One Day Competition - 3C Cardinals vs Merivale Papanui, Somerfield Park, 3C, 24th October 2015
Next weekend we have a Japanese houseguest staying – I presume she knows nothing about cricket. As her host, I feel some obligation to take her to a game to let her see the honest and gentlemanly manner in which Cricket is always played; as both teams chase a fair victory. It’s fair to say I won’t take her to watch this Merivale-Papanui side.
Having had a few interesting ‘incidents’ with this side last season, we approached the game with a pretty open mind. Captain (as it turns out) Fantastic won the toss and, in true Cardinals style, we batted first. It’s fair to say the pitch was a fairly predictable Somerfield Park strip (it was indistinguishable from my back lawn) and the initial going was pretty tough – the pretty feral Easterly playing its part in dampening the enjoyment levels for many of us.
Unfortunately our secret weapon opener, Spook, never got going, being bowled pretty early on. Hemi initially struggled with his leg stump and was the focus of a series of pretty handy LBW shouts early on. Larts looked pretty interested for a while reaching 14, before testing the catching ability of their less likely looking fielder who, perhaps surprisingly, swallowed it. Manny came in next to test the theory that that catch was a fluke and, almost immediately, proved pretty convincingly that that bloke can in fact catch (he has no future as a Cardinal).
Stokesy also left pretty cheaply, and, just before drinks, Hemi’s patient opening innings finally ended for a steady 19. This left Camo and Smitty to guide us through a tricky period until drinks; when we were 59/5 and doing it pretty tough. Up until drinks the Merivale bowling had been pretty respectable, and it was obvious that they had three pretty handy bowlers.
Immediately after drinks, it became immediately obvious that they only had three handy bowlers. The quality of the bowling dropped markedly, and Camo and Smitty took full toll, bringing up the first 100 run partnership of the season. While this partnership is undoubtedly newsworthy, it would probably be remiss of me to fail to mention the influence that the deteriorating standard of their out-fielding (Camo was dropped either 6 or 7 times) had on the final twenty overs; much to the annoyance of their (cheating) captain.
With overs running out, Smitty was bowled for a well compiled 38, before Camo finally fell for an entertaining 87 a few overs before the end. After a couple of sighters, one of which can only be described as a dirty slog to the ‘Kaizuka’ corner (which broke his bat), Harry managed to finish with a flourish; scoring 14 runs off the final over. The Cardinals had produced an impressive 150 runs off the final 20 overs to finish with an imposing 204/7.
Describing the Merivale Innings is difficult…They made a reasonable start, as Hemi and Larts bowled a searching line. As the initial wickets began to fall, it became obvious that LBW and, in true Cardinal style, catching were pretty much redundant wicket taking options today. Batting at three was a young fella who’s own opinion of himself was obviously a bit above 3C grade. Wearing full North Harbour rep kit, and brandishing a good technique, it was immediately obvious that someone had forgotten to tell him that 3C is not 2 day cricket. The result was nearly 20 overs of watching him conduct his own open net session; with more lefts than a Labour party conference.
Annoyingly he found an able companion in (cheater) captain who initially got his big toe confused with his bat, thus negating a strong LBW shout from Stokesy. Stokesy had a plan though, and at drinks hatched a plan to lay an elaborate trap, which involved hand picking the best outfield catcher he could find and strategically placing him in the perfect position. We had to wait all of one ball for this plan to play out perfectly, as the (cheating) skipper smacked it straight down the throat of the aforementioned catcher….and survived to bat another few overs.
At this stage Camo was feeling pretty confident and threw the ball to Flynny, who bowled one of the most unique opening overs in any Cardinal’s career. While his figures of 0-5 are no disgrace, it is the first time that many of the boys had seen a ball bounce on the pitch 11 times in one 6 ball over….
Eventually Manny, Harland and Stokesy cleaned them up and they were all out for 96; a fair total despite their appalling umpiring and seeming allergy to divisiveness. 3 wickets for Manny, and 2 each for Stokes, Hemi and Ben.
Overall a 108 run win was all good – Player of the Day was Camo for his great innings. Well played lads, and a few good beers (and a particularly awful one) and wontons had at Kaizuka afterwards.
Man of the Match: Cameron Rennell
Check out the scorecard from the game.