One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs ES Blue, Sydenham Park #3, Presidents, 12th December 2015
Second time up against Easts Blue this time at Syds 3 got under way in predictable fashion. Ralphie made his McCullum-esque contribution to the game losing the toss, and we fielded first.
Ralphie at one end and Ski at the other kept the screws on early, but it was the first change – Phil Walker who got the breakthrough, removing Nick Cottam for 24, with the score at 42 in his first over – the 13th of the match. It should have been two wickets, but for Phil B dropping a razor sharp chance backward of square that did everything off the bat but order a side of fries. A smaller victory may have been Phil not snapping himself in half diving to take it. Cottam’s opening partner, Kasun, top-scored with 31, before being removed caught Fleming, bowled Loose in the 18th, and at drinks, the run-rate was just starting to tick over, and it was up to the spin twins to sort it out. Sudath was LBW to Ken Julian after pulling a hammy and batting with a runner – having only just recovered from pulling the other hammy. With nothing left to pull, he went for 10. Chester went shortly after Laughts pulled off a sharp stumping off Flem, and Framps snared a great one-handed catch at short mid-off to remove Ajith off Ken. No sooner had Vajina come in, he was going again, for an anti-climactic 7, sent on his way by Flem after the ball ricocheted off both legs and then the bat, before hitting the stumps. Arun provided somewhat stiffer resistance, before succumbing to Flem for 22. Ralphie chipped in with the wicket of Brayan and Framps with two, before Ralphie knocked over Paul Cottam for Easts to finish all out for 157 – probably more than they should have got, but easily gettable. Ralphie finished 1-17 off 8 with three maidens, Ski 0-11 off six with three maidens, Flem 3-42 off 8, with no maidens, Ken 2-24 off eight with two maidens, Phil Walker and Matt Loose both 1-19 off three with no maidens, and Framps a fruitful but expensive 2-20 off 1.4.
When the opposition opens the bowling with a chap called Dahliband, the suspicious might expect something to explode. In the end it was his opening partner, Ajith, who removed Laughts early, continuing his Richie McCaw homage of last week, dismissed again for 7 in the third over with the score at 14. Framps was joined by Tim Murdoch and they settled down to business as the pitch proved benign and consistent. Framps was next to go for 22, offering a sharp catch to the keeper standing up with the score at 59 in the 14th. Matt Loose made his way quietly to 12, then his family turned up, and in no time at all he’d made his first 50 of the season, ending 58 not out in an innings that featured 9 fours and two sixes. Tim had been the glue that held things together with an elegant 48 that also featured nine fours before getting fired by Framps LBW late in the piece off the bowling of Nick Cottam – the 29th, which proved to be the last of the match. It was left to JK to hit the winning runs, which he did first ball with a lusty blow over long on for four off his first ball.
A win to Syds by seven wickets in the 29th, and the fifth run on the trot.
Man of the Match: Matthew Loose
Check out the scorecard from the game.