Captain's Report v St Michael's OBs, 2009

Refreshingly cool day at Borambola against St Michael's Old Boys and the Michaels were indeed well represented; Messrs O'Reilly, Reynolds, Cox on our team and McPherson and Doyle as traitors...

Riverine lost the toss and took to the crease first with Olsson volunteering "I'll open with Smithy" without of course consulting with "Smithy". Almost in protest, Mark put together a well made 38, whilst Olsson limped for 8.


Grant Harris was relentlessly sledged by Michael Doyle and the comment was heard that he looked "as excited as a paedophile at a Wiggles concert" to be facing Rocket Rod Smith's rapid pace bowling. Grant was caught hooking but to our surprise it was actually Doyle at wicket-keeper who called no-ball!


Rod fired in a skull cracking bouncer next ball and was heard to mutter "now THAT"S a no-ball..." It was all too much excitement for umpire Bull who duly called a 4 ball over to keep Harris alive...

Michael Reynolds did a Phillip Hughes and made a duck in his first innings with the Club, while young Toby Harris chipped in with 13. Riverine to the break at 4/64.

Doyle's mouth closed momentarily when he had his stumps re-arranged by Grant Harris, who bowled unchanged for 6 fine overs and took 3/19. Reynolds grassed a catch in the covers and showed he is new to our ranks by telling the ump that he had dropped it, only to take a screamer off the very next ball...Olsson took a good catch at short mid-on and Reynolds and Benn both bowled well. At the sausage break it was St Micks 4/75.

Rob Bull took to the crease and made 35, with 35 air swings, 35 near run-outs and 35 pulled muscles. O'Reilly chimed in with a rapid 19; Bull and O'Reilly hitting the only fours of our innings, as we made it to 149 all out. Reynolds adding to his auspicious Club debut by giving Rob Harris out lbw.....

Riverine back in to the field and young Tom Gaynor took a sharp catch off Benn to remove Frank Goodyer and O'Reilly bowled a crafty shock ball (ie ON the stumps and NOT a full toss) to bowl hard hitting dangerman Burgess for 53. From there, Riverine closed the game out with a couple of caught behinds, St Michaels all out 130.

The Observer