Match Report Game 7 v Chennai St Bede's Sports Foundation
The ground we played at today is a first class cricket venue in Chennai. The outfield was lush green and the pitch itself was void of grass, well rolled and a little slow.
Captain for the day Whetu na Nagara lost the toss and the school was asked to bat first. The innings started disastrously when five wickets fell within the first 18 overs for a mere 37 runs. The only real resistance during this period came from Mason Hughes who posted 18 off 41 balls. To be fair the St Bede's opening and first change bowlers bowled extremely accurately to a packed offside field. As expected, the school encountered a barrage of spin bowlers of all types and the pitch was very receptive for them. The team then produced three stubborn partnerships, the first realised 41 runs between Braden Rowe (18) and Harry Wenham. The next was worth 28 between Harry (39 of 63 balls) and Isaac Harris and the third was between brothers Isaac (26) and Reuben Harris who together out on 25. The final three wickets fell cheaply and the school had to settle for a sub-par total of 135 all out.
The St Bede's innings began promisingly with the fall of an early wicket when Jack Lord rattled the wood work with the score at 9. From this point on the batsmen were very accomplished as they passed our total comfortably with the loss of only one further wicket that to Reuben Harris. On a positive note all the school's bowlers made St Bede's earn their runs and were backed up by the best fielding performance so far on tour.
All in all today's game was played in oppressive heat and humidity. The temperature nudged 38 degrees for a time out in the middle. The school's batmen and bowlers will have gained much experience and appreciation from playing in these conditions especially the batmen who had to contend with the demands of facing high quality spin bowling.
- Mr Paul GIbbs, Manager