So close...

So close...

CBC Fremantle's First XI cricket team.

A fantastic season saw CBC's First XI cricket side claim runners-up in the Graeme Wood Shield competition on Wednesday afternoon.

Peet Park in Kewdale hosted the competition's top four teams, who had beat out more than 40 other schools to make it to the semi-finals. Clear, blue skies provided a perfect backdrop for the day, which saw CBC take on Mandurah Catholic College in a morning semi-final, before falling to Mazenod in the grand final.

The semi-final proved to be a highlight of the season for many, with CBC making quick work of Mandurah's First XI. After being sent in to bat first, CBC finished their innings on 2/144, thanks to fantastic efforts by Kaiden Cookson and Jack Camarda, who contributed 52 and 54 runs respectively.

From there, it was smooth sailing for the CBC boys, taking only 13 overs to leave Mandurah all-out for 52. Kaiden Cookson proved his skill with the ball, as well as the bat, taking 3/14, while fellow Year 12, Reagan Wilson, finished the innings with a very respectable 3/10.

After a short lunch break, the boys were back on the field to face Mazenod, and were this time sent into the field first. Jack Fenton led the team, finishing his four overs at 1/10, but some unlucky dropped catches in the field meant Mazenod finished their spell on 150 runs.

In the day's final session, CBC fought on against the massive total set for them, at times looking like they might take out the competition. It wasn't meant to be, though, despite Josh Goodwin, Year 11, managing 23 before being dismissed, almost matching the team's highest scorer, Bailey Holman who racked up 25 runs before being sent packing. Year 12 student, Harry Golding, was last-man-standing, finishing with 19 runs to his name.

The team's coach, teacher Daniel Kennedy, said he was very happy with the team's performance this season.

"Overall, the team performed at a really high level all season," he said.

"I'm extremely proud of all 14 boys on the squad who tried their very best all season and produced excellent results.

"My job as coach was made easier by the commitment of all members of the squad through attendance at training sessions, meetings and games."

Speaking about what next season could hold, Mr Kennedy remains hopeful that younger boys in the squad will fill the gaps left by graduating senior students.

"The chance of going one step further next year will be a challenge, with some experienced Year 12 boys departing the College," he said.

"However, this leaves a great opportunity for current Year 10 and 11 boys to rise to the occassion, and build on the experience they've gained this season."