Nov
8
2008

Cricket Day 2: Hampton Central vs. Bentleigh Uniting

I knew going into the day that I would be batting first drop so I had a bit of nervous energy in the morning while I was waiting around to go to the game. Chasing 281 I had just a few overs to collect my thoughts before Joe got out for 4 and I had to head to the crease. My plan was simple, just to try and stay out there as long as I could and eventually good things would happen. It was a battle from the beginning against some pretty awkward bowling, particularly from one end, which I seemed to be stuck at for huge chunks. I hung my bat out to dry at times, but somehow pulled through it all. I was stuck on one run for what seemed like ages; then I got an edge to second slip that went down and I felt a lot more relaxed after that.

Nin was creaming the ball and made a quick fire 41. Once he went out the wickets started to tumble around me. Coming off a 50 last game, Darcy tried to play himself in by walking down the pitch at the bowler a bit. Soon enough they had the keeper up at the stumps and that brought about a whole bunch of wickets. Once Darcy was bowled, Brad came in for our first bat together in the outdoor game. It last two balls only when he was hit on the back leg right on the stumps and simply had to be given LBW. He usually likes to bat out of his crease so I’m convinced having the keeper up there played a part.

Enyo went out to a blinder catch and Kelly was stumped and the team was reeling after losing four quick wickets. Somewhere in the middle of all that I managed to hit two boundaries of bda balls and not punish a couple of other ones I should have put away. Not long after Ned came to the crease and I got cleaned bowled by an inswinger from the guy that had done all the damage. I ended up making 13, but spent a lot of overs out in the middle and got a good experience.

The most disappointing thing about getting out was that a couple of overs later they had spinners operating from both ends who were bowling all sorts of juicy deliveries. Ned went on to make 38, little Lachie punched above his weight and hang around for a while scoring 4, Mark managed to tonk a few boundaries and the scene was set for Jacob to come in at number 11 and somehow resuce the game. It started to pour with rain just before he got out there and I’m convinced he decided just to tap a few runs and then get out so that he could get back inside. He did exactly the that and we were all out for 148, a thrashing, but not such a bad effort considering how young our team was.

After putting in an ordinary bowling performance I was glad to at least hang around for a while with the bat. Being out there not only gave me batting experience, but gave me a feel for where I should be bowling.

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