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First XI Cricket Game 2: MCC vs Kent Street Senior High SchoolPosted in Cricket,Sport on Friday, 22 February, 2019

Game 2: MCC vs Kent Street Senior High

On Wednesday afternoon the First XI set off on a road trip to Kent Street Senior High School to play the second game of the season. Kent Street was a tough second-up opponent in the group stage, being a cricket school with a cricket academy. We got a good run through the traffic and arrived early to our first surprise: this game would be on turf, not a synthetic wicket. As far as I know this is the first time that Mandurah Catholic College has played a game on turf for points, which was a wonderful experience for the lads.

Kent Street won the toss and elected to bowl on their home wicket. Nathan Howell (36) and Bevan Harris (18) walked out and really applied themselves to the task but found it really difficult to score runs on a wicket that was slow and low with very little bounce. We Were 0 for 32 after 10 overs and really needed a big last 10 overs to post a competitive score. Unfortunately, the two spinners who were bowling in tandem were superb and made it extremely difficult to score runs, bowling 8 overs for just 11 runs. This was complimented by wonderful field placement by the Kent Street captain. In the last 5 overs the boys really had a go, but MCC regularly lost wickets and it was too little too late as we clawed our way to 4 for 83. This left MCC well short of 120, the par score for the wicket.

The boys knew that it would take something special to defend such a low target against such quality opposition and that every half chance needed to be taken. MCC really needed 2 or 3 early breakthroughs to get the opposition on the back foot. While our bowlers toiled away and bowled well, especially Zac Elliot (1/6), Joel Rush (1/8) and Nathan Howell (2/16), we were never able to put Kent Street under any real pressure as they bought up the target of 4/84 in the 16th over.

MCC’s fielding was greatly improved on the first match and there were a number of ‘almost’ moments in the field. There were numerous occasions where excellent ground fielding created runout chances. Brayden Strack and Brandon Baker both took excellent catches to support the bowlers.

Unfortunately, we came up short in round 2, but we remain confident of mixing it with the best and hopefully progressing in the competition.

Mr Tiernan O’Rourke
Coach