Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 3 - 2015/16
Losing the toss was always going to lead to a long day in the field, with a lightning fast outfield at David Philips, and a pitch resembling the flatter parts of the roads we drove on our way to the game.
Chris Retallick resurrects the run chase, stabilising the middle order after a start of 3/10
With no recognised spinner in the line-up, and a stand in wicket keeper, it would have to be a good tight display by everyone to keep the runs down and leave a gettable target on the board.
Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya offered up some good length early on and Rudy got a couple of wickets (including a sublime technical catch by the stand in wicketkeeper Tim van Zuylen) to keep us with a foothold. However a couple of missed run out opportunities and some aerial shots somehow avoiding the catchers they got well on top at 2/161.
However the breakthrough finally came and set things into motion for our bowlers. Anshul Baruah had the ball swinging and was rewarded with a couple of wickets finishing the innings with 2/45. UNSW lost 8/100 in the end and posted a very chasable 261. Pick of the bowlers was Midya with a battling 3/41.
With 4 overs left in the day to survive we were hoping to get through unscathed, however the open the bowling with a spinner trick payed off when Tim thought he was safe to leave one but misread the spin to be trapped LBW.
1/1 starting the second day got worse when the two Tulia’s fell early to some aggressive bowling leaving us 3/10.
Rebuilding started when ‘Retro’ Retallick and Harvey teamed up in the middle to get the right column of the score rising.
Rudy Midya digs deep on a flat track for his side
Some punishing shots from Retallick off the left arm spinner moved us along well passing 50 and taking the score past 120.
Retro finally fell for 63 trying to continue his assault on the spinners with a slog sweep but ended up giving a friendly top edge.
Harvey continued his steady stroke play and brought up his own 50 just after the tea break. He couldn’t keep it going though and fell for 58 leaving Krishna and Baruah at the crease. At 5/172 it could have gone either way, however they missed their chances (including one by an ex-Stag) and we made them pay.
Special mention to the backhand tactics from Andrew Harvey serving hot cordial at the drinks break.
Yes Andrew Harvey. If a contribution with the bat wasn't enough... drinks may well have been
Krishna brought up his 50 and then pressed on with some aggressive batting to really drop the heads of the fielders. With 24 runs needed off the last 8 overs of the day, UNSW had a very slim chance for victory, but required wickets which were not on offer from the Stags. Could a draw be possible?
Not a chance. The Colts reached the target 5 wickets down for a great win!
Anshul Baruah finished 46 not out and Rahul Krishna 80 not out after some absolutely fabulous batting with the composure of players much more experienced.
Congrats on a great win boys and special mention to the middle order who batted with the pressure on and got us over the line.
Tim van Zuylen