74 was always going to be a hard total to defend. 74 was not the score Cammeray A Grade had hoped to post in their semi final encounter against a strong batting lineup boasted by Rydalmere.
Down 2 for 0, a 41 run partnership steadied the ship before the Presiden’s wickets tumbled courtesy of a darter that sees Costain bowled for 13. Cook who had grafted 29 fell shortly after to see Cammeray at 4 for 46. The remaining lineup’s wicket fell rapidly, with good sustained bowling by Rydalmere resulting in the innings closed for a total of 74 from a tick over 36 overs. One of the Palmer capturing 3 for 23 and Kennedy’s dream spell returning 6 for 12.
Needing a superhuman effort to get back in the game, Kane does what Kane does best and strikes early taking 2 wickets to give Cammeray a glimpse with Rydalmere at 2 for 24. When Kane takes the 3rd wicket for 55 runs, it was going to be now or never. In the end though, there were not enough runs to play with, and Rydalmere pushed past the total, and despite wickets falling late in the innings, 7 for 196 meant there was only going to be one winner here.
Not the finish hoped for, but in time, when we look back at this season, playing against very strong opponents from the Northern District Cricket; finishing a creditable 2nd and falling in the semi-final is a great effort.
Great to have Eirthy and Leiboff back this season. And for Cammeray A’s, a good debut season in the Northern Cricket Union.