RSL-Whitney Cup 2017: Matt Finlay steps up for understrength Souths against Macquarie

GOING TO WORK: Matt Finlay played well with the bat and ball, claiming 1/31 from eight overs before knocking together a tidy half-century. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS
GOING TO WORK: Matt Finlay played well with the bat and ball, claiming 1/31 from eight overs before knocking together a tidy half-century. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

They were missing key parts of their bowling attack but that didn’t stop Souths making short work of Macquarie’s batting line up in the RSL-Whitney Cup on Saturday.

Macquarie won the toss and opted to bat first, with openers Ryan O’Connor and Ed Haylock bringing up 51 runs inside eight overs.

With Will Lindsay absent and Henry Railz taking a rest from bowling duties due to a back injury, the Hornets didn’t need to make life any harder for themselves. But they gave away 13 sundries before skipper Adam Wells bowled O’Connor for 21, and Haylock fell to Matt Finlay in the next over.

Despite conceding 32 sundries Souths knocked over the Blues for 230 and then went to work with bat. They chased down the total with six wickets still in hand.

Wells said it was a good win on a “tough day”.

“We were pretty happy that we restricted them to 230 and we were pretty confident that if we could build a couple of good partnerships that we could get the runs,” he said.

Wells himself was Souths’ most impressive with the ball, claiming the scalps of O’Connor and Waseem Kahn for a finish with 2/30 from eight overs.

“I was pretty happy with that,” Wells said.

“I’m happy to bowl but looking forward to when Henry and Will are back and I can get back out in the field.”

Finlay also stepped up when the side needed him to, bowling 1/31 from seven overs. And once he got to the crease, Finlay continued his work to rack up 54 not out. Angus Norton (74) top-scored for Souths.

“We gave them 30 runs away with our bowling … but Angus Norton, he’s a little bit quirky but he batted brilliantly for us against his old club,” Wells said.

“If he didn't do what he did, we’d be sitting in a different position than what we are now.

“Matt Finlay batted really well. He probably didn’t hit them as well as he would have liked but it was a gutsy 50 that he scratched around for.”

Joe Coles managed 1/33 in his first grade debut, while Michael McCarthy recorded 2/51 including the crucial wicket of Jason Green (62).

Angus Cusack also had a good all-round game for Macquarie, Wells said.

“He’s bowling pretty quickly at the moment and a very good striker of the ball,” he said.

“Luke Carmen, I haven’t faced him before in first grade, he was a bit of a surprise packet, he was hard to get away when we needed to make some runs.

“I think the thing that really got [Macquarie] is no-one went on to get a big score. But they’re building.”