The Australian Extreme Men’s and Women’s Indoor cricket teams are showcasing their status as reigning world champions with a dominant display in their tri-series tour in Sri Lanka involving Sri Lanka and India.
India and Sri Lanka are both an emerging presence in the indoor scene and the tour provides the Australian teams with great preparation in advance of the 2014 World Cup in New Zealand.
The Australian Men’s team kicked off proceedings for the Aussies with a comprehensive victory over the Sri Lankan “A” developmental side by an impressive 120 runs.
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The game was played in fantastic spirits and gave Australian coach Ross Gregory the opportunity to try some of the young talent out in the pressure cooker atmosphere of a Sri Lankan home game.
Five players were playing in the Australian Extreme colours for the first time: Matthew Floros, Mark Rice, Timothy Floros, Andrew Roiko and Andrew Byrne.
While the game was never in doubt, the Aussies set about dismantling the Sri Lankan teams batting line-up.
It took the Aussies until the third over of the game to fully hit their straps as the local team had raced to 20 runs early on.
From there on, the Australians began to show why they’re considered the team to beat and bowled out Sri Lanka for negative 18 after their 16 overs.
The game was never in doubt with all partnerships showing steady and controlled batting to secure a comprehensive victory for the Men’s team.
In what was a solid all-round effort by the Men’s side, they were ably led by experienced campaigners Vinesh Bennett and captain Lyle Teske.
The attention quickly shifted to the Australian Extreme Ladies Team, who demolished Sri Lanka in the first test match by a whopping 99 runs.
The Australians won the toss and batted first and got off to a flyer with some exhilarating batting from Ash Doble (24 Runs) who played her first test match since 2008.
Doble’s partner Nicole Martin contributed a solid 15 runs to take the opening pair to 39 from their four overs.
Things started to look bleak for the home side when Australian captain Jude Coleman strode to the crease with new excitement machine Teneale Peschel, who was on debut, and quickly amassed 41 runs from the four allotted overs.
Both the batters barely played a false stroke and Peschel ended up on 23 and Coleman 18.
Elizabeth Hall (25) and Briony Polkinghorne (17) quickly carried the score to 123 after 12 overs.
The Aussies ended the innings on 151 after contributions from Wendy Kemp (14) and Neisha Iles (14).
The match seemed destined to belong to the Extreme with the Ladies bowling extremely tight lines, executing brilliant runouts and holding onto some fantastic catches.
In what was almost certainly a Player of the Match performance in her first test in five years, Ash Doble ended with figures of 2-3 from two overs.
Jude Coleman was also inspirational in the field taking two wickets and negative five from her two overs.
Next up was the Australian Men’s side who escaped with a narrow victory against Sri Lanka, winning 49 to 26 in a very tense and tight affair.
The Australians were pushed right to the limits.
Australian veteran Nick DeGrys and Rhys Dearness scored negative three after their four overs and were lucky enough to win the skin. Andrew Roiko (playing in his first test match) was a very solid all-round contributor, possibly earning himself his first man of the match award.
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First Posted 04 October, 2013 12:43PM AEDT