Grafton High sets Super 8s standard
DEX SHIELD CRICKET: It was billed as David versus Goliath, but Grafton High's giant-sized might overwhelmed South Grafton High in the first round of the Daily Examiner Shield Super 8s Cricket competition.
Grafton High recorded comprehensive wins in both Open Boys and Open Girls to set the standard of what to expect from the fast-moving eight-a-side format being played every Tuesday under lights at McKittrick Park.
At the bat toss, Grafton High boys captain Dylan Lucas predicted 100 would be a competitive total for his well-credentialed team.
He went on to have a night to remember, scoring 30 retired as Grafton High posted 128 without losing a wicket and taking a hat-trick to guide his side to a massive 113-run win.
After Lucas won the toss and elected to bat, Grafton High piled on the runs from the outset.
Lucas and opening partner Hayden Woods were brutal in the early overs, with Lucas hitting the first eight-run shot under the modified rules of the competition, and reaching his 30-run retirement mark in just three overs.
South Grafton's best chance for a wicket came in the very first over when Lucas skied one straight up in the air, but the ball still found its way to the turf.
The onslaught continued with Hayden Ensbey taking up the mantle, also hitting an eight-point straight boundary, and helped the side to 0 for 99 off the first five overs.
South Grafton bowler Andrew Linley did what he could to put the brakes on the Grafton High juggernaut, and finished with 0 for 18 off two overs, as Grafton High slowed a touch to finish with 128 off their eight overs.
Grafton High's first three batsmen all retired on 30 runs, while South Grafton High contributed 35 extras, including 18 in wides and 12 in no-balls, which are not re-bowled but are worth two runs each.
In response, South Grafton's mammoth task was made impossible when Lucas struck with the third ball of the innings, South High opener Lex Baxter getting an inside edge onto his stumps.
The carnage had only just begun, and with Clocktower Hotel Brothers Premier League bowler getting his radar right. He sent the stumps flying of batsmen Caleb Barker and Andrew White, who left a ball that started from outside off stump and crashed into middle to give Lucas the hat-trick.
Batting at five, Matthew Barker (3) successfully negotiated the double-hat trick ball, acknowledging his team afterwards, and going on to top score for the innings.
South Grafton High lost steady wickets after the tumultuous first over, with a 10-run partnership between Barker and opening bat Linley (2no), who managed to carry his bat through their short innings, the only bright spot.
They were eventually dismissed for 15 with Ethan Powell (2 for 2) the other multiple wicket taker and Lucas ending his over with 3 for 0.
The Daily Examiner Shield expanded its high school sport competitions this year to include cricket for the first time since 2006, adding to the successful rugby league, netball and touch football programs.
The Super 8s format was designed to make the game more enticing and accessible to potential players.
"We've been super keen (to play Super 8s) ever since we were first told about it," Lucas said.
"It's good to have some cricket outside of school hours. Hopefully it gets more people playing and supporting.
"It's a good format, especially for getting more girls to play cricket, because it's not long so you don't get bored."
Earlier in the girls match, Grafton High captain Tianna McGarvie won the toss and bowled.
South Grafton High's openers fought hard, grafting their way to 1 for 11 after three overs with Laynae Okkonen (3) the mainstay. But when Tianna McGarvie took two wickets in the fourth over, it dented South High's chance of posting a highly competitive total.
Jesse Creighton (3no) and Denver Carthew (2no) put on an unbeaten 14 runs for the fifth wicket to close the innings after eight overs at 4 for 29.
Grafton High's top order started at a good pace, ticking along at eight runs an over to pass the required target one wicket down in the fifth over.
Opener Caitlin Chevalley (12) and first drop McGarvie (14) put on 38 runs for the second-wicket partnership, with McGarvie hitting the first eight-run shot of the competition from her second ball at the crease.
Jessie Creighton, who dismissed Amy Firth (3) in the second over, returned to take two wickets in her second, bowling out Chevalley and Milly Deefholts for a duck to finish with figures of 3 for 9 off two overs.
