Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16
With no cricket played in Round 1 the young Colts side were looking to get the season off to a good start, taking on Hawkesbury in the heat on Sunday down at Beauchamp Park.
Skipper Glenn Tullia won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with the plan to tire the Hawkes out in the heat while getting runs on the board. Ryan Tullia and Rahul Krishna got off to a solid start in the first few overs before Rahul was dismissed with the score at 29.
Oli Zanino looks to take advantage of the Hawks bowling attack
Ryan was joined by Oli Zanino and the two of them quickly went about their business keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Ryan quickly passed his fifty and by the time Oli departed for a well made 44, the score had reach 167. Their partnership of 132 had come up in around 20 overs and was highlighted by some sensible batting coupled with aggressive running between the wickets.
After Oli had been dismissed Ryan kept pushing on and as a couple of wickets fell around him he pushed through the 90’s, keeping calm and brining up his century in the 36th over.
Sam Braham looks for some away movement with the new rock
Unfortunately, he was stumped next ball trying to up the run rate, however his innings showed an immense amount of maturity, being happy to work ones and twos while waiting for the bad balls to cash in. It was a chanceless innings and a great start to the season for Ryan.
With less than 10 overs to go a couple of wickets fell as the boys tried to keep pushing the run rate higher. Quick cameos from Dave Leiboff (20) and Sam Braham (15no) along with some really intelligent batting from Andrew Harvey helped the score creep up to a very competitive 7/266 off our allotted 45 overs.
Andrew again showed maturity well beyond his age to keep the runs ticking along, whilst the batsmen around him were searching for boundaries he didn’t hit a single ball in the air, again just working ones and two and finishing with a very handy 33no.
Ryan Tullia on his way to a chanceless century, congratulated on his milestone
Despite having runs on the board, the boys were well aware it was going to be a hard slog on a good batting deck. Cam McBrien and Sam Braham got things started with the new ball and were both unlucky not to pick up early wickets as a number of edges found their way down to the boundary.
The Hawkes had got off to a bit of a flyer at 0/60 off the first 10. With a bowling change getting Anshul Baruah into the attack, the flow of runs slowed and the Stags were on their way as Anshul picked up a wicket straight after drinks. From there the boys began to squeeze the run rate and start building some pressure. Two more wickets then followed first to Rahul and then Sam returned and got a well deserved caught behind.
Cam McBrien does the job for his skipper, tying down the batsmen and drying up the runs
The runs continued to dry up and Cam McBrien came back into the attack, picking up the 4th wicket in his first over back. By this stage it was 4/140 from 33 overs, leaving the Hawkes needing 127 from the final 12 overs.
Unfortunately, some lose bowling combined with aggressive batting saw the runs start flowing quite freely again and the Hawkes were still well in the game. A quick change saw Anshul return to the bowling crease where he took his second wicket, removing the number 4 for 75 which pretty match confirmed the result. From there a run out followed and the Hawkes finished their 45 overs 6/228. Anshul finished with 2/37 from his 9 and Sam with 1/37 from his.
In the end it was a fairly comfortable win for the boys however we did let it get a lot closer than we should have. Plenty of positives to be taken from the game – particularly the top order batsmen setting up the game and some really great fielding. Most importantly 6 points first up and a great start for a very impressive young team.