Super Stags pin down Soldiers Warriors

HOT IN FIELD: Soldiers Warriors were first to face the heat of fielding when they played Super Stags on Saturday January 20. Photo: Andrew Hopkins.
HOT IN FIELD: Soldiers Warriors were first to face the heat of fielding when they played Super Stags on Saturday January 20. Photo: Andrew Hopkins.

With the temperature close to 40C on Saturday afternoon, Super Stags, after winning the toss elected to bat rather than have the whole team stand in the sun fielding.

This was to prove a good move tactically as by the time they took the field the temperature had dropped slightly and there was a light breeze.

Warriors opening bowler Sibin Paul started out strongly, taking Jeremey Mutton's wicket in the first over to an incredible catch by Jobin Thomas at first slip. The ball was just inches from the ground to his right.

Tom James and Jarrod Twaddell settled things for a while, until Sibin Paul struck again, with Twaddell caught for 12. The Stags were two down for 35 from seven overs. Two overs later Andrew Hopkins had Tom James caught for 12.

The Warriors were looking good with nine overs bowled and the Stags  at three wickets down for 39 runs. 

Then Michael Storm came to the crease. After giving a chance, he would remain undefeated, scoring 118 with some nice backing up by Ben Stace and Tyler Hollingworth took the score to a respectable total of five down for 213 at the close of their innings.

Andrew Hopkins and Sibin Paul were the best of Warriors bowlers Hopkins claimed one wicket for 29 runs in his eight overs while Sibin had two for 40 from his eight.

Warriors innings started badly with Akhil Nair, caught on the second ball for two runs. A more agressive than normal Sreejesh Sreedharan, looking to punish the bowling was given out lbw.

This gave Jeremy Mutton his second wicket, with his third coming in the same over when he bowled Jimmy Gill leaving the warriors at three wickets down for 28 runs in five overs.

Hammad Farooq and Sampath Palley took the fight back to the Stags with a 56 run partnership before Sampath was caught behind off the bowling off Dan Hunt for 49.

Mani Chahal went next ball caught by Jake Mutton with the Warriors in trouble at five wickets down for 82. The normally relaxed and patient Raheem was in a hurry, wanting to hit runs but was out for two with a loose shot, caught by Luke McDonald. 

Jobin Thomas with some hitting late pushed the score to 124 from 24 overs before Warriors were all out.

Jeremy Mutton and Dan Hunt pick off the bowlers. Off four overs Jeremy Mutton claimed three wickets for 19 runs against him. Dan Hunt, in his five overs had three wickets for 23 runs against him. 

The player of the match was Michael Storm who in his 118 run stand hit sixes and fours all over the park.

 All grade cricket takes a break this Saturday for the Australia Day long weekend.

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