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Scotch Cricket Tour: Brisbane 2018


1 November 2018

Scotch Cricket Tour: Brisbane 2018

Scotch Cricket Tour: Brisbane 2018

All 24 young, keen cricketers from Scotch, met early on the first Sunday of the holidays to set upon Brisbane. As we arrived at our destination we were straight into the action, dropping our gear at the hotel and off to our first cricket training for the tournament. We arrived at Brisbane Grammar school and the facilities were unbelievable, An indoor centre with enclosed nets, a pool, basketball courts and a gymnasium which allowed us to sweep the cob webs out with one last hit before our series of games began.

The first game we played was scheduled to be a 50/50 but due to some rain effecting the pitch the game was delayed by an hour and became a 40/40 over match. The game took place at Marist College Ashgrove, a proud boy’s college just out of Brisbane. Winning our first toss for the tour we elected to bowl due to the notorious humid conditions, which we thought would make the ball move. After a great first few overs Will Jackson struck with two early wickets and Colby Whitbourne with the one. Unfortunately we let them slide away and allowed a batsman to settle in and take control, posting a competitive total of 7 for 198 from their 40 overs. We tried to dig in early with the bat but lost wickets at crucial stages. A strong partnership of 63 between Will Turner (30) and Ned Walter (33) gave us hope in chasing the large total down. We finished the game unsuccessful but managed to bat out the 40 overs getting to 9 for 118.

The second game was against the prestigious college of Brisbane Grammar, on arguably the best ground some of us have ever played on at Marist College Ashgrove. The oval was jaw dropping featuring seating that could hold 250 people, the Matthew Hayden Score board, hedges spelling out the acronym of their College name “MCA” and a large pavilion with a great view. After successfully winning the toss again we went into bat and were looking to score. Colby Whitbourne (67) and Hamish Lord (29) made an opening partnership of 103 and got us off to a flyer. After the fall of their wickets there was a major collapse with many more wickets falling consecutively. After a small partnership between Ned Walter and Matthew Dixon (17) we were able to start putting the bad ball away. After a few smaller partnerships we were 8 for 200 with 5 overs left. Ned Walter and Thomas Ellis were left to scrape a few more runs away from Brisbane Grammar. The pair were running well between the wickets putting pressure on the field and forcing 1’s into 2’s with Ned starting to hit boundaries and was now moving forward at more than a run a ball pace. The final over arrived and we were 235 for 9, Ned managed to hit a six which cleared the fence with ease and then back to back 4s that got us to 249 with three balls left. Unfortunately Tom (5) got ran out after one of their boys threw down the stumps from the boundary with two balls remaining. Ned Walter was left not out on a very well made 99*. Setting the standard with the bat we were hoping to skittle the Brisbane team early and really show how good our bowlers are. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and they managed to chase down the total with one of their boys making a well made 100. Yet again extras and not bowling to our fields let us down again.

With a day off and a much-needed sleep in we were off to Wet ‘n’ Wild for a day of fun and team bonding. The thrills of the water slides and spending time with our mates was priceless and a day we all really enjoyed. Though the team’s enjoyment was not nearly as much as Madu’s, he was like a little kid in a candy store wanting to go on every slide with all of us at least once.

On the Thursday we played two T20’S, both games being played at the beautiful Marist College Ashgrove main oval against the host schools Brisbane Grammar and Marist College. In both games we set goals and wanted to achieve them, In a cricket sense we wanted to crack down on the wides and make sure we are always putting 100% in the field. Our main goal was to increase our body language around the team and make sure we aren’t bringing the team down. Throughout both these games we got better on the wides but with the body language, it was a huge difference between the games at the start of the week and the later games. We lost both these games with no real standouts but outlined where our improvement can come from as we still weren’t bowling to our fields and making small fielding errors. Later that night the coaching staff and some parents cooked us up a barbeque and Madu took us for ice creams which was really appreciated by the playing group. 

After cleaning up and preparing for the final game there was some mystery surrounding it as we didn’t quite know the side we were playing. When grown men arrived we knew we were going to have to do the basics well and really execute on our chosen skills. We won our fifth toss of the tour (we won every toss) and elected to bat with Eddie Bok, a year 8 playing his first game of 1stXI cricket. Eddie batted perfectly, you couldn’t tell he was playing his first game and managed to knock up 73. However the top 6 all collapsed and our bowling had again let us down and they chased down the total with ease after a few A graders made some runs.

We all got to the airport and back to Adelaide with thankfully no major injuries with  everyone learning and growing their cricket and making real relationships with the people we went on tour with. A massive thank you to Muditha Maduwanthawho organised and ran the tour, He was really good and for his first tour with the school he ran it perfectly. Thank you to the parents who came along and helped with transport and looking after us while we were away. Finally to the coaches, Andrew Zesers, Darius Wyatt and Darcy Cathro for helping and organising us boys on tour.

It was a successful tour and looking forward to next time,

Good luck for the upcoming cricket season,

Ned Walter and Sam Fuss

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