Green Shield Report vs UNSW - Round 3
Greenies vs UNSW
After two rounds of the Green Shield season, the Gordon side were sitting mid-table. They ventured to the Village Green full of confidence they could replicate the successes achieved against Northern Districts two days previously.
With what looked like a fast, bouncy pitch, and an outfield good enough to play billiards on, the University of NSW skipper had no hesitation to bat when the toss landed in his favour. Fair to say the Gordon side were less than impressed with their skipper's inability to buy a successful toss of the coin for a third time in succession.
The author, Edwards, sends one down
After last match report for the Northern Districts match, it was stated that it was only a matter of time before openers Tom Drake and Robert Edwards found their form and collected a handful of wickets each. Between them, they scalped the first four wickets of the innings in the space of ten overs, leaving the students crumbling at 4 for 25.
A minor fight back was staged by the home team at this point, compiling a 5th wicket partnership of 42, before Henry Carmichael found the edge of the established batsmen, with a sharp catch effected by Edwards in the cordon. Interestingly, 7 out of the 10 dismissals by the Stags were catches by either keeper or slips (H. Anderson 2 catches, S. Colley 2 catches, R. Edwards 2 catches, B Cannon 1 catch as keeper) with another good one by Max Carter running backwards in the deep at mid on.
The Gordon method of attack was to keep the ball as full as possible, and ensure the students were attempting to play outlandish shots through and over the infield in a desperate attempt to increase their scoring rate. This in turn led to the inevitable final dismissals of the tail, with Steve Colley taking two and Alex Campbell backing up from his last game with another. Uni of NSW finished on a modest 120 from 44 overs, something which seemed could only be defended by the possibility of rain looming in the dark clouds above.
Opening pair Hugo Anderson and Ben Cannon took to the crease after the ten minute changeover, and battled smartly for the first 8 overs, exchanging the strike to ensure no bowler could sustain any pressure on particular batsmen. Cannon was the first to be dismissed in the ninth over, compiling 14 runs before doing so (12 of those runs coming in 3's). This brought captain Colley to the crease, who was in much need of some time in the middle after a couple of small scores.
Captain Colley frees up his arms to get Gordon over the line
Steve's personally projected total was 50 not out, however with quick singles and silky strokes, he managed to go 13 better than that. When Edwards came in at 2 for 58, he and Colley collected the remaining 63 runs with little difficulty in the 35th over, the last before tea and the arrival of the rain.