The ATC Cricket Program goes from strength to strength. Year 4 boys joined in Junior club cricket whilst boys in Years 5-12 play school cricket during Term 1 as part of our in-season competition. 315 boys are participating this year – that’s one in every four boys at the College playing cricket!
Year 5 and Year 6 boys are playing in the AIC competition. They have been doing extremely well recording a win percentage of 65% to date. This a great effort against cricket powerhouses Marist Brothers Ashgrove, Villanova College and St Laurence’s College. 6B, coached by Mr Tompson, is currently unbeaten (including a win over St Peters 6A) and looking to keep their record intact with two matches remaining. Well done Mr Tompson and boys.
The Year 7-12 boys have been playing against GPS teams during their Bye Round. This is tough cricket, particularly for our lower level teams playing against C and D teams from these schools when most have E, F and G teams. 7A are four and two, 8A are two and four and 9A are three and three. The First X1, with seven Year 10 lads are doing very well against Second X1 teams and 11A teams sitting with two wins, one tie and one loss with matches against Downlands and Terrace remaining. This bodes well for the future.
Last month, the Year 5 and Year 6 boys were treated to a surprise visit from Brisbane Heat player, Ben Cutting. Ben was born and bred in Brisbane and played his junior cricket at Macgregor Souths. He then went on to play his senior cricket at South Brisbane District Cricket Club, where is he is still the Club Captain. He played for the Queensland Bulls from 2007 to 2018, taking the most wickets in Sheffield Shield Cricket in 2010/11.
His career in One Day Internationals and T20 for Australia began and he was named in the World X1 T20 team against Pakistan. Ben once again donned the Brisbane Heat jersey in BBL this season where he added to his 54 caps, the most in Heat history. As a fearsome all-rounder, Cuttsy has hit the second-most runs and taken the most wickets in the history of the club. T20 is his favoured format where he plays in leagues in India, the Carribean and the UAE and he loves that cricket lets him travel the world. Cricket isn’t his only passion though and when away from the crease he loves fishing, body-boarding and coffee!
Ben’s visit was facilitated by a Cricket Australia initiative, and promoted by South Brisbane District Cricket Club, encouraging current and former first class cricketers to go back to grassroots levels to help develop future stars.
Ben spoke to the boys about his journey from junior cricketer to international star and no doubt inspired all who were present. His personal inspiration as a junior player was fuelled by a South Brisbane Grade Cricketer who, ironically, is a current ATC parent.
Ben was impressed by the skill standard displayed by our Year 5 and Year 6 players commenting later ‘I’ve not seen a group of kids that age with such good skills across the entire group. It’s very rare.’ Well done Year 5 and Year 6 cricketers and I urge you to keep up the good work.
Perhaps, one day we will be writing about your exploits in international cricket. In the mean time, stay tuned as rumour has it Ben may make another visit to ATC before the end of the season!