One Day Competition - Cranfield Glass 3C Cardinals vs Merivale Papanui, 3C, SCG #3, 24th March 2012
Cardinals rocked up nice and early on a stunning day down at the SCG for the semi final against Merivale Papanui. Due to 3rds defaulting on the #1 pitch Pressies moved to that and we moved to #3.
The skippers had a good discussion at the start and agreed to shift to the previous weeks strip right next door as the allocated one was stickier than the 3rd guest at a Zach & Zane. The pitch was a good hard deck but probably need some of haggis’s skills to remove some of the extra grass. Livo won the toss, which was the luckiest he got all game (see fielding mention later).
MP struggled to score runs early on, and Kezza made inroads from his end picking up 4 wickets. Larts opened from the other end and went for bugger all runs. Our fielding wasn't up to our normal high standards. We dropped a lot of catches. Our ground fielding also was a let down with easy runs given away.
Livo came on and got pumped for 3 fours and then watched a dolly of a chance go begging as Kruger van Wyk and Manny tiptoed around each other before letting a skied ball land between them. Manny replaced Livo after his spell of 1 over. He bowled really well and tied them down with good movement and pace.
At the 20 over point they were 56/5. The next pair then proceeded to bat really well and ground out two very good innings. Rossey followed on from Kezza and picked up 4 wickets as well as we suddenly started holding onto our catches. After a tough afternoon in the field we finally bowled them out for 129.
Set 130 for the win Pete was promoted to open the batting to complement AB’s role at the other end. Pete did exactly as asked and swung at everything and sent the opening bowler for a huge six over long off. He frustrated the bowlers by missing a lot not on the stumps, but connecting with boundaries for those on the stumps. AB did his job perfectly at the other end and was unlucky to get caught in close by a good catch.
Larts came and went quickly (much like his sexlife) and Zach was promoted to number 4. He did the job as well booming a massive six over cow off the other opening bowler. Zach departed quickly bringing Rossey & Kezza to the crease. At this point we were about 40/4. They settled things down and kept the runs ticking over slowly against some good tight bowling from MP. Kezza fell to a lbw off his bat thanks to Trigger Carpenter.
Spook came to the crease and play one of his best innings yet. He nudged/edged a few for singles and then pulled out signature reverse sweep off middle for four. He play some great shots behind square and picked up valuable runs. If anything he threatened to steal Rosseys 50 off him as Spook became the aggressor in the partnership (much like Jasmine is with Rossey). Rossey finally unleashed some lusty blows (like Haggis does on Tequila) and had the scores even.
With 1 run to win Rossey hit the bowler over Colombo st into Super liquor (MP didn’t bother to get the ball), bringing up the win and his fifty.
A tough, scrappy win for us……………onwards to the final next week against the Miller Bar.