Mayor's XI overrule President
JUST moments after the Mayor's X1 posted 9-160 against a President's X1 at Ellem Oval yesterday, Mayor Richie Williamson uttered a short, but well-timed statement
Williamson had no doubts his team had enough runs on the board to win yesterday's Twenty20 bash in front of a healthy and sometimes boisterous crowd.
Batting first, the Mayor's X1 showed little mercy on the opposition bowlers, with opening pair Like Cox (30) and Aaron Amos (23) getting their team off to a flying start before being dismissed.
But just when Shaun Ulrick and his men thought they had made inroads, Harwood's master-blaster Geoff Simmons decided to inflict more pain on the President's bowlers with a swashbuckling 40.
And when young Brendan Cleaver and Mark Ensbey joined in the fun, the Mayor's X1 quickly raced to 120 with six overs remaining.
Looking down the barrel of chasing a mammoth total, President's X1 captain Shaun Ulrick decided to roll his arm over in a bid to stem the run-flow.
His gentle medium pace paid dividends, as the Westlawn opening batsman snared 3-4 in his first over, stunning the eager onlookers. He dismissed Mark Ensbey, caught on the boundary, before delivering a peach of a slower ball to rattle Cleaver's middle stump.
And with his last delivery of the over, he sent Brothers' gun batsman Mick Summers back to the pavilion without scoring.
But how quickly things can turn around. Ulrick soon strolled to the crease to open the batting for his team but failed to make an impact, being brilliantly stumped down the leg-side by Tim McMahon for a duck in the first over.
Needing eight an over for victory, the President's XI was still in the reckoning at the half-way mark, with Andrew Lancaster (32) and Chris Cleaver (20) keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
With the game in the balance, Mayor's XI captain Tim McMahon brought his number one strike weapon Matt Young on to bowl and the veteran spinner took four wickets to seal victory.
McMahon had a huge impact on the game, with four stumpings, as the President's XI was finally dismissed for 117.