One Day Competition - 3C vs Sydenham Allstars, Spreydon Domain, 3C, 5th March 2016
As questionable as some of the 3C grade pitches have been this season, the one thing that has never been questioned is that they existed.
But today the pitch did not exist, so the game was hastily rescheduled to the nearby Spreydon Domain. After both teams observed a moment's silence for the departed MD Crowe, almost ironically, what followed was an impressive period of pressure bowling.
Put it this way, when we went to drinks Chris Burnett, Taylor Raui and Manny Robert had combined figures of 16-8-14-3. The fact that All Stars were on a total of 40 was only down to a couple of leg byes including a freakish one over Cam's head + runs off a 4th bowler who shall remain nameless. The rot set in after drinks and while it wasn't the 7/7 middle order collapse of last time the two teams played, it probably wasn't far off. The batting scorecard after the openers read 0, 8, 3, 0, 0 and 0 due to continued pressure and some excellent catching by Chris and James Stokes. The tail enders got a couple of boundaries away at the end to have them all out for 81.
The final analysis of the bowlers makes for some interesting reading (especially when you consider Manny and Taylor unlucky to each go for a boundary in their last over) so here goes..
- Burnett 5-3-2-0
- Gallagher 4-0-21-0
- Roberts 8-3-14-3
- Raui 8-6-8-4
- Breuker 2-1-11-0
- Dungy 0-0-3-0 (Who at home can figure that one out...)
- Stokes 3-1-15-0
- Norman-Larter 1.1-1-0-2
Forgive me if I've robbed someone here, they scored Taylor as taking 4, but I thought I heard it was 3?
Double Brown management were said to have withdrawn their sponsorship during the week, after the continual bickering associated with their good product. So the 'You-Can't-Please-Everyone-Batting-Order' made it's trial debut and for the first time in a month, we actually had a batsman listed in our top 3. Larts sending the first ball of the chase over the rope probably sent a clear message to the opposition about our approach to this chase and another message to the Cardinals' brains trust about this latest batting order innovation. Not really much to report on the second innings.. The opposition lacked any real venom without their strike bowler and when they (for some reason) decided on a defensive field early on, Larts, Camo and Shane Bourke mixed sensibility with big hits to break the back of the chase.
All Stars 81/10 (31.1)
Cardinals 82/6 (20)
Man of the Match: Taylor Raui
Check out the scorecard from the game.