Fourteen Scotch Oakburn Middle School cricketers travelled to Melbourne for 3 days of cricket against Carey Grammar, Mentone Grammar and Wesley College last weekend.

Staying at the University of Melbourne (Queen’s College), the boys played three 50 over games. The first game was against Carey Grammar with Scotch Oakburn winning by just 6 runs. A wonderful game of cricket played in great spirit by both teams. Oliver Hadley was the top scorer followed by Tom Gatenby and Tom Keach. In the bowling, Hamish Knowles and Roy Penn took 2 wickets each with all other bowlers sharing the wickets – Charlie Skipper, Sam  Simpson, Casey Power, Tom Gatenby and Ollie Hadley.

The next game saw Mentone Grammar score 146 off their 50 overs. Casey Power, Kieran Towns and Tom Keach each took 2 wickets. In the run chase Scotch Oakburn was 5 for 51 and then an outstanding partnership of 90 runs between Ollie Hadley and Jack Nicholls took the score to within 6 runs followed by Ollie hitting the winning runs. Ollie Hadley finished 87 not out and Jack Nicholls made 24. Both innings by the boys showed a lot of concentration and maturity. Another fantastic effort.

The last game on tour was against Wesley College.  The team was feeling the heat and the effects of plenty of cricket. Wesley College had a very strong batting team and scored 209 off their 50 overs. Sam Simpson, Casey Power, Ollie Hadley,  Tom Keach and Wills Moses all took wickets. In the run chase, we managed 93 with Ollie Hadley again batting beautifully with 33 and Jack Nicholls with 17. All players in this game had a bat and bowl to finish what was a very enjoyable and successful tour.

These tours are more than just playing cricket. It is a great opportunity to be part of a team, and it great for individual development and social skills. Thank you to Mr Bo Power for his assistance, to parents who made the trip and other parents who supported their son in being able to participate and travel.

The squad was James Marshall, Wills Moses, Ollie Mcfarlane, Ollie Hadley, Tom Keach, Casey Power, Will Farquhar, Tom Gatenby, Jack Nicholls, Sam Simpson, Hamish Knowles, Charlie Skipper, Roy Penn and  Hamish Knowles.

Rob Jeffery
Director of Cricket