Probably not the best of day ones, but not the worst either. Sent in to bat with a wet outfield, we struggled to hit the boundary all that often early and a bit of bad luck here and there saw us at 4/18 pretty quickly. But Dan, Kunaal and S.Undries put us back into the game, at least to some extent. All out 130 not great, but could have been worse, with Kunaal top scoring with 41* not out.
We had a good dozen overs at them at the end of the days play, with them trying to get first innings points on day one. They actually didn’t fall too far short, racking up 88, although we did nab 4 wickets along the way. So, still a chance to hold them off, although we will have to bowl and field well.
Probably not the week 2 we were looking for either…
Predictably, only having 9 players sure did hurt us on day 2. The Tigers brought up first innings points within about half an hour, for the loss of no wickets, but we tightened up after that, taking 5/20 to have them all out just 23 runs in front. Some more shocking lbws had us off to a bad start, but Dan and Kunaal played excellent innings to take us (more or less) out of the danger zone, with enough room to declare and give them a shot at chasing 107 off 6 overs. Disturbingly, they came within 23 runs of that target. But at least we didn’t lose outright again.