Dusty days, dirty cars
Another round of outstanding performances in Premier club cricket produced four worthy winners in the Espresso Carwash awards.
St Albans’ Greg Dawson (114no) made it back-to-back hundreds, and Espresso Carwash awards, with a dominant batting display against Lancaster Park Woolston. Conditions were excellent for batting at Garrick Park and Greg and James O’Gorman (50no) swept their team to a declaration at 224/2 in an effort to set up a thrilling finish as Park looked to chase down 272. Despite their forthright effort, Park, through the doughty rearguard batting deeds of manager, Luke Hayward, kept Saints at bay.
Tom Meyrick almost spun his Marist Harewood side to victory at Redwood where he extracted considerable spin to mesmerize Sydenham on a wearing pitch. After taking 2 for 13 in the first innings, Tom showed the true worth of a left-armer against an opponent who is looking to chase down a fourth innings’ total in search of outright victory. His reward for his 20 overs and 4 maidens were an excellent 6 for 48….. and a Player of the Match Espresso carwash.
Burwood Oval witnessed a finish full of tension as Burnside West clawed their way to an unlikely outright victory. Needing just 162 to win, the boys from the west had collapsed to be 84/6 before Micah Campbell set about securing his team victory with an innings full of character. His 43no in 41 balls formed an unlikely alliance with tailender Scott Inglis (17no) as they scored an undefeated 51 runs to secure victory. Micah’s heroics confirmed an excellent all-round match for him (20no in the first innings and 3 for 53 and 1 for 17 at the bowling crease) and a deserved Espresso Carwash award.
Another outstanding all-rounder’s performance occurred at Upper Riccarton Domain with Matt McEwan dominating the picturesque ground. Matt’s quick-fire batting (42) helped Old Boys Collegians to a formidable total but his real impact came at the bowling crease. In Riccarton’s first innings, he produced 13 rapid overs to end with 4 for 46. But it was in the second innings that Matt displayed his aggression and stamina as he and Tom Johnston (5 for 19) routed a hapless opponent for 84. They bowled unchanged to dismiss Riccarton in 31.5 overs and Matt was rewarded with 5 for 49 and an Espresso carwash award..