Verulam look to rebuild

2015-11-12 06:00
Verulam 2’s Ruene Bissondayal tries a sweep shot. Photo: DARSHAN RANGAI

Verulam 2’s Ruene Bissondayal tries a sweep shot. Photo: DARSHAN RANGAI

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VERULAM 2 are hoping to rebuild their season after losing to Hilary/Malvern 2 at the Stonebridge ground in Phoenix in the 40 over Challenge Reserve League at the weekend.

The loss is their second in 3 games after the game against Silver Saints in Chatsworth was rained out last week.

Against Hilary/Malvern, Verulam won the toss and decided to bat.

Captain Dhiren Balwanth said they were looking to get runs on the board as the pitch looked like it would deteriorate rapidly.

Verulam got off to a brisk start with 12 off the first over as the openers, Balwanth and Jared Page looked to capitalise on the new ball.

The opening partnership was brief as Balwanth was caught playing a forward defensive and was shortly followed by Page on an LBW decision.

The Hilary/Malvern openers rallied and soon had Verulam at 60/5.

A few vital knocks at the end helped Verulam post 107 all out to give their bowlers something to defend. At the end, Hilary/ Malvern won by 4 wickets to leave Verulam in desperate need of a turnaround in their season.

“We are still very spirited because despite losing so many wickets our tail end has given us some positives with their batting and the top order need to now step up. The team fought well and probably another 30 runs would have made the difference,” said Balwanth.

Commenting on the pitch, he described it as the worst this season with several players taking knocks to their heads and defensive shots flying off the bat to the fielders.

“Forward defensive shots were carrying and both sides struggled to create any sort of partnerships. We will rebuild from this and look to turn it around in the next game,” said Balwanth

Verulam 2 plays Clares 2 at the Rainham ground in Phoenix on Sunday.

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