BHRDCA Veterans got the back-to-back winning result they sought on Sunday and took home the Colonels Cup for the champion association in the annual carnival v RDCA.
This was an awesome display by the “old fella’s” who came up triumphant for the first time. Played on turf at Stradbroke Park, Ian Pell won the toss and put the opposition into the field. Stuart Stockdale (17) played the anchor role to perfection but it was Super Kings Rajan Selavanayagam (43*) and Vic Stars Sri Rajah (43*) who were the backbone of our final score of 169. Peter Mikovic (20) and skipper Ian Pell (27*) kept the score ticking along and we were confident of defending that total.
In reply Gary Paget played the same anchor role as Stuart did for us and with Ian “Spanner” Spencer (40*) in full flight with the RDCA 1/50 after 13 it was vital that we tightened our bowling. This was achieved by the evergreen wiley Canterbury bowler Peter Mirkovic, ably supported by fellow team mate John Kent who were stingy with the runs. Sri and Rajan backed up their batting heroics and the RDCA ran out of overs struggling at 7 / 115 – a great result.
Man of the Match was Rajan Selvanayagam.
Played on the top field at Victoria Park, Franks fanatics were set to repeat last years winning ways and an early wicket seemed to back that cause. Gradually however Ken Trollope (40*) and Ray Phillips (29) got the Ringwood score ticking and despite some sensational form with the ball by Nth Balwyns Mark Worsnop whose 4 / 22 kept them down to a gettable 159.
Unfortunately our run chase never got under way and at 6 / 54 all thoughts of a win were quickly evaporating. Mont Alberts David Corrigan (33) was hitting the ball well and a quick 22 by Nth Alphington’s Dom O’Brien gave us some heart but the final scoreline of 133 was an agonising 27 runs short.
BHRDCA Man of the Match was Mark Worsnop.
Also played at Victoria Park, it was up to the youngsters to carry the day. Skipper Brett Cunningham had no hesitation sending Ringwood into bat and the fiery opening attack of Mt Waverley’s James Morris and Deepdene Bears David Molloy set the agenda for their fellow bowlers. With great fielding backing all bowlers the run rate was slow the ton taking 28 overs to reach. This was a real team effort as Brett juggled his bowlers brilliantly and they all responded. The final scoreline of 7/129cc was well within our reach.
Kew’s Joe Ahmad (13) and Mt Waverley legend Steve Viccars (41*) were obviously looking for an early beer taking only 8 overs to bring up the 50. The loss of 3 quick wickets put us on the back foot as Ringwood bowlers began to claw their way back into the match, but the early onslaught proved too big a hurdle to overcome as Joe Powell (28*) and Greg Cotton (23*) put down their heads and sensible batting saw us home with 9 overs still in the bank and a great Back-to-Back result for the 40’s and put the Colonel’s Cup beyond doubt.
Man of the Match was Steve Viccars.
A big thank you to the umpires and to Deepdene Bears and Kew CC for their fantastic hospitality.