Post-Christmas is a time for the batsmen to shine
This round of the Metro Premier Two-Day competition was a round for the batsmen to come out and play and this they did in spades!
Darren Broom’s 60 not out looked a race-course certainty to claim the carwash voucher with a skilful innings on a very difficult and damp batting surface at Sydenham Park; that is, until Sydenham’s Simon Keen defied the awkward pitch. At tea, Sydenham were 133/6 with Simon on 97 not out! He left the scene with 169 runs next to his name scored off 129 balls including 18 boundaries and five sixes. He continued this batting dominance in the second innings with a breezy 43 off 31 balls including six boundaries and one six. Simon’s outstanding dual performance with the bat ensured his team registered their first outright win of the season …. and another visit to an Espresso Carwash.
At the same time similar batting carnage was occurring across the city when Burnside West’s Sam Noster bestrode the batting crease at Elmwood Park. He was at his brilliant best as he cut, hooked and drove his way to his first club century for some time. He peppered the back gardens of the residents of St Andrew’s Square with five towering sixes and 15 boundaries as he charged to 138, and a richly-deserved Espresso Carwash voucher.
Travel east to Garrick Park and you would have seen an innings of real maturity from Park’s leading batsman in Keryn Ambler as he guided his team to a dominant position (201/5) against Riccarton (117) at the end of Day one. With Park losing four early wickets, Keryn found an able lieutenant in Dean van Deventer (50) and they set about consolidating their position in the match. Another Ambler century (107) ensured another Espresso Carwash award.
A fourth significant batting performance that would determine the outcome of a Premier match was seen at Ilam 3. Despite the short boundaries at this picturesque ground, most batsmen were unsure on a slow and holding surface. An inexperinced Dan Sharples came to the wicket with his St Albans’ team in tatters at 30/5. He found batting support in his side’s tail as he consolidated, then flourished, in a mature innings that yielded 85 not out, a team total of 241, and an Espresso Carwash award as Player of the Match.