The start of this season saw the introduction of a new action-packed format. 15-over cricket. The rules of the format, such as last man standing and free hits, made for somewhat strange but very enjoyable games for both players and spectators. The season contained excitement, thrills and some great performances from the team.
Our season began with a home match against a tough Hayfield side. Some tight bowling and a flurry of wickets from Gabriel saw Hayfield finish with a low score. A strong start with the bat from Joy and Lumb saw us cruising to victory, until a sudden collapse and the game became very even. We managed to get the win and it was at this moment we all saw how unpredictable these games could be.
However, the highlight of the season in my opinion and of many of those that watched and played was the game away at Woodley. In front of a big crowd OG made a score of 126 with runs coming from Donnelly, Johnson, Lane and quick 23 that included two big 6’s from Wild. Despite this being the highest score in the competition by any team, it was the fielding half that was impressive. Woodley came out strong hitting 30 for none of just the first two overs, however OG kept their heads and three wickets from Lumb accompanied by Joy’s safe hands saw thirty for none turn into 61 all out.
Other notables include Johnson consistently picking up runs through out the season, some very tight opening bowling from Lane, fast hands from Skelton behind the sticks, and a couple of great catches from Hall. Special thanks to Freya Lane, Howbrook, Gerrard and Laxton for stepping up when it mattered, and congrats to Howbrook who got a wicket on his first ball after a 4 year hiatus from cricket.
We became champions after losing just one game and look forward to next season. We lose a couple of the older players next season, but seeing the younger ones develop over the winter in the nets there should be no issues and I’m excited for what is to come.