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WINTER: Hatch of the Day - Part 4

09-Mar-2012

Lewis Hatchett is one of the Sussex players who has been continuing his winter away from the Caribbean T20 and here is his latest blog from Australia.

23rd January 2012

After two and a bit weeks off for Christmas and New Year, we were back into what is now a tough lineup of games for Southern Districts, with the remainder of our games now against most of the stronger sides in the competition.

The first game we had was the beginning of a two-day game against Sturt, who are one of the strongest sides in the competition. Playing at the Bice Oval, we won the toss and chose to bat on a good batting deck. However, the Sturt bowlers made life very challenging for our guys and we slumped to 70-7. Matthew Sugg (75) and myself (47*) were able to put on a partnership of 110 before we lost the 8th wicket, just before a storm hit the ground to end the game 16 overs short of the full amount overs for the day. Leaving us 8 overs to bat the next week to add to our total of 180-8 and a chance for me to score my first 50 for Southern Districts.

We then ventured to West Torrens on the Sunday for a one-day game, where either side that won would go through to the quarter-finals. We lost the toss and were put in the field. A strong batting line up for West Torrens took advantage of the good conditions and posted a score of 231-6. We sadly carried our batting from the previous day into this game and were bowled out for 78, ending our time in the one day competition.

The second day of the Sturt game was on the following Saturday.  Having 8 overs to bat in the morning we got our total from 180-8 to 210 all out (I managed to get to my 50!). So we had given ourselves something to bowl at. We removed their three main threats with the bat relatively cheaply and went into lunch with them 70-3. However, with one of their openers making 70 and some middle order resistance they passed our score 7 down before being bowled out for 224. Another 40 runs on our total and we probably would have been looking at a win against a strong side.

This weekend we play Port Adelaide (minus Will Beer) and hope get some runs under our batsmen’s belts!! 

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