One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs Hornby, Bradford Park #1, Presidents, 25th October 2014
They say a fast game is a good game, but our return to Bradford Park on Saturday was not to be a happy one.
With fine weather, but for a consistent cool easterly, the last thing we were expecting was to be heading towards the clubrooms for a commiseratory ale or several at 3pm.
Struggling for players through the week, we made the cut courtesy of a couple of ring-ins – one who’d played before and one who hadn't, but had researched how to play cricket on YouTube.
Asking Ralphie to win the toss three weeks in a row was clearly asking too much, and we were inserted on a wicket that didn't suggest much of the carnage that was about to unfold.
Normally it’s the absent Bert Walker who drops his shorts when least expected, and with the pitch offering the Hornby bowlers a bit of assistance and unpredictability early on at least, the top order honoured his absence, being 5 down for 15, with the side all out for 51 after 18 overs.
If there was any luck in it, Laughts was perhaps the unluckiest – driving a full-blooded catch back to the bowler, who later admitted he was just trying to get his hand out of the way. Wickets fell with alarming regularity, and even the most technically proficient were not immune as the ball popped of a decent length – or didn't, and trapped a few in front.
The lower order determined that technique was not the way forward. Batting like windmills, Jules added 11, Phil 12 not out, and ring-in JD, full of the spirit of cricket from a morning YouTube session added 7, including a well taken boundary. Extras also contributed, as a few that beat the batsman, beat the keeper as well.
Hornby were not troubled by similar woes to us, but a fired up Matt Loose and Jules managed to take a wicket apiece, courtesy of well-taken catches by Chris van Rensberg and Laughts, before the inevitable happened after 8 overs.
A highlight was Flem’s return to the bowling crease, but for the lengthy adjustments he made to the field with the scores tied before delivering a first ball steak-and-cheese that was duly spanked over cow to end the match.
Check out the scorecard from the game.