A change of bowling really tightened things up, but at 3/65 at drinks, the game was Lane Cove’s to lose. A couple more overs of tight bowling passed before a lazy shot from Cotty saw him depart for 34 at 4/77. Every seasoned Covie observer knows that this is right in the middle of the Covie danger zone, so it should come as no surprise that the scoreboard showed 5/77 as Prakash departed for an uncharacteristically brisk 20 off 104 deliveries, before 6/81, 7/85, 8/94, 9/97 eventuated in rapid succession.
So it was up to Delaney and Beaston to get the remaining 73 for victory. A couple of boundaries early in the partnership had Covie hopes rising. The partnership went on for 24 overs, being the longest partnership of the season (probably), before Ben shouldered arms to a deceptively straight delivery, which poleaxed the middle peg and ensured that the next 2 games become must win.
If John Lloyd has said it once, he’s said it a million times, “Michael Dean”, “no comment”, “and a rum”, and “you’ve got to bat the overs”.
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