Over 50. Coming off three convincing wins in the season so far, the Marrawah 50 and Over Cricket Club was without a few of its big guns on Sunday in the return match against the Rovers.
There seemed to be a lack of energy in the team and it was obvious a few players were carrying soft tissue injuries as they limped off the bus and onto the dry hard field to bowl first.
The Rovers’ batsmen were on song and with 12 runs struck from the first over, things started to look ominous as four of the first five batsmen retired on 40 not out.
With a total of 21 wides and no balls bowled, and five dropped catches by Marrawah, the Rovers’ run rate continued unabated as they finished their 40 over dig with 270 runs on the board.
Bevan ‘You can’t ruffle my feathers’ Anderson showed great poise in the bowling to be the most economical with only 24 runs hit from his six overs.
After his first five overs, Ron Nicholls looked like he would get a mention in the Chronicle as pick of the day, but with 18 runs smashed from his sixth over – that will not happen.
The highlights of the fielding stint were a stunning but unlikely one-handed catch by wicketkeeper Haydn Nicholls and a cameo by Kerry ‘Turn my UHF on’ Moore as a substitute for the injured Dale Walters.
With such a large total to chase down at least four of the Marrawah batsmen would need to score 40 runs each, but at three for 39 in the eighth over things again looked ominous.
Anderson showed composure and elegance on his way to 45 retired, by lofting a ball over the boundary for six when on 39.
He was well backed up by Paul Saward who quietly watched wickets fall around him on his way to 42 retired.
Phillip ‘I was cricket’ Wilson was moderately threatening with a quick 15. As was Haydn Nicholls, on 15 runs, before picking out a fielder with a technique-perfect hook shot.
In an otherwise lack-lustre batting display, Marrawah were dismissed in the 34th over for a paltry 153 runs however having won the first encounter two weeks ago, the side holds onto the coveted Mayor’s Cup for the next 12 months.
Special mention must be made to the Rovers’ keeper and batsman Claude Orlando who took four for five runs from five overs.
Marrawah 50 and Over Cricket Club’s next match will be against the highly fancied Twilighters at Whitemore in two weeks.