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AUSTRALIA 050S UK TOUR 2017

GAME 12 AUSTRALIA 050S VS ESSEX 050S

AT BRENTWOOD CC ESSEX

WEDNESDAY 2nd AUG 2017

Today is a short story of lost opportunity for the Australian 050 cricketers to stamp their authority on this UK tour. To say we are bewildered is an understatement.

We awoke to the sight of dark threatening black rain clouds rolling in from Russia or somewhere where dark threatening black rain clouds derive from. Despite this foreboding aurora it was the usual team swim at the local leisure centre where the 80 yrs olds + had become our adoring fans. Everyone said “good luck today” but they didn’t think we would play much cricket. Maybe they had just returned from Russia.

A short breakfast of the usual powered /scrambled/ turbulent eggs; regurgitated sausages/drowned tinned tomatoes and nuked hash browns Uni food was just the best start to what eventuated to be a crap day at the office.

We ran to the vehicles with gear in tow as it started to rain from those dark threatening black rain clouds from Russia or whatever to the bosoms of our mates in our respective vehicles and we rumbled down the M whatever to a place north of London called Brentwood CC. One of the most interesting moments of the day was the passage through the famous Dartford Tunnel under the Thames. Shortly thereafter we arrived at our scene of combat ready to do battle with the leading county in group 5 –Essex.



The team announced today was Paul Stenhouse Capt; Mal Coleman; Gordon McGurk; Warwick Hayes Clayton Johnson wkt; Mick Munro ; Fabian Heaton; Peter Judd; Steve Moore; Ross Belstead; Bob McGee; and Tim Sargent.

The terms of engagement for both teams were determined by those dark clouds rolling in from wherever namely 40 overs/ 8 overs a bowler/ recycle at 40/4 piece ball/4 in the circle and usual leg side wides./Duckworth Lewis in case of interruptions.

The toss was vital. Skipper Paul called correctly and we were fielding and chasing. In the dressing our leader called for focus; intensity and sheer determination. This was a real game to show a team of champions what a champion team can do.