Gaieties dismissed for 173, but HAC fail to hold on to their wickets in the chase
By Edward Haines
Pace off the ball and good fielding dominate
HAC lost the toss and put the opposition into bat. A rather indifferent start from the bowling side saw the Gaieties move towards the 100 mark at some speed. The late arrival of Caviet introduced a measure of control to the bowling before Dewan (3-23) and Sen (2-20) strangled the middle order aided by 2 run outs. Gibson chipped in with a couple of late wickets to polish off the opposition for 173.
The total seemed gettable especially with the HAC XI's firepower although the pace attack of the Gaieties had some teeth even eventually snaring Ed Jones for 27. Patel battled hard for his 36 against one of his favourite teams and with him and Parry (40) at the wicket the chase looked set fair. But again it was the introduction of slower bowling that changed the course of the game. Jag caught a leading edge in the first over of spin and at the other end accurate wobblers from Cowley accounted for 3 of the remaining batsmen as the HAC stumbled to 154.