U12 Blue - Round 14 vs Mosman

Blues Last Over Thriller 

The clouds parted and Bales Oval Field #2 was drenched in glorious summertime sunshine.

Having lost the toss and being told to field, Adit opened the bowling for Gordon Blue against Mosman Bradman. First scalp went to Rory Madderom in only the second over when he clean bowled one of the Mosman openers. The second wicket fell in Rory's second over and the fourth of the innings, when he clean bowled another Mosman batsman on the last ball of the over to make it 2/34.

Mosman then dug in, lucky to survive a catch off a no ball in the sixth over. Then Aston struck in the 14th over with a clean bowl of the stumps to make it 3/82. In the same over Mosman lost their fourth batsman when a direct hit from Matt caused a run out to have them reeling at 4/90. Aston caught and bowled what would of been his second scalp in his second over, but as earlier, the Umpire called a no ball.

The Mosman batsmen then put the hammer down scoring consistently for the next several overs, including three stylish fours and a magnificent six over cover off a full toss before succumbing to a caught and bowled off sub fielder Finlay in the twenty third over to have the visitors 5/133. His older brother Aston struck again in the 28th over to have Mosman 6/150 from a beautifully quick clean bowl. The 7th wicket fell in the 31st over when Aston caused a run out off his own bowling. The 8th wicket fell on the last ball of the innings when Matt ran out the batsmen to have Mosman Bradman 8/161 at stumps.

At exactly 4pm (at least according to this Writer's watch) Gordon Blue took to the crease to commence their innings. Opening batsmen were Matt and Declan but on only the third ball, Declan was clean bowled.  Adit retired on 1 in the 7th over which brought Rory to the crease. Unable to build on his impressive score from last week, he was out for a duck off only his third ball faced while attempting a low, flat six, caught on the boundary by some very safe hands.

Dhruv came to the crease with the home side reeling at 2/21 in the 8th over. Matt retired for 7 in the 10th bringing Tommy Gun to the crease. But in only his second over he was caught for 0 as well. Nicholas and Dhruv attempted to form a partnership but it was short lived when Nick was caught and bowled in the 15th over.  Taking to the crease after the drinks break were Noah and Lachlan who managed to form a solid partnership surviving a dropped catch in the outfield and even a close run out, staying out in the middle before Noah was caught at mid on for 5.

That made way for Aston to come to the crease. Having had a great day in the field earlier in the day, this was Aston's time to shine with the bat. And with his tall legs and broad shoulders, that's exactly what he did. Starting with a few cheeky singles, and with the addiction of his brother joining him at the crease (Lachlan having been retired for 17), the two brothers formed a solid partnership, Finlay even surviving a one handed catch by the Keeper off a no ball early on.  With the run rate ticking over at approximately a run a ball, the Russ boys steered Gordon Blue in the right direction at long last. 

However, with only 6 overs remaining and five batsmen in the sheds, chasing 162 for a win, it was always going to be a big ask. Aston fell for 14 being caught down leg side off a quick delivery. This left his younger brother at the crease with Adit who returned to build on his earlier score of 1 and 33 runs needed to clinch victory. Unfortunately Adit was clean bowled for 1 shortly after returning to the crease. This brought Matt back to resume his innings, now needing only 25 for a win off 3.3 overs. An over-throw saw Gordon pick up two valuable runs to get the score down to 18 required for victory and about 8 balls remaining.

With 13 needed off the last over, every run felt like two. A cheeky single off the first ball of the last over was followed by another single on the second ball. Sixes were what was required and Finlay gave it his best nudge, lobbing a high shot towards the cones only to be caught for 11. Another single was picked up on the 3rd last ball by Matt which put him on strike, only to be run out on the second last ball of the innings. All bedlam broke out on the last ball with over throw after over throw which saw the remaining Gordon batsmen taking run after run only to fall 7 short at stumps.

If Gordon Blue takes anything away from this match, it should be that they need to tighten up on their sundries. As is often the case, the extras were the top scorer, well in excess of 50 on the day.