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Cricket > Super Marius
May. 2, 2011
Yes, not the computer game from Nintendo, but our own Free State dynamo. Congratulations to Marius on his epic performance yesterday against strong opposition. Four wicket in two spells of nifty bowling, great energy in the field and a swashbuckling 44 runs, helped us to a nail-biting finish against Hawridge and Cholesbury.
For the third season running it all came down to the last ball and Mark Hallam and Browny scampered through for the single to ensure ANOTHER tie.
Good, solid performances from all, with a special mention to our debutants, David, Lee and Alan. Hopefully David's hamstring won't keep him out for too long. Excellent bowling spell from Freddie which really pinned their guys down.
Thanks to Andrea for a great tea.
Please fill in availability for the rest of the month asap
Mark will be captaining next week for our away fixture with the Bank of England
Well done to all,
The Misfits’ first game of the season produced a thrilling finish against Hawridge and Cholesbury, with a scrambled single off the final ball of the match producing a draw with the scores level.
That the Misfits had been in a position to win the game against traditionally strong opponents was thanks largely to an impressive all-round performance by Marius van Zyl, who took four wickets and then top-scored with a dashing 44.
Guy Young won the toss for the home team and his decision to field was rewarded by Van Zyl grabbing three wickets in his lively opening spell, including the fluent Australian batsman Smith, trapped lbw for 41.
Freddy Owen kept up the pressure with some accurate seam bowling and when he took wickets with the first two balls of his fourth over his figures were a remarkable 2 for 0 off 3.2 overs! His six-over spell ended up producing figures of 3 for 6 as Hawridge wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
Once the dogged resistance of opener Knight was ended after he had batted stubbornly for more than an hour for 13, the Misfits had ambitions of chasing a total in the region of 120, but some aggressive batting from Jones (36) helped Hawridge reach an all-out total of 144.
Mark Hallam returned for a productive second spell, grabbing two late wickets; Hugh Connor picked up a smart stumping off the teasing spin of John Brown; and van Zyl added a fourth victim to close the innings and take his figures to 4 for 39.
Chasing a competitive target on a wicket where the ball was keeping low, the Misfits innings got off to a faltering start with the early departure of openers David Tossell, retired with a hamstring injury, and Connor, bowled by the dangerous Smith.
The innings then fell into an intriguing pattern, with wickets and runs arriving regularly enough to keep both sides in contention for victory. Four consecutive Misfits batsmen – Owen, Lee Quinton, Nat Baker and Alan Lever – fell with their totals on 13 after taking the attack to the Hawridge bowling, for whom Reading chipped in with three important wickets.
Having needed 86 to win when the final 20 overs began, the Misfits became favourites for victory as Guy Young (20) set up a late assault by van Zyl, who emerged from behind the smoke of his field-side barbecue to play a mixture of extravagant shots. His 44 off 23 balls included five fours, one six and one outrageous reverse sweep and, with support by Will Young and Mark Hallam, he had reduced the victory target to four by the time he was bowled off the fifth ball of the penultimate over.
With four to win off the last six balls, Hallam and Brown each took singles, leaving Misfits needing two runs and Hawridge two wickets off the final three deliveries. Two dot balls ensured the home side could not lose and Hallam squeezed a single off Knight’s last ball to leave the scores level.