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Poidevin Gray vs Sutherland - Round 4 - 2015/16

Sutherland away. With our team lineup looking great team on paper, I was keen for a top performance from the boys.

Batting first on a good deck, our new additions to the side, Matt Chamberlain and Cam New, went about their business negotiating a swinging ball. Matt fell to a peach which ripped out his off stump, and Jack Colley joined Cam. They both batted extremely confidently, with Jack racing to 18 off 12 balls. 

One of the gents that could hold his head high on the day, Tim Ferrero bowled well in defending their small target 

He was stumped with his head in the clouds, and Axel fell soon after. Cam looked set on 36 after building a good little partnership with Max Papworth and setting us up for a decent score. But 3-94 very quickly turned to 7-95. 

Ferrero and Stobo looked to rebuild, with Tim looking particularly deadly 36 not out off 31 balls. But no one else could hang around, and we were bowled out for 131. Extremely disappointing. 3 run outs, a few loose shots, an innings everyone would like to take back.

From the outset we looked to attack and take wickets. However Sutherland also looked to attack and dominate the bowling scoring quick runs in a search for a bonus point.

An opening stand of 57 was broken by Boothy. From there, we didn’t bow our heads but kept hunting for wickets and applying the pressure in the field. Boothy bowled extremely well taking 4-31 from his 9, and could have easily taken 5 with help from his mate “Papsmear” Papworth. 

Ferrero kept it tight, but ultimately Sutherland passed our score 5 down. It could’ve been a totally different story if we’d scored another 50-60 runs which would have allowed the bowlers to have a good score to bowl too. With all the talk building up the Sutherland bowlers, I think we could have definitely won this game.

But with the team 2 wins from 4, the race to the finals is still on. The potential is 100% there to win this competition.

Ben Leighton


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