Green Shield Report Round 3 vs UNSW
|Green Shield Report Round 3 vs UNSW
We arrived at Killara for our round 3 clash with UNSW to find that the pitch was very damp and soft under foot, which meant that play was delayed until 10am. Overhead conditions however were excellent and we knew that things could only improve. During this period the squad was treated to more bantering from the Kings and Riverview boys carrying on from Round 2 on school rivalries in the GPS.
(Dominic Thomson during his 57)
Darren Jayasekera unfortunately lost the toss and we were sent in to bat on a bowler friendly wicket. Despite losing the early wicket of Chris Spratt caught behind to a ball that sprung up off a good length, the Stags looked comfortable at the crease and it appeared as though Uni were not fully utilising the conditions.
Dom Thomson and Shaun Chandiramani were combining well until Shaun was adjudged LBW for 12. Tom Carruthers fell soon after and we were in trouble at 3-27. A few good partnerships then developed as Dom was joined by Corbin Edgar (23) followed by the skipper Darren (22) who all played prominent roles in our innings. Each of them ran well between wickets and dispatched the bad ball to the boundary.
With the loss of Dom for a well-compiled 57 we were 6-144 and there was still some work to be done by the lower order if we were to post an imposing total. The wicket was beginning to flatten out and batting was becoming easier as the day progressed. With that in mind Bhavya Nanda and Michael Clarebrough looked to increase the run rate.
(Charlie Stobo at Killara)
They made 11 and 12 respectively before being dismissed and with contributions from Charlie Stobo (16) and Hugh Buddin (25), we managed to reach 207 from 59.5 overs. Evidently we were pleased with this given the state of the wicket at the start of play. However Uni's strength lay in their batting and a solid bowling and fielding effort was required.
The openers Jack Skilbeck and Hugh Buddin bowled well with Hugh picking up a couple of wickets while Jack bowled accurately from the other end. Darren then brought himself into the attack and had early success trapping the number four in front. At tea we were well on top with UNSW 3-32 off 16.
A problem however was potentially going to be rain and when play resumed, spinner Shaun Chandiramani was introduced into the attack to get through the overs quickly. Darren changed his bowlers from the other end swiftly with Tom, Charlie and Michael all bowling tight lines, Uni began to feel the pressure and when Charlie took a great catch at slip off Michael the game was all but over.
Shaun picked up more wickets for the competition one of which was a sharp stumping to keeper Lachlan Stewart. Shaun is now the leading wicket taker in Green Shield with 9 after 3 games. The lower order for Uni hung around for a while but was not particularly threatening.
(Excellent stumping from Lachlan Stewart)
A superb runout from Corbin and a Jack Skilbeck short ball finished off the tail, UNSW all out for 116 and a 91 run win for us. The ominous rain clouds from tea thankfully never played a part and we recorded our 2nd win from 3 matches.
Our next game is against NDs in the local derby at Waitara on Thursday. This game appears to be pivotal for both sides as we are 7th and they are 9th.
Thank you to all the parents for the afternoon tea and also to those that scored.
(Some of the action with Hugh Buddin, Jack Skilbeck and Shaun Chandiramani)