St Andrew’s Rawson Cricket side had their opening match against Wesley College on Drew’s Oval on Monday 13 March. They won the toss and went into bat with Fresher Liam Hughes and Tom Galvin (fr 2016) getting the side off to a comfortable start with a 36 run partnership. Hughes was dismissed for 14 before Galvin went on to play some classy lofted cover drives before falling for 27. In-form Charles Litchfield (fr 2016) combined with Captain Nicky Craze (fr 2016) and then Rawson veteran Jordan Farrell (fr 2015) to get the side to 100 after 35 overs. Sam Brandwood (fr 2016) and younger brother Fresher Liam Brandwood consolidated, taking the side to 5 for 137 before putting on a Brandwood master class for the vocal Drew’s crowd scoring 40 runs off just 4 overs, finishing on 19 and 41 respectively. The tail, including Senior Student Lachlan Mactier, helped finish the job off with St Andrew’s 9 for 187 after the 50 overs. A very healthy score on what seemed a tough wicket and slow outfield.
Wesley College struggled to score against the experience of Nimalan Sundaram (fr 2015) and pace of Litchfield taking the first wicket in the second over. Wesley continued to battle on at a slow pace and were then further halted when Sundaram took two wickets in the 13th over with economical figures 2-12 after his 8 overs. Wesley 4-50 had a lot of work to do and continued to struggle as Hughes and Galvin bowled with great patience to bring Wesley down to 7 for 69 after 28 overs before rain temporarily stopped play. Fresher spinners Ollie Holder and Jack Richards joined to take the last three wickets, bowling Wesley out for 87. The St Andrew’s cricketers winning the first game of their campaign by 100 runs.
– Nick Craze, Rawson Cricket Captain
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