The weird and wonderful world of LMS has returned for another winter season, and CCNSW fielded a fresh line-up full of new talent, with youngsters Mitch Sturt, Andrew Davis and Tim Jones all playing for CCNSW in this format for the first time (probably). 

Delegated skipper David Craig won the toss and batted, sending out Weaves (Mike Weaver) and Dee (Andrew Davis) to build a platform. Sadly Weaves was run out before the foundations were poured, and Declan Thomas joined Dee in a steady partnership before Dee was stumped. The most noteworthy dismissal was of top-scorer Declan: faced with a loopy leggie bowling well wide of off stump, Declan took off in the direction of point and creamed a full blooded pull shot in the direction of backward square. Unfortunately, the middle stump was now in a direct line between point of impact and the intended boundary, out bowled. Not so much a chop-on as a full-blooded slog-on! I for one applaud the innovation, if not the elevation involved. In the latter overs Mitch Sturt, Nic Kochanowicz and Luke Holman all hit out, lifting the run rate somewhat, and we posted 5/125.

While our score seemed to be ~30 under par, we gave it a red-hot go defending. Tim Jones and Mitch Sturt took the new rock, and bowled well with Mitch picking up a wicket as the batter pulled weakly to mid-wicket, an easy catch to Dutchy (David Craig). Nick Kochanowicz relieved Tim and almost immediately induced a skied ball which appeared to be perfectly placed between long-on and mid-wicket until Tim Jones, running at full tilt, threw out the right mitt and the ball stuck. Unfortunately, it was a free hit, making this the Greatest Catch that Never Was. Luckily the batter creamed one to Dutchy at deep mid-wicket and was gone soon after. 

Weaves came into the attack and immediately struck a good line and length with his fastish offies, frustrating the new batter until he advanced, swung wildly and was neatly stumped by Declan Thomas. The opposition mounted a decent partnership that looked to be taking them to a comfortable victory, although Weaver, Davis and Luke Holman kept the run rate in check through the middle overs. Eventually the partnership was broken when a lofted drive off Luke Holman was caught by a diving Dutchy at long-off, who then, still on his back, threw to the bowler for the double play (weird LMS rules, look ‘em up). Their opening bat had retired not out for a classy 50*, and with 5 down now we were able to keep numbers 7 and 8 quiet for a while, bowling wide of off stump to avoid taking a wicket. Their tail enders foiled this plan by stepping back and destroying his stumps with an attempted cut-shot, bringing their gun bat back to finish the job. It was left to Weaves to bowl a dramatic last over, and in the end, they needed three off the last ball to win. It was creamed to long-on but burst through the fingertips and over the boundary for a home run last ball victory to Stumped! We put that guy down 4 times in total, and he finished 78* so doing the math – carry one, add 12 – catches do indeed win matches!

Player points could have gone to anyone, as all contributed with bat or ball and in the field.

3 points to Declan Thomas, top score with 36 and a stumping.

2 points to Mitch Sturt, 28 off 22 and a wicket in a tight opening spell

1 point to Andrew Davis for a miserly spell 4-0-17-0 that kept us in the game right to the end.

Shout outs to Mike Weaver for an excellent bowling spell, Luke Holman  and Nic Kochanowicz  who both hit lustily and picked up a wicket. Tim Jones bowled well with the new rock, and David Craig was involved in 5 of the 6 dismissals with three catches, a run out and a wicket. Plenty of entertainment for $20, get on board!

The Team was: – Michael Weaver 4, Andrew Davis 19, Declan Thomas (w) 36, Mitch Sturt 28, Nicholas Kochanowicz 13, Luke Holman 15, Tim Jones 5, David Craig (c) dnb.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-125 (20 Overs)

Lost to

Stumped!: – 6-135 (20 Overs)

By 2 wickets

The Bowling was: – T. Jones 2-0-16-0; A. Davis 4-0-17-0; Luke Holman 3-0-22-1;M. Weaver 4-0-25-1; D. Craig 2-0-18-1; M. Sturt 3-0-12-1; N. Kochanowicz 2-0-21-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to D. Thomas

Catches: – Two to D Craig

Run outs: – One by David Craig

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to D. Thomas; 2 points to M. Sturt; one point to A. Davis

Scorecard: https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/stats?fixtureid=420850

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