Fixture News | 26th September 2005
Team's in place for one-day success
Outlaws 248-5 (Hussey 75, Singh 47, Fleming 44)
Hampshire Hawks 127 (Sidebottom 3-13, Clough 3-31)
Outlaws won by 37 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method)
We confirmed our place in totesport League Division One with a convincing win over Hampshire Hawks and the Director of Cricket claims he will use the performance as a benchmark for next year.
He said: ?Batting has been the problem for us in one-day cricket but when we fulfil our roles we are as good as anybody.
?In our innings we had the platform set by Anurag Singh and Stephen Fleming, David Hussey pushed the game away from Hampshire in the middle before Chris Read and Mark Ealham came in and hit quick runs.
?That?s the formula we?ve been trying to work to all season because our bowling has been good and our fielding has improved massively.
?That was the case again at the Rose Bowl because Ryan Sidebottom and AJ Harris had them 23-3 with their best three batsmen out. I think we would have won even more convincingly if the rain hadn?t come down.?
After solid batting from Singh and Fleming, who put on 97 for the second wicket, Hussey increased the tempo with 75 off 53 balls, with five sixes and six fours, before Read and Ealham finished the innings with quick runs.
Sidebottom and Harris had the home side in big trouble before a heavy shower left Hampshire chasing 10 runs an over, a task which proved impossible.
It gave us fifth place in the final table and Newell believes the side can go on to better things next year.
He added: ?We came good in the end and I think since we beat Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College in early August we have played well.
?Next season I will be looking closely at the make-up of the team and I think that this side, with the addition of a couple of others from the squad, is the strongest we have available.?