Friday, 19 December 2008

St Peter's win by six wickets

Eton 261-7 St Peter's 265-4 (Williams 114, Hilditch 64*)
In wonderful weather, in a lovely setting, two competitive teams set about building a contest.  Eton started well, building their innings steadily and scoring when opportunities arose. Gross, Cox, Sangha and Vanderspar all got into the 30s without being able to go on, and a late flurry led to a good total of 261.  St. Peter's bowling had been disciplined and their fielding energetic.  Would it be enough?  Eton contained the positive St Peter's batsmen early on, but wickets eluded them, and Williams struck the ball cleanly in his excellent innings of 114.  When he was dismissed 100 were still needed from 10 overs, and Newcombe and Hilditch saw the home team to victory with some strong running and exciting striking.  This was a wonderful contest, with the result in doubt until near the very end, and a match worthy of the history of competition between these two schools.  A generous barbecue followed the game as the Eton boys thanked their hosts in Adelaide for all the wonderful hospitality that they had been offered.  Special thanks were offered to Peter Warnes for his hard work on our behalf over the course of a week that proved that cricket (and South Australian wine) could be the cornerstones of new and revived friendships.

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