Veterans Inter Comp. Games Last Sunday
Since 2009, RDCA and BHRDCA representative teams have played a 36 over innings game and at Mitcham on Sunday, BHRDCA were victorious – see match summary below.
For the past 3 seasons, the Over 40’s and Over 50’s from 4 Associations; FTGDCA, BHRDCA, NMCA and RDCA have played two 24 over innings games to determine the winner for each age group. Batsmen retire after 30 runs and bowlers have a maximum of 4 overs. The concept has grown in popularity, players have adapted to the rules and at the end of the day, the majority of games are contested right to the finish.
RDCA Over 50’s played BHRDCA in the first round and managed a thrilling win in the last over. They then played FTGDCA in the final, in what was another game with fluctuating fortunes and this time it was FTG who managed snatch victory.
In the Over 40’s, RDCA unfortunately had a bye in the first round due to NMCA’s late withdrawal because of insufficient players available. Therefore we were given the bye due to being winners last season so FTGDCA and BHRDCA played in the qualifying round with the underdogs FTGDCA capturing a narrow win. In the final we batted first and on a ground that was quite fast, the batsmen in a fantastic innings of power hitting scores 5/180 (i.e. 7.5 runs per over) No one gave Gully much chance of overtaking that score; but they did ,in a thrilling final over.
So the outcome from the day was that FTGDCA won both the Over 40’s and Over 50’s which BHRDCA won year 1, we won year 2 and now FTGDCA in year 3. Congratulations to them for their courageous effort.
RDCA managed to retain “The Colonel’s Cup”, which is contested with BHRDCA for the overall best result. RDCA were 2nd in Over 40’s, defeated BHRDCA in Over 50’s and BHRDCA had a victory in the Over 60’s.
Overall, the day was a great success for Veterans Cricket with the majority of players keen to return next season, either seeking to defend their title or avenge their loss(es) and win the trophy for their association for being the best team in their age group.
Over 50’s match reports against Box Hill and FTG
Game 1 BHRDCA Vs RDCA
Sent in to bat BHRDCA had to contend with some very tight and accurate bowling from Bridger, Calladine and I’Anson. At the 12 over mark of their innings they were 3/55. RDCA kept the run scoring in check for the next few overs with excellent fielding and a couple of run outs. BHRDCA had a late flurry of runs and took the total to a competitive 134 off their full 24 overs.
In response we also had to contend with excellent bowling and fielding but we built some partnerships in the middle order with Noonan, Bean and I’Anson all making 20+ runs that had us in front of the run rate at the half way mark. The scoring slowed a little but a good partnership of 34 in the final 5 overs between Logan and Hickleton and a timely straight 6 in the final over got us over the line with a ball to spare.
Game 2 RDCA Vs FTGCA
We batted first and got off to a flier with openers Bridger and Mitchell both retiring with 30+ and at the 12 0vers we were 3 for 86 but had lost 3 cheap wickets and FTGCA had tightened their bowling. We were slowed and eventually made 132 with Delahunty making a solid 24 n/o.
FTGCA started their run chase steadily and were always in control albeit slightly behind at the 12 over mark. From drinks onwards they increased the scoring rate and we couldn’t get the much needed break through. We were passed with a couple of overs to go.
Both games were of excellent standard with terrific skills of all aspects on display. Congratulations to all competing teams and the organisers of the day. It was a wonderful success.
O/60’s Inter-Association Match on 10th December at Walker Park, Nunawading
After winning the toss RDCA had a bat on a slow ground. Runs were hard to come by and after 16 overs we lost our first wicket at 48 Peter Ridgwell, 17 run out after a calling mix up with Carl Schoonraad who was on 29. The BHRDCA team were fielding extremely well and it was difficult to find the boundary. Chris Allan moved the scoring with a brisk 16 before falling to a brilliant catch at mid-wicket with the score on 72. Unfortunately we lost our third wicket next ball and the Box Hill captain Michael Angwin was on a hat-trick. Garry Walles joined Schoonraad, who retired soon after on 43 and we lost Garry, 5 caught on the boundary the score being 90 at over 29. Ross Coon, 20 and Gary Paget, 19 carried us through to the compulsory closure at 36 overs the score at 4/129 which was not sufficient on a ground which was drying out and becoming quicker.
Box Hill lost an early wicket with Ian Jones bowling Mayen Nalliah for no score in his first over. After settling in John Kent who had joined John Morgan pushed the score to 31 before losing Morgan, 18 to a sharp catch by Chris Allan in the gully off the bowling of Carl Schoonraad who finished with figures of 1/20. Kent was joined by Sri Rajah who went on a rampage smashing four 4’s in the first over he faced. Kent retired on 40 with the score on 98. Rajah was out three overs later for 39, caught by Ross Coon in the outfield off Ridgwell’s bowling who finished with the figures of 1/23 of his 6 overs. Box Hill lost one other wicket at 121 with Gary Paget having Simon White caught by Peter Ridgwell , then Michael Angwin, 11 not out and Alan Ellis, 6 not out completed the innings after 25 overs the score being 4/134.
Alan Duffus, Team Manager
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