The good, the bad and the ugly of T20 clash
Was he hurt, having a breather or saying a prayer? Whatever, Towns opener Vijil Varghese did some mighty hitting in a T20 clash last Friday night, including scoring 16 runs off three successive balls. Unfortunately, Sportsmans’ Jarrod Jupp had a horror night — despite being on the winning side — with concerned teammates rallying around the talented youngster after he landed awkwardly in the field and broke his arm.
There were ups and there were downs — and just four runs between Sportsmans and Towns in the second Young Motors T20 cricket clash on a cool Wonthella night last Friday.
Sportsmans’ skipper Clint Yeates sent his rivals in as they compiled 5-103, thanks mainly to opener Vijil Varghese (43 off 36 balls).
He hit two sixes and four fours, including a sequence of six, four, six from successive Ben Starling deliveries. Josh Delacy (21no) was useful, while Aaron McAuliffe (3-11 off four overs) was the best of the bowlers.
A special mention should be made of Jono Jones, who has returned to Sportsmans and is a very handy addition, and Cody Bone. Their combined eight overs cost only 33 runs.
The downside for Sportsmans was a broken arm suffered by Jarrod Jupp, sustained after he landed awkwardly.
He is a gifted youngster and will hopefully recover quickly.
Despite the modest target, Towns made Sportsmans wait until the second ball of the last over for their win. Yeates (18 off 22 balls) opened and prospered until bowled by Ethan Johnson, a 16year-old with genuine pace. Fifteen of his 24 balls were dots and he conceded just one boundary.
Josiah Smith was tight, giving up just 15 runs as was Evans (2-16) and his second wicket reduced Sportsmans to 4-61 and needing seven an over.
Towns could have won but dropped catches let Bone (33no off
32) and McAuliffe (31no off 24) complete a narrow win.
Towns’ Vijil Varghese takes a quick break.
Worried teammates check on Jarrod Jupp after he broke his arm.
Sporties bowler Cody Bone bowls to Vijil Varghese, of Towns.