GYC Blue vs The Friends’ School, Bell Street Oval, New Town

Catches win matches – helped by some big hitting and great bowling!

Sensing the possibility of complacency after last week’s epic win against the reigning premiers, the coach of GYC Blue, Mr Taylor, had one clear instruction for the boys in his pre-match talk. “Catches win matches!” was the very clear theme for the day and the boys certainly delivered.

Friends’ won the toss and elected to don the pads in a plan to make the most of the perfect conditions. A tight opening spell from Liam Triffett ended with an LBW as the first wicket to fall. Some clever captaincy from Luke Williams kept the run rate well below par. The skipper kept the opposition at bay by utilising the wide array of bowling talent at his disposal in one over spells. Everyone was impressed by this innovative approach except the scorer, Mr Covington, who could not keep up with the multitude of bowling changes!

Friends’ steadied, albeit with a relatively low run rate, to be 1-53 off nine overs. Then Jack Cornish took the game apart in one over, taking two wickets for just three runs thanks to some great support from the outfield. Reece Williams and Jack Anders held on to stunning catches in the space of only three deliveries. Both would be contenders for “catch of the year” in any competition by holding on to very difficult chances with full-length dives inches above the turf. Other notable catches were taken by Liam Triffett, Luke Williams and Andrew Bourke in a fielding display that arguably could be described as GYC’s best.

Friends’ struggled after that with Tyler Willmott helping to clean up the tail. The boys were eventually dismissed for 85 with more fielding brilliance from Anders who executed a clinical runout. Thoughts now turned to how the Glenorchy boys would approach the small target.

Thoughts now turned to how the Glenorchy boys would approach the small target.

Word was getting around that Tyler Willmott was going to open the innings in the chase for their second win on the trot, and the crowd started to swell. The spectators were not disappointed.

After a steady but safe first two overs Friends’ rolled the dice and brought on their spinner. Willmott went ballistic smashing four sixes with two of them over the road, over the train tracks and into the bike lane. The hardest hit just missed both a car and a (very lucky) pedestrian. Tyler finished with 40 off 16 balls with 32 of those off his last nine.

Luke Williams (26 not out off 13) and Andrew Bourke (17 not out off 7) completed the run chase safely. The Glenorchy boys completed the win off just 6.2 overs in a record victory.

Next week we meet an in-form Hutchins, so we are hoping for more supporters to come along and be entertained by the 20/20 action.

GYC Blue (Glenorchy) 1 – 86 (6.2 overs)

Tyler Willmott 40 (16 balls), Luke Williams 26 n.o. (13), Andrew Bourke 17 n.o. (7)


Friends 85 all out

Tyler Wilmott 2-5 (2 overs) Liam Triffett 2-8 (3 overs), Jack Cornish 2-8 (2 overs)

Mr John Covington

the featured image, above, is from the first game of the season, GYC Blue vs GYC Red