Monday, December 29, 2008

Top Day at the 20/20

The club was in charge of the scoreboard for the 20/20 match in the Tron on the 28th.

It was a busy day, but plenty of fun as well. 

Most of the hard work had been done in the week leading up to the game, with the painting of new name boards for each member of the NZ and Windies 20/20 squad. Stirlo and Rohit took care of the preliminaries, painting all the boards black and Daimo, Liz plus Liz' parents spray painted 30-odd (some very odd) board to get us ready to go.

On the day Yap delegated the running of the show to Rowly, Bobby and Daimo and their s board experience showed and we had that bad-boy up and running with hours to spare.

At game time we had plenty of people manning the boards - with Bobby,Stu (he's up top) Hague, Steve Blackbourn,Thariq, Rohit, Stirlo, Chris (Kushro), Rowly and Adam (Mikes BOL) shuffling and shifting the boards. They also occasionally rained MDF death on those sitting down below, but the less said about that the better. 

In the nerve centre Daimo and Yap used a combination of old and new school scoring to keep everything square, while Kim (Mikes sister) acted as runner...

With the scorers telling us to only update the board at the end of each over the pace was pretty cruisy and everybody had a chance to watch the match and keep an eye on whatever was standing out in the crowd. 

The board looked great (well as good as it can), ND were happy and all in all it was a pretty good day.

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked on the day, and a huge thanks to Daimo, whos can-do attitude (and practical skills) were the key to the whole thing.

Next job is the NZ vs India ODI on the 11th of March.

Following are a few more snaps from the day, including our photo that made it onto Cricinfo! Cheers.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Err - Bs Also had it up previously.....

Star Varisty B's vs Suburbs B's (Jansen Park)
Suburbs 285 
(Jeremy Prasad 6-80 off 20)
Star 330
(Andy Care 68, Jared McLaughlin 50, Shaun Blackbourn 46, Gus Lilley 41, Kieran Gray 29)
Suburbs 131
(Curt Sutton 6-46 off 19, Kieran Gray 2-60 off 17)
Star 83/3 (Needed 88 off 18 for Outright Win)
(Paul Melville 30 not, Jared McLaughlin 19 not out)
Draw but Star take 1st Innnings points.

Bs Keep it up.

Ham Star B's vs Old Boys B's  (Day 2)

With a lead of 30 odd from the 1st day, Gus Lilley took to the Old Boys bowling attack. Knocking up a great century which held the innings together. He stuck 10 fours in his total of 106, which helped Star to 200/9dec, which gave us a lead of 220. With Andy Care (24), Curt Sutton (20) and Stu Angus (20) also chipping in.

After a good opening spell we had Old Boys in trouble at 17/3. A good 4th wicket stand helped them to around 150/4 before the showers started. They finished the day at 190/5 with Sutton, Jeremy Prasad, Brendan O'Neill and Gus Lilley sharing the wickets.

A draw but we are pretty happy to get 1st Innings points....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bs Get it Going!!!

Ham Star B's vs Old Boys B's (Day 1 of a 2 Day Game)

After winning the toss, Star chose to bat. It looked like the right decision with Star putting on 80 odd (Jeremy Prasad (45) and Sean Mulcahy (35)) before the loss of the 1st wicket. After the partnership was broken, wickets fell regularly until some lusty blows from Stu Angus (20) helped to total along to 140 odd. 

After a dropped catch and 25 off the first two overs, some Reg Prasad magic moved us back into the game. After Reg's spell of medium pace he turned to spin and removed most of the Old Boys batting line up with brother Jeremy Prasad and Kieran Gray finishing off the rest. Reg ending with figures of 7 for 33 off 14 overs. Old Boys rolled for 120.

With a lead of 20ish and 1st Innings points in the bag, Star managed to bat out the remaining 10 overs of play for the loss of 1 wicket. Another good knock from Stu Angus of 20 full off textbook drives helped Star to reach 30/1 at the end of play. 

The B's look in good shape with Gus Lilley (10 not out) and Matt Waswo not out at the crease and plenty of batting to come.

(Ed Nice work lads!)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Yay, No more Te Rapa!

It felt like the skippers' handshake should have been a kiss and a cuddle; after all they have spent more time together than most of us has spent with our Nana's this year! You would think that with this unique understanding of each other, the toss would be done telepathically the night before the game. Not so, the skipper still managed to cock up the toss by misunderstanding the opposing skipper! Not funny at the time, but now thinking back, it was quite comical seeing two teams whiting up and doing warm up catches both staring at the opposition like they have been infected with the Ebola virus!

The first day was carried on in this ludicrous vein with the Te Rapa team, true to form, forgetting that LBW stands for "leg before wicket". After many discussions it was first thought that they had a team policy of "not out", but when a man was given out LBW by the umpire and then called back by the same umpire, it was concluded that they just didn't know any better! Still Te Rapa was only chasing 117, and Star was in the hunt at 108 for 7. At this point the Te Rapa skipper came to the crease, batting a lot lower than normal and he decided to have a go. Star had their chances to desmiss him early, but a dropped catch and more dodgy umpiring saw him to a quickfire 80-odd. The day ended with Te Rapa on 242 for 8. Charles Johnston contributed both with bat and ball, and Dave Gunn did the unthinkable by claiming 2 LBW's on the morning of the second day. Both Lbw's came from the same umpire, so it can only be assumed that he wont be playing for Te Rapa again :)

The second day saw Te Rapa all out for 275 and Star batting for survival. Dave March and Rohit Bawa did a good job to get the oppo's heads down by taking Star to around 50 by tea. Most of the Star batsmen contributed, with the standout yet again being Charles Johnston. He got a big fifty in sublime fashion, grinding when needed and smashing when the ball was there for it. He is arguably the most in form all-rounder in the club. Well done Chuck! That premier call up cant be far away. For the first time this year Star A passed the 200 run mark, and looked good doing it. The result went in favour of Te Rapa, but this blogger for one is sure that there will be another meeting of these teams come finals time.