My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

When is a run-out not a run-out?!

on January 18, 2013

When it’s the Auckland Aces HRV Cup team, trying to dismiss Cameron Borgas of the Wellington Firebirds’ HRV Cup team!  😉

Firebirds v Aces at the Basin Reserve

Firebirds v Aces at the Basin Reserve

Seriously, it was like a comedy on the Basin Reserve this evening as the Wellington Firebirds and Auckland Aces faced off in the preliminary final of the HRV Cup domestic 20/20 competition at the Hawkins Basin Reserve!

Of course, it all started swimmingly for the home side, winning the toss and doing what seems to be most successful for them this season and that is batting first, and letting Jesse Ryder have free rein with the bat, to set a defendable total.

And boy, did he bat well!

Facing up to the opening over from Matt Quinn for the Aces, Ryder proceeded to smash 20 runs off the 6 deliveries!

And then proceeded to score 46 runs off the 17 balls he faced in total, making it an extremely entertaining 14 minutes of cricket for the home fans who had flocked to the Basin Reserve in their numbers (It has to be said – a winning team does seem to bring in the supporters!)

When the opening batsmen departed in quick succession for the Firebirds, it was left to the likes of Michael Papps (70 not out), Cameron Borgas (29), Luke Ronchi (21) and Theo Doropoulos (10*) to steady the ship and set a very defendable 182/4 total.

Welcome back to the Basin, Lou Vincent!

Welcome back to the Basin, Lou Vincent!

Ably assisted by a fair few dropped catches and fielding blunders by the visiting team, including said run-out attempt.  Cameron Borgas survives an appeal for Leg Before Wicket (LBW) by the Aces fieldsmen, defending the ball into the point region … he sets off for a single but is wisely sent back by his partner at the other end … he turns, slips over in the middle of the pitch, yet still has time to get to his feet and return to his crease as the Auckland fieldsman fires the ball at the stumps and proceeds to miss!  The fans watching were left open-mouthed with confusion, wondering how the heck Borgas was still alive at the crease – ha ha!

Another highlight was Lou Vincent fielding the ball from the boundary fence – he picked the ball up and then tossed it to one of the boys standing alongside the fence, watching, just so he could get involved in the game and throw it back to him!

Act 1 ended and it’s time for the Firebirds to show that they can defend a total of 180 (ish) for the second time in a week (Firebirds v Knights, 13 January 2013 scorecard) and again, it started so well with Ili Tugaga trapping danger man, Lou Vincent, in front of the wickets for a first-ball duck!

The Aces star import, Aaron Finch, made a valiant 44 of 30 balls to get the team close to their required target, but the Firebirds took wickets at regular intervals and bowled economically to restrict the Auckland side from scoring any more than 159 runs off their 20 overs.

Which means, it will hopefully be “third time’s the charm” on Sunday afternoon as the Wellington Firebirds attempt to beat the Otago Volts in Dunedin for the tournament title for this season.  So far this season, the Otago side has had the better side of the results, but they will be tested with losing the likes of Jimmy Neesham and Nathan McCullum to New Zealand duties in South Africa, and so hopefully, the Firebirds can go one better this year and put a trophy in the cabinet back at the Basin Reserve!

Firebirds v Aces, 18 January 2013 scorecard

And then saying hello to Lou Vincent, Theo Doropoulos, Laura McGoldrick and Mark Richardson after the game … just about made up for being spotted by a Sky Sport cameraman eating my dinner of hot chips half way through the Firebirds’ batting innings!  😉

Finally have the courage to say hello to Mark "Rigger" Richardson!

Finally have the courage to say hello to Mark “Rigger” Richardson!

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