Highlight of the Irish down under this weekend must be Sean Terry's debut for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash.
Having impressed at club level over the past few months, he got the surprise call up for the squad of 13 earlier in the week, and on the day, he got the nod to bat at 7, in their game against Adelaide Strikers. Alas, he only came to the crease very late in the day, scoring 4 runs off 5 balls, when he was bowled by Rashid Khan, as Perth finished on 174-6. Adelaide reached their target with 4 balls to spare for a 5-wicket win, Terry taking one catch.
This was not his only game this week. On Sunday (3rd) he led his Melville side to a 8-wicket win against Subiaco Floreat in their T20 Grand Final, Terry scoring an unbeaten 44 off 35 balls.
There was a Battle of the Irish on Sunday, which saw Rebecca Stockell (0) and Leah Paul (57) opened the batting for their Ringwood side's 50-over game against Dandenong.
Facing them with the ball were Kim Garth (1-27 in 8 overs, her wicket being Stockell's) and Laura Delany (0-28 in 6.3), who restricted them to 214-6. In the second innings, Delany (12) and Garth (8) both got off the mark without building big totals, and were not alone in this as Dandenong were dismissed for 183 runs, Paul taking 2 catches.
Nathan Smith's Northern District side started a 2-day game against Bankstown. Batting first, they finished the day on 260-8, Smith contributing 4 runs.
Jacob Mulder's South Perth started their 2 day game against Bayswater-Morley today. In the first innings, Mulder bowled an economical 1-17 off 9 overs, as their opponents were dismissed for 166 runs in 65 overs. South Perth were at 72-5 (and Mulder on 1*) at stumps, with play continuing next weekend.
Graham Kennedy's Hannans gave their Lake View opponents a bit of a drubbing today. In the first innings, they bowled them out for 46 runs (only one batsman passing 5), Kennedy taking 1-4 in his 3 overs. Unsurprisingly, the match was then all but over, Hannans opening batsmen both finishing on 20*, which, with 8 extras was enough for a 10-wicket win.
Aaron Gillespie's Albury played Wodonga in a 50 over game on Saturday. In the first innings, Gillespie took 1-19 in his 5 overs (and took 1 catch), as their opponents finished on 223-9. In reply, Albury were dismissed for only 107 runs, Gillespie going for 2.
Eoghan Delany and Fionn Hand's Preston were made to follow on in their 2-day game against Coburg today, having declared on 39-8 in reply to the Coburg total of 120. This time, they reached 140-5, with Hand (31) and Delany (20) among the main contributors. In reply, Coburg declared on 143-5, Hand taking 1-14 in his 5 overs (and a catch).
Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin opened the batting again for his Lisarow team in their 2-day game against Wyong, contributing 16 runs to their total of 108. Play closed with Wyong on 64-5.
We have been sent Tweets picturing a number of LCU transition year students playing in South Africa (no doubt designed to make us feel even colder!), including a recent KZN schools match where local rivals Glenwood High and Westville clashed, each with Irish players (Daniel Thorne of Rush who faced a Munster colleague). Sadly, the lads brought Irish weather with them too, the game being called off after 10 overs!
Nathan McGuire of Rush continued his excellent form with a century, while there were fifties for his Rush colleague Jack McGee and Phoenix's Stephen Black.
Finally, to New Zealand. First, from our regular correspondent, we are told that due to a hand injury sustained while working in the school, James Metcalfe was unable to play this weekend. With the return of New Zealand International Trent Boult (who scored a Century) and Malahide professional Sean Davey to the Premiership side, Jonathan Waite returned to the reserves. In another low scoring game The Cadets only made 134 with Jonathan making 13. Tauranga made hard work of the chase only getting home by 3 wickets.
And it has come to our attention that Graeme McCarter is also playing in New Zealand, and played a massive part in Cornwall's victory over Hawke's Bay, in their premier men's cricket game last weekend. McCarter scored 88 runs from 102 balls as Cornwall finished their 50 overs on 204-8, and Hawks Bay, in reply, were dismissed for just 43 runs in 13 overs, McCarter taking 6-15 in his 6.1 overs, in a hugely impressive all round performance.
Again, many thanks for passing information on - as usual, I can be contacted via twitter (@dotski_w), or whatever else is handy!