President Cardinals Match Report (8th November 2014)

One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs LPW, Woolston Park #1, Presidents, 8th November 2014

There was quite a rogering in our match against Lancaster Park at Woolston Park - well not exactly in our match, but just behind the bushes on the park where a young couple were hard at it. So much so that the young lady concerned clearly looked pregnant already as they both left the ground after the match. So an amusing distraction for the boys in this must win match, but one that seems to have affected Park more than ourselves.

This was the win that we badly needed, the context didn't matter, all that did was the 5 points and some reconfirmation to our flagging convince that we could actually play the game. To be fair Park were a shadow of their normal selves having only six players mid-week, and none of their key players and a chance of default. But to their credit they cobbled together a side and gave us a game.

Ralphy won yet another toss and had a decision to make in the face of a very ordinary looking pitch that was both quite damp and patchy. Truth is, despite the expert opinion of a couple of senior players who were convinced that it would get better (it did), and to bat second, Ralphy decided to even up the odds and bat first. Fortunately the old team of Laughton and Wild were back together again, and as they do so often, got us off to another comfortable start. Fifty for the first wicket saw Wildy exit surprisingly for 19 but from there Laughts batted through much of the innings to be eventually out for a testing 71 with the score at 155/3. He did so in conjunction initially with Matt (30's) Loose who again looked primed before falling for 31, and Kev Moore who's 37 ensured we got through to a comfortable 209/5. The only batting "failure" was the skipper callously run out by Ken on the first ball he faced. Ken's and Flem's 20* & 9*'s then completed the innings which frankly seemed plenty on a difficult, but improving wicket, against a depleted Park side.

So it turned out to be. Park were clearly befuddled by Ralphy's initial strategy for two thirds of the match that saw eight bowlers used in strictly two over spells and then off. Park lost their first wicket at 10 and then repeatedly almost ever 10-15 runs to finish at 122/8. The pick of the bowlers was clearly Ken - he was the only bowler to get to bowl his full 8 overs (Ralphy obviously doesn't hold grudges) and his 4/21 ensured that Park never got settled. Chris Van Rensburg put in a good spell and continues to improve his accuracy that backs a more than useful out swing delivery. But to be fair everyone bowled well with Jules only going for 3 off his first four overs, and none going for more than 4's.

The fielding was again competent but without a lot of pressure being applied to it - there was at least one dropped chance, and a few tantalising near ones, and  another excellent behind the stumps from Laught's on a difficult wicket. However, by the 15th over the match was pretty much done and dusted, and with the sun shining and breeze weakening it was a very pleasant and jovial end to the day's play, something not seen a lot this season to date.

Now a week off this coming weekend for Show Week which will be an important break for a number who were limping with calf and ankle injuries by the end of the game, then OBC when we come back who have the personnel to give us a real testing.

Man of the Match: Brendon Laughton - close contest with Ken

Check out the scorecard from the game.