One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs LPW, Woolston Park #2, Presidents, 17th October 2015
It might have been a freezing cold day at Woolston Park for a clash with Lancaster Park Woolston, but the top order fired, and if not for the long grass in the outfield, a score of far more than 211 we ultimately compiled was well on the cards.
The opening combo of Laughton and Brown had the opportunity to spank a tonne of runs against one of the lower-ranked sides in the competition, and unfortunately Brownie went early. That email Wildy sent through the week about getting too far behind Ralphie must have done something, as Laughts knocked up 56 including three sixes before going to a sharp caught and bowled. Matty found his way beyond 30 to get twice that, going for 60 to a well taken catch in an innings featuring seven fours and two sixes. After a slow start that saw us 9-1 after seven overs, the run rate accelerated with clean hitting by both players to bring up the hundred in the 23rd.
Tim Murdoch provided the glue through the middle, eventually going LBW for 26. Ralphie’s golden shower from his infant son earlier in the day must have triggered something – finally getting beyond the mid-40s to crack a 50 in just 25 balls, opening his account with what another pundit reckoned was a “medium-sized” six over cow, followed by two more, and five fours. A request has been made with Mrs Ralphie to ensure the shower happens before each game.
Flem contributed three not out, and Bert also three not out, and his first three dick jokes of the season, to finish 211 for five, a score LPW, who were short a couple of players, and with one who’d never played before, were unlikely to threaten.
Waza Guy and Jules VD got the second half under way, Waza taking a wicket in his second over, making the zing bails sparkle – a desire he’d stated previously in the match. Things settled for a period before Laughts took a skyed catch behind, and Waza finished two for 18 off eight with one maiden, Jules VD none for six off three.
After a wayward first over, Second Spell Brownie followed up with three maidens on the trot. He finished one for 28 off eight, with five maidens, the wicket a catch behind to Laughts, who’d shelled one two balls earlier. The captain also dropped a sharp one at midwicket.
Jagath picked up the action at one end, bowling a tidy four overs, kicking off with a maiden, going for a six and a four in the next two, finishing none for 19 off four.
The highlight of the second half was undoubtedly the return of Bert Walker to the bowling crease. After a Dambusters-style no ball in his first over, the machine he always was reappeared, going for one run in his second, and pitching up a maiden in his third. He finished none for 11 of six, with the one maiden.
Flem and Ralphie saw us out, Dave with a nagging spell at the lower order, finishing 4 for 11 off seven, and Ralphie taking a wicket in his only over to finish one for one.
In the end, a slow death, with LPW all out at 94, but a win by 117 and promising signs with both bat and ball for the remainder of the season.
Man of the Match: TBD
Check out the scorecard from the game.