2012 5 Highs Cricket Carnival Placings
1st: Adelaide High
2nd: Sydney High
3rd: Kent Street Senior High (Perth)
4th: Melbourne High
5th: Brisbane State High
7 December 2012
1st XI – Five Highs Game 4 – Sydney High 94 (T. Garg 27, A. Nayak 21) defeated by Adelaide High 4/99
Eager for our best finish in 19 years the anticipation grew as Agnish Nayak won his first toss as captain and elected to bat on an even pitch. Visakan and Ned started steadily to be without loss after 6 overs. Chaos struck as High were suddenly 4/21, exposing a young middle order to the new ball. A small partnership of 31 between Thilan and Tushaar took High to drinks and some stability. Agnish then came to the crease after Thilan was caught at first slip, and played positively against the spinners. Tushaar looked to be the rock of the side in his mammoth knock compromising 83 balls, but was eventually caught playing the pull shot. High had to come out firing as 94 was never going to be easily defended. Ani Ramesh assisted by Owen Duffy put the plug on a quick start by having Adelaide 2/2. But some sensible batting took Adelaide past the score in the 37th over, 4 down, despite the efforts of the High bowlers.
6 December 2012
1st XI – Five Highs Game 3 – Sydney High 8/171 (O. Duffy 71, T. Subasinghe 24) defeated Melbourne High 150 (S. Thushyanthan 3/15, A. Ramesh 2/28, T. Garg 2/28)
High consolidated on a good start from the top order by batting the full overs in tough conditions. Owen Duffy continued his all-round form in the tournament by anchoring the innings with a useful 54. Thilan Subasinghe featured in a 58 run stand, with Duffy, as he found some form and played his picturesque late-cut on many occasions to the delight of the high crowd. With some more runs to defend this time round Ani Ramesh delivered, with a fiery spell with included multiple chances and had the crowd on edge leaving Melbourne reeling at 2/31 after 16. Shiv bowled beautifully, varying his flight and pace superbly to finish with 3/15 off 10 overs (an economy of 1.50). Ably supported at the other end by Chris Mao, Aditya Koneru and Anup Kaluve whom kept the run-rate down. A partnership of 68 took them with in reach despite being 8 down. Coming back for his 2nd spell, Tushaar’s death bowling was once again cherished as he captured another wicket as did Ani from the other end, setting up a last over win.
5 December 2012
1st XI – Five Highs Game 2 – Sydney High 112 (S. Thushyanthan 52) defeated Kent Street (Perth) 66 (O. Duffy 5/17, S. Thushyanthan 2/13)
High started poorly due to a combination of poor shots selection and atrocious running as Kent St looked to make the most of a nippy McKay wicket. However, thanks to a perfect combination of aggression and tidy running from Shiv he built partnerships with the lower order and was the rock of the innings, bringing up the 50 with his signature cut-shot. Defending a below-par total High came out firing as Owen Duffy took 2 wickets in his first two overs. Ably supported by Anirudh Ramesh from the other end, who was unlucky not to get a couple more, and Shiv, High continued to attack. Coming on for his 2nd spell Owen took 3 more to wrap up the innings as High dismissed Kent St for 66. With a combination of fast bowling (2 overs) and off-spin (3 overs) Owen broke his brother Joey Duffy’s record (5/22) of the best figures in the tournament by a Sydney High player by capturing 5/17.
3 December 2012
1st XI – Five Highs Game 1 – Sydney High vs. Brisbane State High – Match Abandoned Due to Rain