I Zingari Australia v Old Aloysians – Jack Pace Shield Final, March 1
On a glorious first day of Autumn, both Clubs took to the field at Goddard Park for the 2019-20 Jack Pace Shield final. The groundstaff delivered a firm, hard wicket and a well presented and maintained outfield. With the new picket fence, Goddard Park provided a wonderful venue for the final.
On winning the toss, Old Aloysians decided to bat first. Although looking a hard surface, it was not as easy to bat on as it looked. There was the occasional ball that deviated quite a bit, while others tended to stop a bit. Old Aloysians worked hard against a tight opening spell from Michael Burgess. His 7 overs, delivered a return of 2/22. There were constant partnerships from Old Aloysians which IZA was able to constantly break when they looked threatening. At the drinks break after 18 overs, Old Aloysians were 2 for 57.
The second half of the innings saw most wickets caught in the outfield as they tried to increase the scoring rate. Tight spells from Chris Payne (0/28 off 7) and Charlie Taylor (3/30 off 6) kept the pressure on the batters. Lachy Bayliss finished the innings off with a spell of 4/19. With two balls remaining Old Aloysians were dismissed for 140.
Ben Van der Merwe and Jackson Isakka began the IZA reply. With Jackson out for 0 and skipper Michael Bryant back in the hut for 3, IZA were 2 for 18. However, Lachy Bayliss and Charlie Taylor supported Ben as he passed 50. There were some glorious shots interspersed with the occasional ugly slog, however, his 58 was the highest score in the match. His dismissal left IZA 5 for 85 after 25 overs. 56 runs were needed off 10 overs and the momentum was with Old Aloysians.
However, Andy Burgess and Tim Sutton combined in a 30 run partnership with Andy being out the ball after a wonderful drive for 6. This left 23 runs off 4 overs. Brent Hardy joined Tim Sutton and a mixture of good stroke and desperate running saw the equation down to 6 off the final over. Hardy then swept the first ball for 4. The next ball, he was run out attempting a second and what would have been the winning run. Alas, he was run out leaving the scores with four balls to play. Chris Payne hit the winning run with just two balls to spare.
The umpires commented on the spirit in which the game was played. A wonderful final.