On Sunday 15th April Marlborough College Malaysia’s 1st XI took to the field for the very first time against a strong Junior Jolly Wallabies side, made up of players from Johor and Singapore.
The opposition won the toss and elected to field on a damp morning and this looked to be a good decision as they bowled with discipline and were sharp in the field throughout. Kynan Campbell took the first wicket of the match dismissing Sean Agarwal for 8 before MCM recovered to reach 72-1 in the 19th over. Max Ramsay King batted well for 24 and Josh Bickford anchored the innings with a fluent 39 before being stumped off the bowling of Jacob Hartup.
The Marlborough innings looked in jeopardy when they lost three quick wickets but Fred Hobby and Sebastian Kelly mounted a spirited comeback reaching 28 and 16 respectively to close the innings on 140-7. Particularly impressive was the bowling of Kuppu Sooriya who concended just 10 runs from his four overs and Angus Hudson who bowled 5 overs for 12.
MCM looked to have posted a very competitive total given that the morning rain had slowed the outfield, so confidence was high when they took to the XI. The Jolly Wallabies innings was opened by Wayne Ellam and Lachlan Barnsby who made a confident 31 from 60 balls. Marlborough had the visitors 79-2 in the 20th over after some tight bowling from Bickford, Chughtai and the Hobby brothers but could not break the second wicket partnership of Ryan Blayney and Angus Hudson. Although the Wallabies had plenty of wickets in hand they found 140 to be a challenging target, so much so that with 4 overs remaining they still required 31 runs for victory. The game looked to be heading to the wire but some excellent shot selection and execution from Ryan Lachlan saw the visitors close out the game with 6 balls to spare. Lachlan finished the game with an impressive 56 not out.
Congratulations to all on a high quality and exciting game.
Head of Humanities