Co-Curricular News Article 2
Written on the 16 February 2017 by Jeff Fischer
Almost a full complement of teams were able to hit the pitches and courts over the weekend despite the extreme heat experienced during the week and the inability to train prior to the first round of matches. I would like to thank the coaches, players and their families for their commitment to Rostrevor's sporting programs and wish them every success throughout the remainder of the term.
1st XI Cricket
Rostrevor 4/179 from 45 overs (Harrison Rahaley 97, Dylan Fitzsimons 53, Hugh Walker 21no)
The focus this week was to see how the players would react to a disappointing loss in Round 1. To their credit, we had 12 contributors and this was the most pleasing part. There were significant improvements across all facets of the game, in particular the batting where we only lost 4 wickets for the innings, with one being a run out in the first over and another run out on the last ball of the innings. This means we lost 2 wickets in 44 overs, which was the most pleasing aspect of the game, albeit against weaker opposition.
After winning the toss, we lost Angus Honner early and that brought Harrison Rahaley to the crease. He joined Dylan Fitzsimons and they combined for a great partnership of 91. Both boys ran well between the wickets and had to contend with a very slow outfield and hot and humid conditions. They played patiently and really set us up for the rest of the innings, whilst admittedly riding their luck on a couple of occasions. Fitzsimons fell on 53 trying to accelerate the run rate and captain Murphy Short was out shortly after. Hugh Walker batted maturely towards the end of the innings, rotating the strike and allowing Rahaley to find the boundaries. Our last 10 overs profited 72 runs and proved just how valuable wickets in hand are at the death.
In reply, our main focus was to start well and we certainly did that. PAC fell to 4/19 and the game was effectively over. Both Harry Petty and Joel Size bowled with pace and Size especially was outstanding with his control and making the batsmen play almost every ball, which is so important early when bowling with the new ball. Sam Rahaley's catch at slip was certainly a highlight of the innings and all of the bowlers did a great job when they had the opportunity. Cale Elefse, David Hamann, Size and Petty all picked up 2 wickets and Kyle Brazell was tidy with his left arm orthodox.
It was pleasing to bounce back the way we did, although we will keep this result in perspective as it was against a 2nd XI side. This is the minimum standard we need to set ourselves for the rest of the season.
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Author: Jeff Fischer