By Ben Lockrose and Jack Mockford, Year 8
This year the St Peter’s College 7/8 cricket team had lots of depth with nine out of eleven players representing Southland Country.
Our first challenge was to play friendly games against Blue Mountain College girls, boys and against Longford. We won all those games except for one. We lost to Blue Mountain boys on the last ball of the game.
Next up was the Milo Cup in Gore. This was to find out the Eastern Southland Champions. We had to beat Blue Mountain Boys to progress onto the finals. We only got 91 runs batting and knew we had to bowl well to beat them. It was close but we won in the end. Now we had to go and face Fiordland. We held them to a 55 runs and got it with ease with half the innings left.
To become Southland Champions we had to face the reigning Champions Southland Boys High School. We played on the grass wicket at Queens Park and got off to a great start looking for 120 runs. We only managed 96. Southland Boys were well on their way to the target score of 45 off 10 overs. We bowled extremely well off the last 10 overs and won by 10 runs
We then progressed to the Southland and Otago finals and had to face a strong John McGlashan team. They batted first and we held them to 96 runs. Unfortunately it all turned to custard when we batted and we only managed 57. John McGlashan won in the final against Queenstown with a good score of 123 runs.
Overall it has been a really good cricket season becoming Southland Champs and some young players showing what talent St Peters has. A big thank you must go out to our fantastic coach Mr Mockford.