Michaelhouse thrash St Charles by 107 runs

2013-02-01 00:00

THE sixth game of the round robin in the Sunfoil School Day/night series was expected to be the most competitive to date, but St Charles wavered as Michaelhouse built good pressure, eventually falling well short and giving Michaelhouse their second win with a bonus point.

Michaelhouse opening batsmen Bradley Roberts and Jason Marshall took advantage of a good wicket after electing to bat and were together for just over 28 overs, establishing a solid platform.

Their partnership of 148 came in 175 balls, until Marshall (58) was run out with a direct throw from Ferdie Luttig.

Until then they did not appear in any trouble and a big total was in the offing.

But once the first wicket was down the others came in fairly regular intervals, which included Roberts, who scored 94 scored off 107 balls.

They maintained a run rate of more than five to the over, mainly due to Barrie Forrester-Smith who made an undefeated 34 in just 21 balls.

St Charles’s bowling was disciplined, with only six wides bowled.

Michaelhouse batsmen ran well between the wickets to reach 217 for seven, the last two wickets falling off the last two balls of the innings.

Andrew Darroch captured two wickets to be the most successful, going for 42 runs off eight overs, but it was the spin of Eric de Rauville and Mark Ortmann that caused the most problems to the batsmen.

St Charles began positively, adding 31 for the first wicket but then wickets began falling every few overs.

It was again the spin bowlers who had the biggest influence.

Luke Stevens captured the first three wickets to fall, and then Ross Purbrick bowled economically, creating pressure which resulted in two runouts.

With the required run rate mounting, St Charles batters struggled and in the 30th over they were all out for 110.

SCORE IN BRIEF

Michaelhouse 217-7 (Marshall 58, Roberts 94,

Forrester-Smith 34*)

St Charles 110 (Stevens 3/23)

Michaelhouse won by 107 runs.

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