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Wirreanda High School and The Heights School play an annual cricket match in commemoration of two students who represented their schools, and South Australia at first class level. Ben Cameron who was a student at The Heights School, and Chris Davies who studied at Wirreanda High School are both honoured to be recognised by their respective schools for their cricketing achievements.
The first game between the two schools was played at Park 25 in 2010.
Ben Cameron was a student at The Heights School between 1994 and 1998 who captained the cricket team in his senior years, leading them to their first Knockout Final in 1998. In one 40 over game Ben scored 165 not out while in another game against Modbury High he took 7 for 14.
Ben started playing Under 13 at Tea Tree Gully Cricket Club and played 120 games at A grade level between 1997 and 2008. During this time he played in two 50-over premierships and one Twenty/20 premiership, and was involved in another five A grade grand finals. In the 2003/04 grand final Ben’s 129 was not enough to help take the team to victory.
His state career began with the Under 17 squad where he made the All Australian Team in 1997. In 1998 and 1999, Ben was captain of the Under 19 state team. He made his senior state debut in 2003 scoring 54 and 58 not out, and finished playing in 2007.
He is currently a senior squad and batting coach with Tea Tree Gully and works in the family business.
Chris Davies attended Wirreanda High School from 1992 to 1996. During his time at school, Chris played in an Indoor Cricket Knockout premiership and an Open Knockout Cricket final against Rostrevor College in 1995.
He commenced his grade career at Southern District Cricket Club as a 14 year old where he played for three seasons. Thereafter he moved to Adelaide Cricket Club where he participated for nine seasons. Chris played a significant role in Adelaide’s premiership in 1998/99 scoring 87, and in his second premiership with the club in 2003/04 he scored 110. Chris was Coach Of The Year in 2004/05 after Adelaide finished minor premiers. He was announced as 12th man of the Adelaide Cricket Club Team of the Century.
Chris then moved to Melbourne for work opportunities and had the honour of being captain and coach of one of Australia’s most prestigious cricket clubs, Melbourne. He led the A grade team to minor premiers in the Grade, One Day and Twenty/20 competitions during the 2006/07 season.
In his late teens, Chris represented the state and Australia at Under 19 level, and finished his four year stint by being appointed vice captain of the World Cup team on its tour to South Africa in January 1998. Finally, he played at first class level from 1998 until 2003, scoring two centuries with his highest score of 125.
Chris was formerly the CEO of the Woodville-West Torrens Football Club and is now the General Manager Football at SANFL.
Footnote: During the 2003/04 season when Adelaide defeated Tea Tree Gully in the grand final, both Chris(110) and Ben(129) scored hundreds for their teams.