It’s a knockout!

Last week, Cedars had two cricket teams head off to compete in the first round of the CSSA State Knock Out Competition.  Our Year 5/6 boys are on to the next round of State Knockout defeating Nowra 3-134 vs 6-84!

On Tuesday, the U15 boys went to Syd Parrish Park in Figtree to play a series of T20 matches against ICS Cordeaux and Southern Highlands Christian School.

With a young line up, the first game was against ICS who pitted a strong line up with numerous players from the top level junior competition in their team. The Cedars boys won the toss and batted first, and against some tight bowling, made a respectable 97 of their 20 overs with Hunter O’Donnell playing a strong hand with a well made 41 to hold the innings together.

In the field, we came up against some strong batting, and although Cedars tried hard to keep the extras down, bowling only minimal wides and no-balls, the experienced ICS top order sent many a short ball to the boundary, and they were able to comfortably progress to the next round of the state competition.

It wasn’t all lost for Cedars, though. The afternoon game saw them looking for a win against an enthusiastic Southern Highlands outfit. The Highlands came out to bat first, and after a very impressive bowling and fielding effort, Cedars had them all out for 48 inside 17 overs. The Cedars team then came out and quickly chased down the modest total, with Jared Eyb’s quick fire 22 ensuring the Cedars boys squared the ledger and got one win for the day.

All players represented the school with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship, and despite not making it through to the next level, with such a young team, the possibilities look bright for the future!

On Friday, it was the turn of the Year 5/6 boys to head to Reed Park at Dapto for their clash against Nowra Christian School to see who would progress through to the next level of the Primary State Cup. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the team was led expertly by captain Josiah Clifford and Abel Finney at the top of the order. Josiah retired with a well made 52, and Abel almost batted through the innings to make a well made 33. This partnership ensured the Cedars boys compiled an imposing total off their 20 overs, finishing with a very defendable 3-134.

In the field, it was another impressive display of bowling and fielding, and the Cedars team never really dropped their guard to finish the game, restricting Nowra to 6-84 off their 20 overs. This means that the Primary boys now progress to the next level of the state competition, and after a friendly match to finish the day where all players got a good turn at batting and bowling, the less experienced Cedars boys had a good chance to practice their skills before heading on to the next round.

Once again, the day was played with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship, and it was a pleasure to be away with these representative teams. A very special mention must go out to parent Matt Davidson who came and umpired on both days, and to Jonty Clifford from Year 8 who did an excellent job of umpiring the 5/6 competition.