Trauma induced illiteracy initially perhaps led to silence among those who'd usually contribute a report or comment. The commercial TV news said we'd lost this match by 10 runs. Not being satisfied with the source, we double-checked with a very helpful Australian Army media fellow who also said, triumphantly, we'd lost this match by 10 runs. A call went out that perhaps a third source should be found before we could confirm the result. That call was answered in this report below.
RIVERINE CLUB CRICKET CLUB -V- KAPOOKA OFFICERS MESS
1 March 2009
Winning the toss is always a good start! Steve Groch found immediate success taking 3 for 2 off his first over. Jeremy Hagenbach opened the bowling and took 1 for 7 from his first spell, luckily the first four wickets to fall were bowled thus avoiding the need to rely upon the fielding talents of the Riverine Club.
We were in a strong position after 16 overs with the officers at 6 for 69. Brian Pomeroy opened up with George Sykes and with support from Nick Austen and Steven Jay the Riverine Club got away to a handy start and at lunch were 3 for 65. Unfortunately Steven Jay apparently ruptured his Achilles tendon and had to be carried from the field. By the noise he thought he had stood on his wicket.
Following a sumptuous repast well catered for by Captain Tarek Elgajar the Riverine Club returned to field and bowled the officers out for 107 which included a quick fire 42 by the officers’ captain, Major Moss, and helpfully, two extraordinarily good catches by Simon Paton at backward point. Simon showed agility and courage to dive forward and take two hot chances at about 30 metres from the bat.
John Giacca bowled well and indeed had 2 for 4 from his first over and was on a hatrick!
With only 43 runs required and 7 wickets in hand Riverine Club looked to be in a reasonably strong position but unfortunately underestimated the strength of the opposition’s bowling attack and were dismissed for 97, 11 shy of victory. Bowling honours were spread amongst the officers.
Although no medals were struck Steven Jay was deserving of one when he came out with a runner and faced the last few deliveries, remaining not out on 6. (Let’s hope Richard Harrison is available early this week.)
The day was marked by the attendance of Colonel Graeme Finney, the Commandant of Kapooka and fittingly the president of the Riverine Club Lyndon Taylor and his wife Helen, and the president of the Riverine Club Cricket Club Fred Horsley and his wife Nola.
I should point out that the game was played on the 108th birthday of the Royal Australian Army which was established following Federation and commenced on 1 March 1901. I doubt games followed immediately between the two sides, the Riverine Club, of course, commenced in 1881, but there is a tradition which yesterday was further enhanced.