At Victory Square, Nelson On Friday 27 January: Report By Euan Robertson
The Cricketers’ Club tour of Nelson got off to an exciting and winning start, beating Wakatu Cricket Club with two balls remaining at the Victory Oval.
Captain Tom Robertson won the toss against Wakatu captain and C.C.N.S.W. member Jim Morrison, who had put a huge amount of effort into making this tour go ahead.
Wakatu were sent into bat. Stuart Ridge took a wicket with his fifth ball, some seam movement taking the edge and gobbled up by Bruce ‘Buckets’ Pendlebury at second slip. Things quickly turned bleak and after 11 overs Wakatu were 1 for 91. Opener Nathan DuFeu hit some chunky drives and Dusty Emms-Healey attacked everything, including a straight six over the pavilion roof.
John Wise (1 for 44) was introduced and changed everything with the wicket of Emms-Healey, lbw for a well made 51. With Rob Bevilaqua (0 for 41) keeping it tight from the other end (including the only maiden of the game) we fought our way back into it. Tom Robertson executed a run out to substitute keeper Euan Robertson and Dave Benson (3 for 48) began to chip away, removing opener Du Feu for 70.
A number of the Wakatu batsmen made good contributions, although the run rate fell with the return of Stuart Ridge (2 for 36) and Soren Hughes’ second spell was tight, while Pendlebury took another good catch in the outfield. Wakatu ended their 40 overs on 7-256, Jim Morrison coming in late and falling for 9 while going for quick runs.
The Cricketers’ Club opened with Stuart Ridge and Peter Harrison. Stuart fell for 16 which led to a match shaping partnership between Harrison (68* retired not out) and Bevilaqua (64). This pair cruised with some quality cricket shots and brought up the 100 in just the 14th over. Bevilaqua hit a six into the bushy pine tree at mid wicket resulting in a lost ball, before being bowled by a yorker from first team player Hooper. Soren Hughes was sent in to keep the run rate high and compiled a well made and aggressive 38.
Keith Elloy fell for 1, Ross Dalgleish made 4 and Pendlebury a duck as our run rate slowed and the match became close. With six overs to go we needed 41 to win. Euan Robertson kept the run rate up making 20 off 19 balls. John Wise slashed a crucial four through gully.
With the last over to be bowled by Jim Morrison we needed five to win and had mentally fragile skipper Tom Robertson and Dave Benson at the crease. Robertson took a single; Benson played and missed, then took a single. Then Robertson (27*) slogged the ball from leg stump over the fine leg boundary for a memorable win.
A fine barbecue and beers were held at the ground after the game. Tom Robertson gave a wide ranging speech in which he confessed to never previously hitting the winning runs in a close one before. All C.C.N.S.W. members are therefore warned he may find a way of bringing it up on a daily basis for the next ten to fifteen years.
The Team was (playing 12):- Stuart Ridge 16, Peter Harrison 68, Rob Bevilacqua 64, Soren Hughes 38, Keith Elloy 1, Rob Dalgleish 4, Euan Robertson 20, Tom Robertson (c) 27*, Bruce Pendlebury 0, John Wise 5, David Benson 1* and Steve Kish (w) dnb
The Result was: –
Wakatu C.C.: – 7- 256 (D. Benson 3-48) (40 overs)
C.C.N.S.W: 8 – 258 (P. Harrison 68* ret not out; R. Bevilacqua 64) (39.4 overs)
FoW: – 1- 35 (S. Ridge); 2-131 (R. Bevilacqua); 3-187; (K. Elloy); 4-185 (S. Hughes); 5-215 (R. Dalgleish); 6-226 (Euan Robertson); 7-238 (B. Pendlebury); 8-252 (J. Wise)
The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 8-0-47-1; S. Ridge 6-0-36-2; J. Wise 7-0-44-1; R. Bevilacqua 6-1-41-0; D. Benson 8-0-48-3; Tom Robertson 2-0-8-0; B Pendlebury 3-0-28-0
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 2 to B. Pendlebury
Run outs: One to Euan Robertson