One-Day Final Re-Cap
Grand Final wins are hard to come by and when they do it is important to take a moment and acknowledge all the moving parts that make success a possibility. It’s never just the 11 on the field that makes it happen. So before I get into the game I think it is important to acknowledge that this was a club effort.
Jeremy and the Rangers Committee have done a fantastic job to create the opportunity to play the game we love in an environment that is fun and enjoyable. Our coach Brett who always has time to help any of our players. Ash and the team that has our grounds ready to play weekly (we needed every point just to make the final). Our senior players (too many to mention individually) are always free to chat and help out. Our friends and family that make the effort to get to the ground and support us. Thanks to you all!
Into the game…
True to form my form to date and following the proud tradition of captains before me we lost the toss and Palmwoods elected to bat.
Unfortunately, we did not have the start we wanted with extras helping the score get to 0/31 after 5 overs. A solid bit of fielding from Ben Diggles created a run out that got us on the way. From there very economical spells from Nick Golding 0/26 (8), Hayden McAllister 2/29 (8) and Jack Hextall 1/21(8) slowly pegged back the run rate and built pressure. Curtis Schofield produced an absolute peach to remove the off-stump bail of the Palmwoods opener. By the 20 over mark, Palmwoods was 3/98 and pegged the run rate back to 4.9 per over.
The boys kept the pressure up for the remainder of the innings and the next 18.1 overs produced 7 wickets for only 61 runs. Stuart Martin came on late with a great spell 3/10 to claim to wrap up the Palmwoods tail.
This left us a target of 160 to claim the win. Father/Son opening pair of Ben and Jamie Diggles showed great patience and resolve to see off the opening bowlers and build a foundation towards the target. At the 20 over mark, they had reached 0/82. From there Jamie was dismissed with a score of 82 having scored 33 of 56 balls. Ben scored 68 off 85 balls and was dismissed with the score of 110 having steadily increased the scoring rate.
Dan Walters 27(41) and James McAllister 23(22) finished the job with some nice hitting, wrapping up the win in the 35th over.
I am extremely proud of the boys and the efforts to date they have earned this success. But as the boys made it clear after the game first half of the job is done now onward towards the 2 Day finals!