The first day of the iCollege ACT Comets’ Toyota Futures League match against Tasmania saw consistency with the ball, with the home side finishing in a competitive position at the end of the final session.
After losing the toss and being asked to bowl, the Comets had a sluggish start, struggling to get a much-needed breakthrough to disrupt the first-class Tasmanian openers.
Nathan McAndrew was first to strike, breaking the crucial first-wicket partnership to see the opposition at 1/75. However, McAndrew wasn’t done wreaking havoc with the ball, going on to claim the next two wickets to finish with figures of 3/37 including five maidens.
At the opposite end, Tom Rogers continued his great all-round form, picking up two wickets in his second spell after lunch to see him reach 2/55 by close of play.
Providing some contrast with the seam, Ben Manenti was brought into the attack and was immediately effective, taking a wicket early in his spell. He wasn’t done though, going on to pick up his second before the end of his spell to secure tight figures of 2/30 featuring seven maidens. Fellow spin king, Shane Devoy bowled the final over of the match to claim 1/40 including 11 maidens.
Despite the Comet’s best efforts to end the day with the bat, they weren’t able to bowl the visitors out, requiring a further two wickets tomorrow after Tasmania finished on 8/265.
At the close of play, McAndrew said the Comets need to keep applying pressure to get wickets.
“They’ve [Tasmania] got a strong side. I think the boys bowled well but were a bit unlucky. Tom Rogers had a ball that hit the stumps but the bails didn’t come off, but we just got to take our chances, stay disciplined and try and build pressure that way.”
“It’s going to be a tough day. Four-day cricket is always tough, so we just need to make sure we stay disciplined and remain switched on for every ball.”
Coach of the side and General Manager of High Performance, Aiden Blizzard, is pleased with the boy’s performance against the tough opposition.
“The boys are battling really hard. It’s a nice, flat wicket here at Manuka Oval, so they’re going to have to take every opportunity that comes their way to hopefully get a bat soon.”
“We’re up against first class cricketers every game that we play, so every opposition is going to be tough.”
“The bowlers are really toiling hard at the moment, so it’s going to take a lot of hard work, consistency and a bit of luck to get a good result.”
The iCollege ACT Comets will resume their attack tomorrow from 10.30am at Manuka Oval. View the scorecard via MyCricket.