Cricket Match Recap 28/5/2016

HDD Pirates – Loss| HDD Bears – Loss

28/5/2016 HDD Pirates

After torrential rain on Saturday morning, our game was moved from Lukes Lane to Pearce Reserve and after reading the report about the Bears game and the state of Lukes Lane I can understand why.

We won the toss and decides to bat. Batting was tough on the soaked Astroturf and at the end of 20 overs we were 3 for 121, with Raymond Hook scoring 32 off 29 balls and I finished with 50 off 42 balls.

With one man down and the weather clearing, 121 was always gonna be a tough score to defend. Dave Mullineaux created a chance early which we couldn’t hold on to and when the same batsman ended up with 50 off 35, our fates were sealed despite a gallant effort from Richard Minton who picked up one wicket and Joe Khodeir who bowled 4 overs for 25 runs. Our opponents reached the total after 16.2 overs.

Great effort boys. Better luck next week.

– Ben Khodeir

29/05/2016 HDD Bears

So the HDD Bears arrived at Luke’s Lane Reserve for our clash against Duck Off to find that the council had installed a swimming centre at the edge of the oval. We had planned to use the pool at deep long off as our extra fielder since we were 1 player short, but then discovered that Duck Off were also 1 short. We won the toss and skipper Dane Ramsay elected to bat.

Run machine Ray Raymond Hook opened with Karth, and we got away to a slow start. Karth fell early, picking out one of the fielders, and this brought Dane to the crease. Normally Dane has a fairly strong aversion to running 2s, but with the sluggish (and in places, underwater) outfield, he and Ray soon found themselves a bit short of breath!. Dane soon put this right and opened the shoulders a bit, and retired on 50.

Ray was bowled by a jaffa for 22 off 25, then Ben and I steadied the ship briefly. Unfortunately I forgot about the double play rule, and only remembered it after making it to the striker’s end when Ben skied one. That meant we both left at the same time, and after Dave went first ball, Dane returned to the crease for some late hitting. He ended up last man standing, and finished not out on 63 from 35. A great effort!

That left us with a total of 130 to defend, and unfortunately we found ourselves under the pump straight away. Karth did manage to bowl one of their openers, but apart from that Duck Off gave no chances. We also gave away a few cheap runs in wides and no balls, and the Duck Off boys finished the runs off in 16.3 overs. A great effort in the field, but our opposition were just too good on the day.

Matthew Swift

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