One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs Sydenham Hospital, Sydenham Park #1, Presidents, 27th February 2016
Unless you're talking to an American, cricket is a simple game. Unsurprisingly, the side batting first intends to get a lot of runs. The side bowling first (and second for that matter) aims to skittle the other for bugger all. Fewer runs to get means greater likelihood of early beers. This is basically the statement of intent for Pressies cricket.
In the spirit that the Cardinals play our cricket, however we describe that, it's never with any offence intended to the opposition.
As always, Hospital always proved themselves a fun and competitive outfit, and it shaped up that way yet again on Saturday on Syds 1 with the Noel Moorhead Trophy on the line. Normal service would have been Ralphy losing the toss and, like many other occasions this season, Cardinals fielding first in the heat. This time, Ralphy won and didn't hesitate in batting.
Normal service for Cardinals resumed thereafter, with Laughts and Wildy opening our account for the first time since Wildy's injury. With both openers wearing helmets, it was Laughts red shoes that differentiated the two. "Dorothy" made a slow start while the "Tin Man" got on with it at the other end and Cardinals were off to a solid start, bringing up 50 inside 10 overs. When Wildy went on 37 with the score at 64, Laughts clicked his heels together and notched up 50, eventually dismissed by Boyd for 56 in the 21st over with the score at 118.
Matt Loose made a solid start at three, before determining his damaged bat was beyond rescusitation, going shortly after for a typically hard hitting 47 with the score at 168. Tim Murdoch made his way to 21, departing at 174 in the 30th. Waza, JK, Brownie and Ralphy perished in the pursuit of quick runs, as Hospital pressured well at the close, leaving Ski not out at the close on 21, for Cardinals to finish 213 for seven - a little lighter than we'd have liked.
In a throwback to the 1992 World Cup, Cardinals opened the bowling with spin. Flem started tidily, opening with a maiden, and going for just five runs in his first five overs. But it was Brownie at the other end who was the chief destroyer, with a double strike in his first over from the Brougham Street end - using a useful nor-westerly breeze to provide two catches to Laughts at second slip. By the time he struck again in his fourth over, four slips and two gullys were well installed, and the catches kept coming. For a time, the field setting committee dictated a 10-1 field, going hard to get Brownie a five-for.
Flem picked up a couple late in his spell to keep the pressure on, and JK and Tim Murdoch were tidy through the middle stages, though going wicketless. Ralphy and Ski picked up a couple late to close Hospital's innings for 125 in the 38th over.
Laughts took three catches, Waza three behind the stumps, Ski one, and Brownie one. Of the bowlers, Fleming 8-1-15-2, Brownie 8-0-32-4, JK 7-1-30-0, Tim 4-1-20-0, Ralphy 7-1-15-2 and Ski 3.2-0-8-2.
Man of the Match: Jeremy Brown
Check out the scorecard from the game.