One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs ES Gold, Burwood Park #3, Presidents, 19th December 2015
Whether it’s the Duckworth-Lewis method, Phil needing to impersonate Darryl Hare or the general sh@t attitude of the opposition, Burwood Park seems to carry with it an increasing stench of controversy.
And so it proved on a decent looking deck at Burwood 3. Batting first against Easts Gold, Syds were in the sh@t early, with Laughts going for eight, having not clamped down on his third cut shot of the game, his short-arsedness rather than any fault with the bat preventing him playing the shot in a downwards motion. One for eight became two for 19 as Wildy, well and truly riding his luck in being dropped three times on the way to five, went LBW to Wells. Matt Loose compounded the catastrophe going for five with the score at 21, and things were looking ominous. Enter Ski and Kev Moore, who restored order with a partnership of 104 before Kev was LBW to Morrell for 54 with the score at 125. Ralphie came and went for a cameo 12, including the inevitable filthy wog over cow. Ken Julian contributed two, Flem four, and JK run out without facing a ball in a mix-up with Ski for the rot to set in again. Waza smashed nine. Phil B went for one, going out with a big swing on the second to last ball, seeking the boundary and a big pay day, for Cardinals to finish up with 181. We were at least 20 runs short, but determined to take the game deep.
Gibb and Hemingway started well before Ken removed Hemingway for 21 with the score at 40. Gibb was next to go for 32, bowled Fleming with the score at 71. A couple of catches didn’t stick, but we stuck to it. Pawson went next for 32 with the score at 99, after Flem made him look pretty ordinary. Wells and Niven Boyle combined well for a period. Flem seemed to be attempting to beat the record of catches dropped of his bowling all by himself, shelling two return chances, while at the other end, Kev Moore invited the batsman to get some bat on it, only to be deposited over cow the very next ball.
Then controversy stepped in. Cardinals claimed the wicket of Boyle twice in two balls, only for him to be given not out, and not walk after being invited by the umpire. A chance close in was also turned down in similar circumstances. Things were still a bit testy when Boyle then blocked a return by Ken from the boundary to the strikers end, moving to block the ball with his pads while out of his ground. The appeal for obstructing the field was turned down. Ken had the last laugh, catching Boyle with a fantastic over the shoulder running catch reminiscent of Brownie last season – only this time on the long off boundary, not long on. The problem was that by then, the score was 160. Minutes later Ken chimed in again close in with a bootlaces high screamer off Ralphie with the score at 167. That was the last success, with Gold getting the runs six down with a couple of overs to spare.
Syds used eight bowlers. Ken and Flem were the pick, Ken finishing 1-23 off eight with two maidens – the only two of the day. Flem chipped in 2-31 off eight and Ski 2-16 off four. Ralphie finished 1-33 off eight, Guy 0-24 off four, Matty 0-23 off five, Kev Moore 0-9 off one, and Wildy 0-10 off one.
Not the desired pre-Christmas result, but some great individual performances, and a great determination to take the game deep, and make Gold earn the win.
Man of the Match: Craig Borcoski
Check out the scorecard from the game.
Ed: Niven's action would have to go close to the most unsporting and biggest piece of cheating I think I've seen in over 40 years of cricket! Soured a good game of cricket.