Sadly rain washed away all our 8.30 am games yesterday, so the hotly anticipated Now or Never A vs. Box Shots game did not go ahead
3 games of did though, and they were some crackers.
Ahead of the reports though…
GREEN & GOLD CAP LEADERS
* Baggy Green cap (batting)
– MICHAEL TIMMINS (Bomb Squad) – 4 inn, 2 no: 148 runs @ 74.0, SR 203, 12 x 6s, Best 62* off 32
Comment: Timmo has won the last 2 games for his Bomber’s as last man and with meaty 200 SR 50s, recapturing that vintage form from 2019.
* Baggy Gold cap (bowling)
– VIRAL RAO (Diamond Ducks) – 4 inn: 6 wkts @ 7.7, Econ 3.24, SR 11.8, Best 3/5 off 3.0
Comment: Viral is simply unplayable at the moment and does not look like slowing down (pace or form!)
GAME 1: The Unwatchables vs. Diamond Ducks
Ducks would bat first and be restricted to 5/102 from their 20, with the UWs bowling battery showing a merciless quality that was truly inspiring.
For Ducks, Dan Warren was exceptional once again up top with 51* off 40, with a series of punchy drives and elegant hooks defining his innings. Unfortunately for the Ducks, partnerships were a scarce commodity, with only Richie Grainger (18 off 25) and Viral Rao (13 off 9) reaching beyond double digits after Warren.
With the ball, Dan Verrall (2/11 off 4) and Huzefa Kamrudeen (2/18 off 4) bowled exceptionally, with Nick Picone (1/11 off 4) also chiming in tidily and spin twins Nick Fullerton (0/8 off 2) and Lochie Lawrence (0/4 off 1) throwing down handy cameos at the death.
In response, the UWs would lose their Gedi “McMahon” Knight in the first over, strangled down the legside, but would ultimately chase the total with 5 wickets and 3 overs to spare.
Bruce Picone (50* off 41) was a rock up top, punting some elegant boundaries and a six along the way, and Harry Aitken (26 off 23) combined nicely with Bruce to do a good chunk of the work. A small wobble did not impact the result, though Ducks should be commended for fighting until the very end as they always do. Viral Rao (2/15 off 4) was a class above as usual, whilst Dan Warren (1/15 off 4) continued his extraordinary form with bat and ball and Brad Snell (0/23 off 4) also bowled very tidily.
Man of the Match: Dan Warren (DDucks)
Scorecard & video highlights:
GAME 2: Bomb Squad vs. The Master Batters
* Quickly: apologies for lack of stream, battery proper kooked out*
A stunning game this one, and a real indicator as to how far TMBs have come in such a short space of time despite Bomb Squad winning the match (with 1 wicket and 1 ball to remaining, no less!)
The Batters would bat first and reach 6/124. Opener Will Thompson was steady up top with a clean 42 off 40, whilst Max Edmondson looked seriously awesome and dangerous in belting 37 off 16 with 4 x massive Dorothies.
With the ball, Craig Carter’s happy form continued with 2/16 off 4, whilst Kurt Davidson jagged 3/33 from his 4. Gregg Marks (1/26 off 4) and fellow spinner Tom Hancock (0/26 off 4) were very neat and tidy, and Joshy Lampard (0/17 off 4) kept his excellent form and rhythm going.
In response, and as above, Bomb Squad would lose 7 of their 8 wickets and seal the win off the second last ball of the match!
Mick Timmins was the hero once more, slamming 62* off 32 with 5 x maximums, sealing the match as Last Man for the second week in a row (he did it off the very last ball last week!) His form is right back where he wants it now (and hottt), and he will look to ride this wave of performance all the way into the finals!
In similar scenes to last week’s Bomb Squad batting, Gregg Marks (22 off 20) combined well with Timmo to offer the best partnership of the innings, with only Jason Hart reaching double figures amongst the remaining 6 men.
With the ball, Tom Campbell (1/21 off 4) was very sound, and Dom Coote (1/17 off 3.4) was incredibly tidy, with Nick Creevey (1/25 off 3) and Will Thompson (1/9 off 1) rounding out the wickets. TMBs also executed no less than 3 run outs, a rare occurrence at LMS!
As ever, Josh Fraser (0/18 off 4) was rapid and tight, and – to be very clear – The Master Batters almost knocked over the reigning champs here.
Bomb Squad are 2/2 of late but cannot keep looking to one man to get the job done, the comp is far too strong now. They will be looking to flesh out their batting to be sure, and TMBs must not be disheartened, they are right alongside the other 7 teams now in terms of capability and are on the brink of felling some giants for real.
Man of the Match: Dom Coote (TMB)
GAME 3: Solid Nuts vs. North City Slingers
Slingers would bat first and punch out 5/137, the highest total of the day.
Openers Rob Bita (50* off 31 with 3 x 6s) and Mitch Fraser (24 off 23) combined nicely to platform their boys, and #3 Rhys Dearness (24 off 17) did much the same.
From there, Slingers’ next 5 bats would go 4/37 off 37 balls, with only Jack O’Reilly (17 off 15) reaching double digits. This can happen in T20, but I have no doubt that King Kenny and the boys will be conscious of this as they carry forth these next few rounds.
Good fight back by Solid Nuts here.
With the ball, Sam Lang (2/23 off 4) continued his quality form with the orange seed, with Seth Lauze (1/20 off 4) doing his usual class and Noah Gilbert (1/21 off 3) and Rich Vinson (1/26 off 4) chiming in nicely.
In response, Nuts would powerbomb the total in just 13.2 overs sealing their first W of the season in bonus point style.
The return of Matty Floros at the top saw him hammer 51* off 19 with 4 x 6s and at an SR of 268. Dan Baker at #3 guided things nicely with a rudderish 29* off 26, and he paired nicely with Seth “Mr. 30-odd” Lauze (who absolutely waaaaasted 39 off 11 balls with 5 x massive 6s) and Sam Lang (10* off 9 and starting to build a baseline of form that must surely be worrying his opponents near and far.)
With the ball, Mitch Fraser (1/20 off 2) and Jack O’Reilly (1/33 off 3) were the wicket-takers whilst Alex Cotton (0/20 off 3) kept it tidiest, but Solid Nuts were simply too good today, and become the 8th and final team to rack up their first win of the season (they be lurkin’ now.)
Strong statement by Nuts, and they will want to use this as a step ladder into better rhythm, next week’s match against Box Shots at 3.15pm is shaping to be another belter!
Man of the Match: Seth Lauze (SNuts)