President Cardinals Match Report (18th November 2017)

One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs MP Identity Signs, Burnside Park #3, Presidents, 18th November 2017

We played MPU A at Burnside Park on Presidents Day, so 4 Pressies teams on there on a fine sunny day - although with a high of 18, the easterly wind did have a bit of an edge on it at times. Phil won the toss and batted, on what looked like a pretty good deck - although the decent amount of rain that had fallen on Friday night did make it a bit 2 paced at times, with the odd ball popping.

Flem and Mario got us off to a good start and at 27/0 off 7 overs things were looking promising, then Mario was LBW for 8 to a well disguised slower ball. Flem was looking in fine form, with 3 well timed boundaries and some good wristy shots in his 18 - but was unluckily out to a well hit pull shot that backward square leg did very well to hold on to at full stretch to his right, now 27/2. Then Wildy got one that popped up on off stump and was caught in 2 minds whether to leave it or play it, with the result being an easy lobbed catch to gully, out for 2 and 30/3. And worse was to follow when soon after Phil also got one that popped and got a top edge onto the top of his nose, fortunately his glasses weren't broken but he got a decent cut that was bleeding freely so had to come off. Wildy's mate Glenn, befitting the top all round sportsman he is, looked very promising and smote 2 good 4s, but came undone when the opposition introduced the female in their ranks to the bowling crease - one K. Minogue, but Kylie not Kim! Her first ball at good medium pace was an outswinging half volley on off stump that Glenn drove cleanly on the up, but straight to mid off, he was gone for 9 and we'd slumped to 40/4. And in her next over Paul Bennett hit one back along the wicket, she did well to dive and got a hand on it, deflecting it back onto the stumps with JK cruelly out of his ground, also out for 2 and now 42/5. At this stage a patched up Phil heroically returned and immediately looked in good touch, while Paul dropped anchor at the other end. They saw us to 74/5 at drinks after 20 overs, with Paul on 6 - including after Minogue had bowled a no-ball he took advantage of the free hit next ball, charging down the wicket and hitting her high over mid off for a memorable 4. While Phil was on 25, having hit the shot of the day so far - left arm medium pacer Fish dropped one barely short of length, but Phil saw it very early and pulled it miles over mid wicket for 6! It was an amazing shot and as Fish ruefully observed "he'd bowled some much worse balls that hadn't been hit nearly so far"! Phil hit another good 6 after tea but then Paul got yorked by a well flighted ball from crafty and always challenging spinner Bellam, 84/6.

Wazza was soon out bowled by a good ball, 87/7, then next over Phil got a full toss from Bellam but hit it down deep mid wicket's throat, 87/8 - with Phil's very well made 38 including 2x6 and 4x4. And that was pretty much the end of things, with Matt out lobbing an easy catch back to the bowler and then Jarrod hitting a firm drive but to mid off where Minogue held on safely - as befits a former Canterbury Magicians and NZ Indoor cricket player, she was a very good fielder including having one of the best throwing arms on the field. So we had a very lopsided innings - 27/0 then losing 5/15, followed by a good partnership of 42 but then losing our last 5/5. Thus we were all out for a disappointing 89, in just 31.3 overs, with the scoreboard reading Mario 8, Flem 18, Phil 38, Glen 9, Wildy 2, JK 2, Paul B 6, Wazza 0, Matt 1, Jarrod 0, Bert 1*. They used 7 bowlers, 6 of whom got wickets, with Jefferies taking the last 2 wickets for tasty figures of 2.3 1 1 2. But the bowler of the innings was Bellam, known as Bellsy - who yet again induced Bell's Palsy among our batsmen, with figures this time of 7 5 6 2.

Wazza and Flem opened the bowling for us and Flem nearly got a breakthrough 3rd ball, with "Grunter" Moore edging a cut through Mario's gloves. But Wazza did get the breakthrough next over with a batsman mistiming a short ball for an easy catch to Glen at cover, 8/1. Flem got the next breakthrough when after being slogswept for a big 6 over midwicket, he cunningly flighted the next ball up again, this time on off stump - and the overconfident batsman took the bait, coming down the pitch but driving a catch straight to Bert at mid off, 23/2. And in his next over Flem struck again, gaining an LBW with a straight ball that skidded through a bit, 29/3. JK was on for Wazza by now and after a loose first over he began to bowl well, Moore luckily edging one waist high between the keeper and first slip for 4. But Flem got the other batsman when he tried a slog but only hit one straight up in the air, that Mario only had to walk a couple of yards and wait for an easy catch, 39/4. This brought our old mate and friendly character "Nana" O'Connor in, and in JK's next over he too got an edge at catchable height between the keeper and first slip, very frustrating. But Flem then struck yet again, with Moore's luck finally running out on 18 - when Flem got him with an unplayable ball that popped and turned, and Mario took a superb catch high up off the resulting edge, 53/5. So we were still in the game and thanks to Flem's superb spell making a decent fight of it - Bellam came in and tried to cut his first ball from Flem, which bounced and the resulting top edge went just over PB's grasping hands at slip. But that was pretty much the last semblance of a chance for us, as after this Bellam 29* and O'Connor 19* batted sensibly and saw their team home. There was time for Glenn to further impress with his all round potential, when his first ball was a beauty which beat Bellam all ends up but bounced over the top of the stumps, he bowled a couple of tidy overs but eventually Bellam finished it off with a big pull for 6 off Wildy and they deservedly won by 5 wickets. Bowling figures for us were Wazza 4 0 16 1, fantastic Flem 8 2 18 4, the luckless JK 6 0 32 0, Glen 2 0 9 0, Wildy 1.4 0 14 0 and Phil 1 0 4 0.

Flem was undoubtedly the man of the match for us with his 2nd top score of 18 and truly top class bowling spell, while Bellam likewise would have been man of the match for them with an also very good all round performance. The match was played in a good spirit and afterwards both teams enjoyed a beer up in the BWU clubrooms, while the all the other teams were still battling it out on the field. So another loss, after a batting collapse, hopefully some batting reinforcements will be available for the team for the next match :-)

And finally thanks to Gail, for another admirably accurate stint on the book, and also to Phil B - for his efforts in organising the team this season, much appreciated!

Man of the Match: Dave Fleming

Check out the scorecard from the game.