Colts vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 6 - 2016/17
The high flying Stags arrived at Snape Park, to take on Randwick-Petersham, full of confidence on the back of a comprehensive victory last round.
With the boys awaiting the arrival of skipper Crofts we descended into a quick game of touch as the top order showed the bottom order how it was done with a quick rout 3-1, special mentions to Andrew ‘I love Brady Morrison’ Harvey who consistently cut through the defence like a hot knife through butter! Maybe he's in the wrong sport?
Onto the cricket and the greenest wicket I’ve seen since I have been here, with overcast conditions to boot, it was a very important toss to win. With the skipper busy it was down to our second best tosser Matt ‘MP’ Keane to call correctly which he duly complied. All together lads.
Matt does half the damage with 5/26!Aaron arrived delighted to the news and got straight into making sure we all had a strong mentality of achieving a very possible maximum points over the two days.
New look opening bowling partnership of myself and MP got straight into the task and were swinging the ball both ways, leaving the Randy Petes batsmen clueless but after a couple early wickets and the score at 2/29, the skipper brought himself on accompanied by Vikrant Nehru.
These carried on building the pressure, Ronnie consistently hitting a length and Nehru bowling fast attacking the stumps, the Randy Petes batsmen had no answers the score was soon at 5/42.
After a quick drinks break the skipper brought back man of the moment MP Keane, and he bowled a fantastic spell of quick aggressive bowling of which was easily too good for the batsmen along with Vikrant these two finished off the lower order for 89, with Matt taking a brilliant 5/26, also Vikrant 3/9 bowled superbly.
With bats in hand Morrison and Harvey went out full of expectation and the other lads were waiting to see the same thing they've seen week in week out from these two, a solid opening partnership. With the score on 1 and Brady deciding to guide one on to his own stumps this wasn't to be and maybe these 89 runs weren't going to be as straight forward as first hoped.
It was too easy for the Stags with Vikrant picking up several poles!
Oli joined Andrew and both batted well but both also got starts and got out, Crofts came and went and I was joined by Sahil ‘Wears what he wants’ Sharma. Not wanting to lose anymore wickets we set about gaining the runs, nudging nurdling and dismissing the bowlers with 3 overs to spare in the day and we were there. Good days work 6 points in the bag, a solid team effort…maximum points in sight.
Day 2 arrived with the wicket not to dissimilar to last week and a strict game plan from Crofts 100 runs 15 overs then get back at them, no worries skip. With myself and Sahil falling after a very handy partnership, and a couple handy cameos from Nehru and Huang. We were all out for a Gung Ho 174.
Leading by 85 and a quick changeover delayed by the what can only be presumed to be the batsmen reluctantly awaiting imminent downfall. We got straight back into it and we didn't have to wait long as we soon had them 5/14. A couple a piece for the new ball buddies and a great run out thanks to Manus ‘wish it wasn't a green wicket’ Chauhan.
Almost forgot to mention the batsmen who could only be named as the angriest man in NSW as we helped him on his 5th and 6th consecutive duck in a row. Oops.
Back came Crofts and Nehru carrying on where they left off on day one taking 1 and 2 respectively. With one of the batsmen retired hurt it was down to Manus to take what happened to be last and only wicket to be taken in front of the stumps and Randy Petes all out for 43 in 30 overs. A dominant display stretching our lead at the top with maximum points and with great banter all the way.
Quick mention to Jennie, Chris and Jodie for their help on the 2 days and good support of the team.
Can we be stopped?