Howzat for a winning start to Term 1 2021!
04 Feb 21 by Ben Staunton
Congratulations to our First XI Cricketers who are the CAS T20 Champions for 2020/21 after beating Barker last night at Dangar. It was a nail-biter of a game which went all the way to the final over, with Angus Hayman hitting the winning runs with two balls to go.
Whilst our bowling was on point for most of the match, we did manage to drop a number of catches, which allowed Barker to build a healthy score of 129. The highlight of our bowling performance was Byron Middleton’s hat trick – a truly phenomenal achievement. Byron also finished with 5 wickets for the match!
After a slow start to our batting innings, including losing both Sam Konstas and Asher Learmonth in consecutive balls, we needed a partnership to get us going. Oliver Argent and Fred Walton settled in, with both batsmen scoring freely. The dismissal of Argent saw the arrival of Brody Masnick to the crease, who brought major hitting power, scoring multiple boundaries (via the aerial route). With 38 runs needed from the last four overs, the game was still in Barker’s favour. However, a massive over for Cranbrook, which included three 6s and three singles, brought us right back into contention. Needing 17 off 18 balls, we were able to continue to reduce the total with smart batting, continuing to turn over the strike. With Cranbrook requiring 6 runs off 8 balls, Brody Masnick was caught, and then the first ball of the last over, Fred Walton was run out for a solid score of 50. Cranbrook now needed 5 runs off 5 balls with two new batsmen at the crease. Angus Hayman was able to hit two good drives down the ground with Sam Olliver doing some shuttle runs. The next ball was hit over square leg boundary for 4 meaning the boys won by 4 wicket with just two balls remaining.
It was credit to Mr Banes and the inner belief within the team to overcome the pressures of the game to win the T20 competition for the first time. It was also great to see so many faces come down to Dangar Oval supporting the boys. The sense of community and euphoria when we won was truly phenomenal to experience!
The winning team consisted of:
Please do pass on your congratulations if you see the boys around the grounds over the coming days!