|Posted by levinoldboys on March 1, 2016 at 7:25 PM|
(played 19th Dec 2015)
So going into the game we had lacked energy and momentum in the first round of 20/20's. The team received a boost with some of the more experienced campaigners returning for a bash, and it worked well for our first game.
Batting first the Rebels put on an outstanding 210 for 5 off our 20 overs with some fantastic batting off PCC's poor length bowling. Isaac Benefield (26) and Carlin McGill (39) got the team off to a fast start before pram struck with 2 quick wickets. Captain Keegan Maclachlan (42) and the veteran Hein Strydom (77no) steadied the innings and pushed on to a strong finish with wickets in hand.
The team decided decided to push hard for the first 10 overs and if in a comfortable position then we would bowl the lads who didn't bat to give them a chance to prove there skills as potential bowling option for future games. We got off to a good start with PCC fan favourite A. Pine helping us to have them with minimal runs scored after 8 overs at a strike rate of about 3. Brent Tucker had an amazing first spell beating the bat 5 balls out of 6 each over, but it was Ben Watson who eventually tore through the Pram batting line up and narrowly missed completing a hat trick. Ben claimed his first 5-for for the club and finished with the great figures of 5-10 off 4 overs. in the end PCC fell short by 70-80 runs.
The second game of the day was vital as Weraroa had lost their first match of the day and by winning this game the team would be in the contention for a spot in the final.
Keegan won the toss and put Roa into the field and once again Carlin (66) got us off to a flying start of 10 an over for the first 6 overs. Raniera Monk came in and played some good shots and gained some confidence on the way. A couple of quick wickets had us looking at a 120-130 score until Jacob O'Brien (42) pushed things along in the final over to get us to a respectable total of just over 180. It was always going to be tough ask for Weraroa to chase down and after a couple of quick early wickets it looked to be heading towards an easy LOB victory. However, it was game on again when BC and Hayden Heald targeted the short boundary (with some streaky luck on their part) to get them back on target with some quick runs. Curtis Maclachlan came on to bowl what turned out to be the spell that changed the direction on the game, sparked by what can only be described as a catch you will only see a couple of times ever. Fielding in the deep, an increasingly trim looking Carlin McGill covered a lot of ground near the boundary to dive full stretch on the run and get two hands to the ball and claim a fantastic catch. A massive break through at a crucial time. From then onwards the team chipped away at the wickets and slowed the runs down. Eventually 'roa were all out for approximately 120. All the lads showed what this Rebels attitude and fight should be like and the team had a good balance of youth and experience. I [Keegan Maclachlan] would go as far as saying that the game against 'roa was my most enjoyable game of cricket. I can't wait to come back firing up after Christmas and take it to the other teams. Until then, rest up and enjoy your Christmas break everyone.