Cricket Finals 2010/11

Well it’s that time of the year again……it’s time for the cricket grand finals, and the Marist Cricket Club has it’s A, B, and C grade teams  contesting the grand finals this year.

After what has been an interesting year, with form slumps from the top three sides towards the end of the year, there was definitely no favourites for the premiership this year. As for ourselves (Marist) we missed opportunities to win games we should have, which took away the opportunity to play in the 2nd semi final and try and win a home final. We had to get there the long way, via the first semi. We took on Dalyellup on our home ground on a lively Forrest Park east wicket. We lost the toss and were sent in and were soon reeling at 3 for 8 in the fourth over. At 4 for 40 we looked in serious trouble, and then Corey Fitt and captain Adam Spinelli put their heads down and went about salvaging a score. These two lost their wickets, and then the experienced Paul Tomasi and Steve McGee continued in the rescue mission. We managed to score 186. We managed to put the screws on Dalyellup from the start, with constant pressure from either end with the ball. They lost wickets at regular intervals and couldn’t sustain the barrage of deliveries. So it was a win, a great character building win, especially when Dalyellup thought they had us a 3 for 8!!

So yesterday, it was the preliminary final against the Hay Park Redbacks, the product of a merger between the South Bunbury and Bunbury cricket clubs. We had two epic games against the Redbacks this year, with us losing both, the first one on the last ball of the day and the second game in the last over, so we were keen for revenge.

We won the toss and batted on a pretty flat deck, although it was a little two paced and up and down. We were once again in trouble, at 3 for 37. I joined Corey fit and we decided to keep our heads down until the drinks break. I was out LBW for 23 in the last over before drinks. Adam Spinelli joined Fitt for anther great partnership, with both playing attacking cricket and accelerating the scoring rate. Spinelli was stumped brilliantly, and then Steve McGee, Chris Waddingham and Wayne Murphy worked hard to get the score past 200, which was another great effort considering the start we had. Fitt made 60, Spinelli 37, Waddingham 23 and McGee 25. Our total was 204.

So with the target set at 205 runs to win, Hay Park were on the back foot early with some tight bowling from Paul Tomasi and Steve McGee. The pressure kept building and we managed to get wickets regularly. Once again the Marist bowling attack applied the pressure which became too much for the Hay Park batsmen. Only Norm Bedford (44 n.o), Ben Cross (29)and some late hitting by Chris McMillan provided  something for Hay Park. It was a win to marist by arund 30 runs.

So we take on the Colts Cricket Club in the “A” grade grand final next week, which is a replay of last years final, which Marist won. I played in a losing “B” grandy last year so am keen to win this one. If anyone that loves cricket wants to watch what will be a pretty fiery and exciting game, you should head down (or up) to Bunbury this weekend, The grand final is played over 2 games, Saturday and Sunday, with combined scores from both matches. Let me know if you are thinking of making it and I can give directions to the ground. The Bunbury Cricket Association is the strongest country competition in the state, so the cricket is good, and it will be good next weekend.

Come on Marist!!!

 

The xXx 4 is still going!!!

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~ by Jamie Nicolaou on March 27, 2011.

19 Responses to “Cricket Finals 2010/11”

  1. If I was closer I’d come along.

    how did you go in the first game. Were you one of the 3 for 8 ?? 🙂

  2. What happened on the weekend?

  3. You over it yet !!!! 🙂 🙂

    • Yeah I am…..you just gotta get over it!! But back into playing golf, put in my first card the other day, but this is a game that I don;t want to score 50’s and 100’s!!!
      What you up to for Easter???

  4. I was a consistent ton scorer when i played golf , and i was the only one in the club whose handicap consistently drifted out.

    Nothing doing over Easter just a bit of gardening. Might head over to the coast on Mon or Tue for the day.

    How about you ??

    • I once got down to a 9 handicap, but pretty much sat around the 10/11 range. I shot a 93 the other day, so three more cards around that and I should be around a 16!!! Should be able to do some damage with that for a little while!!!

      Just hanging around down the farm. Just had Tegan out helping me take the bird netting off some grape vines. Just doing some cleanup work around here waiting for the fire season to open……..then it’s bon fire time!!! Hopefully be getting some rain over the weekend.

  5. Have a good weekend.

    You’d better fire up that Nikon again soon !!!!!

  6. Where do you play?

  7. It has started well. The weather has been very nice. Had a good start with 140 not out first game but we will see how we go this weekend.

  8. Hey Nico, Hangin out for a new landscape from you ?? been a while mate.

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