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Oliver Schofield hits a six last ball of the innings for St Kevins

St Kevins Old Boys 1st XI Complete a Remarkable Victory Under Unlikely Circumstances

In round 9 of B Turf we saw a potential first round finals match up, with top of the ladder St Kevins Old Boys visiting 4th placed Balwyn Saints.
Opting to bat first, St Kevins were quickly on the back foot with Jonah Dillon (2/15) taking just 3 balls to claim the first wicket at 1/1. 1/1 became 2/3, which became 3/5, then 4/9. William Spratt decided he wanted to wrap this up quickly, and took 3 of the next 4 wickets (3/24) to take the score from a miserable 5/21 to an even more horrible 8/22. This brought out 16 year old Oliver Schofield, who was kind enough to support his brother Thomas, the regular keeper of the team. St Kevins Old Boys stalwart Andrew Fernon had this to say about the situation: “Obviously you are pretty shocked to be sitting at 8-22, it doesn’t happen very often. Once we got to about 40 we were hoping we could maybe get 80 odd to give us something to bowl at.”
Well Oliver made a good start for those goals, hitting the 40 mark with Nick Trapani (The last established batsmen) but at 8/42 disaster hit again, as the 16 year old was forced to retire after copping a nasty blow to the box. From here, Fernon summed it up perfectly: “Our ex-captain Nick Trapani played the situation perfectly batting with the tail, once he was out our #10 & #11 had a licence to swing..." after the retirment, Trapani picked up the pace and managed to hit a sensational 58 before he was caught. St Kevins had passed their goal of 80, but Oliver Schofield bravely returned to the crease with number 11 Benjamin Cudlipp and as mentioned, they had the license to swing. Both rode their luck and ended the innings on 31* including the nice touch of Schofield hitting two 6s on the final two balls of the innings to cap off an impressive recovery from 8/22 to finish 9/150.
But everyone was aware that Balwyn still had the upper hand, with 150 being a very chaseable score, Fernon also shared the team message for St Kevins as they went out to bowl: “There was plenty in the pitch if you hit the right areas, so the focus going out to ball was to just try and be consistent and disciplined, not try too hard to blast them out. If you put the ball in the right place enough times, things will fall your way eventually.”
it looked like the numbers 10 and 11 took this advice to heart post their innings saving partnership as Schofield (4/15) and Cudlipp (2/9) ripped through the top order as Balwyn fell to 4/28. From here Balwyn were rattled and the rest of the wickets tumbled, with Ewen Harley (2/6 from 6 overs) looking impressive and giving very little away, and St Kevins completed the remarkable victory, dismissing Balwyn for 53.
After a man of the match performance of 31*, 4/15 and a catch from Oliver Schofield, we asked Andrew Fernon if the 16 year old would be asked to play again? Fernon responded: “Ollie was amazing for us. Coming in as a kid for his first game in the 1s, we just told him to back himself in and go hard. Younger brother of our keeper Tom, there was a good vibe in the team for him to feel comfortable to express himself. He goes back to school cricket in Feb, but we are hoping to get enough games into him to qualify for finals.”

Thank you to St Kevins Secretary, Sean Steinwall, who wrote to us to share this phenomonal game/story with us. If you have had any bizzare/impressive/interesting games that you want shared with the community, email Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank you to Andrew Fernon for sharing his insights from the game, pictured in his 300th game for the club last season. Photo: Chris Mirabella
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