1stXI: A fantastic day for the CCC batsmen who put up a mammoth total of 5/310 in 50 overs. Gulbis got off to a flyer hitting three sixes and two boundaries in his knock of 29 in 17 balls. However, with the score at 2/39, CCC looked like they were in trouble. The Smyth brothers came to the rescue by putting up a 113 run partnership and steered the innings. Harry Smyth scored a wonderful half century off 77 balls. The show wasn’t over though. Tom Smyth and Macca Harvey put on another hundred-run partnership of 141. Tom Smyth scored an incredible century, 120 of 120 balls. Not only did he consolidate the innings by batting at the crease for two and a half hours, but he also kept the run rate ticking at a good pace. Young Harvey, on the other hand, blistered through his innings by scoring an unbeaten 94 of just 78 balls with thirteen boundaries and a six to his credit.
With a mammoth total of 5/310 on the board for CCC, FP batsmen were not going to have it easy. CCC sent a message of intent to wrap up the innings quickly by dismissing their opener in the first over itself. CCC bowlers did a fantastic job of restricting the FP batsmen to a modest total of 166. Eddy O’Sullivan had a fantastic day with the ball who bagged 4 wickets for 33 runs in his ten-over spell. Charlie Ross and Tom Smyth took 2 wickets each to round off a fantastic day of cricket for CCC.
2ndXI: FP won the toss and chose to bat first. A decision they would go on to regret considering they were bowled out for 113 runs in 31 overs. Aaron Smillie (a name that will haunt the FP batmen for a while) had an outstanding opening spell of bowling. He took 4 wickets for 14 runs in his 8 over spell. He seemed unplayable as the FP top order had no answer to him. He pierced through the top order leaving them hanging at 5/43. Matt Culvenor, on the other hand, cleaned up the tailenders by bagging three wickets (3/28).
An impressive all-round bowling performance ensured there was no pressure on the CCC batsmen as they set out to chase a modest target of 114. Although they got off to a poor start by losing two quick wickets with three runs on the board, Anderson Matthews and Matt Wilson put on an 87 run partnership to ensure CCC reached home safe. A commendable knock of 59 with 9 boundaries and a six by Matthews was the only batting highlight on a day when batsmen struggled to score runs.
3rdXI: The Blues won the toss and decided to bat first. Besides James Cummane who made an impressive 48 runs, our top order struggled to get some runs on the board leaving CCC at 5/105. However, a solid middle order knock of 60 by Tim Line helped the Blues put on a respectable total of 193/6 in 45 overs. FP got off to a great start with their opener, MJ Robertson scoring a half-century. At 1/85, it looked like the game was slipping away from CCC. However, Matthew Milne (3/28) and Ryan Pearce (2/29) struck at crucial times in the innings to ensure the Blues successfully defended their total of 193. FP were bowled out for 157 runs. Full credit to the Blues for their determination in crawling their way back into the game.
4thXI: FP won the toss and decided to take the field. The Blues got off to a good start with the opening pair of Vine and Goulding putting up a 50 run partnership. Just when it seemed like Tom Goulding had set himself up well for a big knock, he got bowled by Bennett for 41 leaving the Blues at 2/70. Subsequent lack of partnerships by the middle order batsmen saw the Blues crumble to 7/136. However, a crucial unbeaten 30 run partnership by the lower end pair of Braniff and Money helped CCC put on a total of 7/168 in 45 overs.
FP got off to a poor start losing three quick wickets with the score at 3/40. With Bennett at the crease, the game looked evenly poised. However, Tom O’Brien had different plans. He not only took the most crucial wicket of Bennett, but he bowled through the entire middle and lower order of FP! He single-handedly influenced the outcome of this game and put all notions of a close contest brewing between the two teams to rest. He took seven out of the eight wickets that were there for the taking! O'Brien finished with figures of 7/19, a massive feat which saw FP all out for 82.Author: Ujwal Trivedi