One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs LPW, Sydenham Park #1, Presidents, 28th March 2015
The last game of the season is always an important one. It’s a game where success makes all the aches and pains of a season on decrepit bodies go away, and makes it easier to come back next year.
A few players had extra pressure, with team awards still up for grabs, and as a team, a win against LPW needed to secure the top of the bottom six – or as Matt Loose would put it, the tallest of the six dwarves.
Syds batted first on Syds 1, with Wild and Winder forming an alliterative opening pair. Which was about all they did on a wicket doing a bit early, with Ralphie gone for two with the score at 10. With first drop Kev Moore looking to put a chokerhold on the batting aggregate but instead failing to trouble the scorers, and Wildy dismissed after yet another quickfire 20-odd, the Cardinals were three down for 27.
As they’ve found out in Invercargill lately, when things go to sh*t, you call Code Brown. And so it was that Brownie, and then Ski and Matt Loose set about restoring some hygiene to the innings – Brownie unlucky to go for a promising looking 16 with the score at 60, and Ski and Matt sticking around for ages, beginning to smash it about and knocking up big scores – Ski 60 from 70 balls to add to other impressive innings this season, and Matt threatening a 100, and unlucky to go for 78 off 62 balls.
It must be really shit being the opposition to go from 27 for three to 181 for five, when Ken Julian walks to the crease at number seven, and Dave Fleming at number eight – and when Ferg and Phil don’t even have the pads on. Ken added 35 not out and Flem 13 not out, for the Cardinals to finish 248 off the 40 overs. For them, Oats was handy, finishing 3/26, with Dearsley taking both Ski and Matt’s wickets to finish 2/38.
Into the field and an autumnal easterly and Ralphie picked his moment and did what we’ve been waiting for all season. Bowling like an angry 1980’s West Indian minus the sun tan, he ripped the LPW top order apart to finish 4-4 off seven overs. Ferg was operating well from the other end and picked up one as well, and LPW were effectively out of the contest at 28 for five.
Perhaps the quick fall of wickets had the LPW change room scrambling, but the next batsman, Harvey, took a millennium to arrive. He could have been timed out, but compiled an annoying 49, and an even more annoying thick edge and didn’t walk, before finally being LBW by Ken. Just as Ralphie had knocked the top off the batting, Congo wrapped up the tail taking 3/16 off four, perhaps robbing Ralphie of a five-for.
In the end, LPW were all out for 125 after 29 overs, for Syds to win the last game of the season by 123 runs.
Man of the Match: Brenden Winder
Check out the scorecard from the game.