Somehow, we managed to cobble together a squad for the game today, and 9 players was enough to do the business against the plucky, but very young Glenbrook side. With 4 people in attendance, it was a very good toss to win and bat. Lach got a couple of early boundaries, but we struggled to get the ball away for much of the innings, and despite being dry, it was quite a slow outfield. We kept wickets in hand though, and went to the break at 1/61. Not long thereafter Dan brought up his 40 in his return fixture (thank god for Dan), before the pressure of having to up the run rate brought a mini collapse. We lost 6 for 20, before the tail wagged a little, and Dan returned to bring up his 50. 149 all out was the final analysis. It felt a little short, but was certainly defendable.
Hirak made a massive contribution to our success with an outrageously good ball in the first over to take out probably their best batsman. We then kept it very, very tight to go into drinks with 3 wickets down and just 46 on the board. Despite giving away a truly absurd number of no balls in the back half, we kept the pressure on, and a magic spell of 2/16 off 6 from Tim really broke the back of the chase. We also pulled off 4 run outs and Dan’s 2/6 off 5 was icing on the cake. Home by 30 runs in the end, and the 12ths are pretty much assured a finals appearance now.