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Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 9 - 2015/16

After the deluge that hit Sydney early in the week I don't think too many of us thought we would be playing cricket on Saturday. However, after a couple of fine days later in the week Beauchamp was in pretty good condition, a credit to the groundsman. 

A talent to be watched - Beattie bowls a great spell after making a handy 32 

Captain Tullia (GT) was keen to have a bowl first on a wicket that was understandably a little soft before mentioning to the boys that he wouldn't be disappointed if we had to bat - probably because he bats at 7. Anyway not too disappointed he was, as Hawkesbury sent us in.

We lost a wicket midway through the first over brining John Phillipson to the crease. John was new to the colts team so what happened next was a bit of a surprise. He was out at the end of the fourth over for 27 (2 sixers 1 four) off 18 balls, Colts 2 for 29. Meanwhile I was still on 0 having only faced 2 balls but being thoroughly entertained at the non strikers end. Wickets fell a little too regularly although Brady Morrison was looking good before getting a good one on 21. 

At 5 for 79 as GT walked to the crease I was thinking, I bet he's pretty disappointed we had to bat now. The match was only 17 overs old and with John's early cameo our run rate was a very respectable 4.5 so we just needed a partnership. 

GT and I put on 75 and we were back in the game at 6 for 154, GT out for a fighting 21 and I was out not long after for 60. With 12 overs still to play Dermott Beattie made a smart 32 and Cam McBrien finished the innings with some big hits for 22 not out. Innings closed at 9 for 222. A total that we were very happy with.

John Philipson gives the ball some air 

At the break GT spoke about there still being plenty in the wicket provided we bowl well and we were all confident of defending 222. Our bowling innings couldn't have started better with a run out to GT and early wickets to Cam McBrien (1) and Aaron Crofts (2), Hawkesbury 4 for 33. 

At this point the Hawkesbury captain decided he would relieve our umpire, Ryan Tullia. With his season ending injury and no official umpires for Colts, Ryan is happy to help umpiring so both teams provided an umpire each. 

The problem was Ryan kept giving them out, caught at 1st slip, not using your bat and getting hit on the pads in front of the stumps, not making your ground running between wickets, unusual dismissals like that. After a heated conversation mid pitch between the two captains and with the support of the other umpire, Ryan was rightfully called back.

We took wickets at 73 and 79 both to Dermott Beattie who bowled a great 10 over spell, 2 for 19. 

With Hawkesbury 6 for 79, and the Webmaster Weekend Wrap already calling us out... "things got a little sloppy".

More wickets fell to Rudy Midya and Brady Morrison while Daniel Alleyn, in his first game for Colts, bowled well and finished with 2 for 20 off 8 and Hawkesbury all out for 50.

In the end, a good win keeping us well placed on the ladder in 3rd. 

Andrew Harvey 


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