First day scores:
Lancaster Park Woolston 76 and 80/2
Burnside West Christchurch University 85
Late Saturday afternoon at Garrick Park will see the conclusion of the Premier Two-day competition and the champion is anyone’s guess for only 0.21 separates Lancaster Park Woolston and Burnside West Christchurch University! To put this in context, the difference in bonus points is 21 runs over a season or 1 wicket! As luck would have it, they are playing each other in an enthralling match.
This is gladiatorial.
It is a match of no great batting quality; the pitch on the first day didn’t allow that. It seamed around all day and occasionally spat through the batting gloves. No-one was ever “in” on it; but it was an absorbing contest of ball dominating bat. The successful batsman had to graft and battle and survive; he needed a combination of sure technique, sound shot selection and a no little amount of luck. While a pall hung over half the players, there were smiles all round among the bowlers. It was their day. Those who bowled fourth stump were richly rewarded.
Park, who batted first, were soon in trouble and only Keryn Ambler displayed sufficient technique to give his team hope of a competitive score; his 30 stood out like a beacon while the medium pacers of Burnside enjoyed themselves as Matt Farrant, Sam Noster, Dave Sewell and Scott Inglis feasted on the Park carcass. The LPW supporters wore grim faces as their team ate an unpalatable lunch and contemplated the afternoon ahead.
However, given that the playing surface was unlikely to change, what unfolded was no surprise. With talisman, Brent Findlay unavailable on the first day, Dean van Deventer led the bowling charge superbly. He ripped the heart out of the Burnside batting as he kept his keeper and slips on their toes with a fine exhibition of seam and swing bowling. What wasn’t edged found the pads ….and the favour of the umpire. Burnside inched ahead of Park’s meagre total and secured the vital two points for the first innings lead. Sam van Daesdonk complemented his medium pacer by wrapping up the tail with ease.
The Park second innings was made of sterner stuff as they progressed, under the steady guidance of Keryn Ambler and Ben Cant, towards the safety of 6.00pm.
What does the second day hold?
I expect the grounds staff have been hard at work trying to produce a decent batting pitch for all; this might be a bridge too far at this autumnal stage of the season. It will require some serious application by Park to the art of batting as they work through the day. Every run scored and every minute used up by Park are runs and time that Burnside will need to secure their first Championship for 22 years. Burnside will want more of the same from their bowlers so that the target isn’t too far beyond 200.
What we do know is that there will be massive interest in this match which will see both sides’ fortunes ebb and flow as they strive to secure the trophy. Garrick Park is the place to be!
Hagley Oval and community cricket
Take your pick!
If you’re a cricket tragic you could do worse than wander over to Hagley Oval tomorrow where you’ll see a rich variety of cricket for all tastes.
It will be the turn of the youngsters at the start of their cricketing careers with the softer balls playing outfield cricket on the same pristine surface that has hosted their heroes Rob Nicol and Andrew Ellis just a few days earlier.
Over the path will take you to our best youth cricketers where Christ’s College hosts Christchurch Boys’ High in what is the final for the Secondary Schools one-day competition.
Following the eager 7 and 8 year olds will be some of our best women cricketers in New Zealand as St Albans and Old Boys Collegians Country fight for supremacy in the Premier Women’s one-day final. Amy Satterthwaite has been in supreme form for the White Ferns in the recent domestic season and World Cup while fellow internationals, Lea Tahuhu and Janet Brehaut, and the promising Meg Kendal will see St Albans enter the match as slight favourites. White Ferns Erin Bermingham and Katie Martin will ensure a stern contest and they will receive strong support from Hannah Linton and Hayley Banks.
A fitting day to wrap up the Club scene for 2012-13.