One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs St Albans, Ilam Park #3, Presidents, 6th February 2016
An undisputable place in the competition top four was the prize this weekend, with Saints a side well capable of derailing that ambition. But having chased 235 set by Saints earlier in the season, we fancied our chances.
Ralphy won the toss and elected to bowl first, mindful of Saint’s knocking over their strong top order and again wishing to chase. Things didn’t immediately go to plan, and although Waza and Ralphy both bowled with venom from the off, Hampton and Cox both got starts before Ferg got the breakthrough, getting the wicket of Cox for 32 with the score at 62 in the 13th over. Saints went to drinks at 100-odd for one, and the feeling was it should have been far more. Saints’ didn’t follow through and the second half didn’t live up to any promise shown in the first.
With wickets in hand and a platform, a tight bowling and fielding effort meant they didn’t even double the runs in the second twenty. Ski picked up Hampton shortly after drinks with the score at 104. Read went courtesy of Phil Walker for 32 at 116. Mather went to Jules VD with the score at 163 in the 35th. Flem tied down the dangerous Pierre Flavell, who was quiet until hitting out late – only to be caught by JK off Jules for 32 on the long on boundary, JK having dropped the dress rehearsal the ball prior. Thirties and twenties from the top five were the main event of the Saints innings, and the addition of only 82 in the second twenty encapsulated a tight bowling and fielding effort. Wickets went late, with Jules snaring three of the seven Saints wickets to fall off a virulent four overs, while Flem bowled a tight eight overs, though going wicketless, for Saints to finish 182 for seven.
Of the bowlers, Waza 5-0-25-0, Ralphy 8-0-37-1, Van Dyk 4-0-10-3, Smith 5-0-30-1, Flem 8-0-24-0, Ski 5-1-18-1 and Phil Walker 5-0-24-1.
In the field Ski and Laughts contributed two catches apiece, one of Laughts’ a running diving effort taken low down. The only obvious thing loose about the fielding effort was an emergency defecation situation that briefly removed Waza from the field, requiring the services of supersub Congo.
Into bat we went, backing ourselves for victory and an undisputable place in the top four. Spency and Laughts got proceedings under way steadily enough, Laughts armed with a very large new piece of timber. Spency was first to go for 13 in the 13th,with the score at 43. Ski made 11 before he went at 65 in the 19th. We went to drinks at 73, two down and, with Saints short of a few bowlers, looking to accelerate. Phil Walker went shortly after drinks, for 6 with the score at 89, and JK for 5 with the score at 94.
But Laughts was the glue that was holding things together, and he started raining sixes down the ground. An innings of 83 featured 10 fours and three sixes, and a couple of particularly punishing overs of 12, 14 and 13 that kept things on track. He appeared to enjoy showing Saints the full face of his new blade, and possibly the full face of his other blade as well through a v@gina-like gash in his trousers. He was the last wicket to fall, at 134 in the 29th and having departed, he started seeing sixes everywhere, even noting the six toes JK has on each foot.
Ralphy played an uncharacteristic knock of 11 consecutive singles before first finding the boundary, and then clearing it with the inevitable six over cow. Flem played a gritty knock at the other end, alternately noodling and punishing. Ultimately we needed 12 runs of three overs, and cantered home.
Man of the Match: Brendon Laughton
Check out the scorecard from the game.