an innings defining partnership. At the end of 30 overs, coach Duncan Fallon was happy with the target set for WestMAC at 121. With the ball, Thomas Lampacher’s medium pacers were swinging up a storm claiming 4/14 off 7 overs. Declan Angel (2/4 from 4 overs) and Sam Webster (3/16 off 6 overs) were on fire with their line and length. WestMAC were all out for 86 in the 26th over.
WestMAC did not have a Third XI side so the Redback Third XI played CHAC in a friendly game. The Redbacks batted first and it was great to see the mercurial Thomas Waller-Brown showcase his athletic ability to score 81 from 40 deliveries that included eight boundaries and five maximums. Thomas Dowse also took advantage of seeing the ball clearly scoring 61 from 50 deliveries. Jarrod Marot’s 37 from 25 deliveries helped the boys accumulate a massive total of 2/196. Waller-Brown also starred with the ball taking two wickets in the first two balls of the innings and ending with figures of 3/9 off 4 overs. Cosi Hiratos claimed the other opening batsman for a duck and the opposition was sitting at 3/4 at the end of the second over. Nino Hatzifotis, Kane Williams, Dowsey and Dan Innes also took wickets in a convincing victory.
In the Intermediate 1 game, WestMAC batted first and with two of the top order scoring 58 runs each the Redbacks knew the run chase was going to be difficult. Joshua Steele (1/18 from 4 overs), Sam Paltridge (1/9 from 1 over) and Daniel Vidal (1/20 from 3 overs) were the wicket takers. In the run chase, WestMAC were able to claim the prized scalp of Paltridge and were looking on to before the skipper, Max Goldsborough (15 from 45 balls) came to the crease and soon followed by Daniel Vidal (21 from 59 balls). The skipper and Vidal partnered for 35 runs before Goldsborough was out with the score at 4/54. Wickets fell at a steady clip and OC were bowled out for 73 runs in the 26th over.
In the Intermediate 2 game, all OC bowlers were accurate and direct with their bowling. However, the WestMAC opener and first drop batsmen were just too good scoring unbeaten 54 and 57 runs respectively. Callum Glennie was the only OC wicket taker. Heading into bat the WestMAC bowling attack was too accurate and potent for the Redbacks. Henry Warner, Geoffrey Harvey and Owen Moule spent the most time at the crease, however, they were unable to put many runs on the board. WestMAC are congratulated on their bowling attack in a convincing victory for them.
The Redbacks batted first in the Intermediate 3 game. Cameron Douglas started his innings treasuring his wicket and showing great restraint. This was showcased by Douglas scoring just the one run from his first 17 balls faced. From here, Douglas went on to score 50 from 55 balls before retiring. Jackson Mauerhan played aggressively to score 41 from 24 balls. The Redbacks finished the innings with 4/144. WestMAC were a quality opponent and were just able to eclipse the OC total with eight balls to spare. Jay Gill (1/12 off 5 overs) and Dylan Priddy (1/15 off 2 overs) were the wicket takers. The side will be hitting the nets this week focusing on line and length as reducing the 42 extras would have no doubt made the contest even closer.
In Round 8, the cricketers play St Columban’s who the Redbacks are sitting above in all six divisions. However, the Intermediate games are likely to be very close.