Social Game V Ramblers C.C, Nelson, New Zealand

At Saxton Oval, Nelson On Monday 30 January: Report By Euan Robertson

Back row: Mike Pinter; Rob Bevilacqua; Dave Benson ; Mike Weaver; Stuart Ridge; Soren Hughes
Front Row: Rodger Robertson (Tour Manager); John Wise; Greg Brooks; Tom Robertson (c); Steve Kish (w); Euan Robertson ;James Morrison

The C.C.N.S.W. New Zealand tourists pulled off their third win of the tour and neither the cricketers nor bar staff of Nelson will forget us in a hurry.

The game was played against the Ramblers at Saxton Oval, Nelson’s international ground which has hosted a number of One Day Internationals. We played on a third day wicket which was fractionally slow but true. The boundaries were long but the outfield was like carpet and it was a privilege to play there.

We were invited to bat (clearly word had spread about our chasing ability) and Euan Robertson and Mike Pinter opened. Both openers looked comfortable but both were run out for 9 and 13 respectively. I can’t remember Greenidge and Haynes both running themselves out in the one innings but that probably reflects a lack of ambition on their part.

Rob Bevilaqua mistimed one to mid-on and we were in a fraction of trouble at 3 for 44.

Tom Robertson and Soren Hughes steadied the ship, each reaching the mandatory retirement score of 40. Tommy in particular scored quickly, slashing with his usual panache.

From there, everyone made a contribution. Dave Benson made 26 before being bowled. Jimmy Morrison, finally playing for us rather than against us, made 38 and Mick Weaver made 22 despite suffering from a sore back. Jim and Mick hit only one boundary each but ran themselves into the ground with a series of singles, twos and threes.

Skipper for the day Greg Brooks hit some familiar chunky drives for 17 while Steve Kish and Stuart Ridge both swung hard in the last over to both be left 4*. A score of 231 looked a good one on a very large ground.

We opened with Stuart Ridge and Soren Hughes. Ridge’s bowling was a master class, using in-swing and a good length to keep the batsmen under pressure. His first wicket was caught by Tom Robertson at cover, the second a brilliant catch to Steve Kish standing up behind the stumps.

Soren Hughes chipped in with an lbw and when we shuffled our bowlers after 10 overs, the Ramblers were just 3 for 24.

John Wise (1 for 27) and Dave Benson (2 for 24) kept things tight and took important wickets. When Tommy Robertson strangled a batsman down the leg side for another Kish catch, Ramblers were 7 for 83 after 26 overs and the game was effectively over.

In a twist, Ramblers had held back two of their stronger batsmen, Cam McLean and Graham De Feu who both hit some big shots, including the only sixes of the match. Both retired on forty and they had taken the Ramblers to within striking distance.

However quality death bowling from Soren (1 for 43) and Ridge (2 for 21) saw us home comfortably by 31 runs.

We then spent an entertaining half hour with both teams watching the final overs of Australia v New Zealand in the dressing room as Marcus Stoinis took the Australians to the brink of victory. Kiwi faces around the room looked dark before Trans Tasman relations were saved by a late run out and a New Zealand win.

The Team was (playing 12):- Euan Robertson 9, Mike Pinter 13, Rob Bevilaqua 5, Tom Robertson 41 (retired), Soren Hughes 40 (retired), Dave Benson 26, Jim Morrison 38, Mick Weaver 22, Greg Brooks (c) 17, Stuart Ridge 4*, Steve Kish (w) 4*, John Wise dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 7-231 (T. Robertson 41* ret not out, Soren Hughes 40* ret not out, Jim Morrison 38) (40 overs)

Defeated

Ramblers 7-200 (S. Ridge 2 for 21, D. Benson 2 for 24) (40 overs)

By 31 runs

FoW: – 1-16 (E. Robertson); 2-25 (R. Bevilaqua); 3-44 (M. Pinter); 4-136 (D. Benson); 5-189 (M. Weaver); 6-213 (J. Morrison); 7-216 (G. Brooks)

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 8-2-21-2; S. Hughes 8-2-43-1; J. Wise 8-1-27-1; Dave Benson 7-1-24-2; Euan Robertson 3-0-28-0, Tom Robertson 3-0-16-1; J. Morrison 2-0-14-0; R. Bevilaqua 1-0-16-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: Two to S. Kish, one each to T. Robertson and M. Pinter

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