U12 Blue - Round 16 vs Lindfield Border
Blues Battered and Bruised
With skies threatening rain all morning, Gordon Blue won the toss and elected to bat against Lindfield Border (currently the top team in the division) at Carrington Oval, Waroongha.
Celebrating his 12th birthday, Rory opened the batting with Aston, probably the two tallest boys in the team. Unfortunately the celebrations were short lived when Rory was hit in the upper thigh before playing on to the wicket to be bowled out for zero. Tears flowed and adults ran onto the ground (including this nervous father) but after a few anxious moments, Rory regained both his composure and strength in his legs to be clapped off the green. Remaining batsman Aston seized on the short boundary hitting four after four.
With Noah at the other end, Batsman No.1 and No.3 put on a formidable partnership. Echoing the cricket matches of yesteryear, Noah was the next batsman to be hit on the body, copping a direct hit in the sternum and falling to the pitch. He soldiered on like the trooper he is, before Aston fell in the 8th over for 29 from a clean bowl of the stumps. This brought Nicholas to the crease, and first ball he was off the mark with a lovely late cut for one making the score 2/42. However, he was out in the 11th over for five when he just skimmed the ball before being caught behind. A very good catch. That brought 'Lachstar' to the crease and he soon showed the small crowd in attendance why he has acquired such a nick-name, just surviving a dropped catch on 1 by the keeper and going on to build a solid score for himself.
However the very next over, Noah was run out at the non striker's end for 12 to make it 4/53 in the 13th. Matt then came to the crease to join 'Lachstar' out in the middle, but in the 16th Matt was run out when he tried to get a cheeky single off a ball driven to mid on and was unable to make it back to his crease in time. This made the visitors 5/63 on what was fast becoming a very sticky afternoon, both on and off the field.
Next to the crease was Declan and at the first drinks break, Gordon Blue was 5/66. Adding to their blistering first 16 overs, Lindfield Border made sure runs were hard to come by, allowing Gordon Blue only two singles off the first four overs after the break, including two maidens.
The scoring started to tick over at a slightly faster rate as Declan and 'Lachstar' began to find their groove before the latter was retired for 14. This brought Adit to the crease, but the very next ball Declan was stumped for six in the 24th over. This brought the other Russ brother, Finn, to the middle, as the visitors were reeling at 6/87. The kome side's wicket keeper proved he was on a roll when he had his second stumping for the innings, snaring Adit just short of his crease.
With 7 overs remaining, Tommy Gun came out to the middle. Having had a great match the week before, expectations were high but in his first over, T.G was clean bowled by a very quick ball just hitting the top of the wicket and sending the bales every which way including loose, making it 8/91 at the end of the 26th over. The next over, Finn was run out for 1. This brought Drhruv and 'Lachstar' back to the crease, bringing up the first boundary in several overs. The last batsman to fall was the Star Boy himself for 18 to make it 10/96 in just 27.2 overs.
Aston opened the bowling for Gordon and was soon hit for six. The first wicket went to Noah in the second over when he clean bowled one of the Lindfield openers to have them 1/8. Confidence soared. The body blows continued in the second innings when Aston threw down a quick ball in the third over which flew up into the Lindfield batsman. Luckily he was OK and continued batting. At the end of the 5th over, it was Tommy Gun's turn to be hit, when the ball was smacked into his leg at square. He too was OK but it proved the body blows were definitely part of the day's play as were the sixes and fours that soon followed.
Rory dived for an absolute screamer and what probably would of been the catch of the season had he managed to catch it, but ended up missing by only inches. Soon after, Daniel 'Digger' retired for 30 off 34 balls in the 11th over for Lindfield.
The second scalp finally fell in the 12th over with some very quick thinking from 'Lachstar' as wicket keeper now, seeing the Lindfield batsman was just short of his crease and stumping him.
Two balls later, another wicket fell with a beautiful piece of fielding and a direct hit (run out) by Matt to have the home side 3/82 with 15 runs needed for victory. A second run out occurred in the 14th over when Noah scooped up the ball and gently threw it to the wicket keeper, finding the Lindfield batsman half way down the pitch. A nervous hush fell upon the crowd. Could Lindfield Border capitulate from such lofty heights? Unfortunately for Gordon Blue, it wasn't to be the fairy tale ending they were hoping for. Even with the late surge in wickets, the match was all wrapped up just before drinks in the 16th over when Lindfield Border clinched victory with a late cut shot which raced to the boundary for four, to have the game all done and dusted with a score of 4/97 at approximately 4:45pm.