9 man Youth team run Alpha's Closeby Vince Reddick
With the exam season upon us with a vengence, only 9 players took to the field at Alphington for the latest 20/20 Division 2 game. Alphington won the toss and inserted the Youth team and Sam Reddick and Will Smith took to the 'carpet' to see what they could do. An extremely bouncy Astroturf track made batting harder than expected, and with the score on 5, Will was very unluckily run out at the non strikers end when the bowler managed a slight deflection to a straight drive from Sam. Scoring was never easy, but Jo Fanous and Sam added 70 before Jo was caught having a hit for 19. Tom Poustie and Sam did their best to push us to a defendable total, and Tom played some powerful shots in a quick fire knock of 22, and with Sam falling late on for 49. We closed on 114 for 5, which with only 9 players was not going to be easy to defend.
With limited bowling options, Sam Reddick opened the bowling with James Vanstone and the pair did a good job, but we couldn't defend all the gaps. Sam made the first break through, having their Aussie caught of a skier by the 'old man' at deep cover. James plugged away, but with no luck, so Jo Fanous was bought on to bowl his accurate right arm 'trundle'. This proved to be an inspired decision as Jo bowled very accurately, proving difficult to hit and picking up 2 wickets in his second over. He again struck twice in his 5th over and the boys thought that the impossible might be on. Will Street tried hard at the other end, but with no luck.
Jo's excellent return of 5 overs, 5 for 16 had at least meant that we managed to keep the game going until the 19th over, and if only we had not thrown the bat and missed so many, rather than using the pace for 1's and 2's, we may have got those extra 10 to 20 runs that may have turned a close defeat into a win. Lessons learnt again for the few, but a most enjoyable game.