Well, it turns out that no matter where I play cricket, I struggle to contribute – please see below for brief match report from the staff-student cricket game from this afternoon.
Staff 2/70 (9.4 overs) def Students 9/69 (12 overs)
The afternoon haze had lifted from the Hebron School and the mat which constituted the pitch upon which the intra school battle would commence was
primed and ready for some quality cricket.
The staff team had a new mystery man known as ‘Mr Tim’ and there was a lot of anticipation surrounding the chances which the staff team had in beating the students. The dominance of the students team in these fixtures is somewhat resemblant of QLD’s State of Origin success in recent years, and so there was much hope in the big footed recruit that he could deliver.
The students won the toss and elected to bat, the staff’s South African captain Patrick threw Mr Tim the ball and his instructions were “I’ve been teaching these kids for too long, let it rip”. As the students opening bats took 6 off his first over and also survived his second, there were calls from the crowd for a refund on their money. I don’t know how you can refund nothing, however they were certainly justified in their disappointment.
A steady flow of wickets ensured that the students never got out of control and when they finished their 12 overs on 69, they knew they needed early wickets to put the staff under pressure.
Keen to make amends for his poor showing with the ball, Mr Tim was sent in to open the batting and facing up to the student’s opening bowler (Alex Mohandsann), was clean bowled first ball.
Mr Sam from the Travel Office played the Michael Bevan role, consolidating the disastrous start and hitting 3 slog sweeps over the shed on his way to 30* as he guided the staff home with plenty of time to spare.
Mr Sam’s total was only beaten by extras, leg side wide rules ensured that only 35 of the 70 runs were off the bat.
Despite the staff being victorious, Mr Tim’s position in the side looks as certain as Marcus North’s spot in Australia’s middle order.