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Rawson Cricket Rounds 2 and 3

March 21, 2013

Rawson Cricket Round 2

The Andrew’s men took to the field against Wesley in their 2nd game, taking with them the experience gained during the previous close encounter against Paul’s. Wesley won the toss and chose to bat. The Drewsmen were fired up and focused, and it didn’t take long for the first wicket to fall.

The wickets didn’t stop falling for Wesley and the momentum was with Andrew’s the entire innings. A clinical bowling performance saw Wesley bowled out for 55. The Andrew’s openers, Alex Shaw and Andrew Patrick, made quick work of chasing down the set total. Some good boundary hitting by Shaw got Andrew’s to the required total of 55 in the 8th over and saw Andrew’s finish with a 10 wicket victory.

John’s awaits the Andrew’s team in the final on Wednesday at Paul’s oval.

Rawson Cricket Round 3

There were some amazing scenes on the St Paul’s oval yesterday as Andrew’s faced John’s in the Rawson Cricket final. Below is an extract written by Stephen King from Intercollegiate Sport.

We could write pages on what happened at St Pauls oval, but I will try to summarise.

St John’s, looking to go one better in 2013, elected to bat first and started slowly before losing regular wickets to go from 1/5 to 5/59, with the wickets shared between the Andrew’s bowlers. A 36-run partnership between Bolster (5) and Cook (38) stemmed the flow, with the tail bringing the total to a defendable, if not so threatening 134.

Andrew’s in reply found themselves 3/23 after two wickets in one over from Redden (3/33), followed by one from Le Leivre (2/27). It was Andrew’s turn to dig in, with Smith (15), Pryke (21) and Larkin (30) taking them to 4/89. However, the match turned on its head with John’s taking 4/10 in the space of 5 overs to have Andrew’s reeling at 8/99. With John’s tasting an unlikely victory, the No. 9 and No. 10 batsmen for Andrew’s, Le’ Strange (17) and McMahon (14) then combined for a 30+ run partnership to take Andrew’s to 8/131 with 2 overs remaining, with the Andrew’s support cheering every single.

A dot ball was followed by a shot out to the boundary, where under the eyes of the Andrew’s supporters, the John’s fielder saved the boundary, but Andrew’s had run 3 to level the scores with 10 balls remaining. Andrew’s were full of voice, and so were the John’s supporters, who bravely clung onto hope. With one run needed, and 2 wickets to spare there was a twist, with Koertz (3/26) bowling McMahon with the next delivery. 9/134 and 3 balls to face for the No.11 McCullock. 3 dot balls. 3 balls survived.

So the ball came to Redden for the final over, with still 1 run required. A dot ball. And then the stumps went flying. Redden took the final wicket of L’Estrange to seal a TIE in Rawson Cricket and a shared victory to begin 2013.

 

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