Junior Development Squad

Under 20's claim Reid-Conwillian Trophy

Thursday 27 February 2014

The match between the Under 20 Development Squad and St Peter’s College for the Reid-Conwillian Trophy was played at St Peter’s College main oval last night. The match recognises over 150 years of history between the Indigenous community of Poonindie and St Peter’s College.

Marcus WebUnder 20's Captain Marcus McGregor-Cassady pulls the ball away to the boundary.

Under 20’s Captain Marcus McGregor-Cassady won the toss and elected to bat on the pristine St Peter’s main oval. The Under 20’s openers got off to a shaky start losing the wicket of Charlie Holmes (3) early. Ayden McGregor-Baptista, who has been in destructive form with the bat for his school, came to the crease and with Tyrell Sinclair the pair got the innings back on track.

While Sinclair kept the strike turning over with singles, McGregor-Baptista sent the ball over the boundary. McGregor-Baptista sent one into the school’s canteen, breaking a window in the process. The pair added 55 before McGregor-Baptista departed for 38, Sinclair soon followed for 13. With the score 3/72, the Under 20’s had plenty of wickets in hand heading into the back end of the innings. Not to be out done by his younger brother, McGregor-Cassady took to the bowling attack hitting seven boundaries in his top score of 45. The Under 20’s put in a solid performance with the bat and finished their innings on 5/123.

Before the match Coach Marcus Wallis asked the players what three good things from Imparja Cup the players could bring into the game. Two of these were the high number of dot balls and pressure in the field. Luke Lavender continued his good bowling form from Imparja Cup with figures of 0/5 off two overs, this included eight dot balls.

The pressure in the field also brought about an early run out. The St Peter’s batsman looked to be settling into their innings with both batsman scores in the teens. Left arm orthodox spinner Sinclair (1/12) and medium paceman Bradley Walkley (1/11) were introduced into the bowling attack and both picked up valuable wickets.

More pressure in the field and indecisive running between wickets resulted in two run outs and the start of the St Peter’s batting collapse. Young Dylan McGregor-Baptista was thrown the ball and his left arm wrist spin had an immediate impact, having the dangerous St Peter’s batsmen drawn down the pitch only to miss the ball and his older brother Marcus take the bails off.

Another left arm bowler was introduced and although he had an expensive first over, Jordan Thomas (2/28) recovered well as the two youngest members of the team combined to give Thomas his first wicket. With St Peter’s score 7/79 with five overs to go; the match was slightly favouring the Under 20’s with majority of the St Peter’s recognised batsmen back in the pavilion. Consistent line and length from Dylan, Ayden and Jordan resulted in the final three batsman adding only 20 runs. St Peter’s fell 25 runs short of their target and were dismissed for 99. It was a great performance by all players, especially the younger bowlers who really stood up.

The Under20’s took home the Reid-Conwillian Trophy, while Ayden McGregor Baptista was awarded best player from the Under 20’s for his 38 runs and 1/9 from 2.4 overs. Matthew Allen was awarded the best player from St Peter’s for his figures of 2/19 from three overs.


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