2nd XI Setting the Standard!

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Holy Cross won the toss and chose to bat on a pitch that looked a bit firmer and truer than those offered up for the first two games of the season. After a fruitful new-ball spells the previous week, Chris Willsdon and Callum Martin opened up again for Watsonians. The Holy Cross openers, House and Mazhar, looked to play their shots early on and both bowlers were unlucky on a few occasions with the ball dropping into gaps and falling short of fielders. Callum in particular was far too quick for the Holy Cross batsmen who frequently were late on their shots. 

Despite the openers never really getting themselves settled, they managed to stay at the crease until the 12th over. In an unfortunate turn, Callum delivered a hostile bouncer which caught Mazhar on the elbow – unable to grip his bat, he was forced to retire hurt.

Shortly after, Callum finally had House flashing hard at a short ball. Making up for a regulation chance shelled an over earlier, Robbo pulled off an absolute blinder diving to his left at first slip behind Sarah. 

Kenny came on for Chris and with his first legal delivery (after a beamer at the batsman’s head) took out Clemens’ leg stump. In his next over he claimed his second victim, Javed chopping on while chasing a wider one. Kenny already has 9 wickets this season – all bowled!

At the other end, Sri set about his work as usual with some relentless away-swing. He picked up his first wicket when Butt lost his patience and skied one to Ronak at mid-on. The very next ball he trapped Singh LBW. Bonfield saw out his hattrick ball but 2 overs later, Sri had his man with a beautiful swinging delivery that clipped the top of off stump. 

The next pair built a few overs of resistance but ultimately Sri had Vijay caught at slip and Reiss caught at mid-off. With Holy Cross only fielding 10 players and their opener too injured to return, they closed their innings on 96-8 from 29.1 overs. Willsdon 7-0-35-0, Callum 7-3-11-1, Kenny 8-2-28-2, Sri 7.1-0-14-5

After a glorious tea, Sarah and Jethro strode out to the middle. Bonfield and Vijay bowled tidily at the start and they got their reward when Jethro sliced a drive to point. Man of the hour Sri joined Sarah and they confidently set about the total. The pair accumulated quietly until the change bowlers came on. Sri took the opportunity to cut loose, hitting Javed’s first two balls for four. Playing two dodgy switch-hits followed by a classy late cut, Sri finished off the match and brought up his half century. Sonians completed the win in 19.1 overs with Sri 51* and Sarah 25*. A great all-round performance by Sri and another solid team win for the 2s.

 

Rory High