Monday’s game was a battle between the two teams who have kept the bottom the ladder warm – Bashers v Sons of Pitches.
Bashers skipper Gary won the toss and elected to bowl first. SOP got off to a solid start with Ado making 23 from 21 balls helping the score reach 1/37 at the ¼ time change of ends.
Two wickets fell for 39 runs in the second term to have the score at 3/76 at half time. The third quarter was identical to the second with two wickets falling for 39 runs and at ¾ time SOP were 5/115.
Pops 21 @ 161 strike rate, Alan and Balls both scored teen high totals and Brenno smashed 13 from 7 balls to help the total finish on 7/ 156. Midsy took two wickets for the Bashers, Sheithy and SOC were also both tidy with 1/10 each.
The Bashers went to the crease needing 7.81 runs per over to notch up win number 3 for the season. Tristian open the innings with 20 from 24 balls and the Bashers were 1/26 at the end of their power play to be 13 runs behind the run rate required.
The second term saw Captain Gary retire with 25 from 22 balls and then Fergo doubled his season batting agg' with 22 from 29 balls. At half time they had fallen 19 runs behind the run rate to be 2/59. In the third term Blake smashed a quickfire 19 to pick up the run rate and put his team within striking distance.
With a ¾ time total of 3/104 the Bashers were in need of 53 runs from the final 30 balls with 7 wickets in hand. Two wickets fell in the 16th and 17th overs, Sheithy tried to keep up the momentum as he scored 17 from 13 balls but SOP kept the pressure up with their best fielding performance of the season to restrict the score to 7/143 giving SOP their first victory of the season.
Speed Car Alex took 2/9 as all the other bowlers shared around the wickets.
Madness batted first against the Big Show, Callum (26 from 13 balls) and Luke (30 from 16) set up a power play total of 0/53 with some big hitting.
In the second quarter Brecky retired with 25 from 19 and Morrow a steady 17 runs as the total reached 0/96 at half time.
Things went a bit quiet in the third term as the ¾ time total reached 2/125. Foxy took control in the final quarter and smashed 26 from 15 balls to retire.
The total reached 5/185 at a run rate of 9.25 rpo. Sachi 2/11 and Luke Johno 2/14 from 2 overs the pick of the Big Show bowling attack. Big Show needed quick runs in the power play to have any chance, runs came as the top order collapsed with 3/41 at 1/4 time.
Beaver retired with 25 from 17 balls and the total went to 5/80 at half time. At ¾ time the total was 5/112 with Savage and Stewie at the crease starting to settle into the run chase.
Needing 74 runs from the last 30 balls was always going to be hard. BS made 48 in the final quarter with Stewie retiring on 26 at a run a ball and Savage also retiring on 31 from 29 balls.
The total was 5/160 and the Mad Men won by 25 runs.
Wednesday’s clash was between Bushchoox and the Master Batters, who would field first. Muzza (25 ret' from 12 balls and Cody (25 ret' 16 balls) got the Choox off to a flier with 9 runs and over in the power play to be 0/45 at ¼ time.
Then Sebby lifted the run rate again with 29 ret' at a 193 strike rate as the Choox cruised to be 0/94 at the half time change of ends. Another 47 runs came in the 3rd term and the total was 1/141. Scooter hit 4 boundaries including a huge 6 on his way to a retired 26 from 20 balls and the boys from fowl house corner made a respectable 2/173 from their 20 overs. Kirbs and Barnsey both took 1/12 from 2 overs each.
Needing 8.66 runs per over the Master Batters inning was in tatters at 3/28 at the end of the 5 over power play.
Another 3 fell in the second quarter as the total looked a bit sick at 6/54 with 10 overs gone and in need of 120 runs from the final 60 balls.
The third term was a disaster as 2 wickets fell for just 24 runs and with 8/78 at ¾ time this game was over. Barnsy made 24no from 31 balls but he ran out of partners as MB were all out in the 19th for 99 runs.
Jake 2/8 and Muzza 2/9 plus 2 catches the main men for the Choox in the field. A big percentage boost saw the Choox flock to the top of the table again.
Thursday's game was the final game of the week where we saw The Willow Warriors taking on The Finbats. The Bats batted first and Paps retired for the second time this season with 25 from 19 balls. With a quarter time total of 1/41 and a strike rate of 8.20 the Bats were on their way.
Nobbsy made a retired 25 with a strike rate of 89 and the run rate had dropped by half time to be 7.80 as the Bats went into the change of ends 1/78.
The third term was steady with another 39 runs added without the loss of a wicket and the run rate stuck on 7.80.
Gibbon fell to a run out with 23 from 22 balls and then Harps fell to young Kade with 20 runs @ 133 s/r. Matty Larrson stopped the rot with 24 @ 171 s/r before Bobcat took a blinder catch to end his innings. The Finnies ended with 4 wickets down for 160 runs.
Cam Bean was again tidy with 1/9 to continue his brilliant season with the ball. The Warriors needed a tick over 8 runs per over to win. For the second game in a row Garsty retired in 9 balls with 25 and Ozzy scored his fastest retirement ever in just 12 balls. Warriors had posted the biggest power play for this season with 1/68 from the opening 5 overs.
Hep came to the crease and continued the momentum with his 5th retirement of the season making 26 in 18 balls. Kade retired in just 12 with 25 runs and partnered Hep to take the total to 1/122 at half time.
The Finbats dominated the third term as 3 wickets fell for just 25 runs. Two more wickets fell in the 16th over and then the retired Garsty came back to the crease and belted a 6 to win the match.
He then went on to make 42 runs from 21 balls before losing his wicket in the final over. The Warriors recorded a 25 run victory and moved to third on the ladder.