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Colts Report vs Randwick-Petersham Gold - Round 12

A solid win against Randy-Petes Gold

Late changes to some of the more senior teams saw the Colts side have around 15 new players this week. In a preparation rivalling the constant changes seen in the lead up to the All Blacks' world cup side, let us all hope that we don't mirror the perennial chokers in one aspect of our game.

Millar started his game more like Ranney - with one hour's sleep. This, however, was due to running the Orientation Week program at UNSW (of which Harry Turner attended) and not because of the lack of buses going to Lane Cove at 5:30am. With no coin tossing practice to speak of, Millar strode out their confidently and won the toss. Electing to bat on a green deck and a slow outfield. This may have been considered by many to be a poor decision; however, it paid dividends later in the day.

Ellison smacks one off the back foot

Turner and Weaver opened the batting and it wasn't long until Turner was caught playing at a wide one. This brought Millar to the crease, who stuck around for a while but was fairly useless without a full quota of shut-eye. With the shine off the ball, Hugh Selby began to make light work of the bowling before being trapped in front for a quarter century. Weaver, who had played a good innings, was run out in strange circumstances. However, this isn't all that unusual for Weaves; so perhaps one should have written 'in usually strange circumstances'. 4/122

Ellison and Jono Wigham, who kindly offered to play for us on the first Saturday, put together a good partnership before Jono was softly dismissed, pushing at one off the spinner. Matt Selby played his part before holding out at mid-off playing a little too hard at a slower delivery. Falk soon followed, but not before Ellison began to play himself into some good finals form.

The past three games have really seen a coming of age and maturity of James. He is batting with purpose and has performed well at critical times with both the bat and with his safe pair of hands in the field. This game saw him tough it out and play a supporting role to Selby (Hugh and Matt) and Jono Wigham, until he was comfortable and then when he knew he had to get on with it, he began to find the gaps and keep the scoreboard ticking over. This made it all the more disappointing to see him smash one straight to mid-wicket to be dismissed for 30.

Lappan was dismissed cheaply and Ranney, looking to prove he has some magic with the willow in hand, added a few more to the total before Will Reed was trapped in front. In two attempts, Will has failed to score a run off the timber, but has added at least 10 valuable leg byes. A true team player.

All out for 208 in the last over of the day. With the long grass and a forecast of rain throughout the week, it was a good total. The bowlers would have to bowl well the following week to contain this Randwick-Petersham side.

Lappan performs with the ball in hand - a miserly spell of top quality bowling

Day 2 saw Millar Snr put on the creams for the second time this season, however, he was unable to join in the warm up as he was busy putting a cord into Millar Jnr's slightly larger pants. Last time, against UTS-Balmain, he fielded more than half the balls during the day. This time he came prepared. Kingsgrove Sports Store was paid a visit and a brand new pair of spikes was purchased. Pity he only fielded about 5 balls throughout the day.

Lappan and Reed opened the attack and bowled ridiculously tight lines. Lappan had 8 runs hit off 12 overs and Will Reed had 5 hit off his 6 overs. Some good catching behind, and in front of the wicket, saw the opening pair pick up the first three wickets and in doing so, remove a couple of danger men in the Randy-Petes side.

Millar came on and, with some advice from Matt Selby, took two poles, knocking stumps back, to take 2/16 from 10 overs. Ranney and Falk, bowling in tandem, picked up the remaining wickets between them shortly after the luncheon interval to dismiss the opposition for 111, just the wrong side of the follow-on target for the Gordon boys to have another tilt at them.

With that, the Colts took an unassailable lead into the final round, in which they play the other Randwick-Petersham side. It will be interesting to see how many of the boys in the Green side were in the original Gold side when we played them at the start of the season.

For the fourth time this season the Colts will be playing the highest run scoring side at that current point in time. Let's hope we continue our good form into the last game against the second placed team and then on into the final series. Good luck boys!


Dave Millar


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