The Broadswords kicked off a much shortened cricket season with an 8 wicket win against the U6 boys. After winning the toss, the U6 Boys’ captain R McConnel decided to bat first on a warm and breezy evening at the College. He may have regretted that decision after his team found themselves 5 down; with less than 30 on the board, Mr Avenell starting the rot with a wicket in the first over of the match! McConnel helped his team rebuild with a solid 27 (retired out), before O Yerbury came in to score a quickfire 24. N Hudson (13) and T Nesbit (13) also contributed with the bat as the U6 boys finished with a final score of 103-7 from their 20 overs. The pick of the Broadswords’ bowlers were Mr Gwilliam 2-16 and Mr Horan 2-16.
Broadswords began in circumspect fashion with Mr Sackett and Mr Jackson taking a bit of time to get themselves accustomed to the wicket, as N Hudson, M Streets and R McConnel all bowled a testing line and length. Mr Jackson then started to go through the gears, unfurling a delicious selection of switch and reverse hits which any first class cricketer would be proud of! After reaching 26 not out, he retired to the pavilion and was swiftly followed by Mr Sackett, who exhibited a number of deft touches to also retire on 26 not out. The wickets of Mr Healy, who was caught for 14 and Mr Horan, who was unfortunately dismissed by playing on to his stumps via his boot for 2, left the match in the balance. However, Mr Cane-Hardy (10 not out) and Mr Bond (6 not out) were able to guide the team home with 9 balls to spare, the former playing the shot of the match with a Brian Lara-like cover driven boundary and the latter showing the calm composure of his lesser-known namesake to hit the winnings runs in rapidly deteriorating light!
A brilliant match with a brilliant set of players. Well done to all.