Three-wicket hauls to Shane Devoy and ring in, Harry Medhurst have put the iCollege ACT Comets in a position to secure their first Toyota Futures League victory tomorrow.
Starting off the third day of action with Tasmania at 1/9, the Comets knew they would have to strike early to break their opposition to stop partnerships from forming. Medhurst was first to strike, claiming the first wicket of the day in the 16th over. Not done with enjoying the swing of the Dukes ball, Medhurst picked up the next wicket of the day just a couple of overs later.
Changing things up at the other end, Ben Manenti (1/35) was once again effective, tempting his opposition to have a swing, only to be caught at mid on by Gilkes. Medhurst then returned into the attack and bowled the fourth wicket of the day, to see TAS reach 5/78 at lunch, eventually finishing with figures of 3/35.
The Comets then didn’t waste any time after returning to the field after lunch, with Charlie Morris (1/18) picking up his only wicket for the innings to help get his side start attacking the tail. Needing a change in the bowling line up, captain John Rogers called up Devoy, who answered almost immediately with his first wicket of the innings. He then took his second and third scalps in quick succession to see TAS get to 9/148.
Making his return with the ball to finish what his started, Tom Rogers then took the final wicket to see TAS all out for 171, a lead of 240 runs.
Recognising the need to stay out at the crease, openers Dan Solway and Henry Hunt put on a patient 33 runs from the remaining 16 overs of play.
Speaking at the close of Day 3, Devoy attributes his wickets to feeling comfortable in returning to the side.
“It’s good to be back in the side, and good to be able to contribute and take a few wickets off the back of Harry Medhurst’s great start to the day.”
“It felt comfortable [to be back in the team]. We’ve got a really nice environment at the moment. Our coaching staff are doing a really great job bringing the younger players through, so it’s nice for me to be able to lend a bit of experience and advice out on the field.”
“I think it was really key to be able to bowl a team out twice. 20 wickets usually is the key to getting a win in a 4-day game. To be none-for overnight is excellent for us.”
“Tomorrow will be about having a good start, making sure we don’t lose wickets in clumps, form two or three good partnerships, and that’s should be us for the day.”
The iCollege ACT Comets will resume their chase tomorrow from 10.30am at Manuka Oval. View the scorecard via MyCricket.