21/03/2003 9:13:00 a.m.
Up against some young bucks by the name of the Mad Men – well, as they say,
don’t send boys to do a man’s job, so I think a name change on their behalf
maybe an option…
The warm up spelt doom for at least one of their players – hitting me in the arm
(the captain, who can choose when he bowls ;) ) was probably a) not diplomatic,
and b) not wise.
They elected to send us into bat, and the game started with a hiss and a roar.
Their first partnership netting not too much – and more importantly the return
of Steve to lead off the bowling. Welcome back Steve – I think everyone would
agree a complete game from yourself at keep, bowling and batting – which would
explain the second in the MVP stats.
Chan’s fielding – I don’t believe I have ever seen you field like that – a great
catch, a couple of run outs – excellent.
Damo’s fielding – well, those poor suckers would have been in negatives if some
of those shies at the stumps had hit – just not your day in that regard – but
some excellent stops. And the bowling – well – 20 the target, 19 the result.
Just don’t leave it to the last two balls again please, not good for my old
Rob – bowling wise, started off slow with the old line, but then the rhythm
kicked in and a well deserved clean bowl of some poor little school boy. Batting
was exceptionally solid; I would give credence to your batting partner but he
sucked… and NO outs!
OMG – that first over was a ripper – everyone will agree to that one. Double hat
trick I believe. Brilliant stuff.
Callum – solid as always – on the back net, no runs conceded in your overs and
some good solid runs. And NO outs!
Gregor – how the heck can you run TWO people out by walking to the stumps still
baffles me, but hey. That’s not hard… Good solid amount of runs with the bat as
well. Must be relishing not being captain me thinks ;)
And then the Maverick – well it’s hard to actually keep your head in the game
when you really only want to hurt some little punk in a singlet.. and then for
him to bowl to me – had to laugh.
So guys – regardless of the fact that they were fresh out of nappies (I think
one actually was considering how fresh he smelt – Damo and Steve might be able
to clarify with their parenthood!), these games are good in getting yourselves
into rhythm, me trying different things with field placings, and getting people
moved around in the batting and generally trying new things. A great performance
– and more pleasing that we all kept the foot on the throat when asked.
Excellent – don’t relax, just keep up the great work…
21/03/2003 12:27:00 p.m.
Guys, well done on the result last night. As we know it was a resounding victory. In fact their ears are probaly still ringing after a drubbing like that. Ahhh ain't it good to be back.
Still, no resting on the laurels - that game was very likely not representative of the opposition we'll face for the rest of the season. However I think it was great that we maintained the intensity despite the result being almost certain, both in the field and with the bat. Good to see.