On a day where the bush fires and smoke dissipated and a cooling breeze graced the Rosewood Ground at Barker, IZingari Australia lost the toss and were invited to bowl. Craig Hambleton (Wis) opened as usual but with an unusual partner in Malcolm McDonald coming out of temporary retirement but straight back in to the swing of things with his left armers. Despite some tidy bowling from both, the Barker openers took the long handle to everything straightish or uppish and the score raced away uncomfortably early in the piece. Wis responded with some choice observations on the young Barker lads disrespectful attitudes and also by bowling straighter and picked up 3 wickets including the prize of the chief opening antagonist and a superb legside catch behind the stumps by Roger Davies playing his first game of the year.
Guest Scott Taylor picked up the ball from the construction site end coming off his shorter run up and John Pickhaver took the ball at the end of Wis’ stanza and into the breeze found out that the Barker lads seemed only to have trained for pace, picking up 5 wickets and slowing the runs down. Some fantastic fielding from Taylor with a sharp catch and Ben Van der Merwe with a long distance direct hit run out added support to the bowling attack which soon saw the introduction of Lachy Bayliss with some sharp and tight bowling and in the end the home side were all out for 176 in the [33rd over].
IZingari Australia started strong with Jessie Stewart and Ben Van der Merwe at the crease with some sharp bowling from Barker. Ben displayed some smooth shot making to reach 20 in good time and guest Stuart Waugh compiled a neat 22 along side. Mitch Cassie made a tidy 22 but the star of the innings was Lachy Bayliss With others not lasting more than a few overs and the score at 7 for 116 in the 22nd over, Mal McDonald arrived at the crease to join Lachy Bayliss. In a classic entertaining run chase combination Lachy Bayliss steered the side home eventually making 74 not out and stood in a partnership with McDonald, who brilliantly farmed the strike in a text book supporting role scoring 7 of the winning partnership of 63.
A roller coaster of a game but an entertaining win to IZingari Australia.
Barker 176 defeated by I Zingari 7 for 179 in the 34th over.