Due to the Trentham races being on, instead of hosting the Junior 2 final at school, we had the unenviable task of playing at our opponent’s home ground – Hutt Valley High School. When Captain Sam Williamson won the toss there was a look of disbelief between the team (and spectators) as this was possibly the first time all season. One superstitious parent was heard to comment that our unbeaten winning streak was made from losing the toss, would this change too?
The decision was made to send HVHS in to bat. Then came a fantastic display in the field from all the boys. They had great energy in the field, clear communication and some tight bowling. Despite some solid batting performances from Josh Apaapa-Preston (44) and Yish Prashanth (29), we were able to restrict HVHS to 140/8. Bowling honours go to Findlay Benge for figures of 3-8 off his 6 overs. The remaining 5 wickets were deservingly shared amongst the boys.
With full stomachs after a sausage sizzle kindly provided by the Baylis family, they were ready to begin their run chase. HVHS struck early as Kyle Armstrong (who was fighting strep throat to be there – great dedication) was undone by a great second ball of the innings. However cool heads prevailed, and the team did not panic. After losing Reegan Kowalczyk (5) in the 7th over, our next two batsmen settled down the innings and accumulated the runs before retiring – Lachie Davey (24no) and Josh Lovell (19no). Findlay Benge (10) made a cameo with a couple of quick 4s, before Jacob Sutherland (26no) and Cole Weaver (4no) finished it off in the 30th over to end up 141/3.
This has been an awesome first season for the boys playing college cricket. Everyone has had a turn at stepping up and shining to get the team through at various stages, and have all developed their games. Special thanks to Andy Kennerley and Mr G for the time and effort they put in to trainings and games to develop the team. HVHS couldn’t believe how many spectators we had at the final, but this has been week in and week out. We know the boys love having a large crowd to play for – thanks to the families too!
Enjoy winter sport before more cricket in term 4!
Mel Sutherland (Manager 9B)