Match Report: 2019-03-02, GSNDS vs Malabar United

Not a particularly strong start to the final round by the Gladdies. With a grand total of two people present for the toss, the decision to bat was fairly easy, but not particularly good, as it turned out.

Malabar bowled well, and we batted, for the most part, fairly poorly. Kunal hit some solid shots early, and Cramsie biffed his way to 45, but otherwise it was pretty dismal reading, and we ended up with only 112. We also bowled well in the 9 overs remaining at the end of the day, but without luck, as they reached 0/25.

So a tough job coming up in week two, but they are coming last for a reason, so let’s give it a crack.

Week two wasn’t great, but we probably came closer to winning the game than any of us expected after our performance in week 1. Certainly things were looking very dire when they reached 68 for no loss after 20 overs, but then something fairly special happened. Danimal decided a little rampage was in order, and proceeded to take the next 5 wickets, including their one decent batsman, to keep the game at least a little alive at 5/97. Jamie chimed in with one to make it 6/104, but it wasn’t to be, as they biffed a few boundaries to get past our score of 112. Despite having essentially nothing to play for, Malabar decided to extend our time in sunny Auburn, which achieved nothing for them, but did allow Danimal to complete a fantastic 12 over spell, picking up a sensational 7/31 in the process. Trophy on the way. We sensibly batted out the 11 overs remaining after we bowled them out, finishing on 1/30. A pretty good display overall on the day, with good catching (especially Junior!), undercut by a sub par batting performance in week one.