2nd XI Cricket
The 2nd XI cricket team has enjoyed a very successful first half of the season.
After losing three of our first four T20 games we managed to turn things around successfully with good wins against Old Boys, Freyberg and Feilding to secure 5th place (tied on 4th but placed 5th due to Nett Run Rate) in the league. The boys certainly progressed very well over the course of this competition. By the end of the competition they were playing with far more positive intent and far less fear of failure. Notable personal achievements in this competition:
Batting: Jerome Robinson (49 v Wanderers, 51 v Old Boys, 63 v Freyberg), Van Prenter (39 v Marist, 63 v Freyberg)
Bowling: Riveen Samarasekara (3/16 v Old Boys, 3/11 v Feilding), George Simpson (3/19 v Palmerston), Ethan Robinson (3/17 v Palmerston), Ethan Campbell (3/38 v Freyberg, 3/8 v Feilding), Ehsan Muhamad (3/31 v Freyberg) Tom Collier, while not among the wickets, bowled very economically, often opening the bowling with his left arm spin while fielding restrictions were still in place.
50 over Competition
The success of the T20 competition has continued thus far in the 50-over competition. The boys are playing positive and aggressive cricket and have put in some amazing performances in the field which has ultimately led to good wins.
An amazing come-from-behind win against Marist in which we were 56 for 6 chasing 167 with two injured batsmen who were unlikely to bat. However, personal best of 73 not out from bowler Saim Ahmed together with some courageous defensive knocks from Rohan Kanagasundaram and Aadesh Ganugapati saw us sneak to a wonderful win.
A sublime overall bowling and fielding performance against Old Boys saw us restricting them to 121 all out. A convincing victory ensued when Jerome Robinson (38), together with good support from Rian Lyver (19) and Jett Donald-Charnley (18 not out), helped us reach the total with 19 overs to spare.
While the team will undergo major changes after Christmas, we are sitting pretty at the moment in 2nd place on the table after three rounds in this competition.