|Posted by levinoldboys on March 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM|
(played 9th Jan 2016)
What a day it was yesterday! Knowing that we needed to win both games to make the final was a demanding task and that we had to beat the unbeaten Kapiti side in our first game to have a decent chance.
The plan had been to turn up early, ease into the game and get into our work..... Nah, running around like mad men, 4 of us trying to pull on our strip as we turn up late going out to field, Kapiti looking like a well drilled team that been doing warm-ups for a solid 3 hours or something like that. Kapiti won the toss and chose to bat first on a deck that didn't look like favouring either the bat or ball but had a slow start. Brent Tucker had a fantastic opening spell, with his first 2 overs going for 1 run and 2 wickets. Tux successfully frustrating the batsmen with 5 good dot balls and making them play a rash shot for a wicket on the last ball. So by putting a lot of early pressure on Kapiti, they had to try rebuild, and that they did... sort of. Pattinson scored a sketchy 50 with a number of aerial shots fortunate to fall just in front or just over a fielders head. The bowlers were hitting good lines and lengths but Kapiti were putting that one ball an over away on the fast outfield. The Rebels welcomed back Kyron Woodley to the team, who has came back from Aussie and hasn't played cricket since he played for LOB about 7-8 years ago. He quickly found his rhythm and created a lot of wicket opportunities, also his fielding was energetic and maintained a good standard for the day. Congrats bro, good to have you part of the team and back in the colours. Carlin McGill bowled the last over and nabbed 2 wickets with Jason Bary casually taking both catches out in the deep. Carlin was on a hatrick ball but he darted one in only to be edged away for 3 runs. Kapiti made 127 off 20 overs.
As the team left the field Kapiti were talking up their batting effort with the claim that it was "a hard wicket to bat on". It turns out they may have overstated their case, after Carlin McGill and Isaac Benefield put on an opening partnership of 110 in less than 10 overs. Carlin batted out the innings to be 73no and Isaac made 43-46 ish (sorry i forgot). A slow first 2 overs as the bowling was decent line and length, but it was all down hill for Kapiti after that. Class batting with some beautiful shots from both batsman. LOB won by 9 wickets with 7overs remaining.
For the second game we came up against PCC who had no wins in the T20 comp this year and we were hoping to keep it that way.
The Rebels were put into bat and for the first time in 4 games our opening partnership didn't reach 50, with Isaac Benefield smacking one out to the man on the rope (though the bowler was saved some embarassement with some helpful assistance from the wind). Anyway, i think we just wanted everyone else to have a bat for a change. Keegan Maclachlan came out and batted with Carlin McGill for a little while, with Carlin making a quickfire 20 odd before getting out to a good ball from Dan Maclean. This left the Rebels in a tricky situation for the first time in a while. Kobe Monk came out at number 4 and with Keegan attempted to rebuild the innings so our lower order could come out with a license to play. After a few slow overs the bad balls started to get put away and runs started to flow from both ends. Keegan was eventually dismissed LBW on 35, which brought Jacob O'Brien out to the crease to join Kobe. Jacob looked beaten after the first 5 balls he had faced, so changed mentality to be more aggressive. It seemed to work, as he pumped the ol'mate Pashby over the Kena Kena fence twice in one over, a few classy shots later Jacobs innings came to and end on 30 odd. Kobe had stuck around to accumulate a good stable inning and was looking confident in rotating the strike and putting away the bad balls, eventually making his half centur. I think it may be his first 50 for B Grade, but is definitely his first for Rebels, so congrats bro and hopefully many more to come. Rebels 170 for 6 after 20 overs.
To the ball, Brent Tucker started off with a bang with PCC's opener dragging one back onto the stumps first ball. Pashby and Dan Maclean looked ok and were tracking along nicely until they got to about 70 runs after 8 overs. With the game balanced for either team to take control the Rebels went flat in the field for a period. However, a great spell by Jacob O'Brien pulled it right back into the Rebels favour, taking wickets and dotting up numerous balls in a row. A quick Rebels styled huddle between wickets reminding each other that we win this and straight to the final, that was enough to amp us up for a big finish and final push for the day. PCC finished with 140(ish) after their 20 overs. LOB win by approximately 30 runs and are into the final.
In talking with Carlin on the way home we talked about the standard of play today. If we keep it up we will win the final. Batters turning strike over and putting away the bad balls. Bowlers hitting the lines and lengths, fielders taking catches and putting good pressure on in the field.
Another top performance guys. Can't wait to take out this final!