One Day Competition - 3B Goats vs Sumner, Barnett Park, 3B, 13th February 2016
Game 4 of the top 6 round found us at Barnett Park playing Sumner.
We had played extremely poorly losing to this side in the round robin so were keen to put in a better performance today and started in the right fasion with Pat winning yet another toss allowing us to bat first on a traditionally good pitch. This proved a good decision as Chris and Jacob were in no trouble getting us through to 80 without loss at the 20 over break and in a great position to push onto a big score. Both openers fell in the forties soon after the break, looking to pick up the scoring rate and while we continued to accumulate runs the acceleration was slow to come. Josh then decided to put the foot down, after only having 3 off his first 10 balls he promptly smashed 33 of his next 19. At the other end Rob was struggling to make contact and later in the day suggested he might need to look at wearing glasses (either that or we put a bell in the ball) After Josh's dismissal Heath helped Rob out by running a few byes through to the keeper and we took 10 off the last over which turned out to be vital in the grand scheme of things. 191 on the board, which gave our bowlers plenty to work with against a strong batting team.
We made a great start, with the caught Josh, bowled Alex Brailey show happening in each of Alex's first two overs and Sumner were 7/2. This brought their best two batsman together and at 124/2 things wern't looking quite so good. Alex Hewson bowled a great second spell and finally got the breakthough to get us back into the game, although while Boyd was still batting Sumner were still favourite. With one end open we started chipping a few wickets out while keeping Boyd away from the strike and the scoreboard pressure started to mount. The 34th over proved decisive as Boyd hit Alex Brailey for a big 6 and then next ball smashed it straight back to Alex, who took a great caught and bowled. The rest of their batsman then struggled to find the boundry over the next few overs and they ended up 11 runs short after Pat cruelly ran out their last batsman, who could barely run to the other end of the pitch after pulling a muscle.
A good win in good game that could have gone either way and that probably guarantees a semi final spot for the Goats.
Man of the Match: TBD
Check out the scorecard from the game.