GYC Glenorchy won the cricket grand final against St Virgil’s College yesterday afternoon in a big-hitting match in which Declan Waddington carried his bat, making 106 n.o. (61 balls). It capped off an undefeated season for our Glenorchy boys.
GYC 4-218 from 20 overs def. SVC 6-170 from 20
at The Friends’ School Bell Street Oval, New Town
Mr JOHN COVINGTON reports …
A dazzling century by Declan Waddington helped GYC Blue (Glenorchy) to its inaugural premiership in the Boys’ Cricket.
After last year’s loss to GYC Hobart, the boys had a focussed pre-season and were determined to win the shield. After a tie in their first encounter with St Virgil’s College three weeks ago, it was expected to be a tight match laced with friendly rivalry. A sensational batting performance, however, left SVC too big of a challenge and the Glenorchy team tasted grand final success for the first time.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the skipper, Luke Williams, sprung a surprise by opting to pad up Tyler Willmott as a pinch hitter to join Declan Waddington in facing the new ball. Tyler did not let his captain down. He dominated the opening partnership smacking three sixes and three fours in his 34 off 15 balls before he was caught in the deep.
GYC was 1-58 in the fifth over with Declan Waddington providing cautious support with 13 off 15 balls.
Luke Williams hobbled in to join Declan. As the scoreboard continued to tick over, it was Waddington who kept the runs flowing with some tremendous big hitting. James Holland bravely put on the pads, helmet and other protective gear and offered to be the runner for his hampered captain. His offer was ‘politely’ declined. Handy partnerships with Luke and then Austin Keeling had GYC at 3-150 in the 14th over. Andrew Bourke shared a 68-run stand with Declan finishing with an impressive 31 off 20 balls.
Tension was building with the sizeable crowd keen for Waddington to reach the magical three figures. When he was about a dozen short of the ton he skied one in the air and the catch was taken at long off. The supporters were in dismay until it was noticed that Declan was standing his ground. The delivery had skewed off the grass outside the wicket area and was correctly deemed a no-ball. He then calmly knocked off the remaining runs required for a memorable unbeaten century.
GYC ended at 4-218 off its allotted 20 overs.
SVC started the run chase steadily but the total always looked well beyond reach. The only nervous time was in the middle of the innings when SVC had scored 42 off the previous three overs to be 2-106 off 12.
Reece Williams was brought into the attack and produced the best over of the match taking 2-1, effectively ending the contest. Reece was aided by some great catches with the catch of the day again being taken by Austin Keeling. Others to chip in with a wicket were Andrew Bourke, Brayden Seabourne, Jake Roberts and Jack Cornish.
Upon sealing the victory, the team formed a circle and, and after kicking Mr Brownless (stand-in umpire from GYC Hobart) out of the celebrations, loudly sang a variation of the Richmond Football Club’s theme song. “We’re from Guilford Young” and “red, yellow and blue” were some of the translations that had Mr Wright thinking this could start a traditional chorus for GYC sporting teams.
The day was wrapped up by a lovely presentation and speech from Mr Wright. The umpires, Mr Blair Brownless and Mr Mark Waddington, were thanked as was Mr John Covington for scoring and Mr Peter Taylor for coaching.
Thank you, everyone, for a great season.
GYC Blue (Glenorchy) 4-218 (20 overs)
Declan Waddington 106 n.o. (61 balls), Tyler Wilmott 34 (15), Andrew Bourke 31 (20)
St Virgil’s 6-170 (20 overs)
Reece Williams 2-10 (2 overs), Andrew Bourke 1-1 (1), Brayden Seabourne 1-14 (2)