Alan Davidson Shield
By Ian Gill
The Westfields 1st XI have won the prestigious Alan Davidson Shield for the third season in a row, with victory in the Final series played at
Bathurst in the last week of Term 1. After defeating Albury High School by 9 wickets in the Semi-Final, the Westfields boys proved too strong
for long time adversaries Hills Sports in the Final.
After being sent in by Hills, on what appeared a green top, the Westfields opening pair of Jacob Apicella and Daniel Solway made easy work of
the conditions, putting on an opening stand of 132, before Jacob was dismissed for 56. Daniel followed for 77, dismissed while trying to push
the run rate. A cameo innings of 35 by Jake Cormack helped Westfields to 6/210, leaving Hills with a target of more than 5 runs an over for
An early run out put Hills on the back foot, and although they were able to keep up with the run rate, wickets kept falling, and following the
dismissal of their star Jake Doran, the match was virtually over at 6/81. The Hills tail wagged, without ever threatening the total, and they
eventually finished at 7/171, giving victory to Westfields by 39 runs. Jagveer Panesar and Jamie Brown taking 2 wickets each.
The Semi-Final against Albury High was over halfway through Westfield’s innings, with Daniel Solway (54x) and Lachlan O’Connor (57x) making
light work of the required total of 120 for victory. Earlier, the Westfields bowlers had combined to restrict Albury to 8/119. Jeremy Maher
and Lachlan O’Connor picking up two wickets each.
Westfields progressed through to the finals, with victory over Castle Hill High School, and a Quarter Final win over South Coast Champions,
In the first Round of the Final 16 Competition, Westfields played Sydney North runners up, Castle Hill High. Castle Hill batted first and were
restricted to a low score of only 38, being dismissed in the 28th over. Jamie Brown bowled extremely well for 6/7 off 8 overs, while fellow
leggie Tyson Sims, captured 2/11. The target was reached without incident, the runs being scored in 4.4 overs,
Our Quarter Final was against South Coast Champions, Warilla High School. Jake won the toss and invited Warilla to bat. They were going along at
a steady rate, until Jake himself made the breakthrough, Warilla’s first wicket falling at 41. Wickets followed at a steady rate, with Jake
picking up 2, Lachlan O’Connor 2, Jagveer Panesar 2 and Tyson Sims the leading wicket taker with 3/9. In between, Matt Harrington took 3 catches
in the outfield, including an absolute classic, a one hand speculator behind his head while running backwards. Warilla eventually dismissed for
Daniel Solway and Jacob Apicella carved off a huge part of the deficit, with an opening stand of 76, before Jacob was dismissed for 40. Lachlan
O’Connor was caught on the fence for 12, and a no ball took us to 2/94, with Daniel remaining not out on 37.
The win gave our 1st XI boys a hat trick of victories, following a win in 2011 against Blaxland High, and a share of the spoils with Hunter
Sports in 2010. It also took our unbeaten run in Davidson Shield Competition to 22 games.
Year 7/8 Sports School’s Cup
In a major upset our Sports School’s Cup team was defeated in the Final of the Cricket NSW sponsored Competition, at Brenan, late in Term 1.
Although the margin was only 1 run, the boys were not at their best, and had to settle for the silverware, for the second season in a row.
Some tight bowling and fielding restricted Hills Sports to only 9/109, in their mandatory 40 overs. Isaac Hom picked up 3/27 and Prasad Salaskar
2/8, to be the best of our bowlers.
However the target proved too much for the Westfields batsmen, and they could only manage 9/108 in our turn at the crease.. A disappointing run
chase, considering the quality of our batting line up. Only Prasad Salaskar (33) and Jared Lysaught (24) were able to come to terms with the task
So after going through the preliminary rounds undefeated, the boys could not put it together when it mattered.
Year 7/8 Sports School’s Plate
With Illawarra forfeiting their Round 5 clash, our younger boys team from Year 8 will be now be crowned Champions in the Sports Schools Plate
Competition for Season 2011/12. Congratulations to all the boys on a top effort.
Mark Waugh Shield (Under 14)
Our Under 14 boys played the Final of the Mark Waugh Shield against Picnic Point in Term1, resulting in a 30 run victory, and so, retaining the
trophy, last played for in 2009/10..
Batting first, Westfields compiled 8/147 after their mandatory 40 overs. Justin Bertovic top scored with 48, while Jared Lysaught added 29 at the
top of the order.
Picnic Point lost 2 early wickets to leave them at 2/14, and after a 50+ partnership, their middle order proved to be a bit brittle, and they
fell well behind the required run rate. However, they were able to bat out their 40 overs, and finished on 7/117.
Niran Wijewardene was our best bowler with 3/14, while Keegan Moodliar captured 2/12. Wickets also to Prasad Salaskar and Jared Lysaught.
CRICKET AUSTRALIA UNDER 19 WORLD CUP SQUAD
Following some good performances in the National U/19 Carnival, Westfields Sports Cricket Program graduate, Matthew Foster, has been selected in
the 30-player Cricket Australia preliminary squad for the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup. The squad will be reduced and finalized closer to the World
Cup, which is being played in Queensland in August 2012.
CRICKET NSW UNDER 19 ACADEMY 2012/13
In what has turned out to be a great acknowledgement for the success of the Cricket Program here at Westfields Sports, 7 current and ex-Program
members have been selected in the Cricket NSW U/19 Academy for the upcoming 2012/13 Pre-Season.
Current Year 12 students, Jamie Brown, Jake Cormack, Jeremy Maher, Lachlan O’Connor and Daniel Solway, have been selected, along with Brent
Wiliams and Brenton Wright, who finished school in 2011. Their selection means that more than 20% of the selected squad is from Westfields Sports,
a great result for the Cricket Program, and for the school.
The boys will undergo a number of fitness and practical sessions prior to team selection early in the 2012/13 Season.
NSWCHS CARNIVAL AND NSWASSA SELECTIONS
1st XI Team member, Jamie Brown, was recently named as Captain of a 12-man NSW All Schools team, who will play against Queensland schoolboys in
a mixture of three day and one day matches in the first week in December. Jamie’s selection as Captain followed his performances for NSWCHS 2nds
in the Lords Taverners (NSW All Schools) Championships in Maitland recently. Jamie will be joined in the NSW side by fellow student Daniel Solway,
who also performed well at the Carnival.
Jamie and Daniel were part of a six man representation from Westfields, who played for NSWCHS at the Championships. Jake Cormack, Jeremy Maher
and Jagveer Panesar joined Daniel in the NSWCHS 1sts team, while Jacob Apicella played with Jamie in the NSWCHS 2nds. Both sides went well in the
Competition, which was eventually won by CAS, who triumphed with a last ball win over GPS.
Jamie’s selection as NSW captain topped off a mighty Carnival, where he was
We congratulate Ian Gill on recieving Life Membership - Photo with Alan Davidson and Marie Cornish
(Left)Jake Cormack receiving Shield from Alan Davidson - (Right) Ian congratulated by Alan Davidson
Posted 25th April 2012