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Good form continues for indoor teams

UPDATED 05 October, 2013 11:19AM AEDT | by Cricket Australia

The second day of competition in the ICL 2013 saw the Australian Extreme Mens team back up from a late finish on day one to play the first game of the day against relative newcomers to the world stage, India.

The Australians won the toss and elected to bat. Lance Macdougall and Tim Floros set about taking the opposition bowling scoring a solid 31 runs for the first skin. 

Veteran Robert Fitzgerald and young gun Andrew Byrne added to the solid start, scoring 39 for the second pair. 

Both players used their feet really well and played very solid and safe shots. 

Next to the crease saw two Queenslanders in the Australian captain Lyle Teske and Andrew Roiko who amassed 43 in a very fine display of Indoor Cricket batting. 

Finishing the innings saw Rhys Dearness and Matt Floros who top scored for the innings with 44 runs between them, taking the Australian total to 157 off their allotted 16 overs.

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India never really managed to get going, and particularly struggled running between the wickets finishing up on 28.

Both the Men’s and Women’s sides also played the Sri Lankan development sides, and both games resulting in massive victories for the Australian sides, including a victory of over 200 runs for the ladies side.

The second Women’s Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka has seen yet another fine performance by the Extreme team, taking out the second game 151 - 25. 

Special mention must go to Laura Shaw, Leslie Turner and Danielle Montague who all made their debuts for the Ladies Extreme team today with solid performances by all.

The Aussies bowled first which saw debutant Laura Shaw open the bowling picking up a wicket in her first over. 

This really did start the theme in the field for the Women with Briony Polkinghorne picking up four run outs as the tourists went on to claim 20 Sri Lankan wickets.

As the Aussies went into bat it was important to continue to build on the solid base they have put together in the last few days with good communication and foot work. 

Ash Doble and Liz Hall kick started the run chase with a solid foundation of 30 runs. Having passed the score required to win the Ladies went on to finish the job at hand with all players working through the tough heat and humidity to secure the game.

Day three sees the Aussie Men playing India first game of the day, and Sri Lanka in the prime time game of the evening. The women have the lunch time game against Sri Lanka and will be hoping to continue on the fantastic form they have been showing. 

The games can be live streamed from here.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 04 October, 2013 8:00PM AEDT

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