One Day Competition - 3C Cardinals vs Sydenham Allstars, Somerfield Park #1, 3C, 6th February 2016
Like Paul Daniels on Sunday evening TV when you were a kid the Cardinals pulled one out of the bag this afternoon; (younger Cardinals may need to google that vague reference to the 80's).
Camo won the toss, and at 10/0 after two overs we had made a pretty good start. Things weren't looking that flash a mere 18 balls later as we slumped to 15/5 after a unplayable spell from their opening bowler. James Stokes was by now experiencing severe dejavu as countless partners came, listened, and duly ignored, his advice, and went again. Ben Norman-Larter hurriedly arrived at the crease and (Holy Sh#t Warner's GOOOONNNNNEEEEEEE), confused the scorers, and scored more singles than given credit for. Harry eventually gave him out (completely fairly) before another couple of quick wickets bought Jamie Livingstone to the crease. A great partnership ensued adding more than 50 great runs; which would prove the difference in the game. Throughout this long partnership Morgann Lb was sitting like a Thoroughbred in the gates waiting his turn. The time finally came, and with a beautiful shot succeeded, in a single shot, to score more runs than his beloved nation have won Rugby World Cups. His single also reignited the betting on the lowest aggregated season runs for the side, drawing level with Craig Thornhill in this most pretigious catagory. (HOOOLLLLYYYY sh#t what a catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Sorry. In summary their top three bowlers were phenomenal (25-8-29-8) but the rest, less so. 135 on the board, we felt pretty good taking the field. Unfortunately a bit of puff was out of the sails after a good chance went down off the first ball, and the opening attack struggled to find the demons in the pitch that we knew were there. This all changed though in the sixth over as they fell from 30/0 to 59/9 in the space of 11 overs. Three main highlights; 4 wickets in four balls (unfortunately not hat-trick though), Craig Thornhill taking a ridiculously good catch at mid-on, and Cameron Rennell taking the best, second best, catch you will see. Eventually a pesky, though entertaining, final wicket partnership got them through to a mildly respectable 89.
Undoubted star of the bowling performance was Ben Norman-Larter with a very handy 5-24. All bowlers were great; though James Gallagher must be publically rebuked for his warmup..... Good beers at Kaizuka afterwards - honestly, we do mildly like each other....
Man of the Match: Ben Larter
Check out the scorecard from the game.