Northsiders win in happy return
IT has been almost two months but judging by the way Craig Cumming felt yesterday, it could have been six since he’d last bowled a cricket ball.
Cumming was feeling the pain of bowling eight overs in Strollers/Raiders’ seven-run loss to Northsiders at Strollers on Saturday.
The two teams were playing for the Bob Jensen Shield, which they contest annually, in preparation for the resumption of Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association fixtures next weekend.
“It was a good close game,” Strollers/Raiders captain Cumming said.
“It was good to get ball and bat back in the hand. But my body is not coping with it now.”
Better to get the aches and pains out of the way now, rather than when competition points are up for grabs next weekend.
Which is not to say Saturday’s game was not taken seriously.
“It was a good work up to the season again,” Cumming said. “Bob Jensen has been associated with Northsiders and Strollers for a while and he’s a good bloke.
“We took it pretty seriously.”
As did Northsiders, judging by the manner in which they defended their 9-175, bowling Strollers/Raiders out for 168.
The game was split into two innings for each team, the first of 20 overs, the second of 25.
For Northsiders, opener Tim Wichura led the way with 42 but found little support from the rest of the top order.
Instead it was left to number seven Chris Melvin (29) and number nine Ryan Marschke (20) to set a defendable total.
Strollers/Raiders welcomed back Chris Smith (3-20) from a stint with Beenleigh/Logan in the Brisbane competition and his pace and accuracy proved handy.
Spin bowling all-rounder Paul Milne claimed 2-31 and Tyrone De Silva 2-16.
But the Northsiders bowlers proved their equals.
Rob Hillier (3-30), Kev Cumming (2-32) and Aaron Nugter (2-37) ensured their team got home on the back of some tight bowling.
For Strollers/Raiders, only Dan Thompson (31), Milne (26) and Glen Lauchlan (23) were able to build an innings.
“I thought a par score on that pitch on our ground was 200 to 210,” Cumming said.
“Everyone bowled well considering we’ve had so long off.”
While disappointed to lose the match and Bob Jensen Shield, Cumming was happy with his team’s performance, particularly with the ball and in the field.
“I think it all came out pretty well,” he said.
“We only dropped two catches on our side and I don’t think Northsiders dropped any.
“I was happy with it.”
Now Cumming just hopes the rain stays away this week.