The Auburn captain won the toss and sent us in on a rather grassy pitch. Our openers set out solidly despite the conditions, but we soon found ourselves in trouble at 3-37. However, we responded through the middle overs through resistance from Pat Kelland (27) and particularly through a tough 60 run stand between Shafts (44) and David Knock (28). Auburn did fight back during the back end of the day to gain some initiative, but after some strong lower order batting we eventually clawed our way to a total of 171 all out, around par if not slightly above for the conditions. Our defence started just as planned with Raja taking a wicket in the very last over which was followed up by a near stumping the very next ball.
We resumed strongly on day two with the early wicket of their other remaining opener after a couple of dubious appeals were turned down prior. We looked set to take a couple more in quick succession due to the cowboy nature of their first drop until a few of his “wild hacks” got away, quickly pushing his team towards 100. However, he was finally dismissed for 47 by Raja, starting Rajas roll for the rest of the day as he went onto bowl unbroken to finish with figures of 29 overs 7-51. Following this key wicket we continued to take wickets at regular intervals throughout the day and a 6-101 we looked favourites. Eventually they put together a couple of persistent stands leaving the game poised at 167-9 after we took the penultimate wicket. Unfortunately a lobbed cut shot over the vacant point area sealed the game for Auburn, capping off a close but disappointing loss.