Jit's day: Club XI vs Coaches XI

Jit's day: Club XI vs Coaches XI

15 Jun 2022

The Sunday Home XI defeated the Coaches XI by 37 runs

A word from Ian Exworth: "On a sunny Sunday, with BBQ, ice cream and picnics aplenty, Hill once again celebrated the life and impact of coach Jit Sian who sadly passed away last February.

On a day that saw literally hundreds of juniors, players, family and friends congregate at the club, the festivities included a parent’s victory in a softball match versus a team of coaches, followed by the main event which saw a club XI take on a second team of the club’s finest cricket educators."

After what had been a great Softball match where the Parents defeated the coaches. The club side were looking to make it a double defeat for the Coaches.

Tom Hampton and Ian Exworth bowled tight up at the top of the innings. Dan Mackinney was the first man to be dismissed, a decision which he still doesn’t agree with off the umpiring of Keith Bush, as Tom got one to nip back and wrap D Mac in the pad.

James Neville (5) and Will Smith (4) were then dismissed trying to accelerate the innings. Adam Oliver, after a slow start began to get going.

However, AO made the mistake of cutting the ball into the safe hands of Ian Exworth, who made no mistake.

This meant that Mark Broad was on a hattrick, with Jamie Hillier walking to the crease. Hillier saw off the hattrick ball, however he didn’t last long when it took a smart catch from Mae Bush out on the boundary.

Wickets were falling for the Club XI, however an important partnership between Adam Mackinney and Jake Wood which was worth 76. This included a fine half-century from Jake who retired after the landmark from 48 deliveries.

Ryan also prematurely started the barbeque when he ran out his brother Will, as the Club XI got to 181 from their 30 overs.

Much like the bowling Tom and Ian opened the batting, Ryan and Will opened the bowling and the nerves were kicking in for Ian as bragging rights in the family were up for grabs.

Ryan picked up the important wicket of Tom, before a sweep shot from Ian was looking to be gathered by Ryan, however the ball hit a bump and then gave Ryan a bump of his own on his forehead.

Will had his dad under all sort of pressure and was unlucky not to pick up the prize wicket.

The pick of the bowlers was Ollie White who’s spell of 5-21 off his 4 overs included the important wicket of Ian who despite a few failed ramp shots including one to the unmentionables, batted superbly on his way to a half century.

Will Aust tried his best impression of Ryan as he had a run out of his own which was hit straight to Rob Fullicks who said, “Are you sure?” as the run was taken and Jake whipped the bails off.

Despite the run-out Will and Mae batted well at the end of the innings to get the Coaches to a respectable score despite falling short in the chase.