VIC v Sth Australia Interstate Challenge Matches @ Mt Gambier – 11/2/2020
The O50’s ventured out to West Gambier Cricket Club to play their counterparts from South Australia on a damp, drizzly day. Despite the weather we managed to start the match on time.
Victoria won the toss and elected to bat on a hard pitch and damp outfield. The early loss of wickets saw Victoria on 3/24 before some solid batting from captain Alex Jesensek (18), Tony Calnon (40 ret) and Brian Lanson (40 ret) pushed the score past 100. Great support from Michael McGough (25) and Gary Peters (15) and the return of our retired batters Calnon (54 no) and Lanson (44) enabled the Vics to get to 186 at compulsory closure. An early wicket, before SA settled and pushed the score along with some lusty hitting. Victoria struck with two quick wickets before SA settled again.
This was how the match went along with the Vic slowly climbing on top with great bowling from Alan Pearce, Andrew Wyver, Steve Rando and Gary Peters. Needing 19 off the last over to win, the match concluded on the last ball with a leg bye scampered through by the SA batters to give them a one run victory.
Great game of cricket, played in tremendous spirit was enjoyed by all that journeyed to Mt Gambier.
Thanks to West Gambier for hosting and the two umpires who did a great job throughout the day.
Tuesday morning dawned with drizzle and the memory of the light pitter patter of the overnight showers. Set in a volcanic basin, the Marist Park oval had a quaint clubroom but an uncovered wicket.
Arriving at 9am for an expected 10am start was the beginning of many pitch inspections before the umpires (and Captains) agreed to a 12:15 start. Due to the loss of time the match was reduced to 40 overs each, with both Captains agreeing to a 20 over rotation match, i.e. Team 1 bats 20 overs, Team 2 20 overs, then Team 1 completes their innings followed by Team 2 completing theirs. This worked well enough and gave an interesting twist to proceedings.
SA won the Toss and SA Captain Greg Quinn invited us to bat. Ken Bailey and Peter Miller opened the batting and put on 22 before Ken was bowled by Peter Judd, the first of his 4 four wickets. Miller went on to make a solid 35 and with Ray Smith retiring for 51, plus Captain Phil O’Meara just missing retiring with a fine 48 saw Victoria 8/193 after our 40 overs. Given the conditions this was considered about “par”.
SA started at 4 an over, just slightly below the required run rate losing their first wicket in the 9th over to Phil Hickleton at 31 with his first delivery. Hickleton’s next over was another maiden and SA’s scoring slowing somewhat. Michael Goldsmith bowled Graeme Fielke to have SA 2/51 and when Hickleton dismissed Alan Favell, SA were 3/51. When Goldsmith had Judd LBW in the 20th over, SA went to the change 4/71.
Jeff Cole started the bowling for the Vic’s in SA’s second stanza and bowled 3 tight cvers for only 7 runs. When Dale Thornton bowled Colin Murdoch SA were 5/75 and in trouble. Quinn showed his quality and with Brenton Jarrman they overcame their slow restart putting on runs to get back into the game. When Jarrman was caught at the wicket by Chris Carr and Chris McClinchey run out by a stunning effort of outfield fielding by Ken Bailey to Graeme Wilson at the bowler’s end, SA were 7/130.
When Quinn was magnificently caught by Cole off Wilson the score was 8/130, and their best bats were back in the shed. Goldsmith got his 3rd wicket and opening bowler Geoff Barker returned to claim the final wicket of fellow opening bowler Phil Dohnt to have SA all out for 142 in the 37th over. An all round performance from the Vic’s capably led by Captain O’Meara and Vice-Captain Peter (Archie) Dudderidge.
The game was played in good spirits and with each Captain congratulating their opponent on the way the game was played. Man of the Match for Victoria was Ray Smith for his excellent 51 retired and for SA it went to Rob (Bear) Colwell after Peter Judd missed the presentation dinner and his bottle of wine.
It was a cloudy, drizzly morning in Mt Gambier as the teams arrived at Scott Park, the home of East Gambier CC, to find that there were no covers on the wicket.
The 10 am start became a 10.45 inspection, soon after there was the toss of the coin, and the match was reduced from 45 to 40 overs. The SA captain won the toss and decided to bat first with the game getting under way at about 11.20. It continued to drizzle lightly for much of the innings.
Ron Lovel and Gordon Cowling opened the bowling. After 14 overs, SA were 5 down for 8 runs (no typo here) with Lovel’s figures 7 overs, 6 maidens, 3 for 2, and Cowling’s 7 overs, 4 maidens, 2 for 6. Bob Phillips and Robin Court replaced them also bowling their spell of 7 overs straight through. SA were 7 for 49 after 28 overs, with Court taking 2 for 12. Greg Lott and Noel Sharpe then came on, their 10 overs resulting in 3 for 20 and SA all out in the 39th over for 67 runs. Sharpe took 2 for 9 and Lott 1 for 11.
Wicket keeper, Wavell McPherson had 2 very good stumpings, the other wickets were bowled or lbw and the fielding excellent despite the wet outfield. John Porter was the towel man, and kept the ball in good condition for the whole innings.
The EGCC put on a fine spread for afternoon tea and the weather remained cool, with a variable southerly breeze. The quality of the pitch was evident as there were very few ball marks, despite the damp conditions. In fact the wicket played well for the whole game and was a credit to the people who prepared it!
The Vics opened with James Barrett and Ian B Gibson, with Barrett falling early, caught in the slips, for 3. Peter Neville came in at the first drop and played some very nice shots before being caught behind for 16 with the score 2 for 43 in the 18th over. Gibson batting very solidly was joined by John Porte and the pair took the score to 2 for 69 in the 23rd over, with Porter hitting a monster 6 to finish with 19no, and Gibson remaining 23no.
Captain Arthur Pritchard did a good job marshalling the troops and despite not batting or bowling, was very complimentary to all the team on their approach to the game, and the effort they put in on the day.
The SA captain awarded Ron Lovel the Man-of-the-match for his great opening spell, while Geoff Field, with 29 runs and 5 overs 4 maidens was adjudged S.As best player.