Southland Cricket general manager IAN MOCKFORD provides us with another insight into how the current tour of India is going.
Batting first, the Bal Bhavan team attacked from the outset and were going at 10 runs an over for the first six overs. To our credit, we pulled the scoring rate back and kept them to 232 off their 40 overs. The class of the Bal Bhavan batsmen was evident, with their aggressive nature and confidence to back themselves. One of the opposition batsmen had a top score of 240 runs in representative cricket.
Khanin Saikia, with two wickets for 36 runs, was the best of the bowlers. With short boundaries, the 233 was attainable, but we needed partnerships and someone to anchor the innings. Again we had several starts, with batsmen looking very good, but just not kicking on. Top scores were Suraj Dani with 44, Jared Simpson 35, James Ng 23 and Bailey Andrews Kennedy 23.
We ended all out for 208 in a match that we could and should have won. Our batsmen need to find strategies for getting through danger periods in their innings. Similar individual totals are recurring and the mental side of the game is key for our players to develop.
Questions such as "how do I get through the 20- to 40-run phase?" and "how do I reset after drinks breaks?" are examples of what I believe our players need to ask themselves.
Our match had a commentator for the first innings, but he went quiet during our innings so Ashleigh and Tyler took over, with their own blend of Kiwi humour. We hoped that some of their commentary was lost in translation!
Our last match is a T20 under lights. The boys will be giving it their all to finish with a win.
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