The Sydney Test – the BUNGENDORE ROYALS ON TOUR
Can’t say too much about the trip – “was goes on tour stays on tour”.
Visited a few pubs – some good! Watched a great day of cricket. Train trip home was hot. Nothing else to tell really.
GAME 8 – BUNGENDORE ROYALS v CAPTAINS FLAT
It was the last match of the season for us, we were against our original enemies, we were playing at home and we were excited!
The ground was in top shape, the sun was shining and plenty of sun protection was being applied – sunscreen on the outside, cold beer on the inside. There was a little bit of sledging at the toss, a bit more before the first ball – today was going to be a good day.
We won the toss, and Sir Anthony McCudden ( the onfield captain as he likes to be referred) chose to bat first. It was a change in tactics for him, and a decision that he thought long and hard about.
Paul held a masterclass in batting. He opened the batting for us and he dominated the Warren Little Oval. He retired on 63 after 11 overs, was ruthless in his stroke play and showed us all just what a class cricketer he is. Ricky Christie got a handy 41after a slow start, Sir Anthony McCudden thumped 19 off 7 balls (3 sixes in a row!) and Tassie in his first game for the Bungendore Royals showed a little bit of “what’s to come next season” and got a handy 15 not out late in the innings.
It amazing what Frank from Magnum Steel can do know that he can actually see. He recently had a date with Fred Hollows, sold his seeing eye dog and was alot more productive at work. He took 2 amazing catches for Captain Flat, got 2 wickets and was like a panther in the field.
Lunch back at the Royal Hotel was sensational. I am unsure if Mark and JWJ’s cooking skills have improved, the meat from the Bungendore Butchery was A Grade or I was just hungry, but we all enjoyed the BBQ very much – thanks boys for your time and effort.
Both Greg and Stu dismissed the Captain Flat openers cheaply, however their No3 batsman Les hit us around the park and retired early. We had a bit of a game – so we thought. At drinks we were neck and neck and the last 15 overs were critical for both teams. JWJ showed a bit of flair and grace when he came on as substitute fieldsman and he is lucky to be alive.
Josh – our Batemans Bay ring in had 1 over – bowled 3 full tossers, 3 good balls and showed a little promise to keep his job at the pub, But Sir Anthony play his aces in the last overs to control the match. Greg, Stu, Sir Anthony and Scratcher bowled the Captain Flat boys to a standstill. After their allocated 30 overs, they were 47 runs short of the Bungendore Royals total. Captains Flat phoned their float leaving the Mardi Gras parade and told not to come – their party was over.
Thanks to our anchor man Gerry (or Brett – depend on what name we are using today), we narrowly won the boat race. One of them got man of the match, and so now history lessons for our grandchildren will talk about the Great Tripple Challenge that the Bungendore Royals achieved- The Toss. The Game. The Boat Race
“the debutants” – Josh and Tassie
GAME 5 – BUNGENDORE ROYALS v WALSH’S HOTEL
It is always a good day when Walsh’s come to our village for a game of cricket. We had to win this match and we were a little disappointed when their big names got off the bus. But we on a whole are in good form and whatever side they put up against us – we were confident we could match them.
Anthony lost another toss – he really needs to address the coin tossing part of his game.
Walsh’s were batting and we were eager for an early break trough. New-comer Tim showed a bit of class in the nets so was given the new ball. The first ball, he strained his groin and tore his peck. Latter in the game he twisted his knee. An OMI (old man injury) was his welcome gift for us – and despite his injuries, he bowled well in his 5 overs and finished with 1for 18. Scott from Walsh’s retired hurt (Calf strain – 2nd OMI for the match) in the first few overs.
Stu and Anthony bowled well for us. Stu broke down (OMI # 3) but bagged 3 wickets in his 6 overs. Anthony was tight and looked dangerous all the time. He only got 1 wicket, but was very close on a number of occasions. We pulled their run rate back after drinks, and even with a couple of dropped catches and misfields, the target of 191 was very achievable.
We opened our batting well but OMI #4 saw Paul retire hurt after only a few overs with a hamstring injury. A few of us got starts but could bag 50! SWP was run out for 23, Pete toiled with the bat and eventually got 23, Anthony was dangerous in his 18, Frank top scored on 25 and Stu not out on 24. The captain ran out Brett this week. He is making a habit of getting his own team mates out and is losing friends fast!
We were 30 short, we came second again!
The pub looked like a casualty ward after the match. There were injuries, sore muscles and broken hearts. The boat race was an easy victory, and although we needed that win to save our day, we really wanted to beat Walsh’s in the match to keep the VB Cup dream alive.
Stu was our man of the match, but I think everyone who came and watched the game – even the dog that ran on the pitch – had a fun few hours.
