SMCA Div 16 Round 6: 13 July 2019 vs Summer Hill C

For one day at least Chicago would have to give up its nickname, because if there was anywhere that was going to be called ‘The Windy City’ it was Sydney. The 50km/h winds were enough to shutdown flights at Sydney airport, but couldn’t deter Saturday morning park cricketers from doing what they love. With the wind blowing directly across the pitch swing was going to play a large factor, and several warmup deliveries showed that even balls sprayed wildly down legside had a good chance of being blown back on course for a good line outside off.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl the Apaches took to the field. Tim Bykov struck early with a leading edge that was skied to mid-off and was unlucky in his next over not to have their opener out with a chance being put down at first slip. Turnbull, Goodchild and Williams all chipped in with economical overs, but with a number of dropped chances and the wind blowing anything hit in the air towards Robertson Road for 6, the opposition was 2/106 at drinks with two retirees.

Chris Day entered the bowling attack after the drinks break and the wickets began to fall. Sharp bowling and good catching saw him finish with 3/24 off 5 overs, while GG tied up the other end with 1/35 off his 6. The flurry of wickets only succeeded in bringing the retired batsman back to the crease and while GG trapped one of them in front for 52, the dropped chance at slips earlier in the game cost us dearly as their opener took a liking to the short boundary. Consecutive deliveries were launched over Roberston Road. The first saw the match ball lost over the fence of one of the houses, and the second only narrowly avoiding the same fate by hitting a power pole halfway up and bouncing back towards Moore Park. Rob Turnbull eventually took the last wicket, but only after the opener had hit 123 runs and seen the team total to 237.

Missing a few of the more recognised Apaches batsmen, and with Paul Saltoon and Morley needing to leave early, we faced the daunting task of needing nearly 7 runs an over for 36 overs with only 8 batsmen. Isaac Williams and Smokey Hawkins opened the batting, both finding early boundaries to keep the run rate up. Yap (6) was dismissed early, nicking a ball that he was trying to late cut to the short boundary.

Day (16), Wheeler (7) and Pryse-Jones (5) made short, but fast scoring cameos, all finding boundaries in their time at the crease to make sure we kept on top of the run rate. Williams eventually retired on 40 and we went into drinks at 4/107. Very much still in with a shot, but with not a lot of wickets in the bank.

After the drinks break Turnbull and Bykov put on a masterclass in running between the wickets. Quick singles and paddle sweeps for 2 kept the score ticking along. Three 6s and three 4s helped Turnbull to his 40 quickly and he joined Williams back on the sideline.

Bryan Seymour came in and picked up where Turnbull left off. Consistent singles and the occasional boundary saw the Apaches pile on 121 runs without the loss of a wicket at more that 7 an over. Bykov (23) was eventually bowled and Williams (46) only added 6 more runs to the score before meeting the same fate.

At 6/202 the Apaches were in the driving seat, needing only a run a ball for the last 6 overs and with two in form batsmen at the crease. The runs didn’t stop flowing and Summer Hill put down a few chances in the blustery conditions. Turnbull (47*), having never made a 50 before, was denied the chance by Seymour (62*) who hit back to back boundaries to end the game with 3 overs to spare.

It was a fantastic team effort to run down a very tough score. Contributions with the bat and ball from everyone made for a very memorable win. Good work Apaches!

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl

Summer Hill C: 9/237
Chris Day – 3/24 from 5 overs
Isaac Williams – 1/12 from 3 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 6/241
Bryan Seymour – 62*
Robert Turnbull – 47*