SJFCC vs Garden Fields

SJFCC vs Garden Fields
2006-06-29. Win by 3 wkts By Dave Boxer

Result: Garden Fields, 140 for 7 from 20 overs; The Might Fishers, 141 for 5 from 18.1 overs.

┬áPossibly the best win of the season so far for the rapidly improving Fishers, this was also one of the best games we’ve had in a long time.

Going into the game, the oppo hadn’t lost a weekday match for 13 months but a brilliant batting display by Fishers brought their run to an end.

We fielded first and made a positive start when Little had the no.2 caught behind for 6. The other opener and the no.3 then dug in and batted superbly, putting on almost 40 before the former was sent back to the pavillion when Bungle took a running (yes, running) catch at mid-wicket off Ethan’s bowling. The no.3 retired for 29, then Boxer took two wickets early in his spell, removing the no.4 for 15 thanks to an outside edge that Jakubowski clung on to well behind the sticks, before getting the no.5 caught and bowed with a slower ball.

A mix-up then occurred for the 5th wicket when the no.6 was run-out by a direct hit by Jacobs, but McCallister then came in and tonked a classy 28 not out in double quick time, featuring one huge six off Magnet that sailed over the pavillion. Boxer then removed the no.9, trapped back on his crease. The final wicket came courtesy of another mix-up on the final ball, Jakubowski taking the easy run-out.

Our innings got off to the worst possible start, when Milton’s trademark ‘Hoik’ let him down and he was bowled for a duck. Jakubowski followed soon after, bowled by the same man for 6, but this seemed to kickstart us into action and we never looked back. Cox, the other opener, made a brilliant 28 not out, including some textbook drives for 4, and Reevo tonked, as only he can, a quickfire 19 before being bowled after one big shot too many. Boxer continued the big hitting, knocking 31 not out, accompanied by Bungle’s 26 not out, both hitting some big sixes.

Ethan (4 not out), Kevin (2) and Jacobs (2 not out) saw Fishers home with an over and 5 balls to spare to complete an excellent and well-deserved victory.

Man of the match – very difficult choice this week. Bungle again bowled really weel and was unlucky not to take a wicket, and his knock of 26 was a lesson in big hitting. Reevo similarly showed off his tonking skills, Jakubowski took a couple of good catches behind the stumps and Boxer took some wickets and put in another good kock, but the award goes to Cox, who showed us all how to bat properly with some textbook drives that were a joy (and an extreme rareity) to watch and were largely responsible for setting us on the path to a successful and seemingly improbable run chase.