One Day Competition - 3C Cardinals vs Marist, Somerfield Park, 3C, 28th November 2015
After last week’s debacle, the Cardinals were looking for a better performance in all aspects of the game. To be fair the day didn’t start that well with Benny sending down an 11 ball first over.
Given another he was a little unlucky to see Harry grass a pretty easy catch at mid wicket in his second over. Harry’s reward for his dropsy, apart from a perfectly round mark on his chest, was to be moved into slip for Livo’s next over and straight back in the firing line. Luckily the next one stuck and the opener was gone. Marist then scored runs at a fair clip for a while as the dead pitch combined with a small park, and a fast outfield. 108/2 at drinks and doing it pretty comfortably. Their strong top order continued scoring consistently, but wickets eventually began to fall as Dags put on a one-man outfield catching clinic with three genuinely impressive grabs. Encouragement was kept high by Flynny’s strong appealing game, and they arguably never quite kicked on. They lost their last wicket in their last over – with the score at 238. A good score obviously, but at times, in the field it felt like they might get a few more. Best of the bowlers were Livo with 3-18, and Harry with 4-40.
After a slight crisis when Mank learnt that the bloke on beers is meant to bring the Dou Bros for the batting order, Mank and Livo strolled out to open the batting. From the outset, it was a really controlled batting performance that kept us up with the required run rate and good contributions from everyone. Mank found the middle of the bat with a huge 6 into the carpark, on the way to an entertaining 21. Livo looked solid, getting to 37 before being undone. In a big run chase, Marist didn’t really help themselves with 22 wides and 11 byes as extra’s reached 37. With a solid platform built, it was Camo and Birthday Boy (but can’t walrus) Stokesey who stole the show from here. Playing great cricket, they waited for the bad ball and smashed it when it inevitably came. Scoring accelerated towards the end as everyone got a bowl and Camo hit the winning runs with 18 balls to spare (remember the 22 wides? Could have been close….). Stokesy finished on 57* and Camo, with a man-of-the-match 69*.
Man of the Match: Cameron Rennell
Check out the scorecard from the game.