One Day Competition - 3C Cardinals vs Sydenham Allstars, Bradford Park, 3C, 5th December 2015
With many of today's starting XI having been generously hosted the previous evening at the Kings vs Thunder game by Larts and Canterbury Glass, there were a few weary soldiers arriving at the ground.
In the last meeting with Sydenham All Stars we had gotten up by about 150 runs, but both teams seemed to have had a few changes in personnel from that day.
Being sent into the field the early exchanges went our way to have them 72/5 at drinks, this on a pitch that looked 180-200 worthy. Wickets were evenly shared and it was a good start given that our captain had succumbed to his wounds from the night before. We fielded with 10 after Cam left his post at first slip in the early overs, and he was seen leaving the ground with gear bag in tow a few minutes later.
After the drinks break the momentum shifted away as some of the bowling wilted in the heat, with some useful overs being sent down but just not being backed up at the other end. Throughout the innings chances fell harmlessly into gaps, each met with more frustration as the scoring increased and lower order wickets eluded us. 184/8 was their total.
Between the innings the team area resembled a bit of a casualty ward as people knocked down whatever liquid they could reach. The Do-Bro (read. un-chilled Speights) batting order ceremonies seemed to fall somewhere in the zone between 'too much effort' and 'I really don't want a beer right now', so the opening bowlers opened the batting - history will record that as an unsuccessful venture. Larts, Smithson and Stokesy featured in some useful partnerships after that, but when they fell there was just a bit much left to do for the lower order. We finished up around 100 after about 30 overs.
During the first innings, in what was an excellent show of Cardinals sportsmanship, an opposition batsman was called back after he walked. When an umpire at the bowlers' end calls a belated no-ball for a waist-high full toss while square-leg stays quiet, the remonstrations between those on the field are always going to be messy. But, most importantly, he was out a few balls later for no added score.
All in all, we probably just lost a couple of key arm-wrestles during the match which made the difference. Also half their team didn't seem to be running around on bugger all sleep + nursing a hangover in the hot sun. So to quote Ian Smith: "If that's how they wanna win the game and they feel good about that, then that's fine"
Man of the Match: TDB
Check out the scorecard from the game.