Colts vs Western Suburbs - Round 8 - 2012/13
The Colts boys all arrived at Punchbowl early on Saturday morning hoping to keep the momentum going with another win against a West Side that we beat comfortably (in the end) earlier in the year. With Skipper Andy Coleman losing the toss the Stags were sent into bat on what was quite a difficult deck to bat on with the ball hardly coming on.
No run... Leiboff carefully leaves one
The early loss of Arnesh, saw the returning Tim “the Vuvu” Van Zuylen joined by youngster James Robertson. Tim continued his fine form against Wests (following his 100 in the qualifying final last year) and together with James they built a solid 71 run partnership until James was bowled on 44 just after drinks. It must be said that over the past 3 games James has shown amazing confidence, composure and technique for a 13 year old and there is no doubt he is someone to keep an eye out for in the future.
The loss of James bought the skipper in, who quickly blasted a couple of fours before getting stumped. This wicket saw Dave Leiboff join Tim at the crease and the two set about consolidating the innings.
The curse of the drinks break stuck again as Tim was out for a very patient 69 (by his standards) in the first over after drinks leaving the Stags 4/150 odd with around 14 overs to go. This brought Jason Leiboff out to the middle to join his brother for the last few overs. A partnership off around 40 developed before Jason was bowled shouldering arms for 15. After marking centre just before the first ball, he then watched the ball straight onto middle stump.
James Robertson makes an impression around the club. Great to have you onboard.
Soon after Dave was out caught for a rather lucky 48 after being dropped a couple of times and it was left up to Shaun and Matt to finish off the innings. They put on around 30 vital runs in the last 5 overs which saw the Stags get up to 6/227 off their 50 overs, with Matt 17* and Shaun 11*.
On a slow pitch we always felt that we had enough runs but bowling tight lines and building pressure was still going to be key.
van Zuylen continues his great run against Western Suburbs
Unfortunately the bowling didn’t get off to the greatest start with Tom Stobo picking up an injury in his first over. Dave Leiboff got the ball rolling with a caught behind through to Coleman and in his next over 2 more wickets fells as Tom Stobo hit the one stump he had to aim at finding the Wests bat a long way short, before the new batsmen hit a full toss straight to mid on.
The boys were well on top at 3/31 but a partnership began to develop. A wicket each to Ben Leighton and Angus Kennelly then took the score to 5/98 and, after the medium pacers couldn’t get the job done, the skipper turned back to Ben who came back to clean up the rest of the wickets with his well-controlled leggies.
Ben ran through the Wests lower order as they only added 20 runs for the last 5 wickets, to finish with 5/7 in his 6th over.
Useful contributions from all the bowlers, particularly Matt Page and Jason Leiboff who bowled well without any luck, however on the whole I think all of the bowlers will know we need to be a lot tighter with our lines and reduce the number of wides going forward (myself included!)
In the end it turned out to be another easy win for the Colts who will look to finish off with another win before the break.