THE Bega High School Year 12 cricket side retained its grip on the annual Bill Adlide Cup on Tuesday.
Year 12 was once again triumphant in the inter-school cricket match against a valiant Year 11.
Year 12 batted first at the Bega Athletics Field and a solid opening partnership between Alec Caragher and Corey Robinson laid a sound foundation of 47 runs.
However, after the drinks break, three quick wickets fell to the excellent bowling of Corey Mitchell and Ben Joyce, including the prize scalp of Year 12 captain Robbie Ringland who went for a duck.
Year 11 captain Cody Hazelgove–Danvers cleverly switched his bowlers and fielders around, putting the pressure on the older opposition.
Chris Lawson matched his earlier exhibition of polished keeping by taking a wicket.
Lachlan Smith wrapped the innings up with two quick wickets and Year 12 was all out for 111.
Corey Robinson carried his bat for an unbeaten 50 runs.
Chasing a very gettable score, Year 11 soon faced some very fast and clever bowling from Sean Lambert and Alec Caragher.
Lewis McCartney dropped a sharp catch at cover, but recovered quickly by snatching up the ball and running out Brenton Hutchison with a direct hit.
At 7/61, the Year 11 innings was in serious trouble, especially when the brave Tim Lambert fell to his brother’s bowling for 37 runs.
Cody Hazelgrove-Danvers was batting cleverly, trying to steer his side out of trouble.
The younger imports in the Year 12 side played a significant role at this stage.
Luka Hodder bowled Chris Lawler, Riley Wilcox took two consecutive wickets and young Kel Evans was fantastic behind the stumps.
When Cody smashed a short ball out to the boundary, Jonah Caragher leapt up high, clutched the ball and fell to the ground on the edge of the boundary.
Cody was out for 19 and the Year 11 innings was over for 81.
Sean Lambert was the pick of the bowlers with 4/7, but Cory Robinson was selected as man of the match for his impressive batting.
The game was competitive and yet again played in an excellent spirit that reflected well on the captains Robbie Ringland and Cody Hazelgrove–Danvers.
This annual cricket match is held in memory of late teacher Bill Adlide, who died in 2005 from cancer.
After a two-year absence, the Bill Adlide Cup returned to the Bega High School sporting calendar in 2012.
Last year’s match saw Year 12 record a 40-run win over Year 11 (BDN, 4/10/12).