One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs OBC, Sydenham #1, Presidents, 3rd December 2011
Arguably, we never really got into this game, but such was the flatness of the track that we couldn't be completely sure that we weren't out of it either. This was one of those rare tosses before Christmas where you really wanted to win it and bat. One look at the track pre-game suggested any side that batted first was going to get a good score, and a very good score would pressure any team having to chase. Unfortunately OBC won it, batted, and did just that.
Following an early wicket, they started with a rush with inform players Kelvin Scott and Tim McConnell taking 80 off the first 10 overs. With Julien and Ben taking a pounding in those initial overs, Ken Julian was on again quickly, but this time he too struggled. With both batsman quick to use their feet Ken wasn't able to replicate his previous week's deeds, and at that point a score of 300 plus really looked on the cards. Billy Nic (2/35) was the first man to stem the tide with his left armers only going at 4 an over, the equivalent of 1-2 on other pitches. But the star was Ralphie Winder - he had been held back a little as those coming onto the bat hard seem to clear the boundary even further, but that proved to be under-estimating him. He bowled much more sharply, got some good lift at times into the batsman to keep them honest, and ended up take 5-30 at less than 4. So we eventually managed to claw our way somewhat back into the game, and chasing 262 on that track, had a chance.
Kev Moore (69) and Tim (13) got us off to a good start before Tim was surprisingly run out on what looked like a tight but comfortable second run. However, for the second week running, the loss of the first wicket signalled a collapse with the next four wickets falling for 34 runs, and realistically taking with it any chance of a win. When Ralphie (32*) and Ben Larter (66) got together there developed a glimmer of hope as they put on 87 for the sixth wicket at a good clip to take us through to 185. But despite their endeavours the run rate was still well over 15 as a result of the middle order collapse, and the game quickly wound down leaving us 60 short at 202 for 7.
So our first loss, but nevertheless a good game played in good spirit and great conditions, between two of the four main contenders this year, but with OBC's batting in particular reconfirming that they will be a hard team for anyone to beat out for that title.
Check out the scorecard from the game.
Ed: It might have a bit different if their centurion was given out when run out for 30 odd ;-)