The day started well for the table toppers. 10 Covies arrived at the designated time and Dub Dub was putting the finishing touches to what could only be described as an absolute f**king belter. The house won the ABC, bowlers got a doubly doubly, JCMF sightscreen was a picture of perfection and SPOTY was wearing his pants.
SDs got off to a good start for the day and at 2/97 looked to be setting a challenge. Lego Man's offerings were seen off when a bowling change brought SPOTY to the RG bus lane end to break the partnership. Combining a probing line and length with accuracy and variation, SPOTY was able to provide the necessary control to enable Sparrow to attack the other end with his mixture of bouncers, yorkers and comfortable half volleys to charge ahead in the race for the case. Like the good ol’days with the big fellas steaming in from both ends, there was little chance of a lower order fightback. Good to see Richo’s change of ends doing the job with his redtubes finally getting some results rather than the occasional one slipping down the legs. SDs losing the final 8 wickets in 8 overs for 13 extra runs. This was a great result considering the position that SDs found themselves in on a flat deck and shows that a little extra application both at the bowling crease and in the field can turn the balance of a game.
With the bowlers having done their part, Fish and Smitty opened up with a target of 110 for first innings points with about 45 minutes to bat in the first session. Smitty continued where he left off with 4 maximums to race to a quickfire 50 before being depegged. Fish played the steadying innings to enable the team to reach the main break 1 down with 30 odd required for victory. After the break the Fish and Richie took on the bowlers to take the points 1 down. Fish continued on to his best score for the season with 36 (including 1 maximum).
With points in the bag it was now a chance for the prima donnas of the team to ensure averages and aggregates were boosted coming into the big games before Christmas. Richie continued his demolition of opposition teams to finish with 4 maximums in his 66 before skying the ball to end his innings to be worth 1.81 times the great man with the bat. Big Dog came out to face a few overs and finish with 1 over the fence for a quickfire 30 to continue his good run of form. Richie’s brother Pete Gallichan followed in his brothers footsteps (no maximums) to complete another fine 61*, however 61 is less than 66 so Richie continues the stranglehold on the major prize in the Gallichan household.
Manpower also came out to put 1 over the fence in a cameo to ensure a decent total of 285 was posted in 39 overs setting 175 for SDs to chase in 63 overs.
The second innings started in much the same fashion as the first with Smitty grabbing a screamer at point to open the wickets column and Sneaky taking another to pull 2 back in the RFTC. Due to the ideal batting conditions spin was the preferred option to take the maximum points with SDs riding their luck to add a partnership of 44 before a superb piece of fielding by Crazy led to the third wicket. 2 more followed before Crazy picked up his second. SD's tonker came out to trouble the JCMF in a repeat of last season’s shelling before Sparrow came back for cheap Captain's poles. Richie cleaned up the tail with SPOTY waking up in time to catch the last over (and second last wicket) and ensure the boys took home MAXimum points. Richie picking up his third Four fa for the season.
Next week we are out to Penno and a similar performance should see the boys enjoying exotics well into the night.
Meanwhile on Sheen Watch we can see Richie has taken the lead with the stick with former SPOTY falling behind fast.
The bowling also paints a picture with Sheen taking advantage of some juicy bowling conditions to streak ahead with 19 with a lack of cheap captain's poles causing Richie to fall behind, possibly behind the 4:13 CBD to Epping. Pete is also showing the effects of not being captain and is yet to register a victim after 4 games.