One Day Competition - 3B Goats vs Merivale Papanui, Centennial Park #2, 3B, 10th October 2015
A good start for the Goats winning the toss and putting Merivale in on a well grassed pitch. A tight first 10 overs didn't yield any wickets but Pat and Alex Brailey consistently beat the bat and kept the scoring rate at 2 an over. Time for a change and on came Jon and Tom.
Tom bowled a great line and immediately had Jacob take a great catch at slip (who said he was just there to chat to Dougy) Jon's first over was short rubbish and went for 7 but the ball was swinging. Over two had the other opener trying to cut against the swing and finding himself bowled.....the Goats on top now. Another wicket to Tom followed but their number 3 batsman started to bat well and at the 20 over break they were 3/59.
Dilan opened up after the break and soon had a wicket but Merivale had obviously decided to pick thing up after drinks and they started playing a few more shots. Jon's last 4 overs only conceded 4 runs but once he finished they really started to throw the bat at our bowling. While Pat went for 9 in one over he picked a couple of wickets and after 48 overs they were 154/6. Alex Hewson came on to bowl the 49th over and bowled their number 3 first ball for a well compiled 53. He then got 2 more wickets for just 1 run in that over to leave them 9 down with one over to go. Pat got Josh to take a great catch at mid on and the Goats were chasing 160 to win. Evenly placed after the first inning.
Our innings started steadily with Jake and Rob not looking in any trouble against their opening attack and we made our way to 19 before we ran into trouble. Both openers nicked through to the keeper within 1 run of each other and with Dougy, Josh and Alex H all falling cheaply we were 5/35 and in trouble. Aftab and Pat mounted a slow and steady recovery and at the 20 over mark we were 5/58. Unfortunately Aftab fell soon after the break and despite Pat's best efforts the tail folded quickly and we were all out for 85.
A game we were well in after the first innings fell away with some Good Merivale catching and some less than stellar batting. Pat was well worth the MVP points top scoring with 31 and taking 3-23 off his 8 overs. Did I mention it was a great day for cricket at the start of the report, the wind was freezing by the time we finished.
Man of the Match: Patrick Clarke
Check out the scorecard from the game.