One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs OBC, Sydenham Park #3, Presidents, 30th January 2016
It’s been pretty hot fielding first of late. On a much cooler day, and with the already short Syds 3 boundaries brought in further due to a soaking through the week, this time the heat squarely on the opposition.
Opening the attack with Waza and Ski, Ski struck in his first over, the second of the match with the score at six, removing Cotton, the ball crashing into the top of middle. In his next over, one run later, he removed Bull, also bowled. It was a good breakthrough. Last time we played OBCC Bull had frustratingly almost carried his bat and seen them home in a tight encounter. In the ninth over Waza claimed Lodge, courtesy of a well taken catch by JK at a shortish midwicket, with the score at 20. A run later Flem held a catch above his head at long off to remove Henry off Jules, to go 4-21, and with the score at 25, Ski held one that JK got to balloon off Hall’s top edge for OBCC to go five down.
Other than a match report, you’d never say that VD made a welcome return, but Jules did so with a tight eight overs on the trot at one end, ultimately picking up a couple. At the other end, Flem was doing his best to bowl myxamatosis to his bunny, getting Hamish Anderson to an LBW so plum that Anderson walked to bring proceedings to 6-25. Flem followed up with the wicket of Clayton, a dropping delivery hitting the pad on the full. 7-33. Jules then got his second, a catch at long off that somehow carried to Ski, taken low down, diving forward to make things 8-39. Barringer and Penny combined for a while, batting like corpses with pads on, aiming to see out the overs, before Barringer went to Congo for 11, with the score at 51. It was all over five runs later, Congo picking up his second wicket, that of Penny, for OBCC to finish all out for 56 in the 36th over. Six extras were the fourth highest score for the opposition.
Unsurprisingly economical spells all over the shop for the bowlers: Waza 6-0-11-1, Ski 6-2-9-2, JK 4-1-5-1, Jules 8-3-7-2, Flem 8-1-18-2 and Congo 4-1-3-2.
Once again we tempted fate messing around with the batting order. With Wildy on the sideline and Laughts not wanting to bat due to a mysterious wrist injury he can’t recall inflicting on himself, Matt Loose and Spency opened Syd’s account, with nobody expecting any demons in chasing a low total. Things started not running to plan when Matt went for 4 with the score at 13. Phil batted at three, slashing a boundary over the cordon without the abuse Ski got for a similar feat last week before going for five with the score at 21. Spency went LBW with the score at 23, and then Ski went for three, giving himself a bigger gobful than he got from Hornby last week. 26-4 and nerves were tightening. Enter Murdoch, and then Matt Loose as umpire. Having not fielded a ball in anger for the entire OBCC innings and having been dismissed cheaply, Matt got involved in the match, producing a brief yet impactful umpiring spell the Grim Reaper would have been proud of. He fired Murdoch LBW first ball of his spell, for a duck, and then Congo run out for 1, falling victim to a throw he thought was going to the other end, and a treadmill that mysteriously appeared on the pitch. 34-6, and given OBCC had once been 33-7, an opposition player might have said it was evenly poised. But Waza and then Flem begged to differ, returning some sanity to proceedings and getting us home with not out scores of 15 and 17 respectively, Waza ending the match with a decent six over mid-on – a bit straighter this his usual dirty swat over cow, but his batting continuing to come along nicely. Syds finishing up 61-6.
It was rather hard to pick a man of the match for this one, in what was an unexpectedly low-scoring but absorbing encounter.
Man of the Match: Julien van Dyke
Check out the scorecard from the game.