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Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Gold - Round 5 - 2015/16

We left home in heavy rain thinking we had no chance of playing cricket. Surprisingly, as we approached Maroubra, the conditions were not too bad. The groundsman was busy preparing the pitch, and it was agreed by both captains that we would start on time. 

Anshul Baruah took three wickets and also struck the ball well 

Gordon won the toss on a very juicy wicket. The Randy-Petes captain apologised to him team mates. We set ourselves the target of bowling them out for under 100. 

The opposition came out blazing, and the running between wickets by their openers was outstanding. After 9 overs, the score was already 79. This is an area of our game we need to improve, as we are giving our opponents an aggressive start in most games played this season. 

Anshul Baruah finally made the breakthrough with an LBW and followed it up with another wicket caught by Manus Chauhan at first slip. 

Rahul Krishna  bowled ten tight overs alongside Manus Chauhan, before knocking out 43 runs 

Again, it was our spin bowlers who reduced the run rate and got us back into the game. Manus Chauhan 1/24 off 10. Rahul Krishna 0/30 off 10. Prashan Seneviratne bowled very tidily once again taking 1/10 off 6. Another wicket to Anshul (3/51) and 2 late wickets for Cameron McBrien (2/51) saw us reduce the score to 7/210 after 50 overs. 

A few showers came through during the break, but this was no excuse. The pitch played fine all day. The seam of the ball was ruined early for both sides negating any swing. 

In reply, we were 2/55 after 23 overs (20 of those runs in extras). We did not show the same intent as our opposition, and the running between wickets needs improvement. 

The skipper, Glenn Tullia, tried to up the run rate towards the end 

Anshul Baruah (24) joined Rahul Krishna (43) at the crease and both batted very well, continuing their good early season form. The run rate was maintained at almost 5 per over for the remainder of the innings. 

Glenn Tullia (20 not out) and Oliver Williams (10 not out) were at the crease when rained finished the game after 45 overs. We were 5/159 and still 51 runs short. 

This was the first loss of the season for the young Colts side, but a lot of lessons were learnt. With majority of games washed out, it appears we maintain 3rd position on the ladder, with a lot of improvement left in us. 

We will bounce back at home next round vs Sydney Uni.

Glenn Tullia 

As the cars behind spin their wheels in the rain, the Gordon skipper carries on 

 

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