Colts Report vs Sydney Uni - Round 7
Gordon wins top of table clash
Father Christmas came early this year with a get out of jail free card for the Colts side after just scraping home in a thrilling finish against the second placed Sydney University. After finally winning a toss, Millar sent Uni in to bat on a deck that appeared to have some life in it and an outfield that had just recently been top dressed.
Lappan - 11 overs, 6 maidens, 0/9
The deck was dead. No movement. No bounce. No life. A mistake? Perhaps. It would be hard work for the bowlers. However, with the outfield very heavy and the batsmen having to make the pace, it would not be easy for the batsmen either.
'Pale Ale' Lappan and Ian 'Bones' Skinner were given the new ball to do damage with. Both bowled great lines but suffered due to the lack of any assistance from the deck. The batsmen couldn't get the ball off the square and when Ellison took the first wicket - a great diving catch to Cam Crawford at square leg - the score was 1/28 from 20 overs. It was boring, grinding cricket and the Colts would be in for a challenge.
Will 'I rival Fragogianas for an impossible last name' Sierakowski, was thrown the ball after the captain, knowing little of his youngest and newest member of the Colts side, asked the opening batsmen if he could also roll his arm over. This move - which the captain will maintain was an 'inspired' move - paid dividends with Will removing the opening batsmen and the number 4 within the space of a handful of deliveries.
Ranney, whose custom is to arrive within 60 seconds of the players taking the field, came on and struck early and often. 4 wickets, mostly LBW, came at crucial times throughout the first day. A brilliant spell of bowling was only outshone by a marvellous diving catch to 'Bones' Skinner at 1st grip. Hickman, sitting on the sideline, was astounded by the big man's nimbleness. He then backed it up with a crucial wicket and having Uni having only 90-odd on the board with only one wicket in hand.
Sierakowski playing Uni in last year's Green Shield team
A couple of missed opportunities and some lusty hitting saw Uni get to 136 when Millar finally picked up the final wicket - caught and bowled. A score similar to the previous year, but with many more overs to chase down the target, the Colts were confident of victory.
With only 18 overs left in the day, Millar stressed the need to have wickets in hand the following week to chase down the small total. Angus Sinclair and Will Siera... opened the batting and took the score to 31 before Sinclair was adjudged LBW for 7 and then Cam Crawford was dismissed next ball.
"John" Mayur Kulkarni was next in and with only 5 overs left in the day he was instructed by his captain to be there at the end of the day. A couple of very loose shots saw him lose his wicket with an over left to play and, needless to say, saw an unimpressed captain having to send in the No. 5 batsmen in with only 47 on the board and 6 balls to play.
Russell-Jones, knowing that Marvell would be taking his spot the second week, played a straight bat to everything sent his way and ensured that Gordon would be only 3-down at the end of the day.
3/47 chasing 136. 90 runs to get. 7 wickets in hand. 1st vs 2nd. An interesting second day was sure to ensure.
Day 2 saw the top dressing give way to some excessively long grass and the pitch still had little life in it. During the warm-up, the captain stressed that it would be critical that all players got onto the front stool and remove any chance of balls trapping them in front. Nothing would get up high enough to cause them any trouble and each of the 90 runs would be like gold.
It was Will Sierakowski to fall first, playing all around his front pad and having his leg stump removed. It wasn't long after that Marvell was trapped dead in front of all three sticks playing back to a ball that never ever looked like getting up above ankle hight. 5/85. 5 wickets. 52 left to get.
Frago, Skinner and Millar all fell to a combination of tight bowling and trying to force the pace. Frago, playing back, was unlucky to be trapped in front for 1. Skinner, also playing back, was cleaned up for 9. Millar, getting down the pitch, gave a return catch to the bowler for a meager 1 run.
8/110. 27 runs would do it and ensure the Colts would go into Christmas on top of the table.
Selby, who had been put down twice whilst going for runs, was instructed to be there at the end by his captain. After greatly help win the Penrith match a few weeks before, Selby had become the rock in the middle order of the Colts team and he needed to stand up again this week.
A huge performance from Selby got the Colts over the line
Lappan, who was given instructions from his departing captain on the way out to the middle, knew it was his time to dig deep and play a solid innings for his club. With the words "Get on the front foot... Play forward... Get forward... Play straight" ringing in his ears, he knew what he had to do.
Although the Colts team is not part of the Grade Comp, the boys are proud of their winning record this season. With a trophey in the cabinet from last year's premiership, the boys are determined to recreate that winning feeling week-in week-out. They know how to dig themselves out of a hole and that is exactly what Selby and Lappan did.
A combination of patient play and the ability to put away the loose ball, often via an aerial route, Selby single-handedly put on the next 26 runs to take the score to 8/136. The scores were level and Lappan, who had faced 40-odd balls without scoring a run, stole the limelight from Selby by scoring his one and one run for the game. The winning run.
Selby 38* and Lappan 1* (46 balls) saw the Gordon boys home with Ranney sitting in the dressing room assuring his captain he too could do the job for the side.
The song was sung with gusto and the 6 points kept the Gordon boys on top of the table in the lead up to Christmas. Congratulations boys. A job well done.
UP GORDON, GET FAH YOU BAH