Over 50. Fishing for a fallen catch

On another superb day for cricket, Marrawah 50 and Over Cricket Club hosted opponents from Ulverstone on Sunday. 

The Rovers batted first, starting well to be three for 90 at the 20-over mark, before losing seven wickets for 49 runs. The side was bowled out for 139 in the 36th over. 

Best batsman for the visitors was the big hitting ‘Flounder’ Whiteroad who retired on 41. His innings was tinged by a bit of good luck, being dropped three times by avid cricketer and fisherman Brett McMullen. The Marrawah bowler claims it was his superior athleticism that allowed him to turn these drops into difficult chances at best. 

Supportive and sympathetic teammate Phillip ‘I am still cricket’ Wilson was well within his rights to inform everyone within earshot that, ‘McMullen might love catching fish but couldn’t catch Flounder’. 

Best bowlers for Marrawah were Paul ‘Yesteryear’ Saward who finished with three wickets for 11 runs from four overs, Stephen Fisher (1/17) and Bill Gale (1/24). 

Although wicketless, Guy Grey bowled tightly at a crucial time to leak a meagre 10 runs from six overs. 

The highlight of the fielding was a reflex injury-saving catch, bowled by Dallas ‘Sticky Hands’ Burke and two brilliant run-outs, one by McMullen (aka Haydn Nicholls) and the other by Burke (aka Dale Baker). A new set of face-recognition binoculars is on order for the scorers. 

Only requiring 3.5 runs per over, Marrawah’s run chase was never in doubt as openers Burke and Baker made 40 and 41 retired respectively. 

The openers were backed up by Guy ‘Mr Reliable’ Grey who the scorers confidently left to keep track of his own run tally while they tinkered with their new calculator. He remained not out on 36 as the total was successfully chased down in the 27th over. 

With six Marrawah batsmen not required on Sunday, the players may be a little rusty as they look to meet the Rovers in Ulverstone in two weeks. 


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