Two trophies in two days: Kinross makes Douglas-Wiburd history

FOR the first time in the school’s history Kinross has secured both the Douglas Shield and the Wiburd Shield.

Kinross has had a mortage on the Douglas Shield, an open schoolboy cricket competition, over the last decade, winning it every year bar one.

In 2013 the two-blues lost to Oakhill College in the grand final.

Douglas Shield skipper Toby Polkinghorne said it a proud moment when his troops regained the trophy on Tuesday with a three-wicket win over Riverina Anglican College, at All Saints Bathurst.

“It was a bit of a relief really,” he said.

“Last year was a one-off I think, we didn’t play well in that final and Oakhill did. Honestly I think we had a much better side than the other schools, so it was great to get it back.”

In stark contrast, Kinross has never won the under 16 Wiburd Shield, established in 2010.

In fact, they’ve never even gone close.

“We got done in the first round last year by Riverina Anglican,” Wiburd Shield skipper Hamish Sheehan laughed.

“We got them back this year though, and it was great to go on and win it. I actually think our side in 2013 was better, but maybe we gelled more this year.”

In Monday’s under 16 final, Kinross invited All Saints Bathurst to bat after winning the toss, before promptly dismissing them for 98. 

Despite a slight hiccup in the chase, Sheehan (27), Charlie Mortimer (26), Nat Vasourous (17 not out) and Hugh Britton (12 not out) got their team home by four wickets.

Britton then backed up the next day to star with the ball in the Douglas Shield win. 

After snaring 3-13 on Monday, Britton took 3-31 on Tuesday to help Kinross bowl Riverina Anglican out for 103. 

Again, the two-blues struggled for momentum, losing regular wickets. Charlie Litchfield (32) was a mainstay though, and Kinross secured their second trophy in as many days with three wickets to spare.

“There wasn’t much sitting still toward the end of our game,” Polkinghorne laughed.

“It’s a pretty massive achievement from both teams. I think the main reason we’ve been so dominant in schoolboy cricket in recent years is the cricket we play on Saturday. Playing against men, and better players makes it easier when we go back to schoolboy level.”

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