The University of Melbourne has taken a 1-0 lead in the Big Blue, after a tight T20 win over Monash at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus on Wednesday.
Melbourne set the visitors a sizeable target of 176, losing 4 wickets from their 20 overs. Monash struck with an early wicket in the first over, before a foundation innings from Andrew Young (46) partnered with Captain Andrej Yaksender (58 not out) for a 60 run third-wicket partnership, which provided the backbone of the Melbourne innings. Ben Roughsedge (22 not out) and Will Foster (21) also contributed valuable runs to the scoreboard. Monash shared the wickets with Raymond Steele the pick of the bowlers taking 2-29 from 3 overs, and Zack Richardson (1-27) and Thomas Sudano (1-29) also taking wickets.
Monash started their chase cautiously after losing a wicket in the second over – before Jarrod Mundy (48) and James Wiseman (35) put on an 85 run partnership to lay a platform for the team to attack the total. Cameo’s from Sudano (21) and the dangerous Captain Sachin Varadarajan (25) – who was spectacularly caught by Fergus McKenna on the boundary to end a promising innings, left the Monash team’s chase just 9 runs short of the Melbourne total – finishing at 9/164. McKenna, finished with match-best figures of 3-23, while Foster and Devin Serasinghe (2 wickets each) and Harrison Emms and Shawn Ingle (both 1 wicket) contributed with the ball for Melbourne.
The next Big Blue events include Australian Rules hosted at Monash University, and the Melbourne-leg of the Big Blue, hosted at Parkville on Wednesday 28 March.