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DIVISION ONE, ROUND 5, 2020-21 SEAON
OLD SCOTCH (7/214)
def. OLD TRINITY CC (6/118)
The OSSC 1st XI tackled Old Trinity in a big Round Five top four clash, looking to continue an unbeaten start to the season. OT skipper Seb Nicolosi won the toss and no hesitation sending the home side in on a very bowler friendly looking surface, which had been under covers for days leading up to the match. There was indeed a fair bit in it early, but, after the early loss of Mitch Sennitt, Noah Croes and captain Sam Shearer were able to advance the score to a very respectable 1/100 at drinks.
After Shearer fell straight after drinks, Croes continued on his way, placing the bowlers under a good amount of pressure and punishing anything loose, before falling for a well made 65. Despite a fairly regular loss of wickets in the back end of the innings, the Scotch boys were able to close at 7/214 after telling contributions from Charlie Loveridge (24) and the in-form Will Clark (35 n/o).
With the wicket offering the bowlers plenty throughout the 40 overs, a score of 214 was a very solid effort and reflected how well and positively the Scotch boys played. With a strong bowling in it looked a winning score, but Trinity also boast a strong lineup of proven run scorers at the level and it was very much game on.
Trinity made a solid, if unspectacular, start and were certainly in the game, reaching 0/33 off the opening 10 over burst from Scotch openers Will Hays and Nick Sparks. A couple of bowling changes did the trick, with Clark and Shearer able to remove both Trinity openers Braine and Cowley in quick order and Clark also strangling Nicolosi down the leg-side.
From there, Scotch were able to tighten the screws and never looked in any danger of not collecting the four points. Tom Loveridge and Will Bonwick operated smoothly through the middle overs and Trinity ended up limping to 6/118 at the end of their 40 overs.
It was a really solid 80 over performance from the 1st XI side in some tricky conditions, leaving the boys equal top of the table, trailing Old Melburnians narrowly on percentage, and ready to launch in to the back end of the season.
DIVISION TWO, ROUND 5, 2020-21 SEAON
OLD SCOTCH (181)
def. by MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY (9/192)
The 2XI took on Melb Uni on the Melville in what turned out to be a cracking affair. The boys lost the toss and were sent into the field to bowl.
Some great fielding early saw a direct hit run out from Hayden Tilbrook, which brought the excitement to the contest. Despite the early wickets, Melb Uni batted on well, consistently scoring along with a helping hand from the extras (30) and pushed to 10/192 after their 40 overs. Young Joel Bennett impressed with 4 wickets, sending warning signs to the comp about the Bennett name hanging around for years to come.
With a decent total to chase, the boys got off to a flying start with Charlie Schilling scoring a run a ball 49 after being dropped on 0. James Watson, Tom Edney and James Halse all made starts, reaching 20 odd before losing their wicket. This unfortunately was the story of the innings, with no one being able to capitalise on a partnership and steer us home. Oliver McLeish made a quick fire 17 to keep us in the contest, however we ended up falling 11 runs short in our pursuit.
Plenty of positives, but as always, plenty to work on! We look forward to a crunch game against MCC this weekend.