SCU students thrilling victory
SCU continues to battle through the Indian Rim Asian University Games Twenty20 competition in Perth with a gripping win over National University of Singapore on Tuesday.
SCU had the ‘home advantage’, playing on a pitch that had humbled them earlier in the day against the University of Calcutta team.
Openers Matt Parrish and Craig Attewell ensured the side a good start with each scoring into the 20s.
Parrish fell early and Simon Donald turned on a quick-fire 21.
Attewell was the next to fall to some superb spin and the sizzling glove-work of the Singaporean wicketkeeper.
SCU made amends for their impatience of the morning and ensured they set a target over the 100 mark, a score that had proved successful for most teams on both pitches at the UWA Sports ovals on the day.
The game appeared to moving all Singapore’s way in the final overs, however, and they required just four runs for victory in the final over with three wickets in hand.
Matt Walter, now completing his degree at SCU with volunteer work as a cricket development officer in Samoa, put his hand up for the duties despite a side strain suffered earlier in the day.
He conceded a single run then applied the screws with an LBW to break the game wide open.
Singapore lost their ninth wicket next ball, then confusion reigned between the runners.
Captain Josh Mapstone continued the pressure in the field with some with fielders in close to force the Singaporeans over the top.
Walter ensured the game went down to the wire when his fifth ball evaded the final batter’s swipe down the ground.
Mapstone quickly dropped his troops back to allow a single and protect the ball over the top.
Walter completed his devastating over with a wicket to had SCU a thrilling win.