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Following another lost toss from Barry, Superstars headed out to field first in a 35 over game on the hottest day of the year - admittedly the bar was low on that one. Superstars picked up an early wicket through Chodzko-Zajko (7-0-32-1) as he and Sears (7-1-34-0) bowled well and kept things relatively tight. The two batsmen at the crease were playing well and starting to up the scoring rate before Frankland (7-0-55-1) picked up a wicket with a full toss thanks to a fantastic running catch at fine leg from Sears. Superstars introduced spin just before the drinks break and Duggan (7-0-45-1) got a clean bowled with one that turned from just outside off. The new batsman then tried to sneak a bye but was told to go back, as Warren was on target to run him out. At the drinks break, Bank had reached 80-4 off 18 overs, meanwhile the opening bat had reached 50.
Spin continued after the break as the two batsmen picked up plenty of singles and the odd boundary. Baker tweaked something midway through his 3rd over and had to be replaced by Conway (4.3-0-19-0), who was impressive as a 6th bowler. The two batsmen were going well though, now scoring regular boundaries and building a solid partnership. The no.6 batsman raced to 50 and seemed quite surprised when he heard he'd got there. Superstars managed no more wickets despite some good comeback bowling from the quicks and in the last over, the Bank opener reached his century. Although we were playing no retirements, he ran off with 2 balls to spare and the opposition finished on 202-4 from their 35 overs.
The opposition opening bowler bowled 3 balls, 2 of which went 10 feet over the batsman's head and then miraculously said he had injured his hand and couldn't bowl. Following that change, Superstars really struggled to pick up runs. Hearing the news that Devon Conway had scored a century for New Zealand, there were mutters that we may see a second Conway century, before Matt was bowled for a duck. Superstars were 6-1 after 5 overs with no runs coming off the bat. Warren started to score a few runs whilst Briggs (0) and Williams (10) fell before the break, leaving Gigg and Warren at the crease going into the break at 50-3 off 18 overs, with Superstars all but out of the game.
After drinks, Gigg and Warren found runs more freely from the change bowlers, but couldn't up the pace enough to get Superstars into the game. Barry retired at 25, as an injury precaution and definitely not to save his average. Shortly after that Warren reached his fifty, a fantastic knock in the conditions after seeing off some good bowling early on. Sears came in to try and hit some boundaries but was bowled for the third Superstars duck of the day. Duggan and Warren then saw out the remaining overs with Warren carrying his bat with a respectable 58 not out. In the end, Superstars fell 65 runs short, finishing on 137-5. However, it could have been a lot worse if not for the efforts of Warren and Gigg.
Barry Gigg (c), George Warren, Konrad Chodzko-Zajko, Michael Duggan, Matt Conway, Benedict Conway, Chris Briggs, Matt Sears, David Williams, Chrissie Frankland, Chris Baker.
Great catch by Matt Sears (mentioned above).
Their run out was quite comical, George possibly had the ball in hand when their batsman decided to try for a bye.
Not sure if there's any records broken, 5 overs without a run off the bat sounds like a record for most clubs but probably not ours!
Their opener, Matthew Naylor, scored a century but given he has a first class double century, wikipedia and cricinfo page Superstars should not be too embarrassed by that.
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