Rostrevor’s stars shine

MESSENGER BOWL

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Rostrevor College students after winning the 2018 Messenger Bowl title. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

A JUNIOR Australian cricketer and a state underage footballer were the stars in Rostrevor’s Messenger Bowl Twenty20 final victory over St Peter’s on Friday.

Sam Rahaley, who was selected in this year’s Cricket Australia under-19 team, topscored for Rostrevor in the school cricket clash with 32 off 26 balls to help his team make 9/130 at St Peter’s.

Cameron Taheny, a member of SA’s under-18 football squad and a 2019 AFL draft prospect, then claimed 2/25 off four overs to restrict St Peter’s to 7/119.

Rostrevor coach Bill Trewartha said the win meant a lot following last year’s threewicket loss to Adelaide High.

“We probably didn’t bat as well as we could’ve, but we bowled really well and backed it up in the field,” Trewartha said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the lads.”

After a shaky start, Rahaley and Christian Leddicoat (28) compiled a 42-run thirdwicket partnership to get the score ticking along.

“Sam hit the ball really well. He plays shots that a lot of boys can’t,” Trewartha said. “That partnership sort of through the middle with him (Rahaley) and Christian Leddicoat was the matchwinner in the end.”

Skipper Will Montgomery

(42) almost single-handedly won the game for the hosts, but when he was caught by Adi Dave, the host’s innings started to unravel quickly.

St Peter’s head of cricket Stewart Smith was disappointed but said his team battled hard. “Overall, it was a really good game of cricket,” Smith said. “Will led by example with the bat and he did a fantastic job for us.”