Cricket Day 2: Hampton Central vs. Mackie

We went in to the day requiring 215 for victory. It was another warm one like last week, about 30 degrees, but with a bit of cloud cover and and a cooling breeze rolling through from time to time. I was penciled in to bat at number eight, but thankfully from the team’s perspective wasn’t required to take to the middle. I think the Birthday boy Jacob and Ned were pretty glad not to have to go out there needing only a handful of runs, especially since we only had ten players.

The opening batsman Nin carried us to victory with a superb knock of 85, backing up from a tough effort as wicket keeper last week. Darcy had his first bat in C grade and notched a half century after looking a little nervous early. Once we passed Mackie’s 214 we batted on a few more overs so that he could reach the milestone.

While I didn’t get to be involved with the bat, I spent a bit of the day learning the ins and outs of keeping score and then standing as square leg umpire. After getting out early caught behind off one he says he didn’t hit, Cody stood the stumps at the bowlers end and umpired the rest of very clear cut and the other was a beam ball that I called a no-ball.

We have a tough game next week against Bentleigh Uniting; another home game. We can take a lot of confidence out of the fact that we were able to score a bunch of runs on a pitch not offering much and a very quick outfield.

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