Report from Blind Ducks trophy match between Primary Club and Victorian Blind Cricket on 17 February 2013:
The Primary Club ventured to the lush surrounds of Kooyong for the 4th annual Blind Ducks trophy on a very hot Sunday in late February. Primaries skipper Roland Burt won the toss and seeing a hard and fast wicket elected to bat. Boonie Hollingsworth and Eddie Burt got off to a slow start against some accurate bowling bowling especially from Montesanti and Pritchard, and Boonie was retired after 5 overs for a slow run rate. Henry Boileau lasted only 2 balls before being bowled around his legs for a duck by a quick one from Pritchard. Lachie Ross top scored with 16 not out and had good support from Neilson (10) and George Burney (7), then Ross Burney managed a quick 9 at the end with the Primaries closing on 89 – probably a little below par in the conditions.
Pritchard with 23 (retired) held the VBCA top order together but at 6-45 off 10.2 overs the blind guys had a mountain to climb. But Tzourtzoukils (17 not out) and Spencer (11) put on 24 for the 7th wicket to put them back in the match before Eddie Burt whipped the bails off after 2 relay throws (G. Burney to R. Burney to E. Burt) to run out Spencer, and they were still 20 runs short with 5 overs remaining with 3 wickets in hand. Causon lasted only a couple of balls before being bowled, to make it 8-73 off 16, and things were again looking grim for VBCA. But totally blind Close (6 off 8) combined with Tzourtzoukils for an exciting unbeaten 9th wicket partnership (17 from 23) to bring VBCA home off the 2nd last ball of the day, Close hitting the winning runs. The Blind Ducks Trophy returns to Kooyong!
Man of the match was Close for his heroics in the last few overs as well as some economical bowling early on.
Scorebook on VBCA website:
A tremendous day for all. Thanks to VBCA for hosting.