Bay & Basin, 7/173, defeated Ulladulla Fourth Grade, 8/88, in a T20 match at Lighthouse on 30 November 2019.
The Club had good individual performances, including some excellent keeping by Tim Devlin, as well as top efforts by four recalled players in a time of need.
Although Ulladulla only won one game from seven, this game heralded the beginning of the T20 competition, and a chance at redemption. Bay & Basin were at the top of the overall table and would prove formidable opponents.
Freshly marked creases, a 30-yard circle with a very fast outfield, and the occasional shower were the conditions at the Lighthouse Oval synthetic strip. Darren Smith tossed the 50 cent coin high, and the axe got closer; another loss. Ulladulla set to field.
Opening the bowling for the Gull’s were Paul Pinches and the returning Dave Clark. Both proved miserly. Five overs in a row are bowled from one end, before changing, and it gave an opportunity for the pace spearheads to bowl with the strong wind.
Darren Smith obtained an LBW for Ulladulla’s initial break through. 1/79 after 10 overs. Julias Machado and Mal Granger, both returning to the side, bowled capably with Mal obtaining a magnificent caught and bowled at the conclusion of his allotted three overs.
Robbo came into the attack at the sixteenth over and proceeded to wreak havoc, capturing 4 for 19, from 3 overs, including a good stumping by Tim Devlin. Tim also made sure of the next batsmen’s dismissal with a caught and stumped off the same ball. Tim chose to have the catch acknowledged, and there is a suggestion that more responsibility would suit him.
As a flock of 50 plus Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos flew over the ground, Bay & Basin were happy to post a score of 173, having left a potentially destructive batsmen on the sideline.
Afternoon tea was Tanya Smith’s beautifully cooked barbeque with an impressive display of culinary expertise. Ulladulla looked hopefully at the scoreboard, but it was not the Seagull’s day.
Dave Clark top scored with 15, while Julias Machado and Kane Morgan reached 12 each. Kane got the only six of the innings. Laurie Potent (7) and Robbo (7 n.o) teamed up for a 20 run eight wicket partnership. Rob Stewart was one not out at the conclusion.
Thank you to Dave Clark, Mal Granger, Julias Machado and Harold Tuscano for filling out the depleted Fourth Grade line up. Also, thank you to Tanya Smith for her appetising afternoon tea. No Ducks this week. Good work Fourths.
Hero of the Day – Robbo, with the figures of 4 for 19, and 7 not out. Next game versus North Nowra at Zealand Oval West on 7 December 2019. Keep an eye out in future issues of the Local Express for updates and photos!