A fantastic game of cricket was played between the ACC v State Schools on Thursday 18 March at Murdoch University. The game has a rich and strong history in WA cricket and both teams were stacked with some of the best underage cricketing talent in WA. The game certainly lived up to the hype with both teams enjoying the competitive nature and hard-fought contest across the day.
The State Schools batted first and were immediately put under some early pressure with a lively spell of fast bowling from Regan Hill (Mazenod) capturing an early wicket in his first over and bowling a tight and consistent line. After the initial nerves settled, the State Schools quickly settled into a batting rhythm and a batting masterclass was quickly unfolding with Australian U19 World Cup representative Cooper Connolly quickly taking command of the game and putting the ACC bowlers under pressure with their line and length. The batting team had momentum and with a big partnership forming they were rapidly moving towards a total of 300+. Johann Cloete (Kingsway) eventually digging deep in his second spell and taking the big wicket of Connolly (140 off 90 balls) and breaking the partnership having the State Schools 3/210. At this point the ACC were looking to apply the strangle to reduce as many runs as possible. Leg spinner Griffen Collins (Corpus Christi) had other ideas and he proceeded to rapidly knock over the State Schools middle and lower order in a quick collapse that had the game back evenly balanced. Collins picked up 6 for 45 off 9 overs and was the pick of the ACC bowlers. Collins worked in a great bowling partnership with Lachlan Cox (St Mark’s) only 28 runs also off his 9 overs. The ACC were able to execute a magnificent finish to the innings and bowl the State Schools out for a total of 254.
The scene was set for a great run chase in the afternoon. The ACC needed strong partnerships and were well served by Jake Gerrans (Prendiville) and number 3 Douwtjie Hoogenboezem (Kennedy) both of which steadily accumulated runs and taking the ACC into a solid foundation at 1/64. Once both batsmen departed, some further strong contributions were made by Corey Wasley (Tranby) and Lachlan Cox (St Mark’s) both of whom were striking the ball cleanly and starting to get the team into a position where they could attack the required run rate across the final 20 overs. Wasley and Cox were particularly aggressive against the spinners and in a couple of attacking overs struck some huge 6’s that shifted momentum in the game. Cox was dismissed for a well made 55 off 72 and this opened the door for the State Schools to tighten the grip on the match with the lower order. Lachlan Dargie was the pick of the mid lower order with a well composed 41 not out and carrying the team throughout the final 10 over chase. Unfortunately, the 250 chase proved slightly too much and the innings was closed out at 9/214 off the 50 overs. The State Schools are to be congratulated on the results, taking the match result with a 40 run victory.
Final: State Schools 254 def ACC 9/214
Special thanks to the amazing coaching staff team of 2021.
Coach: Chris Quelch (Carmel)
Manager: Ross Macauley (Kennedy)
Selectors: Mark Ratajczak (Sacred Heart) and Jacob Whiteaker (St Andrew’s)
ACC Best Bowling:
Griffen Collins (Corpus Christi) 6 for 45 (9 overs) – ACC Player of the Match
Regan Hill (Mazenod) 2 for 14 (6 overs)
Corey Wasley (Tranby) 1 for 31 (6 overs)
ACC Best Batting:
Lachlan Cox (St Mark’s) 55 from 72 balls
Lachlan Dargie (John Septimus Roe) 41 not out off 46 balls
Corey Wasley (Tranby) 36 off 34 balls