AS THE OLD ADAGE GOES, ‘KOTCHEFF WIN MOTCHES’
Result: Weekenders WIN by 157 runs
WCC: 274 for 6 (42 overs)
Leal 63, Husaini 32, Brockis 58, Shimoga 2, Hogben 38, Orwell 31 n.o., Douglas 4, Lyons 12 n.o.
DNB: Dunne, Kotcheff, d’Inverno
Clarke 3-44, Messent 1-28, Crabsey 1-50
HoM: 117 for 8 (27 overs)
Douglas 6-1-25-1, Kotcheff 5-0-46-1, Shimoga 5-1-21-2, Orwell 5-1-17-1, Husaini 2-0-20-2, Dunne 2-1-1-0, Lyons 1.1–1-0-1,
Jones 51, Messent 20
Catches: Kotcheff (3), d’Inverno, Shimoga
On arrival at the tumbledown children’s daycare-cum-cricket pavilion, it became apparent that the oppo had just seven players. After some uncourageous filibustering from the team’s wiseacres, the buck stopped with Skipper D’inverno. The seasoned conciliator resolved that two Weekenders would be loaned for the oppo’s fielding effort, while the two lowest scoring Hitters may bat again.
The ‘Enders batted first. Watched by his charming father, mother and brother; Andrew Leal took apart the makeshift attack with elegant clouts through the classical vee. Husaini looked good and soon sent square cuts corkscrewing through point to the boundary. Brockis scythed countless cover-drives into the picket fence, and Hogben brandished his devastating sweepshot against all-comers. Some final four-over whacking by the all-rounders got the ‘Enders to an imposing 274 from 42 overs, including an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 53.
After an excellent purist’s tea, Hit or Miss began to assault the Eiger. The mountainous total didn’t intimidate Kelvin Jones who repeatedly belted balls into the maize field, scoring five maximums. Captain Crampsie dragged on a dribbling grubber, then Douglas, who had bowled with absolute precision, cleaned up the #3 with a dreamy leg-cutter.
Josh Kotcheff returned to the team after decades away, presumably spent in Californian frisbee exploits, to grab three sensational catches - one a steepling skier; another a near impossible diving chance that risked concussion. Both dismissed dangerous-looking batsmen.
Shimoga not only bowled cleverly to elicit the mistakes but also took a sharp chance at second slip to snuff out the final resistance. Two Hit or Missers returned to the crease via special dispensation, but Dunne and Lyons’ miserly lines spelt doom, and an impressive victory (only the fourth in 20 years) was sealed.
Later, in triumphant scenes, we had to be dragged from the picnic table under the wisteria, of the eponymous pub.
Man of the Match: Joshua Kotcheff