Honours go to junior Indian team
A SUPERB batting display from the Indian junior side proved the decisive difference in its final-over victory against Australia in the Annual Australia Day clash at Tyalgum yesterday.
Three unbeaten 20s – batsmen must retire at 20 – to Maninder Singh Gosel, Aman Gosel and Moneet Singh Janda enabled India to chalk up a match-winning 103 runs from their 20 overs on Wayne Bartrim Oval.
After a shaky start with the bat, the Australians played themselves back into contention and were never out of the contest.
Spearheaded by Toby Catt's 20 not out, they required a run a ball during the final over and it was game on.
However, as has been the case for many professionals before them, the young Aussies failed to make it out of the nervous 90s and were dismissed five runs shy of victory.
All out for 99.
Alex Willams (1/7 from three) and Shane Taylor (1/8 from three) were the best of the Australian bowlers, while Damien Singh Rai (2/11 from three) and Jaimie Singh Gosel (1/12 from three) did the damage for India.
“The kids always put on a good show as the curtain raiser to the adults and this year was no different,” Indian captain (senior side) Jeffrey Singh Gosel said.
“Both sides played some very entertaining cricket.”