Combined XI Topples Old Carey in a Pre-Season Thriller

Beautiful day and great conditions greeted the 2nd/3rd XI at Carey on a thin pitch that gave Massarotti his weekly chance to claim that the pitch was too long.

Evans and Keogh opened the batting with a solid opening stand with Lachie almost lapping Trev a couple of times while running between wickets. Next up were Hiser and new boy Jim Carey. Hise controversially tried to run the new boy out a couple of times before the bowler eventually helped out and ran Carey out by getting a finger on the ball at the non strikers end. The big Italian then came in and inexplicably ran himself out after a dropped catch. This was followed by a cameo from Day, which involved an even more inexplicable six straight down the ground. Matt Coloe came in and tried to run a few more blokes out and we eventually ended up on about 158 off our 30 overs.

A mediocre lunch threatened to ruin the day for all but luckily the Carey top order thought they were playing a 10 over game and Rockin’ Ron Murray had 2/0 off the first over. The wolf chimed in for a couple more as did Mira and Watty and Carey were seven down in pretty quick time. The Carey tail batted quite well against some erratic bowling from Coloe and Hiser and some embarrassing slips fielding from Massarotti. Evans came on to bowl a couple of tight overs at the end to get us over the line by a couple of runs.

Man of the match goes to whoever decided to make it a 30 over match as we were done by 3.30. Someone needs to put a submission into the ECA to look into playing this form of cricket on a weekly basis.