The bridge wasn’t the only crash…
After a comprehensive win last Saturday, spirits were high and the 4As anticpated more joy at their homeground.
But a foot injury to our quick(ish) opening bowler Luke, added to the team’s injury toll – joining Gary, and Wayne Everett who broke his thumb keeping last week.
Captain Jeff was on holiday overseas and our boxing champ Steve K was also unavailable. Cue manager Damo pulling strings to get youngsters like Reshlen and Hamish back playing. There was also the chance of a cameo appearance by the silver fox himself, Paul Rainey, if all else failed. It didn’t, despite a crash on the motorway leaving our manager and stand-in captain/keeper Damo stranded on the dark side. He spent an hour and a half in the queue, along with key batsman Neil trapped on the same stretch of road.
Steve T was phoned to get stumps and like a good banker organised them to be deposited at the ground. So we had 8 players at the ready, which meant it was just as well Takapuna won the toss and sent us in to bat while we waited for the full complement to arrive after a fight with Auckland’s traffic.
Unfortunately for us, all this scrambling resulted in some scrambled efforts with the bat too, with only Dan Thompson sticking around for more than a few minutes early on. Then the other Everett, Chris, batting with his usual underwear on the outside, hit some lusty blows to send the skateboarders across the road scattering. He compiled 54 with some able support from James 24 then Steve T, 12 , then the tail scraping runs to get to 159 .
The chase from Takapuna started with a hiss and a roar with wickets and runs coming freely until our side decided that catches were optional (just six times their batsman who got 80 was put down) with bowlers efforts going unrewarded. Yes guys you did deserve more than what shows in the scorebook.
It also has to be noted, well done to Damo on keeping and getting a full side to the ground and trying to run a side with new younger members – making sure that they all contributed or had the chance to.
So BCCC 4As all out for 159 (C Everett 54) lost to Takapuna (160/5)
So a net this week and away to Mount Wellington for a chance to bank some much needed points this weekend. Here’s hoping for a clear path on the bridge.