No passing the buck for failings

February 23, 2018

Reigning Haisman Shield premier Old Students has struggled to regain last year's winning form.

It would take a remarkable set of circumstances for reigning Haisman Shield premier Old Students to avoid the wooden spoon this season.

The Students would have to take nine Katandra wickets for less than 59 runs on day two of their round 13 clash tomorrow, while also hoping Shepparton United fails to defend 239 against Northerners.

But coach Daniel Coombs highlighted his squad had nowhere to place the blame for its position other than in the mirror.

‘‘I think we’ve done enough to be pushing into fifth or sixth spot,’’ he said.

‘‘But in the cutthroat games, small margins have cost us.

‘‘Our catching and fielding has really let us down in a number of games.

‘‘There’s nothing in it really from fifth to where we are, so it’s really disappointing to finish down the bottom, but we only have ourselves to blame really.’’

While the Eagles are raging favourites to mow down the 59 runs required for victory, Coombs’ Students will do everything they can to restrict the home side’s scoring ability.

‘‘I think we bowled quite well the other evening, they only got 30-odd from nearly 20 overs,’’ Coombs said.

‘‘We’ll just try to keep bowling tight lines and build a bit of pressure.

‘‘Cricket is a funny game sometimes and you never know what can happen.

‘‘Some of their batters seem to have been struggling for runs recently looking at their scores, so we’ll try to restrict them to as low of a total as possible.’’

Katandra coach Ben Clurey was the only member of his side dismissed before stumps on day one, falling to Ranji Thirachchelvan for 16 from 38 deliveries.

Chris Skolyarev (12 not out) and Luke Nolan (seven not out) will resume their respective knocks tomorrow with the scoreboard reading 1-36 after 18 overs.

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