Proving why they’re one of the toughest sides in the Toyota Futures League, Tasmania have defeated the iCollege ACT Comets in the 11th hour of the match, with the hosts going down by 22 runs.
Resuming the final day of play at 0/33, with batsmen Daniel Solway and Henry Hunt in the middle, the openers did well to get their side’s chase well under way. The pair piled on another 48 runs before to post the highest first-wicket stand of the match, before Hunt fell for 34.
After his fellow opener fell for 42 runs moments later, first-drop Dean Solway and skipper John Rogers combined for a 50-run partnership to carry the Comets to 3/142 before the loss Rogers’ wicket for 25. Andrew Harriott also provided a glimmer of hope during his time out in the middle, but was dismissed before he could really get going for 12 runs.
As the game started to slip from the Comets’ grips at 6/184, rising wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Gilkes walked to the crease to post an innings that would steady the ship. The left-hander eventually compiled a sturdy 34 off 68 deliveries to keep the hosts’ hopes high.
However, Gilkes couldn’t find support at the other end, with the side eventually bowled out for 217.
Assistant Coach, Luke Butterworth, says today’s result could be attributed to exercising patience.
“It was disappointing we couldn’t pull off a win today. I think we might have gotten a little bit impatient. We were looking to win the game early, instead of being happy to win the game late.”
“It was a great effort from our opening batters at the start, it really helped us to be in a good position. Being three [batsmen] down at lunch is where we wanted to be too, but I think we got impatient at the end of that middle session, which put us on the back foot going into tea.”
Butterworth added this game will give his side a lot to look back on before their next match against Queensland next month.
“We’ve got a lot to look back on and be impressed with. Matthew Gilkes at the end there, his second game [for the Comets] and seventeen years’ old, and he made mid-30s [runs] and did well to bat right until the end.”
“It will be nice to get a win. We’ve been close in a lot of games this year, so it will be nice to come home with a win for the last game and get a little bit of success, which the boys deserve. We’ve been competitive in a lot of games, we just haven’t been able to get over the last hurdle. So, if we can get some success in Brisbane it won’t be too hard of a year.”
View this game’s scorecard via MyCricket.
The iCollege ACT Comets will play their final Toyota Futures League against Queensland in Brisbane starting on the 6th March.