Colts vs Sydney - Qualifying Final - 2012/13
The qualifying final against the Tigers was played at Killara Oval. We have never played there before, so it was a change of venue for the team. We won the toss and decided to bowl.
The match got off to a fiery start. We were not sure whether the Tigers knew it was a 2 day match losing 5 quick wickets for 50 runs.
Jason Leiboff creates carnage in the Tigers batting pen
We had them backed into a corner. Balmain had a solid partnership for the sixth wicket before it came to an end at 6/126, 3 more wickets fell for not many runs and then a 10th wicket partnership held to get them to 184 before Angus struck with his 2nd ball, ending their innings.
It was a good team bowling effort with everyone getting amongst the wickets with Jason Leiboff taking 3/44 being the pick of the bowlers.
We had a score to chase, and we knew what we had to bat out the remaining time. Tim and Matt got off to a good start, with the pitch flattening out and turning in our favour. They progressed us to 26 before Matt was dismissed for 14.
Shortly after Tim was run out.
Enter Connor Jackson, who had probably two things in mind; don’t get out; score as fast as possible. Between him and Kapil Chhatbar, they moved the score from 30 to149 in very little time, before Connor was dismissed for 83. It was a great batting display.
Kapil and Rob Barker went on to finish the day, passing the Tigers total of 184, and setting us up for a second day of batting on Sunday.
Unfortunately, Day 2 was not the best of starts for us. We lost Rob fairly quickly and then Jason not long after, then Kapil followed them back to the sheds, having made a well fought 57.
Michael Roberts then put his head down with Richard Armour and the two went on and demoralised the Tigers’ bowlers taking us to the total to 363 runs with a 131 run partnership.
At lunch the Tigers conceded that the fight was hopeless. The game was then ended, leaving us with the job well done and progressing into the semi-finals.