After watching 4’s get the money in the first game of the day (well done Bryan) the pressure was then on to maintain the clean sweep. Winning the toss – again – (Richo, I am available for coaching sessions) I had no hesitation in batting first.
Dohers and I got us off to a steady start in the first couple of overs before Dohers had his castle knocked over from the “ball of the century”. Fish and myself pushed the score to 47 after 7 overs with two wickets in the shed and on track to post a good score.
To South’s credit they dug in and we lost 3 for 14 to put a 120 plus score out of reach. Davo and Fez needed to bat sensibly to ensure we had enough runs to bowl at, with Davo finishing 29 not out, on the back of his 50 last week (he still hasn’t acknowledged he made 50 or that in fact he is I Davidson), and 19 valuable runs from the Duck man. End result SS to chase down 110 to win at just under 6 runs an over.
Needing to keep it tight in the first few overs, and build pressure, the new ball was given to Benny and some bloke A Dodds (anyone heard of him?), who was promoted from 4th Grade after showing some good form under Mr Dempsey’s tutelage. He didn’t disappoint, removing both openers for not many runs and unlucky to not have a third wicket (Yes Dohers, you owe him a beer on so many levels). Sorry Bryan, you may not get this prodigious talent back!
With the middle order exposed Farmer set about building his wicket tally for the year taking a further 3 wickets, leaving no doubt that the Bunnies are definitely his bunnies! Finishing with figures of 3/13. T Mac also got in on the party taking 2/7 with Souths losing 7/33, ending any chance of an upset. All out for 64.
Overall another solid team effort, special mention to Fish, an inspiration in the field to all of us 30 something’s, Bez for breaking a potentially dangerous partnership, A Dodds for protecting his batting average and Fez for putting the duck back into second grade!
Players' Player (after some heated discussion)
Davo – 2 - the only bloke I know to be more on the back foot since Silvio Berlusconi! (Great Italian leader, mentor and inventor of the Bunga Bunga)
Dodds – 2 – Ok, ok, not bad for a 4th grader.
Farmer – 1 – Rabbit stew anyone?
Skipper – 1 – Managing to keep squad sober (relatively) until 2.30pm and ah, well, cause I can!
After beating up the Bunnies last week, we headed off to Alan Davidson Oval to repeat the serve, this time with Messrs Aman, French, and Woo Slats additions to the side. The pre-match ritual consisted of Demps insisting that he had done the numbers, reviewed the stats and the only way to win the match was winning the toss and batting first.
Souths won the toss and batted, which prompted alarm bells after the first over came and went without a wicket, leading to “spin” being used from the other end. This plan almost worked, apart from Frenchy being as deceived by the lack of movement as the opposing captain, who then decided to take the long handle to anything remotely near the mown surface. Normality returned as Jackson broke through, followed by Scotty chiming in with 3/20 at the other end.
Slats was on the receiving end of some heavy hitting in his first over, before bowling 3 excellent overs, to take the momentum away from the Bunnies. Demps, clearly not learning from last week’s ridiculousness, went back to “spin”, leading to a team hat-trick (2 batsmen stumped and a runout) and the Frenchman piling on the fantasy points. A third wicket surely ensures that Cotty will keep the new ball for the rest of the season.
Cotty and Arnall set about peeling off the runs, before a very soft dismissal saw Alex return to the pavilion, leaving Benny to set the tempo. At 1/77, chasing 87 with 4 overs to go on a reasonable wicket, most sides would be pretty confident, but this author has played too many games for LCCC to be counting those chickens just yet.
Not exactly….Benny holed out for a well compiled 42 at 4/81, followed by Dempsey 5/81, followed by Ephraums 6/85.
1 over to go, 3 runs to win, 4 wickets in hand.
Slats attempted to deposit the first ball towards cow corner without success, before connecting second time around, confirming that this side can chase down totals steadily, with minimal fuss.
All in all a good win, we fielded well and bowled well, and kept our heads up when things weren’t going our way. We’ve now set up a solid position in the 6, allowing every chance for a strong run home.
Ben Arnall 3: 42 off 56
Alex Southcott 2: 3/14 & 22 off 29
Brian Scott 1: 3/20
Xavier Tras 0: just couldn’t follow on from his 72 last week
Bryan Dempsey -5: Should be sacked for his bowling selections
Typical stinking f***ing hot day here in Bexley. All 8 of us rocked up to what looked like the Bronx too early for our liking on a Sunday. A few players were looking a bit dusty and could possibly pass out, yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh shhkip.
Thankfully, we won the toss and batted on a nice batting deck though unfortunately couldn’t capitalise. Ricco managed to reach 25 with a nice 6 almost getting Geof’s car, then getting out to a Dave Warner-esq stroke. Good effort considering he was completely in his own world the night before with some ridiculous drunk night texting with Coxy. Unfortunately, with the few batsmen we had, we were very unlucky with the decisions, with Scriv getting caught behind after smashing the pitch with his bat and some debatable LBW calls. Brad and James however started things again with a nice partnership before Brad got run out even though we were effectively 8 down with 30 overs remaining. We ended up with a score of 81 after 20.2 overs.
More than 50% of our team managed a bowl, yes including Scrivo (0/15 off 2 with 7 wides) !!!! That gives you an idea of how much the bowling was spread out. Coxy (2/17 off 4) managed to snare some prey with his outswingers whilst Conor Rae (0/19 off 4) provided quality in swingers from the other end. Unfortunately, it was just too much a task to starve the opposition of runs when you have a 4-2 field and part-time bowlers. Post Christmas fixtures however will be stacked with talent so look out!
Ricco out, cheers
You're still Jenny from the Bronx.