Hannah Blundell (2 fo 4 off two overs) helped to stem the scoring towards the end of the innings, taking a wicket off the final ball of the innings to have Grafton High finish 6 for 51.
The Daily Examiner Shield round games continue next Tuesday at McKittrick Park when McAuley Catholic College takes on Grafton High with girls starting at 4.30pm and boys at 6pm.
Despite the one-sided result, the game was played in excellent spirit between the two high school sides.
Before the match South Grafton captain Caleb Barker acknowledged it would be a tough task for his inexperienced side, but had every intention to enjoy the outing, which included creating some of their own entertainment.
"If twenty20's the big bash I think this one is the big smash," he said.
"We're coming into this game as underdogs but hopefully we put on a good show.
"We've got something up our sleeves today. Hopefully we can pull that out a bit later and get a bit of an advantage."
Laughter emanated around the ground when a player emerged onto the field carrying a sand grinder.
* No balls were harmed in the stunt which proved to have little impact on the overall result.
DAILY EXAMINER SHIELD 2018/19 SUPER 8s CRICKET
At McKittrick Park
GRAFTON HS v STH GRAFTON HS
Toss: Grafton High
Sth Grafton High Innings
L Okkonen b Creighton 3
D Wood run out 0
H Fuller b McGarvie 0
H Blundell b McGarvie 0
J Creighton (c) not out 3
D Carthew not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 18) 21
FOUR wickets for 29
FoW: 1-9(D Wood) 2-13(H Fuller) 3-15(H Blundell) 4-15(L Okkonen)
Bowling: S Thwaites 2-0-7-0, C Chevalley 2-0-3-0, T Sutherland 1-0-5-0, T McGarvie 1-0-4-2, C McDonald 1-1-0-1, J Sear 1-0-7-0.
Grafton High Innings
A Firth b Creighton 3
C Chevalley b Creighton 12
T McGarvie (c) b Fuller 14
M Deefholts b Creighton 0
J Sear not out 4
S Thwaites c E Blundell b H Blundell 0
G Ellis c Okkonen b H Blundell 0
Extras (w 18) 18
SIX wickets for 51
FoW: 1-7(A Firth) 2-45(T McGarvie) 3-47(C Chevalley) 4-48(M Deefholts) 5-51(S Thwaites) 6-51(G Ellis)
Bowling: E Blundell 1-0-7-0, J Creighton 2-0-9-3, L Pitkin 1-0-11-0, H Blundell 2-0-4-2, L Okkonen 1-0-12-0, H Fuller 1-0-8-1.
Grafton High won by 7 wickets.
GRAFTON HS v STH GRAFTON HS
Toss: Grafton High
Grafton High Innings
D Lucas (c) retired 30
H Woods retired 30
H Ensbey retired 30
T Gaddes not out 1
A Bertus not out 2
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 18, nb 12) 35
NO wicket for 128
Bowling: A White 1-0-17-0, H Terry 1-0-13-0, C Barker 1-0-21-0, M Barker 2-0-32-0, L Baxter 1-0-22-0, A Linley 2-0-18-0.
South Grafton High Innings
L Baxter b DLucas 0
A Linley not out 2
C Barker (c) b D Lucas 0
A White b D Lucas 0
M Barker b E Lucas 3
H Terry c Woods b Powell 0
L Rudder b Powell 0
J Finlay b Gough 2
Extras (b 2, w 6) 8
FoW: 1-0(L Baxter) 2-0(C Barker) 3-0(A White) 4-10(M Barker) 5-12(H Terry) 6-12(L Rudder) 7-15(J Finlay)
Bowling: D Lucas 1-1-0-3, J Durrington 1-0-4-0, E Lucas 1-0-5-1, E Powell 1-0-2-2, L Gough 0.5-0-2-1.
Grafton High won by 113 runs.
NEXT WEEK: McAuley Catholic College v Grafton High