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Close game for 5ths. Lose by 5 runs to Four Oaks Saints 4ths

Last game of the pre-season for 5ths on a sunny day against Four Oaks Saints were played at Braemar Road astro turf. Four Oaks winning the toss decided to bat first. Opening bowlers R.Delport (6 overs 12 runs) and D. Robinson (5 overs 24 runs 1 wicket) gave us a good start with keeping opposition to a slow start. Then came V. Malhi (6 overs 14 runs 1 wicket) and pick of the bowlers B.Parr (4 overs 14 runs and 2 wickets). Arjuna, Hamza and Yohan taking a wicket each restricting opposition to 165 in their 40 overs.

Openers T. Hanlon (17 runs) and Rhys (13 runs) started strong with 27 runs on board just after 4 overs. Following strong start we continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and one stage Walmley were 62 for 7 wickets after 22 overs.

In came R. Delport (44 runs off 41 balls) and Arjuna Rao (40 off 82 balls) made a valiant effort to take the game to the fire. R. Delport fell when Walmley needed 31 off 24 balls which proved to be a tougher task with 6 needing to draw off the last ball. Walmley lost by 5 runs but a great fight at the end made the game such an enjoyable one. Let’s take all positives out of the game for league starting next weekend

By: Yohan Mudalige

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