2nd XI v Mags 2nd XI
Westlake 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat on a slow wicket. The Westlake batsmen were not patient and wickets fell regularly throughout the innings. Joe Moore anchored the innings with a gritty 48 runs (140 balls), staying at the crease with seven other batsmen to help the side make a defendable total of 127 (all out in the 42nd over).
In reply, the Westlake bowlers were economical and kept the MAGs batsmen under pressure. Spinners Nick Burt (1-22) and Yosh Patel (2-13) bowled excellently as did Ryan Zent (3-17), who bowled a tidy spell just as MAGs were trying to accelerate. However, it was a piece of fielding brilliance from Josh Hamilton to take a vital run out in the final over, hitting a single stump from range and dismissing the MAGs big-hitter for 34. The next ball Sam Reidy had the number 11 batsmen trapped LBW, and Westlake held on for a remarkable 3 run win with 2 balls remaining.
Colts 1 v Rosmini
Colts 1 last opponents for Term 1 was Rosmini College. It promised to be a tight game between two local rivals and it proved exactly that. Rosmini batted first and got off to a good solid start and a big total looked likely. Fortunately, the bowling tightened up and with both Max Harbottle and Tom Pleciak leading the way, Rosmini were restricted to 137/7 after their allotted 45 overs. Colts 1 made a steady start and after 30 overs were progressing well but with the dismissal of Tom Pleciak for 39 the innings faltered and only Dylan Hamilton (23) got amongst the runs. A series of 4 run outs put the nail in the coffin as Westlake were bowled out for 126 to endure a 11 run loss.
Colts 2 v Mission Heights Colts 1
Colts 2 made the long trek to Flat Bush for the second time this season to take on Mission Heights. Batting first on a wet grass outfield, boundaries were infrequent. Westlake were dismissed in the 42nd over for 151 thanks to a consistent batting display. Taahir Wentzel 20, Oliver Barton 25, Rory Price 24 and Max Harrison-Tubb 23 made valuable contributions to a testing total.
Mission Heights’s innings started well with a 100 run partnership. Once again, Colts 2 were guilty of not taking their chances. The capturing of three quick wickets and economical bowling by Colts 2 put Mission Heights under pressure. Unfortunately Colts 2 could not turn the pressure into wickets and Mission Heights scored the winning runs in the 42nd over. The bowling highlight was again Max Harrison-Tubb with 2 for 18. He was well supported by Rory Price with 1 for 19. Although a loss by 6 wickets, it was a much improved performance by Colts 2.