RHC Knocked out of Masterton as Watsonians Win by 7 wickets
By Freddie Young
RHC have been knocked out of the Masterton t20 Trophy after they failed to win their must win clash against Watsonians in the group stage.
RHC won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a good deck to set a target on. Sathiy (39) and Taylor opened the batting and after a good first over which saw the Lions on 10-0, Taylor fell chipping it to mid off which bought Haq to the crease. Haq was undone by a Bailwail short ball that he spliced to mid wicket with the score at 26-2. Sathiy was batting fluently mixing some deft guides to third man with some powerful straight hits. Flett joined Sathiy and the pair picked up singles effortlessly and put on a 38 run partnership before the Kiwi fell on 21, with the score at 64-3 off of 10 overs. The next 7 wickets fell for only 26 runs as RHC tried to push on for a score north of 120, but no batsmen got going and in the end the innings fizzled out into a rather anti-climatic 90 all out off 19.2 overs. There were 2 wickets apiece for Sadler and O'Connell.
O'Connell and Scotland international Munsey opened the batting for Watsonians, and after 9 runs off Kinghorn-Gray's first over Haq got O'Connell LBW first ball to start an impressive spell of bowling (4-1-6-2). Haq also picked up the wicket of Munsey, stumped by Flett, and Dutia bowled Carson to leave the hosts on 30-3, but Young and Dutia couldn't find another breakthrough as E Chalmers (32*) and A Chalmers (19*) saw Watsonians home after 16 overs.
A disappointing batting performance let the Lions down, as an extra 20 or 30 runs on the board could've made it a very different story. Watsonians have qualified for the semi-finals along with Heriots, and the Lions have one more t20 fixture left this season, against Championship rivals Penicuik next Thursday at Barnton.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.