A tied test...of sorts
Once again the FCC (and
supporters) ventured out to the TCA home ground at Wen Lin Road to avenge the defeat of a couple weeks ago. At least that
was the plan....
After seeing Saturday's rain,
many of the boys assumed we wouldn't be playing Sunday and hit it hard on Saturday night, much to their peril. Etienne was
missing in action, Hardeep and Vinay both late...that would cost us later...
Anyway, Dwight lost the toss
again (Jimi VC, where's that double headed aussie $ mate) and the TCA strode to the crease looking calm and confident.
However that confidence
Stephen and Charl came on and
threw everything they had at the TCA boys. Stephen claimed the scalps of both openers - both cleaned bowled - and Charl picked
up a great C&B to have the TCA struggling on 3/30 odd.
Jimi then came on and picked
up a fortuitious LBW, before cannon fodder stole the show with flight and guile picking up 4/19 - the wrong
un to dismiss the TCA skipper was particularly pleasing for the bald man. Ed picked up one and Dwight sent the number 11's
castle flying and the TCA were all out for 94. Mr. Extras top scoring with 25, followed by 19 from Bonnie and 17 from
FCC needed 95 off 20 to win.
Things got underway well with
the Skipper smacking a quick fire 18 off 15 balls before losing his head and holing out to Gary behind the stumps.
Darren and Steven then pushed
the ball around and were looking comfortable at 1/43 off 8 overs.
However at that point DB was
given out LBW to Krishna (a very dodgy call) for 11, Sunny then added 2 before being trapped in front off a shooter.
VC Jimi then produced the goods
adding a sparkling 22 (the 6 off Jayesh was all timing) as Stephen gave great support (14). Drinks were called after
the 14th over with Formosa needing just 24 off 6 overs.
Drinks were a bad call. Disaster
struck immediately after when Jimi was bowled and Steven was caught in the deep as he tried to break the shackles. Charl
was then bowled for a duck and the TCA basically halted the scoring.
Ed and Kerri needed 6 off the
last 6. The pressure was intense.
With good hustle ( and a close
run out call later !!) the two reached 4 off the first 5 balls.
Last ball. 3 for a win. 2 for
Ed swung and sent the ball behind
square on the off and scampered off...confusion ensued while the TCA field was trying to decide which end to throw the ball
to. Ed was going bangbusters and made the run, while Kerri raced through to the bowlers end.
1. We bowled 20 no balls and
wides. TCA bowled 8 wides.
2. Two players were late - and
one a no show despite being named in the starting 12 earlier in the week. Very dissapointing. You guys have cell phones, right?
We missed the middle order batting...
3. Fielding. Excellent - we didn't
miss a catch and our fielding was exemplary.
4. Highlights - Jimi VC with
his stellar 22, Cannon Fodder with 4/19, Stephen with 2/16 & a dogged 14, DJ with a quick fire 18.
5. We will beat them next time.