President Cardinals Match Report (21st March 2015)

One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs Hospital, Sydenham Park #2, Presidents, 21st March 2015

 After last week’s revelation of the ‘Hamilton formula’ as the secret to some of the Cardinals’ success this season, it was appropriate that we changed it up a bit for Saturday’s game against Hospital and played with a Congdon. (Yes, it’s a poor joke, but it’s Monday).

Starting an hour earlier at 12pm on Syds 2, Ralphie’s plan was to win the toss, put Hospital in, roll them quickly, get the runs and then off to the pub for the CWC quarter final.

The plan was on track when he won the toss, but it turned into an innings of two halves – with just the one wicket early as Hospital got off to a slow but steady enough start over the first 20. There was close call on a run out the very first ball that might have teased a third umpire, Laughts muffed a runout, Phil dropped a catch off Gus at gully, and Dave nearly needed the Hospital himself after fielding a very nasty bounce with his nuts. Van Dyke bowled eight for 20 but remained wicket-less as Hospital batted prophylactically through to drinks, at 61 for 1.

Gus changed our fortunes the very first ball after drinks, and wickets fell regularly thereafter. Cardinals used eight bowlers – Gus finishing 3/27 off eight, Flem 2/22 off seven, Ralphie 3/8 off two, Waza Guy 1/19 off five. Congdon, making a rare appearance on the field rather than the boundary, finished 0/10 off four. Brownie wrapped up the tail with 1/3 off one. Hospital finished 125 all out after 36 overs, taking the innings a bit deeper than we thought they might.

The Cardinals innings was when the competition within the game really started. With Kev Moore not playing and Laughts and Wildy opening against one of the grade’s weaker attacks, both had an opportunity to edge ahead on the season’s batting aggregate – at the start of the game, Moore was first, Laughts second, Wildy third, with a spread of 29.

Wildy took the early initiative, scoring in multiples of four before being bowled for 24. Laughts put some distance on Wildy with a well struck 56 off 29 balls featuring six fours and four sixes, including one out on to Brougham Street that brought mass applause from everyone but Wildy. Laughts may have edged into the lead on aggregate, but later revealed he will not be playing next week, leaving Wildy and Kev with the pressure on in the last game of the season.

Brownie chimed in with 11, and Phil Barclay brought up his first 50 for the club (compiled mostly over this season) slashing a boundary through the covers in a stand and deliver (lack of footwork) innings of five before edging one behind with the finish line in sight.

That left Phil Walker did the honours with a six, to finish 21 not out off 14 balls. A win to the Cardinals by six wickets, and the game all done by 3.15. The result means Cardinals can’t be headed in the bottom draw playoff.

And then Guptill beat Laughts’ 229*

Man of the Match: Fergus Smith

Check out the scorecard from the game.