Mixed bag for SCU in Perth
THE Southern Cross University’s Twenty20 cricket team has had a tough start to their Indian Rim Asian University Games tournament in Perth, with two close losses to QUT and the University of Calcutta.
SCU began their campaign in sizzling form, recovering from 2-10 to make 6-157 against Curtin University. The blue and gold were buoyed by a third-wicket stand between Matt Parish and Simon Donald, who guided the side past the 100-run mark. The momentum was maintained throughout, with Donald scoring 71 and Parrish 57.
Curtin was never really in the hunt, with SCU picking up a bonus point when they rolled Curtin for 107. Pat Flaherty was the pick of the bowlers with 2-26.
In the second game, against QUT, openers Craig Attewell and captain Josh Mapstone plundered the solid Queensland attack with Mapstone the first to fall for 35. Attewell made the most of his partners, moving onto 76 before falling in the last over. Flaherty chimed in with 12 for SCU to reach a competitive 5-156.
QUT worked away at the total with their opener scoring 83 not out, and eventually denying SCU a win in the final over. SCU worked around the talented hitter, keeping the wickets ticking over and the second top-scorer to just 12. Alex Lewin was the pick of the SCU bowlers with 3-23.
With a loss always costly in a round-robin competition, SCU faced a tough task against the Indian University champions, Calcutta.
Calcutta are the competition leaders and hold some exceptional talent. The Indians worked their spinners exceptionally well on a dicey green and rain-affected pitch. Mapstone was the main resistance with 32 as the locals raised just 67 from 16 overs.
Far from an easy battle the Indians battled their way through some early opportunities to eke their way to SCU’s total. SCU spinners James Forbes and Geoff Hallmann kept the side in check with movement both ways to take 1-8 apiece.
SCU remained in touch with the leaders, needing bonus points against Singapore and a win against the talent-laden Melbourne University to remain in medal contention.
SCU 6-157 (Simon Donald 71, Matt Parrish 57; Pat Flaherty 2-26, Geoff Hallmann 1-12, Alex Lewins 1-21, James Forbes 1-21, Mitchell Bartholomaeus 1-21) d Curtin University 107.
QUT 8-158 d SCU 5-156 (20th Over) (Craig Attewell 76, Josh Mapstone 35, Pat Flaherty 12; Alex Lewins 3-23, Pat Flaherty 2-23, Geoff Hallmann 1-30).
University of Calcutta 2-68 d SCU 67 (15th over) (Josh Mapstone 32; Geoff Hallmann 1-8, James Forbes 1-8).