Yesterdays Anytime Fitness Vets T20 Grand Final. Warranwood v Wonga Park
( live streamed by MY SPORTS LIVE )
Wonga Park's captain Anthony Uhr-Henry won the toss and elected to have a bowl.
Warranwood's innings got off to a steady start with Matt Rookes looking in control and showing good form.
Then at the 8 over stage the score got to 2-55. The Wonga bowlers had done a really good job to this point not allowing Warranwood to score freely
But as we know a 20/20 game can change at any minute.
The two leading runscorers in the comp were in together , them being Scott Burns and captain Cam Matthews.
Over the next few overs the run rate picked up a little and then came the point when the game really changed .
Just after the midway point and in the space of 3 overs a mammoth 73 runs were added and the ascendancy was well in Warranwoods favour.
Cam Matthews retired after his 30 balls for an excellent 78 and Scott Burns then retired after his 30 balls for an equally impressive 65.
The score ticked along with some late order hitting from Adem Yze and at the end of the 20 overs they ammassed a daunting total of 3-226
Pick of the bowlers for Wonga Park were Craig Meadows and Anthony Crowe.
In pursuit of the target Wonga needed to get off to a good start and with Rob Glide and Darren Hawley opening up they were looking to continue their good form in the comp...especially Rob Glide who was in scintillating form during the tournament. His wicket would be crucial to Warranwood and so it turned out to be...With only the 2nd ball of their innings Nick Rice managed to get a ball to bounce a little and Rob Glide's attempted pull shot hurried on a little and he got caught at mid wicket.
It was always going to be tough from there but Craig Meadows ( who had a great game all round) with some solid hitting and placement and later on Rohan Allport looking dominant they had kept the run rate going with respective scores of 35 and 30 ....So much so that looking back after 8 overs Wonga were in front of the Warranwood score at that point having 60 on the board but with the loss of 4 wickets.
Taking it deep into the innings would be the plan for Wonga but then came the killer blows.
Somewhat at Wonga's own undoing there were two run outs and it was that man Cam Matthews again in the action with two direct hit run outs in the space of 3 overs and along with Craig Buchan (part time bowler at start of competion 😀) picking up 2 wkts in 2 balls the writing was on the wall. Wonga fought hard and gallantly moved to 8/129 at close of innings.
So Warranwood won by 97 runs and took the trophy and the winners cheque of $1600.
A super effort by Wonga Park who had a great tournament at that and picked up the runners up cheque of $600
Cam Matthews was awarded with Man of the Match by the umpires for his outstanding innings and 2 run outs.
I must say the game was played in great spirits and both clubs should be very proud of themselves.
Cam Matthews 78 ret. not out
Scott Burnes 65 ret. not out
Craig Meadows 1/30 off 4 overs
Anthony Crowe 1/36 off 4 overs
Wonga Park 8/129
Craig Meadows 35
Rohan Allport 30
Craig Buchan 2/16 off 3 overs
(See My cricket for full scorecard)
Special thankyou to:
Michael Simpson (Warranwood) & Shawn Everitt (Wonga Park) who helped out doing a great job on commentary.
Melbourne star's Michael Beer for giving up his time and spending time with the players and juniors over at the Stars Truck and also his invaluable contribution in commentary.
Di Day for organising Melbourne Stars Truck and Starman
Adam Hinds and East Ringwood for the super playing conditions and the running of the bar and BBQ
Umpires Paul Denton and Barry Johnson who did a great job.
Jo Fairy for her time in arranging all the behind scenes stuff and ensure the day ran smoothly, and Jo's company Field of View where she took some great shots of the day.
Paul Attfield at Saxon for his continued support
Michael Finn and RDCA for their invaluable input and last but not least Dave Sherlock for his vision and organisation along with his comitee in running with this concept.
And thankyou to everyone who came out and supported the day.
Here's to next year