2017 Junior Boys’ Cricket Championship

After a heart-stopping semi-final victory, Padua Tyabb had earned the right to compete for the 2017 Junior Boys’ Cricket Championship.

Our adversaries, SFX Officer, finished on top of the ‘North Group’ table and were also undefeated during their regular season. The 45 minute bus ride to Officer allowed for players to reflect on how the day might unfold, particularly the fine line between victory and defeat. Being the significantly smaller school, we embraced our ‘underdog’ status, knowing that we would have to be at our best to come home with the flag. However, ‘it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog’.

History has been inundated with underdog stories. In 2017, we have seen numerous occasions where sides have risen from adversity to claim the ultimate prize. In the AFL, Richmond Tigers were a prime example. A laughing stock for years, they rose from ‘9th’ to claim all before them, eventually winning the Grand Final by 10 goals over the highly fancied, Adelaide Crows. We were hoping that history would be on our side if an effort to replicate their performance.

Due to the treacherous summer swell, the match had been rescheduled to a morning timeslot. However, it was Padua Tyabb who brought the early heat…

Losing the toss, Padua Tyabb were asked to bat. We knew that the start would be imperative in setting a platform towards a defendable total. In form batsmen, Xavier Warmbrunn and Tom Kingston, strode to the crease, looking positive from the outset. Whilst SFX were able to bowl decent areas, they weren’t able to capitalise on the chances they created, dropping Xavier twice early in his innings. To Xavier’s credit, he made them pay. Both Xavier and Tom batted with maturity, looking for gaps, taking singles but also punishing the poor deliveries. After 7 overs, the dynamic duo had managed 0/49. Whilst the start was exactly what we were hoping for, a ‘mini-collapse’ of sorts increased the heart rate of the away side. Warmbrunn (31) was forced to retire, Kingston (19) skied a ball after playing an attacking shot, Webb (8) quickly followed and the dangerous Francis-Fisher (0) trailed shortly after. Very quickly, we were soon in uncharted territory. Due to our dominance, we hadn’t required our middle-lower order batsmen over the course of the fixtured season. However, Symes (13) and Hose (13) were able to keep the run-rate steady, and along with Felix Mclorinan (Year 7), Taylor James, Memphis Hurren and Bruen Peers (Year 7) were able to build our total to an impressive 7/108 after 20 overs. 

Being our largest total for the season, we were quietly confident that our bowling attack could limit their scoring prowess. Openers, Devlin Webb and Lucas Symes were instrumental in building pressure on the SFX batsmen. They bowled a consistent line, quelling St Francis Xavier to 28 off the first 9 overs. Fresh from his 4 wicket haul, Lachlan Hose again was the pick of the bowlers. Bowling his finger spinners, Lachy’s figures (1/6 off 4 overs) reflected his ability to limit their scoring during a time when they were trying to increase their run-rate. His first wicket was a brilliant leg-side stumping by Webb, whom together broke the opening partnership. Furthermore, he was supported in the field by some impressive individual efforts from Elijah Cunningham, Zane Artini and Harry Mehrmann. From here, SFX struggled to gain momentum. Bowlers, Francis-Fisher, Warmbrunn and Kingston were able to continue to restrict the batsmen’s’ influence, and after their 20 overs, SFX were only able to manage 3/85. A well-deserved 22 run victory to Padua Tyabb, who in doing so, became the 2017 champions!

It has been an absolute please coaching these young men throughout the season. Whilst there have been a few obstacles along the way, the side was able to persevere and conquer all!

I guess every dog has its day…

Padua Tyabb: 7/108 (20 overs)

(Warmbrunn 31ret, Kingston 18, Hose 12, Symes 13)


SFX Officer 3/85 (20 overs)

(Hose 1/6 (4), Kingston 1/12 (2), Symes 1/20 (4), Webb 0/12 (4))

Congratulations to the following squad members, whom all made valuable contributions throughout the season:

Bruen Peers, Daniel Houben, Devlin Webb (C), Felix McLorinan, Harry Mehrmann, Kade Symour, Katahna Deemoy (Team Manager), Lachlan Hose, Lucas Symes, Memphis Hurren, Taylor James, Tom Kingston, Tom Vercoe, Tyler Francis-Fisher (VC), Xavier Warmbrunn (C), Zane Artini

Heath Chipperfield
Cardijn 4 Homeroom Teacher