Monday 15th November 2004
First 1D game of the season happened to be a Day Nighter @ the WACA verse Tasmania. This gives me a chance to face Kyle Wright, my fellow Reds bowler again. Chosing the XI Was a tough call, after the unfortunate injury to Luke Ronchi, meant Ryan Campbell had to take the gloves. David Edgar the team physio says the injury should only be a minor one at this stage, lasting 1-2 weeks, but nothing is confirmed 100%. Ervine came in for his first game of the season, and I decided to go with Brad Hogg and Sudeep Popat on the WACA pitch, to battle it out for who gets top spot.
Tassie won the toss and decided to have a bowl, Scotty Meuleman and Marcus Noth headed out to face Kyle Wright and Luke butterworth (insert laughter here). Both failed dismally, we were 2/6 with young bloke Adam Voges and the vice captain Mike Hussey at the crease, the 2 put on 101 for the 3rd wicket, before Hussey tryed tonking away at one and played on for 41. Murray Goodwin came to the crease to join Adam Voges, but just after Voges reached his half century he was caught by DiVenuto and out for 54. Enter the CricketWeb Head of Sudeep Popat. To Popat's credit he did put on 44 with Murray Goodwin, but he never looked settled, he ended up getting hit on the pads trying to leg glance one from middle. Pretty pathetic shot if you ask me. From there a few wickets fell and Ervine came to finish some business with the Tasmanian bowlers, hitting 24* from 21.
6/213 from 50 overs, not good enough im afraid. 213 will never be a competitive total on this pitch. However we got an early breakthrough, with myslef taking out Michael Dighton and Michael DiVenuto for 10 and 2. Ervine was bowling well, keeping it nice and tight, and picked up the wicket of dangerman David Dawson for Tassie, however all the hard work early on was shattered when a man called Michael Bevan strode to the crease, he scored an unbeaten 97 leading his team to a 3 wicket victory, with 3 and a bit overs remaining. Pretty dissapointing loss really.
In the much anticipated battle between Hoggy and Popat, Hogg was judged the winner with his 1/44, compared to Popat's 0/28. Popat was shattered, and told me after the game he wanted to have a big game for Ronchi, but he just didn't have it in him, and was too worried about how Ronchi was doing in Royal Perth Hospital.
I was extremely happy with my 3/45, my game is coming on nicely I feel.
Retravision Player Points (Game vs Tasmania - 1D)
5 Points - AC Voges
4 Points - MEK Hussey
3 Points - DJ Watt
2 Points - SM Ervine
1 Point - KM Harvey
8 Points - Dave Watt, Michael Hussey
5 Points - Adam Gilchrist, Adam Voges
4 Points - Peter Worthington
3 Points - Brad Hogg, Shaun Marsh
2 Points - Murray Goodwin, Sudeep Popat, Sean Ervine
1 Point - Luke Ronchi, Darren Wates, Kade Harvey