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.
All out for 139 doesn’t sound super good, but hen you take into account the extremely slow outfield, my personal view is that we’re in a pretty good place going into week 2 of Round 7. We won the toss and batted, and it was immediately clear that value for shots was not something the captain had carefully taken into account. Most batsmen made solid contributions that would have been 20s and 30s on any other pitch, with the standouts being Sumit with his 36, AJ Jnrs very well made 39, including no fewer than 20 consecutive singles, when that was by far the most efficient way to make runs.
Told you 139 was pretty good on that pitch.
The Gladdies brought home win number 2 of the season yesterday, with a disciplined bowling and outstanding catching effort to skittle the Weekenders for 110. The Weekenders seemed to have a bus to catch early on, and struggled against the pace and guile of Barron and Kalia. With runs hard to come by, they kept going aerial, and a solid catch by Martin and amazing catches by Sumit and Jimbo had them floundering at 5/56 at drinks. At 8/68 it looked all too easy, but “somehow”, they got to 8/105 with 9 overs to go. Enter on-field captain Jimbo to knock the middle peg back, followed by Rich taking two wickets the next over (only one of which was given), and it was all over, a comfortable 29 run win. As I said, excellent catching and patient bowling was the key.