MATCH REPORTROUND 5 – TWO DAY GAME VERSES MOUNTAIN GATEOLINDA 1st XI
Heading down to “the swamp” Olinda’s seniors faced a very difficult run chase of 257 for our first victory of the season. Perfect conditions greeted us and with our newly arrived coach Taf in town we set ourselves the goal to bat the same way Mountain Gate had a week earlier. Keeping wickets in hand and pushing ourselves t set up the run chase after tea.
Ted Box and Peter Dean opened the batting and after negotiating the first 5 overs with little trouble we lost Ted with the score on 10. Evergreen Tim Scott came to the crease and set about consolidating and for a further 12 overs he and Dean defended solidly against a very good opening bowling partnership from Mountain Gate Before Dean was trapped on the crease by the MG captain with the first drinks break in sight. We headed to drinks at 2/22.
Tom Gelbert joined Scott at the wicket and the pair looked solid as they slowly started to build a partnership. Looking settled with 20 minutes before tea Gelbert was undone by a superb catch and his wicket was followed soon after with Woodfield falling cheaply. Olinda reached tea at 4/85 from 40 overs.
With Scott joined by Hunter Greenall we set about reaching the 50th over mark with no more wickets lost to set up a run chase from the last 30 overs with wickets in hand. Unfortunately, MG were able to remove our anchor Scott for a superb 41 and soon after Greenall fell for 15 leaving us 6 wickets downwith only 102 runs on the board.
Despite a couple of lusty blows from Tom Stalder and a very entertaining 21 from Andy Bruce we just lost too many wickets throughout the day top have any real chance. Youngsters Campbell Harris and Jonty Scott provided a huge positive with both of them getting valuable time in the middle before we finished the day at 142.
Another disappointing loss for the side as we continue to provide many more positive attributes to our game than in previous seasons. For this game we missed opportunities in the field to put our hosts under pressure early allowing them to build an exceptionally big first innings. With the bat just about every player managed to make a start but then found a way to get out right when we needed to start asserting ourselves on the bowlers.
This week we head down to Rowville for another two-day match. With Taf in town, and the 2nd XI making a superb start to the season, it’s time for our senior cricketers to really dig in and start to turn just OK individual performances in to match winning performances.
MATCH REPORTROUND 5 – TWO DAY GAME VERSES MOUNTAIN GATEOLINDA 2nd XI
I have played my fair share of cricket but I must say that Saturday provided what I think was one of the most mature run chases in all my time. A great day and a great victory. What was most pleasing was that the win was achieved on the back of a strong team effort that was led by the young players in the team.
Chasing 237 was always going to be a big ask and having only 10 players to bat made that just a little tougher.
Aiden stepped up to open with Oscar and MG proved to be a very capable opposition with good solid bowlers and a fielding unit who backed them up well. I asked Oscar and Aiden to focus on wicket retention and that is just what they did, weathering a strong opening passage of play without too much difficulty.
We went to first drinks break 0 for 30 and the openers continued to defend well until Aiden was bowled by a great ball in the 26th over for a superbly made 31. What a great opening stand. Oscar at the other end was defending stoutly and I was particularly impressed by his judgement in leaving the ball alone.
With Adrian delayed slightly the decision was made to send in a night watchman at number 3 and FIG took on that responsibility. As always keen to make new friends FIG went about his business with his usual consultative manner and he and Oscar took the score on the 88 mark in the 35th over before FIG was dislodged for a solid 19.
We went to Tea at 2 for 92 and Adrian and Oscar appeared untroubled. We would have taken that result every day of the week and it set up a scenario of us needing just under 150 off the last 40 overs with wickets in hand.
At Tea we reset our goals and that was to chase 90 off the last 20 overs with wickets in hand and Adrian and Oscar started well before Adrian tickled one behind to be out for 16 and to see us 3 for 105.
Liam joined Oscar and stabilised things with some good solid batting and ticked our score along to 156 in the 61st over before Liam was dismissed for a very important 9. All along Oscar the Rock continued to pick up singles and defend resolutely.
Sadly, in the next over Oscar finally was dismissed for a career defining 55 leaving us in a little trouble at 5 for 162 in the 62nd over. This was the most mature innings that I have seen for a good while and Oscar can be rightly proud of the way he batted.
Ryan and Roger then joined forces for a short partnership before Roger was cheaply dismissed, leaving the score at 6 for 183 in the 66th over and we looked to be in a bit of trouble. This got even worse when Ryan was bowled for 17, leaving us at 7 for 193 in the 68th over.
So, we were left with Matthew, Josh and Alex and needed 45 runs off a maximum of 12 overs.
What ensued was a super impressive unbroken partnership of 48 between Matthew and Josh off only 8 overs and a win by three wickets with four overs to spare.
I cannot begin to describe how intelligently Matthew and Josh batted and how they did so under considerable pressure. Defending the good ball, putting away the bad one and running between wickets brilliantly. Short singles and turning twos into threes was their methodology and it worked well. They did not slog at any stage and just outsmarted the MG bowlers and fielders. The odd boundary helped immensely and in the end we passed their score with two wickets in hand. Matthew finished with a superb 29 not out and Josh a brilliant 21 not out and both young men can well be proud of how they played.
What a great win… To chase down 237 on a slow outfield and to not be all out in the 76th over was a sign of great maturity for these young men and I am so proud of them. The best part of our batting effort was that the older more experienced players sis not really contribute in a meaningful way – this win was achieved by the young players.
Mention must be made of Oscar in particular. What a sterling effort and what great maturity. Oscar concentrated hard all day and our win was built on his innings. Aiden, Liam and Ryan must also be recognised for their work as well. At the other end of the day, what a great chase at the end from a great finisher in Matthew who was ably supported by Josh. To put on 48 and win the game is such a great effort and to do so against a team of men who were going hard at it is something to be proud of.
A great two day win from a great team of young men. So here we now sit at 2 wins from four games. Not a bad place to be.
Next week presents Rowville and every opportunity to gain another win. Let’s see how we go.