GAME 4 – BUNGENDORE ROYALS v BRAIDWOOD
We ventured to Braidwood on Sunday – with one plan – bring the Cup home! Simple really.
The toss was critical. It went down to the wire and it could of went either way. It was a 50/50 call. Anthony had trained for this all week. He was at the top of his game, and despite showing some fatigue and tiredness – he was ready for this moment.
He called heads.
The coin spun evenly through the air and bounced messily on the ground. It was heads, all the boys were happy, Anthony a little bit relieved. Braidwood were sent into bat.
We had a debutant this week. FRANK THE TANK had been talking ‘this cricket crap’ for a while now so this was his time to shine. We all respect the game – we wash our clothes, dress in white, and pray to the cricket gods 3 times a week; but FRANK THE TANK looked like a gangster. Dressed in black, plenty of attitude and a razor sharp wit. He was thrown the new ball and told to win us the match.
It was a little bit odd we thought, but a 3 step run up for an express bowler was a little strange. The first 3 balls didn’t bounce. 6,4,6. The opening batsmen for Braidwood were loving this, and as a result, Franks career as an opening bowler was short lived. He was nimble in the field however, and the ball kept finding him, making him run all over the park. He was involved all day, and despite 3 degree sunburn, we hope to see him next game.
No one stood out for us in the field. Anthony and Rob bowled tight, Greg troubled the batsmen despite being told by the doctor not to bowl, and we went to lunch chasing 222. Braidwood knotched up another big score and gave us plenty of reasons to play awesome cricket after the break.
We started well. Our 2 openers (Paul and SWP) got us off to a solid start. Paul played some amazing strokes, a couple of big hits as he is known to do and was unlucky not to hit 50 (47). At drinks we were line ball with Braidwood and only 1 down so we were feeling pretty good. Rob was in a dangerous mood. He struck 29 in record time but was very unfortunate to miss hit a loose delivery and was caught in the deep. SWP retired on 51, Gerry was run out by the captain – and it is fair to say that we will hear about this for a long time to come. FBK, Anthony and Greg all showed a glimpse, but didn’t get on with it, so it came down to the debutant – FRANK THE TANK – to win the game for us. But the win meant bigger than our cricket team – he needed to win the game for BUNGENDORE.
Franks first ball, he got a run; we needed 27 more.
The second ball Frank faced he monstered a 4. Frank was all over this game of cricket.
The next ball he swung and missed. Unlucky!
He was bowled the next ball. He single handedly lost the game for the village of Bungendore. There were children crying the streets of our town, with the disappointment of what could of been!
Frank still got the Man of the Match award. He played good for his first match. We lost the game, we lost the boat race. But let’s talk about the toss again!
Next week we are at home again against Walsh’s. It is the last match this year and well worth a look. The first ball will be at 11am at the Elmslie Cricket Ground (Warren Little Oval) and it is a good fun day for all – pub cricket at its best!
GAME 3 – BUNGENDORE ROYALS v RUC CLUB
The Bungendore Royals cricket team hosted the RUC Club of Canberra on Sunday and we were feeling good! The team was well rounded, the ground was in perfect condition and the weather – although a bit chilly – ensured we got a full game of cricket in. We were surprised with the amount of morning traffic there was around the ECG. Dog walkers, power walkers, kids on bikes and some lost souls on their way home. They all watched local cricket in its raw state – life is good!
Our skipper Anthony lost the toss. We gave him 1 job!
We kicked some rocks, shrugged our shoulders and got on with the task on hand. Rob opened the bowling, got murdered on the first 5 balls, and got a wicket on the last. Phew! 1 for 10 off the first over wasn’t great but we were glad we got the wicket early their opener could of really hurt us! We bowled pretty good, fielded pretty tight and went into drinks at 2 for 95. That wasn’t bad, but wasn’t sensational either. After the break Scratcher showed us a touch of brilliance. Sure he dropped a couple of catches and patrolled the covers like a blind man with no legs but his caught and bowled was world class. He told us all how blessed the Bungendore Royals are to have him in our side and his wicket got greater and greater as the night progressed.
Mark cooked us a sensational feast back at the pub, but Chris and Paul didn’t indulge as they had a job to do. 47 and 50 retired was a sensational start to the innings and although the match went to the last few overs, the 190 runs we were chasing were never in doubt after the opening stand. FBK (front bar kisser) Rob and Red all got some runs and we reached their total in the 26th over. It’s the first time we have beaten the RUC and the beer back at the pub tasted sweet.
The boat race was run, close but Gerry brought us home with a victory in the last leg. It seems that we may need some work before next week so extra time at the front bar may be needed! Paul got Man of the Match, Anthony drank from the winners pewter into the night and Bungendore can rest easy tonight because all is good with the world.
Braidwood at Braidwood next week, then Walsh’s at home. Did I mention we beat the RUC?
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!