One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs Merival Papanui 2, Edgar MacIntosh Park, Presidents, 5th November 2016
A game of 4 quarters...
This week we welcomed back Phil (son of) Walker to the team and headed to Edgar MacIntosh to play the newest team (Merivale Pap 2) in the grade. Their results to date hadn't been pretty but being an MP team we were determined to make sure we didn't ease up and give them a sniff.
Defying history (like the Irish in the rugby - don't worry this is the last mention) we won the toss and choose to bat on a flat looking number 1 deck. Tidy bowling, a very lush and big outfield and some slick fielding keep the run rate low and scoring opportunities were tough to come by. Brownie hit the first boundary of the day, a straight lash back past the bowler, one of only 11 (7x4s and 4x6's) boundaries for both teams all day.
Laughts was going well but his classic batting technique was foiled by the grass that was longer than at a student flat slowing even his booming drives down. For the first time in living memory he finished a long and gritty innings without recording a single 4 or 6. We got away to a steady but slowish start. At the 20 over mark we were 50ish for 2 and 100 looked like a winning total. Advantage MP.
Ski and Matty Loose got fed up with the outfield so departed earlier than normal - enter Phil Walker and the innings the game needed to breath some life into the afternoon. He found the boundary on occasion, including a classic drop kick six that sailed over the XL boundary. Mario stuck around against good bowling but couldn't repeat last weeks heroics leaving us 5/90 odd going into the last 10 overs.
Phil tried to lift the run rate again and ran down the wicket having a big swipe at the medium pacer, the deck was playing a few tricks and he missed, unfortunately the bowler didn't and Phil was rissoled for 44, the top score of the game.
A few agricultural hacks over cow corner and some cheeky ones and twos once the field had spread got us to 7/148 and a score we backed ourselves to defend. Advantage SCC.
We gave the MP lads a wee leg up with a 13 ball first over (7 wides) that seemed a little harsh given the leeway we had offered while umpiring ourselves. Being the bigger men we bit our tongues and vowed to give them nothing else that needed the umpire to decide on. We made some changes and tied them down for a bit, but scoring gradually seemed easier and we missed a few sharp chances behind the wicket. MP went to the 20 over drinks break at 70/2, with two set batsmen and bossing the game. Advantage MP - again.
But the subject line of the report gives a hint to what happens next...
With our bowling line up never out of the game we took a string of quick wickets, (Ski 2, Flem 3, Mario 2 bowling a mix of spin and seam) and had MP reeling at 85/7. Matty Loose was taking catches like a giraffe gobbling apples from the top of a tall tree. Jeremy Brown pouched a catch that came down with a satellite attached, Laughts had another in his sights, ran 30 metres dived forward and missed by a country mile. The effort showing the teams commitment and determination to get the job done.
It was all downhill from there and we finished them off with Laughts bowling an over of nude offies, and JK coming back to the crease to end with 2/18.
MP all out 89.
A really good team win with lots of telling contributions. Phil Walker, Man of Match for his 44. Special mention to Flem for his 3 wickets and bringing the passion back to the crease.
A game played in mostly good spirit - although one MP player had clearly been drinking idiot juice all morning and had too much to say, ironically - given he was the worst player out there. These guys are competitive, friendly, well captained and a welcome addition to the grade.
Thanks again to Gail for her scoring efforts and providing highly accurate and legible records of the game - a big step up from our efforts normally!
3-0 with Hospital next.
Man of the Match: Phil Walker
Check out the scorecard from the game.