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.
Bay 13 & a Half
- Patrick Nunan hits out
On Sunday 14th February 2010 the PCOA Victoria cricket team took on the VBCA's national championship winning team in the annual cricket match at Kooyong Reserve. This year we decided on the very popular 20/20 format. The PCOA's Captain "Big Kev" won the toss and sent the VBCA into bat. With many of the team playing for the first time & wearing vision impaired glasses, we took to the field with an air of confidence, having won the trophy for the past 2 years.
The VBCA made 9 for 101 off their 20 overs with the PA Robinson retiring after making 20 runs (18 balls) and SA Peucker made 19 (10 balls). Best of the PCOA bowlers was Leon Doyle 1/13 off 3 overs, Russ Masterton 1/7 off 2 overs and Big Kev wrapped up the innings with 1/8 off 2 overs.
After a short break, the PCOA Vic team went out to bat. Father and son, Carl & Patrick Nunan respectively, got us off to a great start with a partnership of 14 before Carl was bowled trying to smack the metal rattles out of the ball. Patrick was the best of our bats with 18 not out, followed by Andrew Sutherland with 11 and Patrick Mulcahy with 10.
We finished with 8/87 off our 20 overs. Best of the VBCA bowling was S. Peucker 2/2 off his 2 overs.
So for the first time in the 3 year history, the VBCA won the Blind Ducks Perpetual Trophy. Well deserved Man of the Match was Scotty Peucker with his 20 runs, 2 wickets and great fielding.
We look forward to the challenge again in the 2010/11 season and have accepted the over by the Ferntree Gully Cricket Club to host the game.
For photos of the game visit the Photo Gallery on the VBCA website at www.vbca.org.au
Yours in Cricket
Captain Big Kev