One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs ES Gold, Burwood #3, Presidents, 17th March 2012
Now that I have firmly established myself as the number 1 wicket keeper in the side, the selectors had little hesitancy in reinstating me as the captain for the next two matches of the season. After a sleepless night of tossing........... and tossing, it was with great excitement and expectation I arrived at Burwood fully prepared mentally and physically to take on the might of East Shirley...........It was then I discovered we didn’t have a match ball or the team KIT.
Like all good captains I kept my thoughts to myself re the gear bag, and tried to concentrate on winning the toss, once I achieved that milestone I inserted East’s on what looked like and proved to be a fairly testing wicket.
Our two opening bowlers Ralphie and Thommo may have been mistaken for George Best and Jesse Ryder given the state of their appearance at the start of play however they both bowled with more fire than the flaming sambukas they has obviously consumed the night before & in conjunction with the always parsimonious Ken Julian we had East’s reeling at 37/3. East’s then with two of snow white’s dwarfs put together a good partnership of 90, followed by a hard hit 40 from Arthur Daly, East’s ended up with 208. 50 more than what they should have got. My 34 byes was a new PB. I thought all our bowlers played a part in a pretty good bowling performance Kenny was outstanding having a couple of unlucky LBWs he finished with 1-19, Ralphie 2-23, Jules 2-42 and Thommo 2-53. Thommo was his normal angry self and bowled with a lot of pace and hostility, mainly aimed towards the umpires, he bowled two very very good spells then had Arthur Daly take to him in his last two over’s (27).
208 was a tough ask against the best bowling attack in the grade ,and we were never really in the hunt, despite an excellent innings from Kenny of 71 not out, we had a few little partnerships but we all struggled to keep up with the required run rate after a pretty quiet start, in addition to this we then lost wickets at crucial times with nobody able to stay with Kenny. All in all a pretty tough day for us, we punched above our weight in the field, (with one exception) but we let ourselves down with our batting. Oh well we have next week to look forward too. It was a great pleasure to have Geoff Miller back in the side for this match and hopefully the remainder of the season. Nick Cournane also made his debut for the side and he looks to be useful medium pacer who was excellent in the field.
Check out the scorecard from the game.