Some Impressive Wins
Convincing wins were seen in the 5A and 5B matches as well as the 7A match. The highlight of the Round probably came in 8A clash despite ending up on the wrong side of the ledger. Chasing 197, ATC were left with the scenario of needing 105 runs from 11 overs with 5 wickets in hand. A tough task. Cam Hunt and Jack Hewson put together a fantastic unbroken partnership of 102 runs to end at 5/194. Cam made 101* from just 66 deliveries (the fastest ever hundred by an ATC batsman) and Jack made 34* from 32 deliveries. Well done boys!
Other notable performances were Xavier Knight (35 runs for 8B against GT), Owen Griffin (55 runs retired for 7A against GT), Luke Rivalland (16 runs and 4/11, including a hat trick, for U10 cork against Ferny Red) and Will Baker (3/1 from 3 overs for 6B against GT).
Reflecting on the Past
It’s amazing to look back and see how far the ATC Cricket Program has come in just two years. The boys, the parents, the coaches and the College have all taken ownership of the program. Skills have improved at all levels and the results are starting to come through. ATC now competes on a level playing field (A team v A team, B team v B team etc) against noted cricketing schools and provides stiff opposition to say the least. Batsmen are scoring fifties and hundreds, positive running between the wickets is starting to be a habit, bowling is becoming more accurate, fielders are more aware and engaged, keepers are minimising byes as techniques improve, and everyone is having fun. Where will we be by 2019?
Thanks to those boys and parents who took the time to look through the lost property box after the mention last week. Hat numbers are now well down but there is still a large number of water bottles wanting to go home.
Parents are requested to provide coaches and Year Level Coordinators with as much notice as possible in regard to absences. Obviously, this is not possible with Saturday morning illness but boys can be shifted between teams to ensure maximum participation on match day if absences are known in advance.
Morning skills training is conducted 6:45am-8:00am Tuesday (batting/fast bowling), Wednesday (batting/spin bowling) and Thursday (fielding/wicket keeping). Whilst team training is compulsory, skills training is optional and open to boys of all Year levels. No registration is required nor permanent commitment.
The Cricket Intensives program is conducted 3:15pm-4:45pm Monday afternoons at Jack Bowers Oval. This is an opportunity for boys of all Year groups and standards to gain a little extra cricket coaching during the week from a qualified HCA coach. It is a user pays system costing $20.00 irrespective of the time spent with the coaches. No registration is required nor commitment to attend every Monday.
Mr Brett Henschell, Cricket Coordinator