SIS Junior Boys Cricket - Tyabb Match Report

Tyabb Hose down early St Peter’s Fire

Progress through to the Grand Final!


The Year 8 Padua Tyabb cricket side has been compiling a ‘fairy-tale’ story of sorts…

Whilst most people were transfixed to the television for the much anticipated Ashes Test between Australia and England, the real home of cricket, The TCG (Tyabb Cricket Ground), hosted the top of the table clash between the two previously undefeated sides. After hard-fought victories against Woodleigh, John Paul College and an inaugural demolition of Padua, Mornington; the Year 8 Tyabb boys were one win away from progressing through to the Grand Final.

Skipper, Devlin Webb won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a fantastic batting surface. Opening with Xavier Warmbrunn and Tom Kingston, we knew the importance of early runs and putting pressure on the fielding side. However, it was St Peters that proved the more disciplined team early. Bowling a consistent line, they made it difficult to score and rotate the strike. Co-Captain, Warmbrunn had been in stunning form, occupying the crease and providing a much required anchor to our innings. Unfortunately, he misjudged a length-ball delivery and was bowled early for 8. Webb soon followed after a loose shot and at 2/31, we were looking in a bit of trouble. Tyler Francis-Fisher strode to the crease and looked confident from the onset. He worked the ball into gaps, rotating the strike and allowing Tom Kingston to do his thing. Tom sent the ball to all corners of the TCG, later retiring on 30 after a magnificent performance in sweltering conditions. Tom Vercoe (12no) and Francis-Fisher (18no) continued to work tirelessly, adding a valuable 24 runs off the last 4 overs. Vercoe provided the highlight of the innings, with an absolute ‘bomb’ into the TCG training nets. At the end of 15 overs we had managed a much respectable score of 2/84.

Whilst we were quite confident of defending the total acquired, we were also aware that we needed to be disciplined and limit St Peters’ opportunity to attain momentum. After 7 overs, St Peters were 0/51 and cruising to victory. We needed to wrestle back ascendency through some much needed wickets. Enter Lachlan Hose. The side’s ‘Spiritual Leader’ emulated Stewie Dew’s performance in the 2008 Grand Final, changing the game in the matter of 5 minutes. Bowling in tandem with fellow spinner Warmbrunn, St Peters found it difficult to generate any power off their bowling, forcing loose shots and valuable wickets for the home side. Hose’s 4/19 (4) providing a catalyst in the shifting of momentum and belief. Needing 8 off the last over, Devlin Webb stepped up to the plate and was able to restrict the batsmen to 3 runs off the final 6 balls. St Peters’ final score of 5/80, proving 4 runs short of the Padua Tyabb total.

Whilst the bowling performance was well below those of previous weeks, we take encouragement from the fact that we were able to still get the win during adverse conditions. Next week we write the next chapter of our story as we take on St Francis Xavier for the ultimate prize.

Hopefully the glass slipper fits and Padua Tyabb live happily ever after…

Heath Chipperfield
Cardijn 4 Homeroom Teacher