1st Game of the season:
We have 2 good batsman in our team who will average thirty this year. We have 4 of us who will average 20 and then we have the tail who will average 2 or 3 runs each. At least that it what they averaged last year.
One of our good batsman had the flu this game. So we knew we were in tough.
We lost the toss and batted first. Our star player, our skipper, played slowly and cautiously and anchored the inning with a 32 before running out of partners and skying the ball while trying to hit out. Wides contributed 25 - next highest score was my 9. I was out lbw trying to attack the ball when I should have defended it like I have been practising (have a long standing lbw problem).
All out for 101.
We have one star bowler - Luke - he opened the bowling and quickly got amongst them. Luke could be playing a higher grade but somehow isn't. Two quick slip catches and another catch at sillymid off and they were 15-3.
I was fielding at gully after telling the captain at 38 years old I was getting too old to field in the covers. I waited patiently for my chances to come.
A partnership started and took the score through to 65. Then it was drinks break. After drinks we got the breakthrough.
Then 2 overs later Luke was brought back on to make further in roads. He bowled one right in the blockhole. The ball squirted out to my right and I took a good catch. But we weren't sure if it was a bump ball but the umpire gave it. So we didn't argue.
One by one they lost their wickets and were all out for 91. We won by 10 runs. Pretty intense game.
Auckland 47,103, 27, 269*, 59, 118