SUNDAY 16th February1997.
NAIL BITING FINISH AS COACHES XI TAKE TROPHY
Fans of the shortened version of the game would not have walked away disappointed from the Deakin Cricket Ground (DCG) on Sunday when the Coaches XI successfully chased the imposing target of 200 runs for the loss of 19 wickets set by the Presidents XI from its allotted 40 overs.
Proceedings started well for the Coaches XI when inspirational skipper Bomber Browne won the toss and invited his opposite number Puppets Giltrap to strap on the pads, don the protector and wield the willow on a seaming, swinging DCG deck well suited to the pace attack of Fedorow and Davis. Browne's decision was vindicated early in the innings when makeshift opener Helmut Jordan was made to look utterly incompetent and had his off stump removed from the ground at approximately the same time as he was shaking hands with the square leg umpire. Dog Allen and Craig Elphick followed in quick succession as the lethal bowling of the Coaches XI began to exact its toll.
The pendulum made a timely swing back towards the Presidents XI with the introduction of Fatty Carter into the attack. With a mixed bag of long hops, full tosses and straight out rubbish delivered to batsmen the calibre of co man-of-the-match Thom, Whale Hughes, Doris Gaynor, and Grogwash Allen the run rate was lifted a gear and the wheels were in motion for a sizeable target. Unfortunately events then took a turn for the worse with the entry to the arena of Puppets Giltrap, Eass Ratcliffe and Mumbles Tranter. The pace of the game took a turn for the worse as runs were cut to a minimum due in part to their incompetence and also due in part to the tight bowling of the veteran Alan Duffy, Goggles Crossman, Testy Bryce, co man-of-the-match Firstgear Morton, Rimmer Ransley, Pokerface Matheson, skipper Browne (who, for the record, finished his spell in devastating style with consecutive wickets) Frosty O'Regan and a fiery spell from Gary Hale. Mumbles Tranter will testify to the pace generated by Haley having been struck with successive thunderbolts from the demon quick that reduced Mumbles to a quivering mess on the centre wicket area.
As it should for any worthy cricket outfit the tail wagged for the Presidents XI and the return to the crease of its top order batsmen saw the runs begin to flow and as the innings drew to a close the final over saw the Presidents XI enjoy the luncheon adjournment satisfied with the knowledge that a run rate of 5.025 per over was required for victory.
A cautious start to the Coaches XI innings saw the opening combination of Rimmer Ransley and Testy Bryce keep the runs to a bare minimum whilst at the same time taking the sheen off the glossy new cherry eagerly slung down by Kit Ransley and Pickle Davis.
The solid start to the innings set the stage for Firstgear Morton to take to the attack and thanks to cameo performances from Browne, Chilli Macias and Fatty Carter who took to the feeble bowling efforts of Helmut Jordan, Andy McGlynn, Dog Allen and Doris Gaynor, who were despatched to all corners the vast expanses the DCG has to offer, the foundations were laid for a thrilling path to victory.
The solid middle order of Ringstinger Davis, Goggles Crossman and Frosty O'Regan tore the heart out of the cream puff attack of Puppets Giltrap, Komorowski, Eass Ratcliff and in particular the garbage offered by Bruce "I played first grade cricket" Mills. Comment should be made at this point of the blatant and illegal manipulation of the old ball by certain members of the Presidents XI. This incident, coupled with the constant sledging, only served to strengthen the steely resolve of the Coaches XI and makes their victory all the more meritorious.
Skipper Giltrap, in one last grasp at victory, reintroduced his new ball combination. Astute judges of the game thought that this was where the game was won and lost as the tail end combination of Ronny Briggs, Gary Hale and Pokerface Matheson stood strongly in the face of this challenge and took their team to the doorstep of victory.
A fitting end to an enthralling days cricket, with over 400 runs scored and over 30 wickets falling, was man-of-the-match Morton being at the crease when the winning boundary was struck.
On a more serious note, thanks to everyone that participated in the inaugural Shane Fenton Memorial Cricket Challenge and made it the success it was. It is hoped that this event will become an annual fixture. All money raised from Sundays effort will be donated to the Fenton family to assist in cancer research.
Best wishes Reg.
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