Victoria too strong for Elizabeth
An impressive fielding and bowling performance helped Victoria College 1st XI to a 39-run win over Elizabeth College on Saturday afternoon.
Having lost the toss and being put into bat in difficult conditions, Victoria College made 143 in 51.3 overs, Corey Bisson top-scoring with 40 from 72 balls. 15-year old Luke Gallichan also made an important contribution to the Victoria innings, his knock of 21 providing vital runs down the order.
Of the Elizabeth bowlers medium-pacer Tom Kirk returned the most impressive figures, his 6-33 from 14 overs including 4 maidens.
Victoria College's Corey Bisson said, 'It was one of the hardest pitches I'd ever batted on. The ball was sticking and turning for the spinners but it was also nipping off the seam for the quick bowlers and there was some variable bounce.'
Victoria College, well organised by skipper Tim De la Haye, then put in an excellent performance in the field to defend their total, Alex Noel and Corne Bodenstein setting the tone with a disciplined new-ball spell.
The accurate seam bowling of Steven Blackburn and Aidan Maguire then built on this early innings pressure as Elizabeth struggled for runs, finishing all out on 104.
Bisson added, 'I thought that when we were in the field we were outstanding. To bowl a team out such as Elizabeth for 104 runs, who have a Sussex player in their ranks, was a great achievement.'
'Our bowling was really tight and we didn't give their batsmen a chance to score any easy runs. The fielding was also excellent and there were very few quick singles.'
Blackburn and Maguire finished as the top wicket-takers, picking up 3 Elizabeth scalps each, whilst Noel was the most economical of the bowlers, his 11 overs conceding only 8 runs.