On a day full of weather better suited for footy, late starts and delays weren't enough to keep the pies off the field as we split the points against Richmond CC.
The firsts won the toss and sent the tigers in on a wet and soggy central reserve. Some incredibly tight bowling from Reuben Jamieson to leak only 22 runs off his 10 put the squeeze on keeping Richmond to 135. Consistent rain leading to an increasingly juicy wicket and some good bowling from the Tigers proved to be too much to overcome as we fell short of the chase in the end.
The seconds displayed similar scenes to the firsts as Richmond batted first on a moist McQueen park. A pair of 3fa's to Jowett and Prior was the highlight however it was one batsman for the Tigers who proved to be the difference as they ended up 195 for their innings. Our batsmen were put on the back foot early and at 5/23 it was an uphill battle until the very end that not even a cameo of 38 from Adit Pawha could rectify. With one match to go in the home and away season, the boys need a win to secure their spot for finals.
The Thirds were sent in to brave the elements at central reserve as we looked to keep our finals chances alive. Starts around the board managed to get the boys to 153 as Kye Walford top-scored with 37 but the game was won with the ball. An effort and a half as the boys kept Richmond to 135 with multiple bowlers keeping an economy rate of under 2 for their overs. The skipper Luke prior being the standout tearing through the top order on his way to 3/34 as the boys keep their finals hopes alive.
The Fourths had a heavily delayed start as the game was reduced to 29 overs. Sent in to bat things didn't look good early as we capitulated to 3/6 in the second over. A handy 25 from Rhonan Appleby on debut steadied the ship but the difference came at 7/86 when Swapnil and resident rescue man Daniel came together for a 76 run partnership in as many balls and Swappy scored his maiden 50 for the club. This boosted the boys to 180 at the end of the innings. The man of the day was of course our Skipper Robert Capstick, coming on to finish off his last 2 overs when the scores were precariously set at 3/61, Bob absolutely tore the heart out of Richmond's middle order on his way to his first #michelle for the club. An incredible spell to drag the boys home as we move into 7'th place and gear up for a finals campaign.