Aquinas Teachers dominate Students with Cricketing Lesson
The Aquinas College staff have easily beaten the Year 13 students in a one side cricket match at Aquinas Oval on the 1st March 2019.
Mature batting and consistent line and length bowling was no match for the chatsnapping youngsters, as the teachers out gunned their opposition to win 105 to 40.
The day started well for the students, winning the toss and electing to bat on a green pitch, firm wicket. However, that proved to be the highlight of their day as Mrs Kristin ‘Goodtime’ Gilbert sent down one of the most devastating 2 overs in Aquinas College cricket history.
Aiding Gilbert, were Mr Alan ‘Action Man’ Symes and Mr Shane ‘Underarm’ Turner. Both players bought heavy international experience to the teacher’s side. Mr Syme in the form of being the only International cricketer on staff while Mr Turner’s international experience comes from his constant trips back and forth between New Zealand and the West Island. As expected late in his bowling spell, Turner used yellow sandpaper on the ball and delivered his deliveries underarm.
Special mention must also be made of Mr Miles ‘bring out your guns’ Reid. His fielding was as unconventional as it was effective. One particular moment will live in the minds of all present. While fielding at mid-off one of the students rudely hit the ball to him. Out of annoyance at having to move, he picked up the ball in one sweeping motion and threw down the stumps from a tight angle. Amazing.
Set only 40 to win Mr Marty ‘I have a Feeling’ Lee made a solid if unspectacular opening stand with Mr Jason ‘Caretaker’ Yorke. Both players brought a rather one-dimensional approach to the crease, which many of the students were unaccustomed to. Quick singles were not on the agenda, in fact the only running these two did was to the BBQ after their innings. Thanks must be given to these two.
The rock of the teachers batting, however, came from Mr Leon ‘Could I Wear Anymore Zinc’ Roberson, Mrs Jacq ‘I thought we were doing Judo’ Burrell and Matua Tu “Boundary basher” Hapi. All these three batted with poise and finesse as they dominated the students in their allotment of overs at the crease. Their batting in the middle overs proved to be the straw the broke the students back. Quick singles, mixed with brute hitting were no match for a student side who it would be fair to say were looking more towards their festivities later that evening than delivering line and length deliveries.
The final batting pair of Miss Rebekah ‘I look younger than opposition’ Thompson and Mr Shem ‘I thought is started at 5’ Banbury showed no mercy on the wilting students. Thompson was particularly harsh on deliveries short of a good length while Banbury seemed to just close his eyes and swing wildly.
With such a resounding victory selecting man of the match was difficult. Ultimately the selection panel for the prestigious award were looking for some who contributed in all facets of the game. In that respect there was only one winner, Mr Peter “Punisher” Boyle. He impressed all with his athletic ability in the field as a bowler, fielder, keeping and umpiring. So dynamic was Boyle that the students were visibly relieved that he had to leave early and gave them some respite from the onslaught.