Cricket in Term 1

Published on Friday, 12 April 2019, 10:27 a.m. Print Article

The Canterbury Junior Cricket Association and Sports Canterbury provided our CSIS students two tournaments to show their skills during Term One. Cricket still maintains a high level of interest amongst our boys at school and the selection process was tricky. Our team featured a great cross section of skilled Year 7 and 8 players. Girls cricket appears to be on the wane at the moment and the trickiest part of the selection process was trying to obtain enough girls from other sporting codes to give it a try.
While the Sports Canterbury tournament is more of a fun round robin bash at the bowler's expense, the CJCA tournament is structured in a 20/20 format of pool play progressing to knock out games. Success will lead on to regional tournament play!
The boys team started their CJCA pool game against the reigning Canterbury champions, Breens Intermediate. Our CSIS boys traded blows against the defending champs bowling attacks, posting a handy total of 125 that would require a run rate of 6 an over. Breens made significant inroads to the target and by the 10th over they were well ahead of the run rate with wickets in hand. However we had discovered a weakness to exploit: vulnerability to spin had produced 2 quick wickets. Changing our attack plan to a reliance on slow bowling produced the goods and we bowled them out for 97, when they had been 68/2, to a thoroughly deserved win.
The second game was against Redwood School. Our batting was on fire and a highly imposing total in the 170s was posted as a target. Redwood's disposition was remarkable though and they kept the pressure on our bowling and fielding to remain within touching distance of the run rate throughout. They needed 7 off the final over and the crowd of parents were all standing in ovation as they chased us down on the second to last ball.
Our last pool game was against Cobham Intermediate. We again batted first and got off to an incredible start. At the half way point Cobham changed their bowling line up and we got the wobbles. We faced a batting collapse and posted a score of 112. Our only way to make it out of the pool would be to bowl them out. This game swung back and forth as Cobham also struggled to find batting partnerships. We had them down to their last batting specialists and were in with a real chance of an upset but they would not give up their wicket and ultimately crossed the target with 4 overs in hand.

The Girls CJCA tournament was also structured in the same 20/20 format however the pools were graded in competitive and non-competitive pools. CSIS girls were entered into the competitive grade during the Chistmas holidays before our numbers crisis was evident. The "Grrrls" of South are always up for a good battle and played their games with great spirit. 
Our first game was against Cobham Intermediate. Our girls needed to rely on Isabel to score most of the runs for the team and carry the team to strong totals. It is a lot to ask of one player; Isabel was about to prove how much she can carry the weight of expectation.
Batting first, our girls hit 148 runs, with Isabel scoring 97 not out. Our bowling effort shared the spoils and restricted Cobham to 128 runs. A win first off against a traditionally strong rival was a really satisfying start.
In Game 2 we played against St. Andrews College. They were an unknown force in the girls cricket scene. In the beginning we were right on top of their batting unit and had caused wickets to fall with great fielding and bail breakers.  St Andrews turned the game on its head in their second 10 and blasted out to 183 runs. A daunting run rate of 9 an over was ahead of us. Again Isabel strode out with purpose and her batting team mates did their bit to support her slashing willow. She feasted on some loose bowling by striking 96 not out but ultimately we ran out pace to keep up with the run rate; reaching the 150s at games end.
Game 3 was against the reigning champs, Heaton Intermediate. Heaton are extremely well coached and drilled and a win over them has been rare. We bowled at them with our top guns to restrict runs and take wickets and the game was well poised with Heaton 2 down for 55 runs after 10. Again, though, our opponents found another gear and scored 100 off the back 10. 
Our batting unit had a chance and were right there up until the 12th over. Isabel's bails had been broken with our score on 82. She had hit a further 48 runs before being defeated for a tournament average of 241. Our girls put a high price on their wickets but could not pierce the aggressive field placement strung around them and finished on 103.
Full credit to the girls for doing their best and being so competitive in their 3 games. Maybe we will see a few more youngsters asking to play for a team when summer rolls around next.