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The Willows vs
St Kevin's College


Report by Wade Cornelius

A nervous run into the first Willows vs St Kevins fixture. Severe rain in the days leading up to the fixture had us all looking to the sky's. Although the weather played in our favour on the day I think recognition to the groundsman (Pete Devlin I believe) for turning out a great wicket. I'm sure there was plenty of hours and use of experience needed to produce that wicket.


Being the first time I captained the Willows XI I was eager to start well. As it turned out, I lost the toss and the match and also my dignity.


After winning the toss St Kevins elected to bat. Due to the distance they had travelled and also still to return a 45 over match was agreed to. The plan started well with Zak Buist claiming our first wicket on his 3rd ball. Opening at the other end Arshdeep Singh partnered well with Zak making for a tough time for the visitors, the pressure causing a run out. After a youthful start we decided to turn the tables on the visitors by bringing on our experienced bowlers with a double change. Trevor Thornton and Lance Ryan took the ball and delivered an interrogation on the St Kevins batsmen. Lance bowled with enticing flight and produced some turn to make life at the crease uncomfortable bowling his 9 overs 2-24. Trevor was relentlessly asking the batsman to play, although he didn't get a wicket the bowling partnership demanded patience and exact decision making. St Kevins batsman Murphy showed this in spades. He batted with maturity to score 75 before falling trying to find the boundary at the close of the innings. At this point it is worth mentioning one stand out fielder. Ben Dormer, without the keeping gloves, managed to grab 3 outstanding catches at long on. Other bowling contributions from Ben Scott, Justin Fowler and Archie Cornelius (the latter 2 making their Willow debuts). St Kevins finished their overs on 179/5.


In the spirit of cricket we invited our 3rd ball scalp to come and bat for us. Mr Valpy showed some guts, risking being out twice in a day for nothing, against his mates with a long drive home. nothing like pressure!  This was the master stroke I was sure would make the difference. A well paced 40 was just the advantage I thought we would need. Contributions from Singh and McIntyre gave us hope, however we lost wickets too regularly to threaten the total. The St Kevins lads all bowled well with wickets shared around. I think at this point it is worth mentioning Craig Smith and the contribution he is putting into the first XI. Well drilled, focused and really enjoying their cricket. The St Kevins team have come a long way in 3 years. Testament to the young men, leadership of Craig and School for backing them.


We will be back. Probably not fitter, nor stronger. Wiser.

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