OXLEY enjoying Highlands cricket

OXLEY College has well and truly launched into the cricket season with four teams playing in the local Highlands competition.

One under-16 team and three under-14 teams play each Saturday morning at the various picturesque ovals that dot the Southern Highlands with the under-16 team also playing in Goulburn.

The under-14 Oxley White team is mainly made up of current Year 6 students from seven local primary schools who will all be starting at Oxley in 2014.

Two Year 7 boys, Charlie Hill and D'Arcy Dietz volunteered to play with the younger students.

Highlights of the White's season so far include holding Bowral to 225 runs in the first of a two day match last Saturday where Dietz picked up 2-31 and Ravi Wikramanayake 5-23 off six overs .

Ravi's effort included a hat-trick to add to the hat-trick he scored the previous week playing against Chevalier.

Their coach. Oxley teacher and parent, Chris Canute was extremely happy with his team's start to the season.

The Oxley Gold and Oxley Navy teams each have four Year 8 students and seven Year 7 students. Former Oxley student and current HDCA first grade player Stephen McNaught is coaching the Oxley Gold team.

In their first game against Bowral, Oscar Jardine and Oliver Clark top scored with 42 and 43 respectively.

These two backed this effort up last week against the Oxley Navy team with an opening partnership of 178 before Jardine got out for 57.

Clark survived a few chances before going on to score 103 not out.

Oxley Gold Captain Jasmin Wikramanayake, Max Loiterton and Lachlan Billington-Phillips have all been bowling well.

Oxley Navy's bowlers were the stars on Saturday against Oxley Gold with Ethan Holloway taking 1-8 off seven overs, Harry Norman 0-5 off six overs and Andrew Guy 1-25.

Billy Britain held a fine catch .

Highlights so far for the under-16s include Charlie Dummer's 88 against Chevalier and the excellent bowling and fielding against Goulburn Red last weekend with Jenson Barker taking three wickets, Charlie Dummer two and Will Duncan's' great catch off Will Lewis' bowling.

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