The insatiable love for cricket drives the Gladstones ever on, as we wrapped up the 2019-20 Preliminary Final in pretty quick time. Scott Muller won the toss and batted, but were met with the devilish opening combination of Woolcott and Grimm. Despite the short boundaries on MP6, runs were surprisingly hard to come by, and the pressure took it’s toll when they lost 4/20 in 6 overs to be 4/28. Jamie kept our run of outrageous caught and bowleds going (Hi Marty!), and Scott Muller just kept picking out our fielders. Simon and Jamie both bowled so well they finished their 12 over spells unchanged, putting us in the dominant position with SM 6/84 after 24. Hirak and Jimbo then absolutely cleaned up the tail, leaving us chasing 105 for victory.
Based on the previous night’s dinner, getting the runs was never in doubt. Fortunately our batsmen also scored well, with Dan doing the business. There were a few nervous moments, but with wides absolutely coming to the party, the pressure never got too high, with Jimmy and Dave piercing the field to rack up valuable runs, and Simon terrorising local pets with a big six to win the game. That’ll teach Scott Muller to invite their WAGs to a cricket game.
So it’s back against the Spartans in the final matchup of our longest ever season.