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Colts vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2015/16

When we left home, there was certainly no hope for a solid game of cricket, but as the clouds parted and the sun came out, we saw hope of a quality game against an opposition of equal ability.

The wicket was a batting paradise but the weather conditions where not of the same calibre.

John "Two Pumps" O'Neill-Fuller imparts his wisdom on his chargers 

Gordon won the toss and bat was the call. The team was unsure about the decision but we prepared for the game, both the openers (Dante Otto and Anshul Baruah) were full of confidence in the pitch and their ability.

The call to bat first came under even more scrutiny when Anshul Baruah was bowled out early in the first over for 2 with fellow opener Dante Otto following for 6 shortly after.

Andrew Harvey (12) and Rahul Krishna (27) revived the innings, digging in against the new ball. Unfortunately they both fell too early into the innings leaving the team with a job still to do. 

Rudy Midya takes 2/38 from 12 overes 

In comes the fill-in skipper, John O’Neill-Fuller, with a huge 52 to save the team from an extremely low total, dispatching balls to the rope with ease.

Even after a powerful captain’s knock he fell through lbw to an inswinger from the opposition captain. From there the tail crumbled with only 33 between the last 6 batsmen to end our innings on 138.

We knew we had to bowl well to restrict them to our minute total and for the latter part of the day we did just that with Rudy Midya (12 overs 2/38) bowling extreme heat up around the batsmen rib cage and Prashan Seneviratne (12 overs 1/30) bowling beautiful line and length.

Coming into the next week the conditions were much the same so we knew we had a chance with the ball. With Cameron Mcbrien bowling good heat with a great line and length for 1/23 we thought we were in with a chance. Hut the wickets weren’t falling quick enough, until Rahul Krishna, 4/47 from25 overs, bowled beautifully to almost take a thrilling 5 wicket haul. 

But even with those outstanding figures the bowling force simply couldn’t restrict them to such a low total with Sydney Uni reaching the total just before the afternoon tea break, to end a difficult game in difficult conditions.

Oliver Williams


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