Darjeeling Tea Leaves were the first to see action in the Bowl competition facing the Clifton Hill Tom Cats in a mid afternoon encounter, with Chris Dommett winning the toss and electing to bat, opening with himself and Andy Tideswell and although scoring steadily with the loss of no wickets, boundaries were few and far between, until the fourth over when AT was caught and bowled for 10 of 9 balls, Tyson joined Chris not to face a ball with Darjeeling finishing on 45 – 1 of 5 with Chris 26 not out of 20 balls, definitely not enough runs on the board! As expected Clifton Hill knocked off the target within 3 overs with only the loss of 1 wicket, the match against Thai Thevada the following day had now become a must win game.
The Tea Leaves on at 10:55 on the Wednesday morning faced the youthful exuberance of Thai Thevada, with Darjeeling in the field they needed to restrict the kids to as small a total as possible, so tactics were employed to see how they could hand the spin of Stuart Matthewson for the first over and Mike Terrington for the second, hoping this would lead to a couple of quick wickets. It was not to be with Thevada racing to 27, Ron Jones then claimed a valuable scalp in the third over 41 -1, Charl Botes then cleaned out the other opener for a tight over of 8 – 1 and Tyson Barrington finishing the bowling with only 11 of him, Thai Thevada 60- 2 of their 5 overs and a target the Tea Leaves could chase down.
Opening with Tyson and Chris, Chris going for 2 caught and bowled on the 4th ball – disaster, bringing Ron to the crease, after 3 overs the Tea Leaves were still in the hunt with 40 on the board, with the fourth over going for 15 the Tea Leaves could smell that elusive first victory and with Ron blasting a four of the third ball of the last over Darjeeling were home with a potential Semi Final in the offing, dependant only on the result of Thai Thevada v Clifton Hill Tom Cats.
Friday came too soon for the early game at 10:10 between Darjeeling and Bashundara Cricketers, who elected to bat, and over the course of 5 overs put on a stunning display of batting to amass 105 – 1 with the Darjeeling response well below par only reaching 39 – 4. Their game in the afternoon was a now a vital must win against the Redland Tigers at 14:50!
In between the Darjeeling games the Tea Leaves fate was decided as the Tom Cats failed to defend a low total of 53 against Thai Thevada chasing down the score in the fourth over, Tea leaves missing out by a bonus point!
With the showdown now at hand with Paul Sackley winning the toss and putting the Tigers into bat, who proceeded to amass 95 – 1 of their five overs. With a short break in between innings Darjeeling opening with the pairing of Brian Scholtz and James Grisdale, saw Jim back in the hutch after a communication error saw him run out, with Paul Sackley blasting 3 sixes in the fourth over after Brian had retired for 30, Darjeeling were still short by 22 as the last ball was delivered, the Tigers progressing into the Semi Finals.
Both teams now out of the competition and a forced rest day with no cricket between them on the Saturday!