Second grade Goulburn cricket

RUNNING: Hammad Farooq looks for a quick single to try to boost the Warriors' run rate during their game against the Railway Bowlo Rats on Saturday.

RUNNING: Hammad Farooq looks for a quick single to try to boost the Warriors' run rate during their game against the Railway Bowlo Rats on Saturday.

Goulburn’s top two second grade cricket sides clashed on the Carr Confoy 2 pitch on Saturday. These two teams are fairly evenly matched and play a tactical game whenever they meet. 

Warriors won the toss and elected to bat and set a high run chase for the Rats who were sent out in the scorching sun to field.

 Russell Mills opened the batting for Warriors but the usually solid high scoring batsman was out second ball off the bowling od Robert Channing. Isaac Walker at the other end was in devastating form with two wickets in his first over.

The Warriors were looking troubled when they were quickly five wickets down for just eight runs on the board, all coming from extras, none off the bat. The Warriors are a tenacious bunch and will not give up until the last ball is bowled Jobin Thomas and Hammad Farooq fought back bringing the total to 55 before Channing came back into attack and had Thomas caught.

This brought Andrew Hopkins in to bat. Hammad Farooq took over the scoring lead with Andrew Hopkins played defensively, trying hit singles to rotate the strike moving the score to 120 before Hammad was caught off the bowling off Maclay Robinson for 62 from 93 balls. Hopkins fell 20 runs later for 23 from 39 also to Robinson. Some strong , accurate hitting from Pawan Aulakh moved the score along to 146 all out.

HARD TO HIT: Macleay Robinson tries to limit the scoring opportunities for the Warriors with his bowling, frustrating Andy Hopkins waiting off strike. Photos: Darryl Fernance

HARD TO HIT: Macleay Robinson tries to limit the scoring opportunities for the Warriors with his bowling, frustrating Andy Hopkins waiting off strike. Photos: Darryl Fernance

 It was an amazing fightback after the Warriors were five wickets down for just eight runs. Rob Channing was the pick of the Rats bowlers. in his seven overs he claimed three wickets for 19 runs.

The Bowlo Rats looked in similar trouble early with opener Tommy O'brien  caught for a duck off the bowling of Sibin Paul. The inform Andrew Munro also fell cheaply for 12 bowled by Hammad Farooq.

Jimmy Gill bowled Isaac Walker for 20 and Rob Channing fell for a duck. the third time he has been scoreless against the Warriors this season.

 At four wickets down for 46 runs the Warriors thought they were still well in the hunt, though the Rats were way ahead of the five for eight of the Warriors. 

Jordan Gregory and Daniel Munroe put up a fight with a 50 run partnership before Daniel Munroe was bowled by Andrew Hopkins for 26. 

A 40 run partnership between Shane Munroe and the unbeaten Jordan Gregory sealed the win for the Bowlo Rats with one over to go and seven wickets gone. Gregory had taken some chances and was dropped four times, but held strong at the other end to see the Rats across the line. He finished the innings on 35 not out. Their win on Saturday places the Bowlo Rats on top of the second grade ladder with three games left before the finals.

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