James Tyson, from Guildford Grammar, and Chayse Moir, from Holy Cross College, travelled to Darwin as part of the 13-player squad for the School Sport Australia cricket national championships.
Playing five 40-over games in warm and humid conditions in the Northern Territory capital, the boys finished second to NSW in the pool matches, before falling short to Queensland in the finals.
The final match against the NT was a tied match with both teams scoring 160 runs. James Tyson proved his value with the ball, bowling WA’s only maiden over against NSW in the team’s first pool game, as well as sharp-shooting two direct hit runouts from mid-wicket against the Queensland maroon’s side.
James opened the bowling against the Queensland white team side and removed an opening batsman on his third ball, and removed top run scorers from the field in three of the five games played. He finished the tournament with four wickets, three runouts and one catch.
Chayse showed his merit behind the stumps, taking two catches and also getting two runouts as the teams’ wicketkeeper. Chayse said his experience in Darwin has made him more determined to achieve his goals in cricket, and he will be working harder to be the best he can be, so one day he can achieve his dream of wearing a baggy green for Australia.
James said he hopes for the same thing, and wants to be a professional cricketer when he is older, and dreams of one day playing for Australia, the Big Bash League or Indian Premier League.
Both are excited to watch the upcoming Ashes. James said he can’t wait to see who will win this year, as both teams are in good form. Chayse thinks Australia will dominate, and is extremely excited to watch the series.