Burnie High School

Burnie boys in cricket spin


HOT-HIT WONDERS: Burnie High School's winning cricket team (front, from left) Oliver Fryett, Matt Jordan, Shaun Redman, Nathan Hayes and Ryan Marmion, and (back) Riley Miller, Liam Grieve, Adrian Peach, Ben Donaldson, Beau Blizzard and Jackson Berne. Absent: Jackson Brown and Linden McCarthy.  Picture: Jason Hollister, The Advocate.


A Burnie High School team featuring only four regular cricketers recently conquered the best school players from across the Coast.

For their efforts in winning the North West High Schools cricket final at Acton in March, the team has been named the monthly winner in the male team category for The Advocate-IGA Junior Sports Awards.

The grade 9-10 team won its way through to the semi-finals of the competition after being in the top two of the opening round action, which featured Parklands and Wynyard high schools.

It was in the semi-final where the boys were given a big test, with the game going down to the wire, and the team overhauling the Leighlands team's total with two overs to spare.

The Burnie boys were convincing winners in the final against Parklands, chasing down a total of 94 for the loss of only one wicket.  Batsmen Jackson Brown and Oliver Fryett were key contributors in pursuit of the runs, each putting together knocks of 30 not out.

"It was great to get the win as it was our first time playing as a team and only a few of us play club cricket," captain Shaun Redman said.

"It was an all-round team effort,"

Coach Matthew Smart said the team, which featured two basketballers and mostly soccer players, was a pleasure to coach and showed great sportsmanship.

Smart said the team had shown great imrpovement from its first game to the final, which it won so convincingly.

Grand final scores:

Burnie High School 1-96 (Jackson Brown 32 ret, Oliver Fryett 30 ret, Ben Donaldson 12 not out) defeated Parklands 94 (Jackson Berne 2-11, Oliver Fryett 1-7, Jackson Brown 1-8, Ben Donaldson 1-13, Shaun Redman 1-8).

Story by Cameron Whiteley, The Advocate