After losing their game two weekends ago to the Bowlo Rats, the Goulburn Soldiers Warriors returned to form in their Saturday game at Carr Confoy Park.
First ball and Bowlo Rats’ Rob Channing fell to Soldiers Warriors skipper Sibin Paul. Then Tommy O’Brien followed soon after for a duck, with a very sharp catch in slips by Sibin Paul.
Isaac Walker and Andrew Munroe settled things for a while until a good ball from Arun Yadav had Sreejesh taking a good catch to see the Rats three wickets down for 34. In the eighth over Hamish Campbell was caught by Ahkil Nair 4 for 65. Shane Munroe also went cheaply to see the Bowlo 5 for 74 at drinks. Five Warriors bowlers each had a wicket. With Andrew Munroe batting very well at one end and Matt Anderson looking solid took the score to 114 before Glen Duggan cleaned up Andrew Munroe’s stumps. Some hitting from Matt Anderson and Dylan Newman helped Rats to reach defendable 150, with 40 off extra's.
Warriors never looked in trouble with Ahkil Nair destroying the bowling and Sreejesh Sreedharan supporting him in an opening partnership of 124 before Ahkil was caught for 74 from 70 balls with six 4's and two 6's, Sreejesh was soon to follow for 40 from 66 balls. Max George and Sampath Palley new to the crease saw the game out with Sampath hitting three, fours, giving Warriors an eight wicket win.
Andrew Munroe with 62 was the best of Bowlo Rats batsmen supported by Matt Anderson with 18.
Andrew Hopkins who took three wickets for 15 off six overs and Hammad Farooq who claimed two wickets for 18 off eight overs were the best of Warriors bowlers.