Turning up to David Phillips Oval South, we were greeted with a wicket with a touch of grass. Having won the toss, despite the grass we were always going to bat first. Gorham (16) and MR Clarke (20) got us off to a good start of 35 runs, before a collapse of 3/9 in the space of 7 over’s brought Brady and Burkhart to the crease. Brady and Burkhart steadied the ship and took us to tea with the score 3/143.
Looking to build a solid total after tea, the partnership was ended with Brady being dismissed for 55 with the score at 153. This did not stop Burkhart from continuing the scoring and was finally dismissed for a classy 83 showing that age is no restriction. By this stage McRae was into his innings but shortly after being dismissed for 22, this lead to a wicket the next ball of Nihalraj. Rush and Sofianidis added a valuable 48 runs for the 8th wicket with Rush being stumped for 27.
Sofianidis made a very mature 31 helping us to a competitive total of 278. Feeling that 278 was short of what we wanted after being so well placed at tea, we knew the 9 over’s we had at UNSW was going to be crucial and getting a wicket or two would be needed.
It took us until the last over of the day to take the wicket that was needed. It took a special delivery from the young leggie Bizzanelli to fool the batsman leaving him bowled.
Coming into day 2 we knew some early wickets would put us into a dominant position in the game. All the bowlers toiled hard but without reward. When Bizzanelli was brought into the attack he picked up a wicket in his 2nd over of the day for Rush’s first dismissal of the day. Bizzanelli proved to be the wicket taker again for the 3rd wicket with a beautiful low caught and bowled to his left, this left UNSW 3/79. This was our last wicket before the tea break, with runs coming hard to come by for the UNSW batsman as Gorham bowled a tight 12 over spell for only 12 runs.
UNSW team was sitting on 3/137 at tea, with the game in the balance. We needed something special to break the partnership and this came with the score on 159, with a brilliant leg side stumping by Rush off the bowling of Gorham. This gave us a chance, and started a very good spell for us. Taking a further 2 wicket for only 5 runs, with Rush being prominent in the wickets, with another caught behind and a second smart leg side stumping off the bowling of Dawson. With two new batsmen we were trying to wrap the innings up quickly.
With all the scoring coming from one batsman (mostly in the form of boundaries), we knew a chance was only just around the corner, this came with a typical leggie wicket, a half tracker caught on the boundary giving McRae his first wicket.
With UNSW needing 79 runs in 23 over’s with 3 wickets in hand, UNSW shut up shop and was trying to go for the draw. This led to an annoying partnership, which was proving impossible to break, before some impressive fielding bringing a run out by Thomas.
The last 2 wickets fell for 18 runs with Gorham picking up his second and Bizzanelli fittingly finishing it off with his 4th. Bizzanelli being the pick of the bowlers with 4/48 his best return this season. Fantastic stuff from Rush behind the stumps 2 catches and 2 stumpings.
With the six points bring us to 18 point for the season and bringing us into the top 6. With a tough game next week against Sydney University, we have a great base to build on.