So the A1’s fresh from the victory against the Herdens last week, trekked out to West Pymble to take on the Pigs on their home ground. Lofberg Oval is fairly short square of the wicket and long boundaries front on. Runs a plenty if you like belting the ball.
Pigs won the toss, and predictably elected to bat. After a couple of quick wickets, a 100 run partnership put the Piggies merrily on their way to eventually finish up with 216 runs off 37 overs. Pigs would have been happy with their innings and Elliot noted “we made a few fielding errors that released bowling pressure and increased batsmen confidence.” Honourable bowling mentions goes to the Draff (4/28 off 8); Freddie (2/30 off 6); Sam (2/44 off 8); Wade (1/27 off 6) and a shout out to Mick who opened up the bowling account with Cammeray (0/11 off 2).
Boundaries and not losing wickets cheaply was the order of the day, if we were to achieve this run chase. Pagey started well before getting bowled by a good ball. Mick was in fine form and we were a chance but when he tickled one and got caught for 47 with the FOW 2 for 75; things got a bit harder. Tom was back to his sizzling best with an entertaining 26, which included some lovely shots, but holed out to give the Pigs a big let off.
Wader was compiling the runs in a steady and competent manner but also holed out just as he was get going. Reno mistimed a short full bunga and was caught while waiting for the call of No Ball which wasn’t forthcoming. Alec put on 14 before being bowled. It was not to be for the Skipper, cleaned up by a good ball. A late revival looked on the card with Raj relishing batting against the old ball, but outsmarted himself to be caught on 23. Sven and Freddy were dismissed early in their innings while Sam remained unbeaten on 8. All out for 167 and while there were plenty of boundaries; there were a few cheap wickets. Elliot agrees saying “I think a little more consistency from the batsmen will certainly put us in a position to win games where we are chasing 200+ scores”
Not the finish we had hoped for, and the long drive back after the game would have felt even longer. Next week involves another long drive – this time to Willie Cowan Oval at St. Ives. Let’s hope the drive back after the game is not even longer.