GAME 2 – BUNGENDORE ROYALS v BRAIDWOOD
The Bungendore Royals cricket team came down with a thump this week when we hosted Braidwood for Game 2 of the VB Cup. Last week we were soaring high after beating Walsh’s Hotel in the toss, the cricket and the boat race – but this week the fortunes had changed and Braidwood beat us in all 3. It was a black day for the Bungendore Royals. Some soul searching has occurred, some rocks have been kicked and we will come back bigger, stronger and thirstier next game.
Unfortunately, we were a 2 players short after some late (read very late) withdrawals. Butters couldn’t play; he had to wash his hair, and big Jase had to organise his sock draw. A few telephone calls latter, we had Dancing Dave and it was good to have him back in the whites again. We fielded first, and their openers – Aaron Clarke and Justin Brownbill – hurt us from the get go. But our wicket-keeper had to get airlifted to hospital after a freak incident in the first few overs. He attempted to stop a ball with his chin and not bother with the pads or gloves that most convention keepers use. A lot of blood was spilled for the Bungendore Royals that day. Paul went to emergency and 5 stitches latter he was back and with a good scar, a great story and a reason to drink beer (every glass is a pain killer – trust me!)
Aaron retired on 50, Justin 25, Boon 39, Gary 49no and Adrian 30no. It was hard to fill the gaps with 2 players missing, and we were chasing 228 runs. A tough ask, we were hoping for rain, earthquake or some other natural disaster that would stop the game and give us a draw.
We had a few starts and a glimmer of hope a few times during our innings. Rob played some great shots for his score of 26 in a very short time, the Front Bar Kisser (FBK) batted well again for 26 and Greg score 20 in his first game for the Royals. We are lucky to have Greg, Stu and Rob playing for us this year. It always great to get new players, but even better when they are class cricketers ( even though Stu scored a duck )
We lost the VB Cup; the toss, cricket and boat race. Sorry Bungendore – we promise to do better!
GAME 1 – BUNGENDORE ROYALS v WALSHS HOTEL – A TRIPLE CROWN PERFORMANCE
Walshs Hotel turned it on for us in the first game of the VB Cup this summer. The weather was perfect. We were playing at Town Park Queanbeyan – a perfect pitch and setting for a game of cricket. There were market stalls happening in the park, new borns were being walked around the oval in their flash new prams and there were 1000 families enjoying the play equipment. The boys from Walshs are good friendly guys and have a mix of experienced players and first timers – a bit like us – so we were ready to play cricket.
Stu and Rob were first time players for the Bungendore Royals. They were presented with their playing strip. We have a new Captain – Anthony McCudden – and his speech before the game was memorable and framed the season to a tee. The toss was won by us, we sent Walshs into bat and we were like a group of school boys excited to be on the oval once again.
The new boys opened the attack with Stu getting an early break through and Rob followed up with a wicket as well. The bowling was tight and complemented with good fielding. The run rate was kept low and that just made us more excited and eager. The Bungendore Royals were on fire!
The Front Bar Kisser (FBK) pulled off a remarkable catch to claim the wicket of their Captain. The ball had passed him, but FBK athletically stuck up a hand, and to everyone’s surprise – including his – he pulled off an amazing catch. He almost was airborne when he took the ball, that sent the Walshs tail-enders in – and that catch was the start of the collapse.
Bowling and fielding remained tight, but Anthony’s bowling was awesome. His figures of 6 wickets for 7 runs off 5 overs was unbelievable and he had the batsmen in all sorts of trouble during his spell. He was unlucky to concede those 7 runs and if there were more batsman to get out – he would of done that too. Walshs ended up scoring 80 which was a very achievable target, so they tried to load us up food and beers at the lunch break so we would fall over and not reach their target.
Paul and Jason gave us a good start. It was slow going too and the outfield was heavy, but when Paul left the crease after scoring 16, and Jason shortly after at 24, our run rate became similar to that of Walshs and we had a fight on our hands. Nobody got a duck which was good, and we passed the Walshs total with 2 wickets in hand. A great way to begin the season opener and our first win over Walshs Hotel.
The Man of the Match was FBK. A good all round performance by him coupled off with a sensational catch. A worthy winner – but Anthony’s 6 for 7 off 5 will be recorded and probably never beaten.
We had a different make-up for our boat race team – but Walsh’s were no match for the experience of the Bungendore Royals. We train for this, and we remain unbeaten this season. In fact, we remain unbeaten in all 3 disciplines this season; the toss, the cricket and the boat race. A TRIPLE CROWN!