GYC Red remains undefeated
JOHN COVINGTON reports
GYC Red (Hobart) has had a sparkling start to the season, remaining undefeated after a dominant bowling performance against GYC Blue, yesterday afternoon. The Hobart boys were clinical in executing their bowling plans and were faultless in the field. Despite a top order collapse, they had a comfortable victory.
With grey skies above, the decision was made to make it a 10 over hit-out to avoid a washout. This was a wise move as rain started to fall not long after the match finished and a storm broke about 30 minutes later.
Glenorchy openers Andrew Bourke and Joseph Turmine had little time to waste after the reduction in overs. Bourke carted a boundary and then a massive six off the second and third balls of the first over. Turmine added another boundary and they were looking good at 0-16 at the end of this first over.
The leather was then tossed to Luke Swinton who quickly changed the game. He took a wicket with his first delivery and two more in his second over to end with the impressive figures of 3 wickets for 2 runs off his allotted 2 overs. Joshua Pride also took 2 wickets in his second over and, after a needless run-out, the score had plummeted to 6 for 25.
Aayush Bagga played a stoic knock in an attempt to bat out the overs, hoping for the rain to intervene. However, 2 wickets to Jake Hayers and 1 to Joshua Henley, together with a tight maiden from Lewis Edwards kept the total to a record low 41. Louis Meere remained the only batsmen not out. He put on a 9-run last wicket stand with Bagga in a partnership highlighted with quick singles.
The Hobart team was terrific in the field, holding on to seven catches in the tricky conditions. The best was from Jake Hayers who made good ground and then took a spectacular dive that will vie for the “catch of the year” award.
With nothing to lose, the Glenorchy team started on fire. Brady Williams claimed two scalps in the opening over with the help of a Louis Meere classic catch in the deep. Isaac Manson then bowled a tight over that helped build the pressure. This led to a run-out which was brilliantly effected by Williams who could not stay out of the action.
Benjamin McRoss took a wicket with his first ball with a brilliant yorker, to have the Hobart boys looking shaky at 4 for 11. Could the impossible happen? The Glenorchy team (and supporters) had hopes of a massive upset. This was not to be.
Zachary Adams and Jake Hayers steadied the ship for Hobart with a 29-run unbeaten stand. After some retirements and a late wicket from McRoss the winning score was settled at 5-45.
So it was victory to GYC Red in a low-scoring but entertaining match. Both teams remain very much in the hunt for the grand final berths where GYC Blue might get a chance for revenge.
GYC Red (5-45 off 8 overs) d GYC Blue (9-41 off 9.5 overs)
Zachary Adams 16 n.o. (15 balls), Jake Hayers 13 n.o. (13 balls)
Luke Swinton 3-2 (2 overs), Jake Hayers 2-6 (1), Joshua Pride 2-21 (2)
Andrew Bourke 11 (5 balls), Aayush Bagga 8 (18 balls)
Brady Williams 2-9 (2 overs), Benjamin McRoss 2-12 (2)
scorer, John Covington umpires, Peter Taylor and Blair Brownless