Y.M.C.A. Cricket Club 1st XI v Munster Reds C.C. on Sat 02 Aug 2008 at 1.00pm
Y.M.C.A. Cricket Club Won by 3 wkts

Match report Y.M.C.A. 1st XI v Munster Reds 1st XI
WhitneyMoore League - Section B
Saturday 2nd August
at Claremont Road

Debut: Johan Van De Flier

The following report is taken from Stu Daultrey's article on the LCU website (hope he doesn't mind?) always a drink or two at the bar in O'Reilly's for Stu, but no singing allowed !

There had been rain around in the morning, and one of the run-ups was very soggy. So the umpires delayed things for half an hour to dry out, and play started at 1:30 with no loss of overs. YMCA had asked the Reds to set a score.

Robin Russell and Mike Martin started off very carefully against some decent seam bowling from Paul Beacroft and Ehtesham Ahmed. As Beeker and Shammy tired, the scoring opportunities multiplied, Russell favouring sporadic drives while Martin worked the ball into the gaps.

The seamers gave way to the off spinners Ben Dunk and Rob Nandi, the former with a high action, the latter with a crab-like delivery in which everything seems bent. The bad balls were put away, the singles nurdled, and drinks were reached at 90/0.

Captain Warwick Amstrong introduced himself to the attack (“Hi, I‘m Wazza”), and very soon swung one from leg to middle to beat Martin’s bat and raise the digit of Senior umpire debutant Azim Ali Baig. Martin’s well-made 48 had taken only 60 balls.

Morné Bauer played a couple of nice shots to reach double figures, could have been run out and next ball miscued Dunk to Gus Dunlop at short mid on. Simon Willis joined Russell, but progress slowed until Russell was lbw for 52 off 110 balls swinging across the line at Nandi.

Santos Kulkarni managed to inject a little urgency into the Munster batting, until he was bowled for 24 trying to force Rob Nandi when the score was on 173. Keith Banks, Mike Reid and James Duggan perished quickly to make it 183/7.

Duggan was unlucky, being stumped off a leg side wide that rebounded from keeper McCoy’s pads. The fortunate recipient of that wicket was Shammy, who then bowled Willis for 34. Oscar Cotter and Nicky Murphy eked out a few singles as the Reds closed on 198/8.

There were 20 extras, including 12 wides. All the bowling figures were reasonable: Beeker 1/32; Shammy 3/35; Dunk 1/38; Nandi 2/46; and Wazza 1/42. Even on a low slow track, Munster really should have made 220+ with the start they got.

The Reds started with two left-arm seamers, young James Duggan and the experienced Keith Banks. Both bowled tidily, and Mucker McCoy decided to hit out. He had made 16 out of 18 when he flaked Duggan straight up in the air. Banksie had already spilled a return catch, but held on to this one.

Ben Dunk didn’t take long to get the drive working, and kept the scoreboard moving, unlike Simon Wilson-Moore, who eventually nicked slow-left armer Simon Willis through to Mike Martin for 8 out of 54.

What did I say last week about pros not playing across the line when Joe Connolly is standing at the bowler’s end? Ben Dunk did to Willis, and was on his bike for 32. (The fact that it was a straight ball didn’t help his case!)

Next Gussie Dunlop played down the wrong line to the persevering Banksie and was duly and correctly chunged. That was 67/5, and time for living legend Alan Lewis to flash his Pepsodent smile in the company of the unusually stilted Carl Hosford.

They ground out a Heinz 57 varieties of runs before Hosford was well taken, caught and bowled by Mike Reid. Beacroft struggled to 5 when he was bowled by Reid. Rob Nandi joined Lewie, who was quietly picking up the pace with the odd boundary trip down memory lane.

When he was lbw to Bauer’s trundlers two short of his umpteenth fifty, YMCA still needed 44 off 8 overs. Ehtesham Ahmed immediately started working the singles, and with Nandi reduced the asking rate to fours. A couple of boundaries brought the rate down to twos.

A slog through mid wicket took Shammy to 28* and the YMCA score to 199/7 off 47.4 overs; Rob Nandi was unbeaten on 19; there were 22 extras, 13 of which were wides. Banksie finished with 1/37, Willis with 2/34 and Reid a creditable 2/27.

James Duggan in his second spell, Oscar Cotter and Morné Bauer couldn’t exert enough control on Lewis, Nandi and Shammie, allowing the YMers a victory that at one stage looked unlikely. Both sides played good cricket as they fought hard.

Munster Reds C.C. Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
198 (0.0 overs)
R.Russell Lbw  52
M.Martin Lbw  48
M.Bauer Caught  10
S.Willis Bowled  34
S.Kulkarni Bowled  24
K.Banks Lbw  1
Mike Reid Caught  1
J.Duggan Stumped  2
O.Cotter Not Out  3
N.Murphy Not Out  3

Y.M.C.A. Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Paul K. Beacroft10.0132132.003.20
Ehtesham Ahmed10.0135311.673.50
Ben R. Dunk10.0038138.003.80
Rob M. Nandi10.0046223.004.60
Warwick V. Armstrong10.0042142.004.20

Y.M.C.A. Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 7 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Simon B. Wilson-Moore Caught  8
Graeme A. McCoy Caught  16 1
Ben R. Dunk Lbw  32
D. Alan Lewis Lbw  48
Angus R. Dunlop Lbw  0 1
Carl R. Hosford Caught  21
Paul K. Beacroft Bowled  5 1
Rob M. Nandi Not Out  19
Ehtesham Ahmed Not Out  28
Johan Van Der Flier  
Warwick V. Armstrong  

Munster Reds C.C. Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Mike Reid10.0127213.502.70

  • Umpire :
    Joe Connolly & Azam Ali Baig
  • Scorer :
    L.'Bill' McGeehan