One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs Hornby, Denton Park #1, Presidents, 23rd January 2016
On what Richie Benaud – or perhaps Billy Birmingham channeling Richie – would have described as a “stinkin’ f#cking hot day” Ralphy finally won the toss – and elected to field first against Hornby at Denton Oval.
Captain Hindsight would have suggested that Hornby had the better of the fielding conditions going second, as weather apps put the temperature at a breathless 32 degrees, and unquestionably hotter in the middle. Without question, the 12th Man’s player comfort meter would have worked itself to an early death today.
Nevertheless, Hornby got off to a cracking start, only thwarted slightly when JK took a catch at midwicket off Wazza to remove Patterson for two with the score at 27 in the fifth over.
With the heat dictating drinks every ten overs, the Hornby innings progressed slowly, and the next breakthrough was a double strike courtesy of Ski, who removed Ingram for 45 via a catch to Tim on the midwicket boundary, and then Matchett for eight to a faint edge behind, snared by Laughts. With two new batsmen in, we sensed a sniff, but were denied, with Hornby reaching the midway point at 109, and Lamont and Brandon going well. The next wickets fell at 128 and 129, Brandon going caught behind to Wazza, and Lamont going caught Wildy in the same Wazza over. Bert finally got one that carried to him off Flem, to remove Bruce Scott for seven, taking the catch like he was swallowing a sword.
It was Flem’s only wicket of the day, but he was agile as always in the field. Such are the plethora of right angles Flem creates as he chases the ball, that I’ve finally worked out his running makes him look like a human Swastika.
Warner also went cheaply, for 10, bowled by Ralphy with the score at 160, and we sensed we were reining Hornby in a bit. Again, it was not to be as Draper (17) and Walters (33) put on quick runs before both being castled by Ralphy. Hornby finished 219 for nine – Waza 8-0-26-3, Ralphy 8-0-40-3, Flem 8-0-29-1, Phil Walker 5-1-34-0, Ski 4-0-26-2, Tim 1-0-11-0, Wildy 4-0-24-0 and JK 2-0-16-0.
Into bat and normal service resumed with Laughts and Wildy opening at a steady clip. Wildy in particular was batting like he had somewhere to go. Syds and Hornby players were all gutted that Wildy’s destination was hospital. On 13 he top edged one into his face and retired hurt. The diagnosis is a fractured cheekbone and eyesocket.
Laughts went shortly after for 16 with the score at 33, and disappeared shortly after that to check on Wildy. Ski, batting at three steadied the ship with Tim Murdoch before Tim also went for 16 with the score at 74. Phil Walker rotated the strike nicely before going for 6, and JK went for 1.
Enter Ralphy, who delivered a captain’s knock of 11 scoring shots – clearing the very large boundary three times, and crossing it four times before being caught right on it, chancing his luck, going for 39. But it was exactly what was needed. Ski departed shortly after for 96 having given David Warner his pedigree – unfortunately being dismissed by him.
From there Flem and Bert got us home with relative ease, with a ball to spare, Flem finishing 18 not out off not many, having hit three boundaries.
Man of the Match: Craig Borcoski
Check out the scorecard from the game.