A high quality game of Association Representative Cricket was played last Friday 13 March at the WACA.
Result: Combined Government Schools, Representative XI (8/286) defeated the Associated and Catholic Colleges, Representative XI (7/177)
ACC Player of the match Douwtjie Hoogenboezem - ACC - Kennedy Baptist College
2020 ACC captain Claus Lotter had the team in the field and looking to get an early wicket with the new ball. A great early spell from Shiven Appasamy set the tone with an early wicket putting the State Schools under some pressure at 1 for 9. After the initial wicket, the State Schools put together a very strong batting foundation largely due to a sensational century to number 3, Jake Egan. The innings was of high class and put the ACC bowlers under pressure with a wide range of stroke play. Once the partnership was broken and to the credit of the bowling unit, they worked together making regular strikes to keep the State Schools innings within check. First change bowler Kaleb Smith bowled a good spell with (1 for 40 from 10 overs) and Johann Cloete (1 for 33 from 8 overs) and Kyal Richardson (1 for 42 from 10 overs) the pick of the ACC bowlers. Appasamy also finished with 2 wickets. The WACA outfield was very fast and runs were hard to contain with the State Schools innings closing at 8 for 286.
Best bowlers for ACC:
Shiven Appasamy (Peter Moyes ACS) - 2/56 (9 overs)
Kaleb Smith (Kennedy Baptist) - 1/40 (10 overs)
Johann Cloete (Kingsway Christian) - 1/33 (8 overs)
In reply, The ACC got off to a shaky start in the first 20 overs with the team finding themselves in trouble at 4 for 54 due to some excellent bowling. The ACC needed a strong partnership if they were to get close in the big run chase and a counter partnership between opener Douwtjie Hoogenboezam and Kyal Richardson suddenly gave momentum to the dressing room. A 90-run partnership at almost a run a ball blossomed the score in quick time and the ACC batting moved along to 4 for 144. Both young players displaying excellent technique and a range of strokes with one over including a pair of fours to Hoogenboezem followed by Richardson hitting a towering straight six. Unfortunately, just as the momentum was changing, the State Schools made some key breakthroughs in the final 15 overs including the key wicket of Hoogenboezem for a sensational knock of 86. Richardson anchored the back end of the innings with Brandon Lusk also demonstrating some fight with the tail as the ACC innings closed at 7 for 177.
Best batters for ACC:
Douwtjie Hoogenboezem (Kennedy Baptist) 86 runs (102 balls)
Kyal Richardson (Carey Baptist) - 51 runs (not out) (98 balls)
Brandon Lusk (Prendiville) - 13 runs (38 balls)
It was a fantastic game of cricket and the players should be proud in the way they represented their school and the association.
A huge thankyou to the efforts of coach Chris Quelch (Carmel School) and to the Manager Ross Macauley (Kennedy Baptist). Also thankyou to the 2020 selectors Caolan Dodgson (Lumen Christi) and Mark Ratajczak (Sacred Heart).
Finally, a thankyou to the WACA for a wonderful experience for our top ACC cricketers!