Superb Display – So Many Highlights
Result: SVOB 216-2; Trengilly 175-9. SVOB won by 41 runs (35 overs).
Team: New Dave, Ed, Dickon, Damian, Mark, New Paul, Will, Cake, Tarby, Tosser, Tribey (and 12th man Toby).
With the three ‘T’s back in the team an air of optimism hung over Hine Downing Oval in the build up to this game. Damo’s presence was also well received by the unusually large crowd. Our old rivals, Trengilly, provided the opposition and, after their drubbing of the Seaview earlier in the season, they saw this as an opportunity to do the double.
It never pays to be to take things for granted against the Old Boys and the quiet confidence with which New Dave padded up epitomised the spirit amongst the team. One look at the scorebook will tell you how well the home team batted, suffice to say that the SVOB recorded a total of 216 for 2 off 35 overs, setting the visitors a challenging target.
Stars of the show were opening batsman New Dave who finished 58 not out, Dickon who hit a splendid 73, including twelve boundaries, and Damo who was in sparkling form to record an incredible 62 from just 36 deliveries, (including five 4s and three 6s). These were three of the finest innings seen this season and to have them all in the same match was near perfection.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though as the going was tough in the early stages against a good bowling attack. New Dave played an excellent opener’s innings by staying in and scoring regularly, (welcome back Mr Restorick). He shared an almost unheard of second wicket stand of 124 with Dickon and then played foil to Damo in an unbeaten stand of 81. As for the Trengilly bowling, after an efficient start they were somewhat smashed around the ground. Pick of the bowlers was Carne: 7 overs 0-30.
The Trengilly reply got off to a very strong start. The openers, Thompson and Carne, were immediately up with the required run rate and, despite very tight bowling and fielding, gave the SVOB cause for concern.
A wicket was required to break this promising opening partnership and, with score on 62, Cake duly obliged when he trapped Thompson LBW for 27.
This was no more than Cake deserved and with this wicket, suddenly the game turned in favour of The Old Boys.
The next three wickets fell cheaply as Damo bowled Clitherow (8) and the threatening looking Daly (0). With Gardner run out for 10, (Will combining with New Paul), and the retirement of Leas who was hurt when scrambling for a run, the match really had swung in favour of the Seaview. There was no completion for Laskowski as he was gazumped when Damo and Mark exchanged contracts and he was caught behind for 0.
Meanwhile, as the wickets were falling, Carne was edging nearer to a century. Alas for him, however, he was caught by Damo off his own bowling for 93 – a lovely innings but not enough to save the match. The last few overs were bowled out with the Trengilly momentum long since gone leaving them no hope of reaching the required 217.
Another fine bowling display by the team, in particular Cake 3-11 off six overs and Damo 4-36 from seven. Trengilly’s final total was 175 for 9 and thus the Seaview won this encounter quite easily in the end.
Man of the match: A few contenders but Damo’s 62 n.o. and four wickets takes it.
Upcoming fixtures: St Ives (a) Sunday 13th August; Falmouth RFC (h) Monday 14th August.