The OC cricketers had a difficult Saturday against JPC. With only one win to the Third XI, the boys will need to work out some ways to provide more resistance against a clinical JPC moving forward.
The First XI won the toss and elected to bat on a flat and fast wicket. The plan was to try and get a couple of cheap wickets early as the thought was the lower order may have not seen much time at the crease and we could have a modest score to chase. Despite great effort by the boys and constant probing by skipper, Henry Long, the JPC openers were too good. A stoic opening stand of 110+ runs before the first wicket was deflating at times. The next two wickets fell with the score around 3/150. The next six wickets fell in steady intervals, as predicted, for 53 runs. There were a couple of dropped catches early on the morning, which in the end proved very costly. Heading into bat we lost opener Jack Morton early. Opener, Alex Osborne, and Long then occupied the crease before Long was dismissed. All season long when the boys needed to grind it out a solid partnership evolved. This did not happen with the top order with JPC too accurate in their line and length. Around the 40th over the weather rolled in and a lightning strike called for a mandatory 30 minute break in play at the 43rd over when the score was 7/132. It was unlikely we would score 72 runs in 7 overs, however, to finish the season like this was not a desirable ending to a season characterised by quick bowling, big partnerships in the lower order, spirited chats by coaches Rob and Mitch Carrigan and a cohesive group of boys. Despite losing, the boys shared the premiership with JPC.
The Second XI elected to bowl first and started well, with JPC 6/26 at drinks thanks largely to Jackson Kovacic taking three scalps. After the break Ormiston could not dislodge an effective partnership that ended up scoring 71 runs and the innings finishing up with 6/97. In reply, Ormiston’s top order were unable to fire for the first time of the season and when they were needed to most. Despite a wagging tail by Jack Moseley and Oliver Breadmore, the Redbacks feel 30 runs short of JPC and the premiership. The boys finished second on the ladder, which is a terrific effort.
The Third XI batted first and almost immediately JPC took the prized scalp of Trent Payne. Wicketkeeper, Jackson Smith (25), provided some timely resistance and kick started the scoring. Cricket newcomer, Liam Colquhoun, scored a season high 16 runs and developed a solid partnership with his captain, Conal Grewar (30). The Third XI finished with a score of 5/132. JPC had a particularly good batsman who was able to do some damage before being caught off the bowling of Will Maher who took two wickets for the day. The other JPC batsman did not offer took much resistance, thanks largely to Cameron Avent. Avent finished took 4/10 off his four overs. JPC finished short of the Third XI total, 6/87.
The Intermediate 1 side was looking to finish the season with a victory after losing the previous three games. JPC batted first and scored a formidable total of 5/150. JPC took the key wickets of Thomas Lampacher and Stephan Mullar. Dylan Kritzinger (9 off 30) and skipper, Max Gardiner (23 off 62), dug in for a bit before Kritzinger was caught. Gardiner then saw three come and go before he was also caught out. In the end JPC were took good for us and it was obvious that their clinic play allowed them to be undefeated premiers.
The Intermediate 2 side batted first and scored a decent total of 9/81. Not knowing if this would be enough it was up to the bowlers to be accurate and patient. Midway through the JPC batting innings the rain came through causing the game to stop. The Duckworth-Lewis scoring application was required to decide the winner and JPC’s strike rate was too good for our boys and they won with the total of 3/60.
The Intermediate 3 team bowled first and JPC scored a respectable total of 7/85. Skipper, Chris Dembskey, finished the season with a solid performance of 12 runs. The bowlers from JPC did not allow much room for forgiveness and they bowled out the OC team for 23.