Redbacks v Bushrangers (Ryobi Cup)
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After electing to bat first on a beautiful day at the Adelaide Oval, Victoria went into the break on 87-4, with Cam White on 4* and Rob Quiney fresh at the crease. The first two wickets (incl. a Hodge duck) had been taken by Dan frickn Christian. Would you believe that the two aforementioned batsmen could not be removed before they had reached 72 (White) and 103 (Quiney), both caught Coops bowled Edmondson? I want to tear my hair out.
No further wickets fell after the destructive pair had gone, the third and fourth had been taken by debutant Tim Lang earlier, who played in place of the injured Putland. Boy George bowled 12 utterly tidy overs, "an excellent spell" as CA worded it, while the good Aaron had to be taken off after 2 overs for 12 apiece. Christ!
In particular Quiney's innings at a SR of nearly 154 was instrumental in amassing a total of 301, while Bear cruised along nicely at a run a ball. A late blitz from Maxwell for 33 probably took the Vics beyond the "chaseable" mark. One has to say here that all the bowlers, with no exception, got mauled at the end of the second Victorian innings.
Not sure how the chase itself went as I couldn't follow the match, but the Redbacks ended their first innings on 89-3, two runs and one wicket more than the Bushrangers. But they would have needed a Quiney /Maxwell rampage from DC and O'Brien to emulate the Victorian slogfest, alas, they didn't get one this time. Michael Klinger played another fine innings of 70odd, but the Victorians scythed through the line-up, especially John Hastings (4-55) and James Pattinson (3-56). Thirty-odds from Ferguson, Borgas and Ludeman would have had to be capitalised on. Perhaps next year...
Aiden Blizzard needs to pull up the pants quickly now, I have the feeling he might have got a bit complacent after his initial wonders. He is the Cosgrove replacement at the top of the order and he actually possesses the potential to fill Cossy's jumper. Pigeonholed as a T20 specialist he interestingly flourishes in the long format, while still having to get a foot in the door in the one-dayers. Ts ts...
Here is the highlights video, with Michael Klinger giving a post-match interview in the background. The video shows the two Dan Christian wickets as well, including that absolute ripper of a literal ROFL-catch by Ben Edmondson. Max also discusses the possibility of DC sliding up to No. 6, a fine, yet potentially utterly effective adjustment, and elaborates on Blizzard a bit! Watch it:
Youtube is currently being a real pain, so if you can't see it, here is the video URL.
Can you sense that I've been having a bit of an Edmondson thing going on *g* Seriously, the guy is pretty good for a Waussie! Gonna head over to the garage to check if there is enough space for another bandwagon. Edo (!!! *facepalm*) arrived in Adelaide on silent paws, he snuck into the line-up and has in a very subtle manner become an essential part of the SA attack. I'm fairly glad about that!
Well well. Ashes.