- Match Report
WOMBATS GET FIRST POINTS FOR THE YEAR
by Ian Gason
For those of you that weren’t there, finally the Wombats registered a win, a comprehensive win at that, over Sheik’s Falcons. Falcons were dismissed for 87, and Bird and Robb (The Axeman) seeing us home with 8 wickets in hand.
In an ominous start for the Wombats, Sheik cut a first ball loosener from John straight to Marty in the gully who held on to a sharp catch. From then on in, Wombats kept the pressure on with tight bowling and sharp fielding. Falcons never really got a partnership built, as wickets fell regularly. John cut through the top order to finish with 4/21 from 8. Bird picked up a couple, as well as figuring in a sharp run out in the latter stages. Only 1 catch went down all day (Bird bowled the guy in the same over) and the returns to the stumps were spot on all day. Top all round effort in the field.
Perhaps the only bright spot for the Falcons was Sanath Jayasiriya and Chaminda Vaas popping down to have a look at cricket Japan style. Play was stopped for a short period while they signed bats, shirts, and hats, and posed with the teams for photographs.
Daniel and Bird opened the innings, breaking up the field with quick singles, until Daniel was run out. Chuck was on the receiving end of a stiff LBW, which brought Robb to the crease. The bowling never troubled the pair- Robb so at ease that he abandoned footwork altogether, earning yet another nickname, The Axeman. Runs came at ease, to all parts of the ground, and with over 10 overs to go, Robb axed a ball through the covers to bring up the winning runs. Their partnership was wort 70 runs.
Well done to all the boys.