The final match of the season; and maybe the summary of the entire season in one match because when we are good we are great and when we are bad we are awefull.
This game had seemingly nothing important in it, so it seemed. But little did we know.....
The game started by another toss won by captain W. van Huut (10) and without any surprise he choose to bat. After an inspiring peptalk about the team, the season we started off decent. Wijnand hit a few boundries before he was given LBW.
Also another failure from F. Cazius at the top of the order (4) made it look like we were in a spot of bother. But A. Poole (69) and S. Geenevasen (23) quickly righted that wrong. They scored at a brisk pace and after a good partnership of 80 S. Geenevasen was bowled. That brought in N. Fundter (5) but he couldn't add much to the score so it brought S. Silva to the crease. Silva has had mixed success with the bat this season but seemed to be showing a lot more form in the end of the season. He and Fonzie batted a few overs but after Fonzie was brilliantly caught at backward square one-handed it brought our international colour forth (another South African which we happy to welcome to our club!) and the runs started flowing. J.J. Arende (35) and Silva (78*) started scoring quickly and boundries were flowing. After Jason's departure Luxman came in with a huge cheer from the crowd! Silva and Luxman (2*) batted out the remainder of which gave Olympia 244 runs which seemed like a good total considering the attack of the day. But what came after that was something no one could imagine.
The sun was coming out and the day became brighter every minute.
The first ball of Olympia's innings bowled by J.J. Arendse was one quick to forget, a beamer aimed at the batsmen. But the next ball was a searing yorker which was heading for only one place: the off-stump; the bat came down late and the first wicket was a fact. From there one it became even more bizarre. The score after 15 overs (drinksbreak) read: 15-5-16. With Jason 1, Tuba 2 and Wijnand 3 wickets. A promise was made: if we bowled out the opponent under the magical number of 32 yellow riches would follow (a.k.a. beer). And we did exactly that, with the highlight of the second innings: W. van taking two in two, and on the hattrick produced the edge of the number 11 batsmen with the score on 19.... What happend next only happens in fairytales and the edge was dropped. Wijnand ended with match figures of 4-1-4-5. His best figures of the season. This gave Sander the opportunity to finish things off, he ended with match figures of 4.2-2-2-2 (the runs against were wides).
A seemingless none important match became a highlight of a good, sometimes great and sometimes bad season. A few stats to follow:
HBS' 20 a.o. is the lowest total scored by a visiting team in the history (please correct me if am wrong)
HBS scored less runs of the bat than the sum of the extra's
With his score of 69 Fonzie became the 2nd leading run scorer in the league with 429 at an avg. Of 53,63 in 9 innings (h.s.: 121)
With his 23 Sander passed the 300 runs mark at an avg. Of 27.45 (h.s.: 71)
Wijnand with his 5 wickethaul became this season leading wicket taker with 22 at an avg. off 13,36 (also leading catcher with 8 for Olympia)
An awesome day that started off like any other day... A great end to a nice season! With an old Olympian tradition that was carried out by one of our new commers: Reno Tuba... Thanks for a great display of sportsmanship!
I want to thank everybody for their support; the players, the substitute fielders, the fans/partners/parents/girlfriends/wives/sponsors etc. Let's hope that the newly laid foundation brings more success in the season of 2014!
With kind regards,