One Day Competition - 3C Cardinals vs New Brighton, Rawhiti Domain, 3C, 31st October 2015
The mighty Canterbury Glass / Kaizuka Cardinals lost a close one this afternoon, with our total being run down in the final over by New Brighton. The day started positively with Kezza arriving late, having completed a credible drive from Punakaiki to make the game, and then proceeding to unleash of torrent of abuse towards his teammates when they play the pretty obvious ‘Done the Do Bro and you’re 9’ joke.
Skipper Cam won, or lost, the official non-toss and in hindsight New Brighton may have used a bit of local knowledge to stitch us up. It may be Halloween, but we were not expecting the nightmare that was that pitch early on. The pitch was low and sticky and scoring was initially difficult. Resultantly, it’s fair to say though that this match report has already lasted longer than the Cardinals top order with the first 7 balls leaving the lads 3/3. Harry stuck around for a couple of overs, then missed a straight one (again), and 22/4 was the result.
This bought Kezza to the crease to join Camo, and the lads did an outstanding job, playing circumspectly before drinks, and then pushing on after. If the scorebook was a bit tidier I’d be able to confirm whether this was the 2nd successive week that Camo had been involved in a century partnership, but let’s just say it was.
Kezza was finally dismissed with a couple of overs remaining, for a really handy 43. This bought Flynny to the wicket, who displayed some unique footwork, though his ole mate Billy (Mav) appeared to have affected his hand-eye coordination. Pete came, scored, and left runout, bringing Stokesy to the crease in the dying stages. Camo finished the over strongly, and the Cardinals ended up with a handy 142/7. Camo finished on 77*, a fine continuation of his handy form this year.
After an early wicket to Krefty, the New Brighton innings plodded along pretty happily. It was obviously one of those days where it seemed that aerial slogs fall in gaps, inside edges slip harmlessly past the stumps, and good LBW shouts are turned down. Consistently. An important wicket before drinks gave us a sniff and Flynny upped the anti a bit with a good ‘Hey it’s Lego-man – all he does is block!’ call. This, briefly, got in the head of the batsman and some banter followed from both teams.
After drinks the wickets began to tumble a bit as we finally got into this sides notoriously long batting tail. A period of ill feeling drew a bit of a crowd briefly, but following that both teams got back on the rails as Flynny slowly made his way through more clichés than this match report, in an attempt to rally the lads.
The final few overs were tense, and, to be fair, New Brighton played it pretty well. With 11 needed off the last two overs we were in with a shout, though it wasn’t to be with New Brighton ending on 143/8 with 5 balls remaining. A tough loss, but we’ll get them next time!
Man of the Match: TBD
Check out the scorecard from the game.