Colts vs Western Suburbs - Round 4 - 2012/13
It was a very exciting start for day 1 for the spectators and Wests. Wickets were dropping like flies seeing us at a fast pace of 1 per over. With our top order having a combined total of 9 and the score being 6/17 things were looking fairly grim.
Jason Leiboff, combining with his brother, rescues the Colts from a dire situation
However the Leiboff boys had not yet taken the crease. With Dave and Jason out in the middle, they kept their heads down and battled though a confident Wests bowling attack. After seeing out the new ball, the boys started to show their true style, putting on a partnership of 45. Dave was dismissed for 21.
After the dismissal of his brother, Jason knuckled down and prepared for a tough innings with Irving-Holliday playing his natural style. They continued on to put on well-fought 85 before Jason was dismissed for a great and much deserved innings of 62.
Irving-Holliday continued on with Tom Stobo to increase the score by 77 with Tom scoring a quick-fire 20 before being dismissed, shortly after Irving-Holliday was caught for a total of 89, ending our innings at the remarkable score of 226, which we were very confident of defending.
We walked out determined to get into this West line up with 30 overs to bowl we needed to make a statement. Ending the day at 4/57 from the 30 overs, we left the field with some positives from the day’s play, with Dave picking up 2 wickets, Tom and Jason picking up one each.
Going into the second day we knew we had to put in that extra effort if we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of going for an outright win later in the day. The day started off well for the Stags, only giving away 3 runs in the first 12 overs of the day.
Blaize and Dave put on a clinic for the spectators and fellow team mates on how to bowl consistently. Wests weren’t scoring runs but they were hanging in there! We needed a breakthrough. Continuing on with persistent lines and length Blaize struck with a mean delivery striking the Wests’ batsman in the head and rolling onto the stumps. It was a well deserved breakthrough.
After getting that wicket we saw that first innings win in our sights, having the Magpies 6/60 at the first drinks. The batsman were outing in a good effort but we knew we had them in strife when we broke through with the next couple of wickets coming from poor communication from Wests after 2 catches going down, but 2 run outs being the verdict.
David Leiboff, the older brother, plays the supporting role in his partnership with Jason to rescue the Stags
The win for the Stags was getting closer and closer, having them 8 down. The next 2 wickets fell quickly securing the first innings points for the Stags.
With 51 overs left in the day we had a tough battle on our hands, early wickets and tight bowling was key if we were going to get the full 10 points and gain our 3rd outright win for the season. Wickets came slow at 5 down: a notable 6th wicket partnership from the Magpies’ batsmen nudged the outright win from our grasp.
Another terrific performance from the Stags continued our undefeated streak.
Notable mentions must go to the Leiboff boys digging us out of trouble with the bat on day 1. Then backing up with the ball, Dave picking up 2 wickets and a run out. Jason also picking up 2 wickets, as well as a well deserved and hard fought 62. Tom Stobo also gave a solid performance with 20 runs at the end of an interesting batting performance and 2 wickets for the match.
But the debutant, Blaize Irving-Holliday’s performance will not be forgotten, showing us how to punish the opposition bowling, scoring a terrific 89, and backing it up with opening the bowling taking 6 wickets for the match.