U13/14 Gold - Round 9 vs St Ives Hazelwood

Runs Flow in Gold Rush to Victory

Batting first, proceedings didn't begin too brightly for Gold with a wicket falling to the second ball of the day.

Cautious play from opener Charlie McCoubrey and No.3 Cameron Stocks (pictured left) enabled Gordon to steady the ship and see off the better bowlers. Accordingly both batsmen reached  the retirement score of 40 runs, with boundaries flowing freely as their confidence grew.

The great work from these two was built on by Hunter Thompson (below right) who also reached the magic 40 mark with ease, sending the ball to the boundary with great elegance and frightening regularity.

Isaac Altham, coming in at number 7, played a high tempo innings characterised by great running between the wickets and some crunching off drives.

With the innings coming to a close and a big score in the offing, the situation demanded the introduction of big hitting Marcus Lal, (below left) fresh from his maiden 50 the previous week. After taking a few balls to get his eye in, Lal flogged the tiring, bedraggled St Ives bowlers to all parts of the ground, including one massive six to cow corner.

Lal was force to retire on the penultimate ball of the innings, having reached his 40 in only 20 balls. Oliver Gilhooly came in for the last ball and charged down the wicket with demonic teenage intent and duly dispatched the ball to the square leg boundary for a final 4. Gordon finished on 234 for 3, the teams' highest ever 32 over score (by some margin).

With such a large total it may have been understandable that Gordon were not at their sharpest in the field or with ball in hand.

As a result, St Ives reached a respectable score but never threatened to overhaul what was a terrific total from Gold and a thumping victory.