Premier Reserve: Tiata v Naenae
Location: Fraser Park 2
Toss won by: Naenae who chose to bowl.
The Rambler and Bourne saw off the new ball admirably, with a certain S. Hewitt not even posing a real threat. Soon after negating a difficult double bouncer, Bourne fell. Enter N. Swain (who had quite politely turned off his Danny Morrison voice for the day). With a burnt off outfield, Swain and The Rambler compiled runs with ease. After bringing up his half century, Swain was dismissed. Enter Ted Bundy. Spurred on by his most hated team playing next door, he sniffed the ink a long way from the end and batted accordingly when a total of 400 was on the cards. The Rambler got close to scoring a deserved hundred before missing a straight one. Enter the Wolf and he followed suit. Enter the Doctor (fresh to the game in his scrubs this week) and he got himself in, only to be undone by a terrific short ball. The bowler finding a very good area on this particular pitch. Enter John Stone, who batted perfectly for the situation and closed out the innings nicely. Unfortunately Shooter on the sidelines put him off in the final over, and he couldn't quite bring up a half century, ending on 48no.
325 for 5 from our 50 overs.
NOBCC got off to a decent start with Hewitt bashing a few. M. Kelly got asked to negate the howling Fraser Park wind tunnel and did well. A. Cope struck early and bowled well down wind. Ted was in a hurry as always and worked hard on his sub sixties. S. Gillespie chimed in with a good three for that kept him on top of the leader board going into the Christmas break. J.Doyle demanded a bowl, and The Rambler also got a go after the captain heard of his amazing strike rate. The pick of the bowlers was obviously Patrick Houghton, his day rounded out nicely with a forty dollar parking fine. A maiden (including backyard cricket) fifty from a NOBCC tailender dragged proceedings on and they eventually finished on 196/9.
Peace, Love and Empathy,