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The Bungendore Royals Cricket Report

The Bungendore Royals Cricket Team continues to be a force to be reckoned with, in both our cricket skill and our boat racing ability. Our record this year is not sensational, but we are all excited of ‘what is about to happen’.

Our first match was postponed. The RUC Club was scared of losing, and pulled out with their tail between their legs. I’m taking that as a win.

Walsh’s Hotel came out to Bungendore for Game 2. We welcomed 4 new debutants to our ranks. Anthony, Jason, George and Matt were presented with their baggy blue caps and have done us proud.
Bungendore won the toss, sent Walsh’s into bat. A couple of early wickets, and we were looking pretty at 2 for 35. Stu and Anthony bowled well early, Hoba and Front Bar Kisser got 2 wickets each latter, and all out for 172 runs was an achievable target.
Mark cooked a fantastic lunch, but think the Bungendore boys had 1 too many sausages at lunch, because nothing good happened to us after lunch. The new boy – Anthony McCudden – topped scored with 18 runs. He got Man of the Match. The only thing else that rates a mention about our batting, is that Shakey ran out Gerry for a duck!

We won the boat race – so we ended up winners!

Match 3 was against Braidwood at Braidwood. We travelled there with the intention of kicking their butt, with the sour taste still in our mouth of us losing the VB Cup final last year still tasting yuk!
We lost the toss, and we were batting.
We got off to a flyer! Anthony retired on 58, Stu retired on 50, Paul, George and Jason got some good runs – but Gerry got another duck! The Bungendore Royals went to lunch on 212 and sitting pretty!
Our turn to bowl after lunch, and their big guns (Aaron Clarke, Boon, Blowesy) were sent all back in the pavilion after some sensational bowling from Stu, Brett and Anthony. We had drinks and the captain (Paul Opray) told me “Braidwood were on the ropes; they were bleeding; and we were just waiting for the ref to stop the fight!”
The rain then came down – AND HARD! After about 30mm, Bungendore reluctantly came off and called the match a draw. The Duckworth-Lewis calculations were not used, the gods robbed us and we were sad! We smashed them in the boat race – but it was an empty victory as we had them on toast and the rain cost us the match!

Captains Flat cancelled, they are scared too! We all get to drink beer, have Christmas and then get on with the cricket!

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