SATIS T20 Champions
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Tuesday marked the start of the SATIS cricket roster with a T20 tournament in Launceston. Played at the picturesque Scotch Oakburn Park, we got off to a flyer against Launceston Church Grammar. Our bowlers were superb in restricting Grammar to just 7/87 from their 20 overs. Tom Willoughby 3–10 and Caleb Oakes 2–10 were the major wicket takers. We made light work of the chase with Lewis Drury 39* and Caleb Oakes backing up with the willow 41* steering us to a 9 wicket victory.
The afternoon fixture was a much closer affair. Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the result, going down to St Patrick’s College by 5 runs. Chasing St Pats’ 7/119 we came up just short with 8/114. Jonathon Towns returned impressive numbers of 2/18 from his 4 overs and coupled with some run outs we were able to drag them back after a fast start. Our batting innings saw skipper Dominic Hughes-Churchett 26, George Mazengarb 22 and Caleb Oaks 21 as the best performed players.
Yesterday we beat Scotch in another thriller, by just one run! Scotch came home like a train but we managed to hold on to secure a spot in the final. We posted a competitive 8/112, with Caleb Oakes 31 and Lachlan Prescott 22 the major contributors. In reply Scotch fell just short with 7/111 Tom Willoughby 2–12 and Caleb Oakes 2–24 the multiple wicket takers.
We batted beautifully in the final to score 6/129. Caleb Oakes contributed an aggressive 30 and Caedence Kuepper 23 and Max Denehey 19. Grammar got off to a flyer in the chase, racing to 0–62 off 8 overs. Caedence Kuepper dragged us back into it removing both openers in the same over. Things again went down to the wire, with our boys holding their nerve under some high balls and at the bowling crease. Skipper Dominic Hughes-Churchett 4–22 stood up when it mattered.
Thanks to coach Mark Divin for his commitment and guidance of the boys and Mr Travis Little for accompanying the team. A fantastic couple of days which has set us up nicely for the SATIS season proper which begins this weekend.