LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 3 ROUND 4 v ‘THE CUSTARD ARMS’ AT MP4, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 28 MAY 2023: REPORT BY SCOTT WILLIAMS
CCNSW won the toss and decided to bat on a cold Sunday morning. We probably should have looked at our team list before making the decision as our trusty opener Richard “Berry Boy” Clark (Editor’s note: Richard owns a berry farm in Tasmania and entertained our CCNSW touring team there last January) was nowhere to be seen. Captain on the day, Scott Williams stepped up and opened the batting with Shahzeem Ajani and started in usual fashion by cross bat slogging everything he could. Ajani copped a howler of an lbw to be out for 11 of 10 balls. Williams continued his cross bat slogging until he went one too many and was bowled for 48 off 22 balls. The opposition optimistically but naively thought that that could be the end of the onslaught; how wrong they turned out to be! Dan “Daisy” May (Career strike rate of over 220) replaced Scott Williams at the crease. After a scratchy 3 from 3 he decided it was easier just to hit sixes. Destroying the bowling attack’s confidence he hit 6 sixes and retired 50* off 15 balls. This brought Ming Heng (32 off 14) and Declan Thomas (37 off 24) to the middle and they put on a brilliant 60 run partnership in a much more technical and orthodox fashion.
After a last minute phone call ‘Berry Boy’ discovered that the game was an 11.30am start, not 2pm. A mad dash to the ground ensued and Richard managed to get there in time to bat. Unfortunately batting No. 7 is much more difficult than his usual opener spot and he fell for 3. This brought ‘Daisy May’ back out with 7 balls to go. After back to back sixes he was caught on the rope for 62 off 18. (Editor’s note: his highest ever score in LMS T 20) David Craig (10 off 8 balls) pulled off his reverse sweep late to get our total to 217 with (in total) 15 sixes and eight fours. A total that was never going to be chased down.
Ming Heing and Daniel May got things off to a great start with wickets and dot balls. Thought out the innings wickets fell at regular intervals spread right across the bowling attack. A great day in the field with no dropped catches and plenty of runs saved. In the end it was all too much for our opponents and they were bowled out for 108 in the fifteenth over.
4 from 4 to start the season
The Team was: – Shahzeem Ajani (w) 11, Scott Williams (c) 48, Nicholas Kochanowicz 13, Daniel May 62, Declan Thomas 37, Ming Heng 32, Richard Clark 3, David Craig 10
The Result was:-
CCNSW: – 8-217 (20 overs) (D. May 62; D. Thomas 37; M. Heng 32)
The Custard Arms: – 8- 108 (14.4 overs)
By 109 runs
The Bowling was: – R. Clark 3.4-0-34-1; M. Heng 3-0-15-2; D. Craig 2-0-8-0; D. May 2-0-12-1; S. Williams 2-0-9-1; N. Kochanowicz 2-0-28-1
The Fielding was:-
Stumpings: – Nil
Catches: – Two to D. May and one each to S. Ajani, R. Clark, and D. Thomas
Run outs: – Two: – One to D. May and one to S. Williams
Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to D. May; 2 points to S. Williams; 1 point to M. HengSee: https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/1st-innings?fixtureid=389009