Students learn that catches win matches

October 09, 2017

Karramomus veteran Luke Forge anchored his side's successful chase against reigning premier Old Students on Saturday, making a patient 39.

Cricket can be a cruel game sometimes.

Reigning Haisman Shield premier Old Students lost the toss, but batted first on Saturday to set Karramomus a difficult target of 7-221.

With confidence sky high, Old Students left Vibert Reserve with their tail between their legs, dropping seven catches to allow the Bloods to storm home with three wickets to spare at 7-226.

The Bloods reeled in such a high run chase, despite no batsman really taking the game by the scruff of their neck, surprising captain Jason Ibbotson.

‘‘If you told me before we started the chase that we would win and no-one would make more than 50, I would have been really surprised,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘It was a good win, we were lucky at times, but credit to the boys — they never gave in.’’

Luke Forge (39) and Andrew Poppa (36) led the way for the Bloods, but a middle order collapse had Ibbotson slightly worried.

Poppa, Nathan Laffy (34), Stuart Turner (13) and Tristan Murray (four) fell in quick succession to restrict the Bloods to 7-159, but Forge, alongside his captain, was able to steer his side home.

‘‘He (Forge) was brilliant late, picking his shots, running ones and twos and really taking control of the game,’’ Ibbotson said.

Old Students looked in firm control after batting first and captain Nick Breslin said his side could not capitalise on its advantage.

‘‘We batted really well, we were able to make a fairly decent score,’’ Breslin said.

‘‘We were in a good position early on, we could have probably made more runs, but then we let ourselves down in the field.’’

Bloods livewire Turner was able to break a 111-run partnership between Felix Odell (83) and McPhillamy (38) before finishing with figures of 3-39.

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