One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs LPW, HC #1, Presidents, 10th March 2012
This match was always going to be a challenge with 10 of our 19 squad players unavailable for the match, and playing against a side that was a contender to win the title, something that we have not been for a few matches now due to similar past problems. At extreme risk of defaulting at mid-day on Friday, we only got to play the game thanks to the likes of Ralphie who managed to response to Friday's email call to our players looking for player suggestions outside of the squad.
We subsequently lost the toss and were inserted to bat, no doubt an effort to have an early finish which was a realistic possibility at that stage. As it turned out that didn't happen. The two Kevin's put on 56 for the first wicket, and on a good deck for a change, and then when Kevin Moore was out to a ball that dipped in late to bowl him for 38, Kevin Congdon and Ken Julian put on a further 58 to be 114 before Ken departed for a excellent 32. At the start of the 30th over we were reasonably well placed at 130/3 and looking comfortable to get the minimum requirement on that pitch of 200. Unfortunately Kevin Congdon got out at that point for 41 (for something also reasonably unfamiliar for him this year, double figures) but the follow though just didn't happen as wickets were lost repeatedly. So the final 175/8 was felt as just ok, but more than likely, not enough.
That certainly proved true. With the likes of Jason Miller, Tommo and Stu Simpson all unavailable, thus depowering our attack, Ralphie's sudden departure at the start of Park's innings, due to an accident in the CBD, was both understandable but also a major set back to the side that was then down to the bear minimum. That became doubly difficult when Billy Nic suffered a hamstring strain in his first over, and Kevin Moore after this second, the joys of Presidents cricket. The process then became very easy for Park from there on as part time bowlers were forced to bowl the majority of the overs, and Park seemingly coasted to a eight wicket win after 28 overs. I say seemingly because two plump LBWs off Ken and KC early in the piece against Jones and Horsfal, followed by two loopy drop catches on a short boundary, could have made a big different. That said, the fielding of both sides was ordinary over the day, no doubt a reflection on the cold and windy conditions, rather than the age and lack of athleticism of the players involved.
So a loss, and an equally big game next week against league leaders East Gold who scrapped through to a last over win against St Albans next to us. But also a week when we will have top scorer Thinny back for us, and the season's debut of Geoff Miller, something we have all looked forward to for many months.
Check out the scorecard from the game.