Glen 152 (48.3)
K. Johnson 36*
M. Orth 29
E. Maher 22
def by Clar 9/ 222 (50)
L. Green 2/ 23 (6)
M. Orth 2/ 35 (9)
K. Johnson 2/ 41 (9)
Glenorchy met Clarence in the last game before Christmas on the pies home deck at K.G.V.
The Match was a good test for the undefeated Pies as Clarence were a team also in the top 4 on the table.With a good looking wicket and a warm day forecast, Clarence won the toss and elected to bat first.
With the score on 22 Tim Faltusz struck the 1st blow with Will Gainsford taking the catch behind. Matthew Orth helped build up the pressure at the other end with some good tight bowling. Kevin Johnson [ with his new sex bomb haircut] replaced Tim and had immediate success when the batsman smashed it into Chris Barker’s foot at short cover on the full and rebounded back to Kevin for a caught and bowled.
The Clarence Captain came out and smashed a near run a ball 38 until he was brilliantly caught on the boundary, in the safe hands of Justin Penneyston. Lucas Green making his 3rd grade debut was introduced into the attack and struck with his 5th ball removing the Clarence opener for a well made 58.With the score at 4/145 the game was evenly poised.
A 5th wicket partnership of 44 was broken when Lucas Green struck, claiming his 2nd wicket. “Orthy” was reintroduced and he bowled the Clarence batsman who was looking dangerous with a great Yorker. When Penneyston run out another batsman, with a throw which seemed to take forever to get to Will, the score was 7/201 and with just a handful of overs remaining. Matthew Orth claimed his second with Elliot taking the catch. Then Elliot claimed his 1st wicket bowling the number 10 first ball. Clarence saw out the remaining couple of overs and set Glenorchy a very competitive score of 9/222.
Glenorchy took to the crease with Tom Coates and Will Gainsford opening the innings. Tom was the 1st to go, bowled for nought and the score was 1/7. With Glenorchy’s two most experienced players at the crease in Will and Captain Simon Stebbings, Clarence knew this partnership was crucial in determining the result of the game. When Will skied a catch and Stebbo was caught behind trying to play a cut shot, the score was 3/26. It soon became 4/26 as Chris Barker was unluckily given out L.B.W. Elliot Maher joined Justin Penneyston. The partnership was going along nicely with both batsmen playing some nice shots until Elliot was caught for 22. When Koushik was bowled for a duck, the score was 6/59 and the game was as good as over. Green was dismissed second ball for no score, and then when Penneyston was bowled, Clarence knew they had it.
Kevin Johnson and Matthew Orth made the scoreboard look slightly better with a good 62 run 10th wicket partnership. Both batsmen smacking the loose ball and rotating the strike well. When Orth was run out for 29, Clarence only needed 1 wicket and didn’t expect to have to wait long. Tim Faltusz gave Kevin good support as they put on 30 and made Clarence work for the last wicket. When Tim was bowled for 17 Glenorchy was all out for 152, well short of the required 223.
Kevin Johnson remained not out for a well played 36.
Glenorchy’s 1st lose for the season may just be the wakeup call required. Early wickets and over 40 extras for the day proved very costly and the fact that our last 2 batting partnerships were the best for the innings. Clarence, were too good on this occasion.
By Lucas [everywhere I go I am asked to write the match report] Green