Match Report
Guildford Grammar School Boys 9A vs  Wesley College
On: Friday, 14 Feb 2020
Venue: at Home

9A 98 (Enman 55, Cutler 21) lost to Wesley 3-101 (Cutler 1-20, Ward 1-19, Cottier 1-13)

Guildford hosted Wesley in Round 2 of the PSA Year 9 cricket competition last Friday. The hotly anticipated contest was played in sultry conditions more reminiscent of Guwahati than Guildford and this was to test the players as the match wore on.

Batting first, the openers Josh Bozich and Ollie Enman got GGS away to a flyer 0-23 after 5 overs. However, Bozich was out, caught at point for 7 to a ball that had some extra bounce. At the other end, Enman stroked elegant drives and fierce pulls as he dominated the bowling. Two overs later and Adam Pinelli was strangled down the leg side. In came Tom Bolt, the young man from Corrigin, who has worked hard at his batting over the school holidays. Enman and Bolt began to establish a partnership before Bolt was out, caught at backward point.

After drinks a rueful run out cruelled our momentum and precipitated at disastrous collapse. The big wicket was Enman who fell for 55, his second half century of the 2019-20 season. After being 3-56 we had succumbed to 7-79. Some enterprising batting from William Cutler steered us close to 100 but we fell two short – all out 98.

Early wickets were needed if we were to snatch an unlikely victory. The bowlers bent their backs and created chances, however, the fielders did not hold up their end of the bargain as many catchable balls clanged against hands and on to the Collison turf. The disciplined bowling effort (Lachlan Ward was the stand out) was overshadowed by the eight dropped catches and all the players feel this loss very keenly. Fortunately, the 9As are a tremendously resilient bunch of cricketers and are motivated by the challenge of improving their skills. Wesley won by 7 wickets.