SDCC 8-135 (Higgins 36*) def Karrinyup 7-139 (Hunter 3-34)
SDCC 100 def by Marmion 149 (Eccles 4-25)
Kingsway Sportsman 6-191 def by SDCC 4-205 (Hopkins 60, O’Mara 69)
Having lost the toss in overcast conditions the opposition decided to bat first. It worked well for us with Emery (2/33) removing their opener for a duck with an lovely in-swinging yorker taking out off stump. Kingsway started to put on the runs and quickly got to 50 when Emery again dismissed the other opener for 11. Their number 3 started to score freely before Watson slammed one into his pads plumb in front, dismissing him for 47. Watson (2/26) was partner well with Rego (2/22) in slowing the scoring momentarily. They went from 3/77 to 6/131 putting the game in an even position. A partnership began to form as Kingsway took momentum and posted a strong score of 191. 42 extras were the 2nd top score and proved to be costly, however with a quick outfield and strong batting line-up we had confidence that we’ll get the runs.
To begin our innings Kingsway’s opening bowler bowled 3 maidens in a row however, his partner could not control his short ball and bowled no ball after no ball. Sam Hopkins took advantage of multiple free hits and launched one of them for 6 over mid-wicket with a greatly timed lofted on drive. Watson fell, after getting off the mark with a drive for 4, bringing Rego to the crease at 1/19. Rego didn’t last long falling for 6 (2/40). The amount of extras early kept us on track despite the early wickets. Dean O’Mara joined Sam Hopkins to the crease where the two combined for a mammoth 109 run partnership. Dean was hitting multiple boundaries all around the ground while Sammy was batting smart to provided Dean with as much strike as possible. Dean eventually got caught for 69 bringing S Harrison in to finish off the job quickly. He scored a quick fire 10 before getting bowled. Jay Carroll for his return game entered the crease and could not hit a boundary to save himself and had to run 22 of his 26 runs. Lofted 2s and 3s galore. We managed to get the runs with 2 overs spare. S Hopkins batted a sensible innings for 60 and finished not out with Jay for a total off 205. It is rumoured T Marlow still has the pads on waiting to bat.
SDCC 4-169 (Wills 39, Paddick 45*) def Ballajura 139 (George 3-20, Campbell 3-21)
Ballajura/Landsdale 139 (George 3/20, Campbell 3/21); SDCC 4/162 (Paddick 46 no, Wills 39, Mackenzie 26 no)
The coin came down heads again for the 6th win out of 7 and we went into the field to accommodate our strong bowling attack. The last time that happened it was 40 degrees out in Morley and we chased down 203. Started slowly for us with only a couple of wickets in the first session, Sean and Blow picking up one each, though they were 70 odd at that juncture. After some pickle juice at the break, with the spin twins of ‘Lil (3/21) and the skipper (3/20) stifling the run rate and taking wickets at regular intervals once the big hitter was gone, they were soon 9/112. A run out was always on the cards due to their stop-start running and Cheese (Borrello) and Willsy assisted that progression with a throw from short fine leg. The last wicket put on another 27 through some risky shot selection and we were chasing 140 at the end of innings, Sean taking his second wkt (2/31). This after copping a bit of stick in his 1st spell.
Not sure how many times Nego had opened (the batting) but with 20 mins before he had to leave, at least he’d get some time for a hit, and an extra wicket at that. Struck a nice drive for 4 but didn’t last long with some steady but not menacing bowling. Pine came in and out scoring as much as Nego’s boundary, falling to a slick catch at point. Paddick showed intent early when he joined Willsy and ticked over the scoring pretty well against some fairly tidy bowling, with a 74-run partnership either side of drinks to take us closer to the target before the latter was caught for a well-crafted 39. Jonesy (15) got in the party mood with 2 boundaries and when he fell, only 11 was need off 3 overs. Mack had a few sighters before launching a couple of ‘dozzers’ and secure the win. Some guilty runs followed with Padds eyeing off a 50 but falling short on 46 to anchor the run-chase. Another close one this season but good to get those out of the way early.
Oh, the other benefit coming out of the game together with the W, is that I gained a new nickname! Their main batter mentioned to the incoming batsman “look out for this bowler, he’s crafty!” referring to moi. From then on cries of ‘c’mon cheese, K-Rafty’ etc followed, though apart from an over where I got the yips, it buoyed me up. Probably better than ‘Humphrey’ (sorry Hawk or was it LeeMac?)
SDCC 182 (Allen 37, Gilbert 44) def Kingsway Sportsman 9-169
Round 7 for h grade the boys travelled down the road to Kingsways for the last one day game before Christmas break. After beating Kingsway in round 2 we were confident that we could get the job done again. With the standard 6 changes I won the toss and decided to have a bowl. We opened up with Isaac and Scotty treager who both bowled tight lines and didn't give the batsman much opportunity to score, this was backed up by some good fielding. Young Sammy got the frist wicket with a quick run in and pick up throw resulting in a direct hit and our frist wicket. Scotty finished his spell and a new Viking came on in Jason stern. Jason bowled nice lines and got the ball to move a bit and finished his 8 overs with 2 wickets. Young cooper came on from the other end and bowled a really nice line and length without any luck. Throughout the innings we slowly took wicket and didn't really give away many chances. One of there batsmen got away a bit scoring 50 but they ended the innings on 9 for 169. All the bowlers bowled well With Mark Isaac eamon and Jason all picking up 2 wickets each.
Chasing down 170 myself and mocka opened up and mocka liked the look of the opening bowlers. Hitting 5 4s on hit way to a quick fire 24 off 12 or so balls. Great start for us we were 1 for 40 off 7 overs. Olow came and went then Gilbert joined me. We put on 70 before eamon was out for a nice 44. Jc then came in and look good but got out to a bullshit one handed catch. Soon after I went and we needed 30 off the last 8 overs. Young Sammy, stern and marshy hit a few over the boundary to get us over the line we 2 overs to spare. We finsihed all out for 189. Good win and a good all round performance by all the lads.
SDCC 4-247 (Weir 82, Thompson 57*, Cruse 54*) def Yanchep 7-61