Knock-out Cricket (Issue 2 2018 Sport)
Written on the 12 April 2018
SHC v Cabra
Round 1 of the Year 6/7 Knock-out Cricket saw SHC take on Cabra at home on the turf wicket. Sacred Heart won the toss and elected to bat on a conventional middle school flat batting wicket. Harry Francis and Harry Fiebig opened the batting putting on 10 overs without losing a wicket and sealing the game early in the days play. These two were retired, before re-entering the innings later in the piece to finish the job they started. The boys really pushed the singles hard and hit many gaps on a somewhat larger oval than the boys usually play on.
Although there were 3 run outs, it really highlights the positive intent and the focus each of the boys had on winning and progressing through the competition. Cabra were exceptional in the field holding on to every catching chance they were given and as eluded to prior, finding 3 direct hit run outs to catch us unaware. SHC finished with a highly competitive 109 and Cabra had their work cut out to chase the victory. Chase Humphrey opened the bowling, really knuckling down and targeting areas which put Cabra on the back foot early.
By the 5th over however, Cabra were going at 5 runs and over and looking in a position to upset SHC. Shane Rafael kept the wicked the whole innings and did exceptionally well in minimizing the runs leaked behind the stumps from extras. Although the boys may not have held onto every catching chance they were given, the bowling pressure really influenced the days play and the overall victory. The rest of the attack in Kieren Scannel and Charlie McAuliffe wrapped up the tail order quite well with the same pressure bowling implementing the plans set by their captain for the day Harry Francis. Cabra finished with 88 after their 27 overs.
Overall the boys started off the knock-out tournament in fine form with a win but there may be a little bit to work on with fielding before the next instalment.
SHC v Edwardstown Primary School
3/146 def 11/28
Round 2 of the Knock-out Tournament saw Sacred Heart take on a young Edwardstown Primary School. After winning the toss and electing to bat again the boys put in a really strong start to be 2/54 after the 10th. The running between the wickets and intent to score was quite obvious as the run rate continued to climb. Cormac McCarthy and Jàck Clements proved instrumental with the stick, both blitzing their way through the infield on man occasions. After a few missed chances and lucky bounces, SHC remained after their 25 overs for 146.
The bowling innings could not have gone off to a better start with Chase Humphrey and Beau Symonds both breaking through their top order. For the most part the bowing was exceptional as there were very minimal wides and no balls which proved to cost the Edwardstown bowling attack dearly. The bowling loads were shared between the rest of the team for the remainder of the game as SHC cruised Home to a 120 run win.
If there are any improvements to go on, it would be to continue the attack and bowl teams out along with not allowing them to score freely. All in all a terrific game and the boys should be excited going into Round 3 with a real chance.