Monash University CC News

Winter Cricket 2014 Round 1

By Ahmed Moosa

Round 1: Malvern vs. Monash University (Blue)

All the weather forecasts suggested that there would be no play, with thunderstorms predicted throughout the day. But when the Gryphons arrived at the Oakleigh Secondary College for their match against Malvern, the sun was out and we had great conditions for cricket.

Bruce, captaining a Gryphs team for the first time won the toss and chose to field first. From the start, Malvern looked like they were going to be aggressive, swinging wildly at everything. Rusty and Phani opened the bowling and did a great job of containing them. Rusty picked up two great wickets, both of which had the stumps cart wheeling. Phani was unlucky not to have a wicket of his own, after a tough catch was dropped.

Bruce and Moose came on to bowl in the 12th over, with the score 2/48. After a few tight overs, the Malvern opener started to get his eye in. Playing some aggressive shots he accelerated the run rate and the pressure was on the Gryphs. After the drinks break, we fought back strongly. Bruce hit a batsman in the head. He then got a wicket when the batsman skied the ball to Jerry, who took a comfortable catch. Moose also managed to get a wicket during that spell.

Their opener ended up retiring on 50. After that the wickets fell at regular intervals, with James taking two including the opener when he came back at the end of the innings. Akshay bowled well, taking two. The first, a catch taken by Moose at long on and the second a great stumping by Jerry.
In the end, Malvern managed to score 148 all out. A big total, but one that we were confident that we could chase. Our innings started well, with both James and Ayyappan playing themselves in. But then the rain came, and the match was delayed. When we came back on, the umpire made a strange decision to reduce our overs without reducing the target! We lost both of our openers quickly and we went from 0/18 to 2/19 in an over.

Bruce and Akshay stayed out in the middle and played well together. Akshay was knocking the ball around nicely and Bruce attacking their average bowling attack. Bruce eventually fell for 25 and the rain began to fall again as Jerry walked out to bat.

Play was eventually abandoned, but this was a great way to get rid of the rust. We have our first points and the signs look good for the rest of the season!

Malvern 148 a.o. Monash Gryphons 3/58 (17)
Bruce 2/20 & 25, Akshay 2/13 &12n.o