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Oblate Cricket Carnival 2010/2011- Melbourne

7 December 2010

In unusual hot and steamy conditions for early December, the Oblate Carnival began today with the big clash between defending champions Mazenod WA and Iona College QLD. The game was played on the lush Mazenod College ground, and after a very wet week leading up to the Carnival, a fast and hard pitch was prepared to play on. All the coaches and players were obviously very anxious before the start and the game was keenly anticipated by players and supporters from both schools.

Iona won the toss and elected to bat first. In their 50 over allotment they manage a very credible 207, given the slow outfield. They lost 7 wickets in doing so and placed themselves in a strong position to win the match. Opening batsman Gregory made 47 before topping a shot to third man and fall short of a well deserved half century. He had great support from D Richardson who entertained the crowd with an explosive innings with shots to all parts of the ground. He also made 47. First drop batsman Egan contributed a solid 35 to help set up an imposing total. Robbins chipped in with 15 also down the bottom of the innings.

Best of the WA bowlers was Snadden who took 2/23 off 10 over’s. Baker, Reid, Kidson and Burt all chipped in with a wicket as well. All coaches agreed that the score was competitive and still an even chance for WA if they could get a good start!

Captain Frazer Burt batted extremely well in the 20/20 game the day before and was highlighted as the wicket to get for Queensland. The Iona bowlers came out fired up and put on one of the more polished performances seen at the carnival and had WA in trouble from the start. Young Josh Santin bowled extremely well taking 3 for 12 off 8 over’s to set up the comfortable win. A Lochev took 2 wickets for 15 and Pembroke, Turner and Anthony all took a wicket each.

Queensland at one stage had WA 9 wickets for 74, but an outstanding last wicket partnership between Reid and Giles saw them add 49 runs to get the score to 123 all out. Reid made a brilliant 44 and was supported by Giles with 12. Jack Baker made 19 and Curtis made 11 at the top.

So at the end of day one Iona sits well at top of the ladder. Mazenod Victoria was taking on Mentone Grammar today and at last report look like holding on for a great win. That means we will eagerly await the Mazenod Victoria versus Iona Queensland game at Mazenod tomorrow. The weather is predicted to be hot and unpredictable so this game is crucial in helping decide who will be the Oblate Champions.

Results will be updated from all game tomorrow evening.

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