A sorry display by the Two's and a resounding defeat against a side with two quality players on wicket that was poor from ball one. Winning the toss Lockie chose to bowl which in the end was probably a wise move otherwise it would have all been over before tea...
Fraser Thomas opened up with Joe Williams. Fraser bowled 6 overs and took 3 for 9 in his first spell which was good to see.
Replaced by the now ageing Pie Thrower, Fraser is still only allowed to bowl 6 overs at a time, Chew made steady inroads into the YMCA batting. One player stood out and that was David Abrahams, he is clearly a class act and if the YMCA selectors have any sense he will be in their ones next week. Abrahams made a quick fire 50 before bowling changes and strike farming led to a bit of frustration and he holed out to Joe Williams at deep square for 62.The rest of the YMCA batting looked poor apart from Legge who hung around for 15 or so overs before running out of partners at 42 not out.
From a bowling point of view the number of wides was way to high, 37 in total combined with other extras meant we gave them 48 runs. This is just not good enough and if we could solve that problem we would have been far more competitive this season.
After "tea" Chew prepared to face the pace of Ashley Bonynge-Pearce (Pearcy to his mates). He lived up to billing and for 5 of his 9 overs he was quick and bowled several unplayable deliveries. Facing bowling like that you need to have confidence in where the ball was going to bounce, you couldn't and A B-P soon removed our top order in double quick time. Bones gloved to the keeper off one that bounced a bit. Pat got one that should have bounced a bit but didn't and lost his off stump, and Sam Munday got one that bounced a bit and seamed in to him and inside edged to the keeper. So you see it was tricky out there.
When normal cricket resumed and we surveyed the wreckage we were 30 for 5 and it was game over. Dave Bowler soldiered on manfully to 28 until he was bowled by Legge. The tail wagged very briefly as Max Tanner and Fraser Thomas put on 30 for the 9th wicket but at 210 - 9 Max slog swept Hyde and inside edged onto his stumps. There were still nearly 10 overs to go and I fancied a bit of batting practice so wasn't too impressed with the early finish.
Lesson learnt (or still not learnt)
1, Bowlers. Bowl one side of the wicket, restrict the number of wides to single figures, cut out the full tosses and long hops. Do this and we won't be chasing 200 very often.
2, Batters. When you are facing a class act, try to see him off, he can only bowl 9 overs. Then concentrate on the Pie Throwers that will surely replace him.
No pictures today as I was playing rather than scoring. The haven't invented "Pie Cam" yet. When they do I'll be wearing one.
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