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McIvor Times - - LOCALCLASSIES - To­tal ....................................................... 8/106 (cc) Fall: Bowl­ing: RAY­WOOD To­tal......................................................................90 Fall: Bowl­ing:

HEATH­COTE v RAY­WOOD at Bar­rack Re­serve, Heath­cote Toss won by Ray­wood, elected to bat

K Hog­gins b B Con­forti .......................................15 U Ku­mar c JR Pais­ley b K Bloom......................... 8 N Bur­ton b K Bloom ...............................................0 B Lat­ter b L Bell ..................................................13 D Shah c SP Osicka b K Bloom ...........................0 S Strom b K Bloom ................................................1 A Austin b L Bell.....................................................3 JX Ma­her c A Wil­liamson b SP Osicka............... 28 D Brown not out................................................... 26 A Led­din not out .....................................................0 Ex­tras (nb 1, w 3, b 6, lb 2) ................................12

Overs.....................................................................40

24 (K Hog­gins) 28 (D Shah) 28 (N Bur­ton) 28 (U Ku­mar) 34 (S Strom) 48 (B Lat­ter) 50 (A Austin) 105 (JX Ma­her)

L Bell 8-3-1-15, T Glee­son 8-2-0-20, B Con­forti 8-4-1-8, K Bloom 8-4-5-15, JR Pais­ley 4-0-1-20,

Tim Glee­son to open the bowl­ing at­tack with Luke Bell. De­spite bowl­ing well and mak­ing scor­ing dif­fi­cult, the open­ing bowlers were un­able to achieve a break­through. Gil­more de­cided to play the ace he had been keep­ing up his sleeve in terms of Bren­don Con­forti.

Con­forti, who had not been bowled for sev­eral weeks, was seething with anger. It was now time to un­leash him on to the Ray­wood open­ing bats­men.

Bowl­ing with plenty of heat, Con­forti put Ray­wood un­der im­me­di­ate pres­sure and had Hog­gins clean bowled.

Kevin Bloom has been the late-inthe-in­nings bowl­ing spe­cial­ist for Heath­cote, a role he has ex­celled at. His bowl­ing av­er­age has been so im­pres­sive he has linked it from My Cricket to his Tin­der pro­file.

With Bloom there has been the ques­tion of quan­tity over qual­ity, with his wick­ets com­ing from de­stroy­ing the crick­et­ing as­pi­ra­tions of 12-yearold boys bat­ting down the or­der.

Gil­more, in get­ting Bloom to re­place Glee­son, pro­vided a test to see if the bowler was the real deal.

Bloom re­sponded with a wicket in

HEATH­COTE D McLean b B Lat­ter ...........................................10 JR Pais­ley b D Lawton........................................ 12 L Bell c A Austin b B Lat­ter .................................20 T Glee­son lbw b D Lawton.....................................0 JA Con­don b D Lawton ..........................................0 B Con­forti c S Strom b D Lawton ..........................7 CJ Gil­more c N Bur­ton b S Strom ..................... 14 A Wil­liamson run out ............................................14 K Bloom c A Austin b A Led­din .............................2 L Jac­ques c U Ku­mar b A Led­din..........................2 SP Osicka not out...................................................0 Ex­tras (nb 4, w 1, b 2, lb 3) .................................10

Overs..................................................................37.4

16 (D McLean) 27 (T Glee­son) 27 (JR Pais­ley) 27 (JA Con­don) 38 (B Con­forti) 68 (L Bell) 72 (CJ Gil­more) 87 (K Bloom) 87 (A Wil­liamson) 90 (L Jac­ques)

B Lat­ter 8-4-2-9, U Ku­mar 8-4-0-21, D Lawton 8-5-4-14, N Simp­son 5-2-0-9, JX Ma­her 2-0-0-14, A Led­din 3.4-1-2-3, S Strom 3-0-1-15

his first over and then clean bowled Bur­ton in his sec­ond.

Then four balls later there were two sounds al­most in­dis­tin­guish­able from each other they oc­curred in such quick suc­ces­sion — the first the bright snick of leather against wil­low and the sec­ond a dull thud.

On close in­spec­tion Bloom dis­cov­ered the ball lodged deep in­side the chest of Osicka who was field­ing at gully.

Bloom was quick to cel­e­brate tak­ing an­other wicket which saw Osicka flinch­ing away say­ing: “Stop touch­ing me, Kevin”.

Even keen ob­servers Ron Shep­pard and Peter Con­don, the Statler and Wal­dorf of Heath­cote cricket, ap­plauded the wicket.

In a dev­as­tat­ing bowl­ing spell, Bloom was re­warded with five wick­ets (three of which were clean bowled) and Ray­wood in a world of trou­ble at 7/50 in the 27th over.

A 55-run part­ner­ship for the 8th wicket saw a fight back from Ray­wood and bol­stered their fi­nal score to 106.

Darcy McLean and Jack Pais­ley opened the bat­ting for Heath­cote. Both bats­men looked as­sured and had the

score­board tick­ing over nicely, fig­u­ra­tively speak­ing as the Heath­cote score­board is so bro­ken that team mem­bers would rather um­pire at square leg than try to use it.

McLean was out with the score on 16 and then Pais­ley with the score on 23, but Heath­cote was still in com­mand.

An­other two wick­ets though saw Heath­cote at 4/27 but with Bell and Con­forti at the crease.

Both bats­men bat­ted within them­selves and re­spon­si­bly know­ing there were still plenty of overs to chase a mod­est to­tal.

The game had turned into one of attrition, with Ray­wood bowl­ing tight and the bats­men plac­ing a very high price on their re­spec­tive wick­ets.

Like the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, The McIvor Times cricket re­port has of­fered up an al­ter­nate truth at times but what we re­port next did ac­tu­ally oc­cur.

In the heat of such tense con­test, a bus pulled up be­side the oval and out jumped a male streaker who in­vaded the pitch dressed only in a tutu.

Tim Glee­son, in­censed at such an in­sult to cricket’s sen­si­bil­ity, did his best Richie Mc­Caw and speartack­led the streaker to the ground. Where the

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