An unbeaten knock by Hamish James and some fantastic bowling by Andrew Smith led New Town to victory over Clarence in the 2018/2019 Under 18 Vacation Competition Final.
With New Town winning the toss and sending in Clarence to bat, things looked bad for the Roos early on after losing four wickets in the opening twenty minutes. Andrew Smith starred for the New Town bowling attack and looked to close the Roos innings early, taking 3 wickets for 12 off 8 overs, including 4 maidens. However, some stalwart batting and impressive patience by Samuel Banks, who remained at the crease for nearly two hours to post an unbeaten total of 80 from 103 deliveries kept the hopes of Clarence alive.
Partners Thomas Vaughan (17) and Ryan Borsboom (18) stayed in the match long enough for Banks to get to work, hitting five fours in his hard-fought innings before falling to the bowling of Hamish James, who ended his spell with figures of 2/39. Clarence managed to bat out their 40 overs, finishing with a credible 8/142 and putting them in the hunt for a Grand Final victory.
While the New Town bowling attack looked dangerous all day, the Bucks batsmen got off to a less than desirable start, Chrisenthus Kahatapitikanamalage for 2 (run out), Jayden Vince for 3 and Jye Menzie for 0 (Ryan Borsboom). Things looked even worse when Sam Wright fell to Lachlan Borsboom for 19, after staying at the crease for 39 balls. Ryan Borsboom starred for Clarence with the ball, ending with figures of 3/11 off 8 overs, including 3 maidens.
But it was the Bucks middle order who stood firm, forming several solid partnerships with contributions from many. Hamish James knocked an unbeaten 44 from 78 deliveries, joined at the crease at various stages by William Sartori (11), Jaythan Poulson (31) and Joshua Jones (21), who smashed two sixes off his 14 balls faced to clinch what was a very close match. New Town came away from the match with a final score of 6/143, with 1.4 overs to spare in the innings.