One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs East Shirley Blue, Burwood Park, Presidents, 26th November 2016
Easts Blue on Burwood One had more seismic moments that the recent history of State Highway One.
The first was that Ralphie won the toss and batted, with Laughts and Spency getting things under way. There was some early controversy about wides – as there seems to have always been with Easts Blue in recent games – but Laughts was in aggressive form, including putting one onto the clubhouse roof, and we headed to drinks with the score at 81.
Laughts eventually went for 77 after a 76 ball 96 minute stay, with the score at 112. Spency was more than capably holding up the other end, but spanking the cover of it when opportunity arose. He went for 37 with the score at 139 in the 31st over, having threatened to carry his bat. Mario chimed in with 12 and Phil Walker with 23, before some late hitting by Ralphie (27) and Flem (10) saw us through to 206 four wickets down.
A slow Easts over rate saw the second stanza start just before 4pm, and they flourished early with some lucky edges for four, and a couple of dropped catches before the next seismic moment – Ralphy taking a sharp caught and bowled and landing solidly on the pitch in the sixth over of the innings with their score at 35. Phil Walker picked up Cottam LBW for four shortly after and at 2/66 we considered ourselves back in the hunt, albeit with Seaton going well at the other end, and they recovered well to go to drinks about par with the required rate at 106/2.
Flem got the breakthrough shortly after drinks when he dismissed Kazun for 19 with the score at 108, but Papps hung around with Seaton and they put on another 70 before Seaton went courtesy of a top edge off a short one from Ralphy that Spency was under for a significant part of the afternoon before taking the catch. 178/4 and we thought the seismometer had swung back in our favour, and more so when the established Papps went just one run later and two fresh batsmen needed 27 off five overs.
In the end, the extras cost us, the 10 wides we called in the first spell were answered with 19 in the second, and 32 extras all up put Dunny under the pump bowling the final over with 10 still needed. A streaky four, and then a two tied proceedings, and the victory came with a six off the second to last ball.
Of the bowlers, Ralphie bowled eight to finish 2-54. Flem bowled eight, including one maiden to finish 1-23. Phil Walker completed a tidy seven overs, one maiden, 3-29, and Mario bowled eight unrewarded for 35. JK bowled three, going for 18 and Dunn went for 40 off 5.5.
All in all, not the result we wanted, but a game that encapsulated why we play cricket.
Man of the Match: Brendon Laughton
Check out the scorecard from the game.