Willow wielding DECLAN WADDINGTON who scored 98no off 47 balls to help GYC Blue into the finals against GYC Red.

Willow-wielding DECLAN WADDINGTON who scored 98no off 47 balls to help GYC Blue into the finals against GYC Red.

An undermanned GYC Glenorchy stormed into finals contention with a hard fought victory against St Virgil’s College last week in the Southern SATIS Boys’ First Grade Cricket competition. There was a lot of cricketing talent unavailable on the day leaving a GYC team of just eight taking on the previously undefeated SVC.

Despite having the odds stacked against them there still was an air of confidence with all the pre-match hype centred on the recent devastating form of Declan Waddington. He did not disappoint the pundits. Declan smashed 98 (not out) off 47 balls to record the best individual score of the season so far. The left-hander was left agonisingly short of a deserved century on the last ball of the innings. After plundering 3 consecutive boundaries he needed 4 off the final ball but came up short due to some fine fielding on the boundary cutting his score down to 2.

The opening pair of Joe Randall (35) and Daniel Groom (16) set the innings up with an opening stand of 57 in less than 8 overs. GYC Blue ended with their highest score for the year at 4/172 off their 20 overs.

SVC did well in the chase making 9/156. However, with the loss of regular wickets SVC always looked in trouble. The GYC bowlers all chipped in with wickets in a solid team performance. Sam Wakefield and Louis Thomas both snared two wickets with Haydon, Seabourne, Waddington and Blizzard picking up one each. Joe Randall even rolled the arm over for the first time this year in a strategic move. GYC Red will be very nervous not knowing if Captain Joe is the secret weapon in a talented attack.

GYC’s defeat of SVC, meant the teams finished tied. a nervous wait and a count-back later, GYC was into the finals.

The two GYC teams will go head-to-head at The Friends’ School Oval, Bell Street (adjacent to the Tasmanian Hockey Centre) on WEDNESDAY 23 March 2016 at 3:45pm

by Peter Taylor (GYC Blue manager, umpire)

GYC Blue (Glenorchy) 4-172

Declan Waddington 98 not out (47 balls), Joe Randall 35 (27), Daniel Groom 16 (22)

Joseph Turmine 1-17 (3 overs), Sam Collins 1-22 (3), Andrew Bourke 1-28 (3)

defeated

St Virgil’s College 9/156

Andrew Bourke 26 (19), Luke Swinton 26 (20), Kade Applebee 20 (19), Will Collins 18 (12)

Sam Wakefield 2/27 (4), Louis Thomas 2/28 (4)