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First XI Cricket Boys Win against Rivals Frederick IrwinPosted in Cricket,Sport on Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

The Mandurah Catholic College First XI kicked off the season with the first game against Frederick Irwin at Peelwood Reserve. The new look First XI, which has only two players remaining from last year’s side, was keen to get the season off to a good start on Monday. Frederick Irwin won the toss and elected to bat. As they have won the last five games against MCC, our crosstown rival was looking to establish an early dominance once again.

Frederick Irwin built an innings based around good partnerships and were 2 for 64 after the first 10 overs. Andrew Pascoe (1/21) claimed his first wicket for the College as did Jack Crocker (1/25), while poor old Zac Elliot went for a few. Frederick Irwin had a good platform to push on and make a big score and it was up to the bowlers to restrict them to something MCC could chase.

An excellent catch on the boundary from Jack Crocker was the catalyst for some improved fielding and the boys came to life in the last 10 overs, fielding well and backing up the bowler. Frederick Irwin consistently lost wickets in the next 10 overs and didn’t quite get the score they were on track for, scoring a still competitive 8 for 136. Zac Elliot bounced back well from his early trouncing, finishing with the figures of 3/35.

Nathan Howell (20) and Bevan Harris (12) got the innings off to a good start, but just as Nathan looked like upping the tempo he was dismissed by a well-constructed piece of bowling from Jack Sears, seeing him back to the shed and MCC 1 for 30 after 6. Scott Craig strode out to the crease making his intent clear from ball one, taking a huge swipe at a ball well outside off stump. He and Bevan Harris built a good partnership setting MCC up for a swing later in the innings. The fall of Bevan seeing MCC 2 for 79 mid-way through the 13th over. This left MCC requiring 58 off 7 overs and change. Scott Craig accelerated and finished with a match winning 67 not out, well supported by Darren Beard, Max Faulkingham and Brandon Baker who served their purpose by getting off strike and letting the set batsmen face the majority of the balls. MCC required 19 off the last two overs and got there with 4 balls to spare.

It was a very pleasing start to MCC’s season and good to get the Frederick Irwin sized monkey off our backs by knocking them over for the first time in five years. Well done boys!

Coach Mr Tiernan O’Rourke