0910 Under 17 R6 v New Town

Glen 6/ 111 (22.5)

T. Spotswood 53
L. Green 28*

def New Town 110 (43.2)

N. McDonald 2/ 6 (6)
M. Grace 2/ 8 (5)
T. Spotswood 2/ 13 (10)
L. Green 2/ 19 (6.2)

Glenorchy took on arch- rival The New Town Bucks at Eady Street, on a wicket that looked great to bat on; despite at tinge of green and high scores would be achievable. New Town Skipper Patrick Fisher won the toss and had no hesitation about having a stick first.

New Town were going along at a steady rate until opening bowler Green struck the first blow with an easy caught and bowled after a terribly miss timed shot. That wicket caused a huge collapse. Captain Tim Spotswood got and L.B.W his way, Nic MacDonald claimed two middle order wickets with his tight and disciplined medium-pacers, Mitchell Grace did likewise[including the wicket of Fisher], and when the spin twins Nat Wood [1st under 17 game] and Jamie Adams struck, the Bucks were in serious trouble at 8/69.

A solid ninth wicket partnership for the Bucks held the rampage up until Spotswood was reintroduced and he claimed his second wicket soon after, finding the edge and Jamie taking a great diving catch at 1st slip. Green took the final wicket and Glenorchy were set 111 to win. Glenorchy bowled very well and gave New Town no easy runs and the bowlers were well backed up in the field, where numerous catches were held onto. The 111 runs had some hiccups along the way.

Openers Tom Coates and Daniel Adams took to the crease knowing we only had to score at a bit over 2 runs an over, but New Town were not going to die wondering. Daniel was caught at cover without troubling the scores and when Tom Was run out for 2, New Town thought they had a sniff. That sniff got bigger when “under 17 leading run scorer” Jamie Adams was bowled and Glenorchy were 3 for not many. When Mitchell was out L.B.W, New Town thought they were favourites with Glenorchy 4/20. What they didn’t realise was Tim Spotswood was still at the crease and ready to explode at any minute.

Tim was savage on anything overpitched, and anything short ended “out of the ground.” Tim hit one ball into the Glenorchy central car park which took a few minutes to be relocated. Then he smacked a four back past and bowler and with a few singles off the over the match had turned.

Spotswood brought up his 50 at better then a run a ball. With Green at the other end Glenorchy were now cruising at 4/90 odd. When Tim bowled for a brilliant 53, Glenorchy needed less than 15. Green milked the bowling around but when Scott Hall was stumped for nought we were 6 down with about 6 runs to get.

Jordan Heather saw out the final few balls of the over allowing Green to hit the runs required. Glenorchy: victorious with 24 overs remaining and 3 wickets still in the shed. Heather finished not out 0 and Green not out 28.

Glenorchy’s top order batting the only negative out of the match but with 6 points in the bag and a place in the top 4 the season is starting the have some real promise with hopefully more success to come.

By Lucas Green