The week started with Year 2 inviting Cartwright and Kelsey for a round of Rapid-Fire Cricket matches. It was their first experience playing another school. Luckily, we dodged the showers and played all scheduled matches. The children were excellent hosts and made the opposition team feel welcome. Everybody played well and the collaboration between the teams was clear to see. Team Falcon were victorious winning all 3 of their games but it was more pleasing to see everyone enjoying the experience and playing Cricket.
Thursday brought a full roster of matches for the U9s Cricket team. The A & B teams travelled to Spring Grove whilst we welcomed Spring Groves U9 C & D teams to ‘The St Faith’s Gabba’.
The A team were in fine form and recorded their first victory of the season in a thrilling match. After electing to field first they took 3 wickets, courtesy of Henry O, Anna and Max. Team captain Anna set the field like a general marshalling her troops and her leadership restricted our hosts to 217 runs. Hugo and Elsie batted beautifully together to ensure we were in for a grandstand finish. The final over began with the purple army needing 3 runs to secure victory. In stepped Freddie and Henry – this was an ending not to be missed. Our heroes had read the play script and big hitting Freddie and cool-headed Henry both played some sublime shots to ensure we passed Spring Grove’s target. It was great to see and hear our St Faithians encouraging each other and collaborating so well.
The B team had an equally entertaining and exciting match. However, Spring Grove took the spoils in this game. St Faith’s bowled first, Honor took 2 wickets in a row and was on a hat-trick ball (a great achievement for any cricketer), whilst Dexter and Henry B also dislodged middle stump during the innings. Alex led the way with the bat with some trademark big hits and the whole team should be proud of their contributions to an exciting game!
Back at the St Faith’s Gabba, the C team produced the performance of the day to win with a score of 257 against Spring Grove 235. Matyas was in scintillating form with bat and ball, and the whole team fielded gallantly under the watchful eye of Mr Mackenzie.
The D team won the award for the closest match of the day, with many children in Year 3 playing in their first competitive school fixture. The final score was 242 vs 238 in favour of Spring Grove, a nail-biter right to the very end. Maddie B was awarded player of the match for her all-round contribution.