Partick Progress to Knockout Stage
By David Hinchliffe
Victory and other results helped the Reserves.
Partick took on Victoria in a repeat of last year’s Greenwood Trophy Semi-final with just as much on the line-the Hamilton Crescent Boys needing a win and results to go their way to progress out of the group stages.
Captain Rob Corner won the toss and elected to field with a potential net run rate calculation in the back of his mind. Victoria got off to a strong start and reached 12 off the first over but that was as good as it got for them as they slumped to 14-3 playing in a typically aggressive style, Gurj Sandu and Si Brown both knocked the stumps out the ground, then there was a run out.
The expected aggressive batting barrage continued, anything too full of a length resulting in the occasional boundary but a disciplined bowling display of ‘you miss I hit’ cricket from the Partick bowlers meant wickets continued to fall. A good catch from Coats in the outfield and direct hit from Corner were highlights, with Sandhu the standout bowler with 4 wickets; Victoria bowled out for 92.
Jesse Mills and Rob ‘captain's privilege’ Corner opened and got the innings off to a sharp start with some good running, looking to boost the NRR. The Victoria bowlers quickly settled into better areas and with a more defensive field regained some control. The 50 opening partnership was reached before Mills was bowled for 33 attempting to repeat a Masala Twist Maximum. This just brought Rich Wing to the crease who unleashed some trademark drives to help Partick cruise to the total in 13.2 overs, Corner unbeaten on 29.
Partick awaited the result from GHK/Hillhead, and celebrated the GHK victory meaningPartick XI progress to the knockout stage of the Western Cup.