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So close and yet so far

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January 15, 2018

Nick Breslin (45) (pictured), Gino Saracino (23) and captain Luke McPhillamy (47) all failed to go on with starts, that total could have been far more imposing.

Karramomus and Old Students had to be content with three points apiece on Saturday.

Both sides did all they could to get a result in round 10 of Haisman Shield action, but heavy rain intervened with the match nearing its climax.

After winning the toss and batting first, the Students compiled 8-197 from their 45 overs.

But with Nick Breslin (45), Gino Saracino (23) and captain Luke McPhillamy (47) all failing to go on with starts, that total could have been far more imposing.

‘‘A couple of us got out pretty softly when we got starts,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘It would have been nice for one of us to go on with it and take us to a really big score.’’

The return of Tyson McKenzie (45 not out) was a welcome boost for the defending champions, with the all-rounder playing his first match for the club since tasting premiership glory.

‘‘Tys will play out the year for us,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘It’s pretty handy, he gives us a lot with the bat and the ball.’’

Stuart Turner (2-41) and Nathan Jones (3-28) helped restrict the Students, with the latter then setting about chasing the required runs down quickly.

Jones smashed 60 runs from 76 deliveries, including seven boundaries and a six, as part of a 95-run opening stand with Bloods captain Jason Ibbotson (38).

But once the pair were dismissed, the Bloods began to lose wickets quickly.

Waqar Ali (4-30) was the main strike weapon for the Students, who felt that a result was not far away when the rain became too heavy for play to continue.

‘‘They got off to a pretty good start with the bat, but we pulled it back well,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘If the rain had have stayed away for another 20 to 30 minutes we might have got a result.’’

The match ended with the Bloods on 6-132 after 27.3 overs, but the home side was effectively eight down as Rob Salter and Nathan Laffy would have been unable to bat after suffering injuries while fielding.

‘‘Unfortunately a couple of their boys went down with injuries in the field, so for us it meant we probably had them eight down,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘Both sides were keen to get a result being further down the ladder and we did everything we could, but the rain got too heavy.

‘‘That’s just cricket.’’

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