Cricket First XI vs Redeemer Old Boys - a masterclass in Redeemer culture!

The Redeemer First XI Cricket team made history last Saturday when they defeated a Redeemer Old Boys team in the inaugural Twenty-20 bash! But possibly more importantly, a group of young men, and proud mums and dads, enjoyed a great game of cricket and a strong sense of Redeemer community.

Making great use of the new grandstands, cricket nets and the Scurr Oval barbecue facilities, a crowd of players and spectators enthusiastically watched the Redeemer Old Boys make 117 runs off their 20 overs. This was an impressive total - on a green pitch with a bit of uneven bounce! Jonno (AKA Jonathan Rong, Year 12, 2017) top scored with 50, ably supported by Caleb Caswell (Year 12, 2017), Ruthvik Rao (Year 12, 2014) and Luke Myles (Year 12, 2011). Wicket taking honours were shared, including Will Eivers 2/12, Rudy Czerner 2/25. The current First XI then took the field and chased down the total inside 16 overs – ending up with 150 off 20 overs. Tim Myatt top scored for the Firsts making 72 runs (including a 6 off the bowling of his brother Ben (Year 12, 2016)). A special mention needs to be made of the guest players from the Redeemer Intermediate Team (Years 7 and 8) who joined the First XI to gain some valuable “turf” experience. These young players held their own – with Rhys Wood and Alex Black taking wickets! (Plenty of bragging rights gained there!)

Highlights included 11 sixes and 22 fours hit all over the field, a run out, a stumping and wickets being smashed. Everything you would expect in a short format cricket game!

The photos from the morning tell a story of a great crowd enjoying the entertainment, with parents cheering, drinking coffee, scoring, umpiring and even cooking up a sausage-storm on the barbecue.

Many thanks to Mr Alex Ford (Cricket Coordinator) and the Redeemer Cricket Supporters for organising this great event – and thanks to the cricket families who came along to make it such a success!

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