One Day Competition - President Cardinals vs BWU, Burwood Park #2, Presidents, 4th March 2017
This do or die clash against Burnside on Burwood 2 for a spot in the grade top four comp shaped as a Hollywood blockbuster for the ages.
Unfortunately, the movie was Saving Private Ryan and the variously crocked Sydenham XI we cobbled together set about re-enacting the Omaha Beach scene. Even Flem, who’d turned up to watch, was injured and, urgently needing reinforcements to even field eleven players, Geoff Miller was unceremoniously dragged from retirement.
Sergeant Laughts promptly lost the toss but got what he wanted, and we took the field, still short of the navigationally-challenged Phil Walker, who’d bought Congo’s dummy and headed off to Burnside Park. He arrived about five overs in, claiming he’d re-enacted the aftermath of Ski being dismissed for the 20 minute journey in the car once he realised his error.
Not that the delay mattered much. Conway and Kennedy set about Burnside’s innings very tidily, and though the fielding felt remarkably tight with some great efforts on the ground, particularly from Ammar, who was keeping like he was in a shooting gallery as the ball came through low and fast.
Brownie took the wicket of Conway (19) with the score at 32 in the 7th over courtesy of a skied C&B, but that was the only Syds highlight as Burnside’s score advanced to 84 for one by the time drinks arrived, and they had a beachhead well established to push on in the final 20.
Which is exactly what they did. The next wicket fell at 107 shortly after drinks, when Wildy, brought on alongside Laughts to find some overs in the middle, trapped Roy LBW for 33. With Kennedy looking to carry his bat at the other end, Croft chimed in a pretty violent 70 featuring six 4s and five 6s before Brownie conspired with Paul Bennett to entice a mishit to long off, where Paul took the catch in a very relaxed fashion. That made the score 217 for three, with seven overs remaining, and Crash walking to the crease.
Chris Kennedy eventually made a very good hundred, carrying his bat in a 141 minute, 112 ball knock, and Crash contributed 28 of 13 balls for Burnside to finish 276 for three. Brownie bowled well with 8-1-42-2, JK 8-1-64-0, Dunny 8-0-41-0, Phil Walker 8-2-51-0, Wildy 6-0-51-1 and Laughts 2-0-16-0.
Sydenham’s depleted and injured line-up needed a few to play out of their skins to make a game of it, and it didn’t start well, losing Dunny (0) with the score at 2, and Spencey (14) at 42. Phil Walker (31) followed four runs later. At 3-46, Wildy and Laughts hiding down the order at five and six were Syds last roll of the dice. When Laughts went for 7 and Wild for 4, that was pretty much it.
Geoff Miller, one of the fittest in the line-up still oozed class making a run-a-ball 11 as the pressure came on. Paul Bennett made 18 and Ammar 1 as Syds collapsed to 121 for nine when Brownie was dismissed for a high score 28, and the injured Phil Barclay batting 11 made his way out with plenty still to do.
JK immediately took the pressure off, being dismissed the very next ball, flashing at a wide one to be well caught in the covers, for Syds to be all out 156 runs short of an unlikely victory and miss a spot in the top four when other results did not go Syds’ way.
Man of the Match: Jeremy Brown
Check out the scorecard from the game.