We flew over to Maine for our next game (with Daniel and Ash going on about Mile High to anyone whod listen... so not for very long ) and we were hoping very much for our first win. Although you may find it hard to believe, the mood in the camp has turned very much serious. No really. Im being serious!! Its the truth! Fine, Ill just talk about the game.
My blues team-mate and good friend Halsey is playing for Mighty (Mighty Crap) Maine, but if anything that just increased our desire to win. Mmm... bragging rights
The pitch was an even balance between batting and bowling this time round, about perfect for a close contest. On paper, Maine hardly looked impressive bar Halsey (who in real life is pretty ugly anyway ), so we came in as favourites, but, needless to say, we were gonna have to work hard. Hang on, it was needless to say... ARGH! enough of you use of words!
We lost the toss (thats Clayton Gayton for you... sorry, respect) and were sent in for first use of the leather. Maine batted well against some quality bowling, excluding Chaulks singular over which went for nine. Maine got all-out for 286 Ceullar and Ali making 60-odd.
Nath vs Tom: I took 5/79 off 36 and Halsey made a well-crafted 53 before being caught behind off yours truely. When we were walking off the field...
Nath: "I got you good mate and I took 5-for!"
Tom: "5-fors are easy, now getting 50, theres a challenge for you Nath. No way can you get 50 brother."
Score: 2-1 to Nath (A five for and a Halsey wicket versus a Halsey 50).
Then we batted. We were under pressure pretty much throughout our whole innings, with no big partnerships able to be formed bar our opening stand of 88. Halsey was on fire with 4 of the first 7 wickets. We were 7/270 and our innings seemed to be coming to a close. However, Gavin Polak (who ironically, hadnt had a drink or a good score in a while) and Myself put on a record 126-run partnership for the 7th wicket. Halsey was spinning the ball a mile but couldnt find a way through me. He eventually got Polak out with a fine catch by Bola.
After 125 balls, the longest I believe Ive ever been at the crease, I reached my 50 with a late cut off Ali. I waved my bat for a stupidly long time, but I didnt care. I had reached 50 for the first (and probably last) time in my life and even though this game doesnt count as a real FC, it meant the world to me and my team. First ball of the next over we were dismissed for 382 (I was not-out) and I was about to bowl! How?? I was so tired...
Nath vs Tom: I made my maiden 50 and resisted being out by Halsey. Halsey got a 6-for.
Tom: "Did you just do that????"
Nath: "I dont know... I think so! Looks like you need another 50 here bro!"
Tom: "Comin right up fool!"
Score: 3-2 to Nath.
Maine batted decently for 304 and Halsey got 42 (haha, now whos a fool?), caught and bowled by Murali (not the chuck... spinner). I got 2/59 off off 27. But CHAULK!! 2/21 off 4. One was hit straight up in the air and caught by `keeper Gray and the other was a sitter in the deep. I think its given him too much confidence... next he`ll be saying hes better than McGrath! Oh wait, he already has...
It gave us a mere 210 to chase. We got there in 62 overs with 6 wickets down, Halsey getting 1/39. A good win for us, we were all very happy to come away with a victory.
You may be wondering why I stopped the Nath vs Tom points system?
... he got Man-of-the-Match