4/04/2003 9:56:00 a.m.
Well, potentially we should consider adopting their team name.
Precursor to this commentary – Ricky was the umpire.
The game started with a hiss and a roar – Callum no doubt jubilant he didn’t
concede 28 runs off his first over – it was in fact a very tidy over!
Then, somehow, Pete got the ball in his hand and let fly. In superb style he
taught the poor batsmen a lesson and did well to concede 1 run from his two
overs – an excellent effort and the best of the bowling in terms of runs
conceded. He would have been bettered by Steve if the guy keeping would wake his
ideas up – someone remind me not to snatch at the ball immediately after they
edge it and wait until it bounces off the back? Please if you would be so kind…
Chan – also an excellent effort again in the field – not the usual high
standards that you have imposed on yourself (and is now expected btw ;) ) but
still very solid – I especially liked the kick to not concede the 3 runs – well
done. And good with the ball to boot – well done.
On the subject of fielding – you can not go past Callum’s excellent catch in the
corner – a brilliant piece of fielding – well done.
We had plenty of chances in the field last night, but we were all in all a bit
sloppy. Remember the ball is always live, so get it in your hand after a runout,
slip up or what have you. The only time it is dead is when it is out of the
pitch, ‘locked’ in the corner or between overs. So stay sharp guys!!!
Also of concern again was the extras conceded – Ricky sucks as an umpire (I
still disagree with the wide he called considering when it went past Steve it
was still 10 cm inside the line…) but still no excuse. We conceded 38 runs of
their 83 – positive side, we took 14 wickets. Again I challenge you all to bring
the figure down…
Batting – well. I think there maybe some kind of language barrier here. Grafting
is the ‘art’ of playing the sides, for instance, a cross-batted slog (as
witnessed with my last shot…) is not grafting… not looking at anyone in
particular (Chan) but the big shot (Chan) is not always on (Chan)… replace Chan
with Bart on occasion btw…
Big ups to Damo and Greg for getting us home with a well rounded 34 with no
extras – exceptional – well done. Damo would you care to open a batting clinic –
there were some sounds of disgust at how casually you hit the sevens – “You can
not look so casual and still cane a 7, not fear” and the “When I play that shot,
it goes straight to the fielder behind the bowler…”
I would love to say it was a solid effort but we were a bit lacklustre out
there. Hey, I have the “I had a cold” excuse… somehow we eeked out a win, so
let’s take it, and tighten up the act all round. I’m sure it wasn’t for lack of
trying guys, but let’s not get comfy and coast otherwise we’re looking down the
barrel of a season of pain – and I don’t want to slip on the only stat I lead in
– captaincy win percentage!!!