More woe after 30 over loss
AUSTRALIA'S ever declining presence on the international cricket stage took another battering yesterday, with India the latest side to claim the scalp of the former world powerhouses.
Having witnessed the demise of the national Test team, Tyalgum's Australian community were keen to make amends against their Indian counterparts at Wayne Bartrim Oval.
However, a stellar performance from Murwillumbah all-rounder Veerinder Singh Gosel ensured there would be no such Australia Day celebrations.
Chasing 105 for victory Gosel notched up an unbeaten 24 to complement his 2/6 from three overs (maximum allowed) with the ball and guide his countrymen to their 14th triumph from 19 encounters with the Aussies.
“It's always good to get the win,” Indian captain Jeffrey Singh Gosel said. “But honestly there's never a lot in it and it's all in good fun.
The annual 30-over clash began well enough for the Australian contingent with its top order wasting little time at the crease.
Following a solid start from the openers, Daniel Mortimer and Ashley Barnes both produced unbeaten 30s – a batsmen must retire on 30 – and it appeared Australia was going to get one back.
However, with a middle and lower-order scorecard reading more like binary code than batting brilliance, the hosts lasted just 20 overs before rendezvousing in the pavilion courtesy of some devilish bowling from Matt Lashand (3/5 from two overs).
“They crumbled away,” Jeffrey Singh Gosel said.
“Not much to read as you go down the line-up.”
When India took to the crease it was a case of slow and steady wins the race and it passed the target with three overs and four wickets to spare.
Together with Veerinder Singh Gosel, Chris Hayer was India's best, hitting the winning runs en route to an unbeaten 24.
Adam Gallard and Cameron Barnes were the best of the Australian attack, both recording solid figures of 2/8 from their three overs.