The trek To O’sullivan Beach to Face Southern looked in vain as rain poured down and Lightning flashed all around. Then the gods said all was ok and the sun came out. Angas lost the toss, Southern elected to bat and we got underway just a few minutes late. An early wicket to Hamish Gitsham and we thought things might go our way – but a strong left hander had other ideas and we saw a few disappear to the boundary. Another to Hamish with a classically casual catch to Will Warrick on the boundary, then they settled and at 2 for 57 things were starting to look a little ominous. Skipper Angas did an excellent job with good changes to bowlers and fields and when new boy Dusty Inglis recovered from his first over nerves and picked up 2 wickets, one with a lovely Yorker, we had the break through we needed.
Another twist then as Lightning and then rain brought an early tea and we lost over an hour of play. After the early break Sam Bruce bowled really well, turning the ball a lot on the matting and picking up 3 wickets along the way – one the dangerous lefty and some very smart catching from the 2 Wills saw Southerns in all sorts of trouble. Jack Konnis picked up one caught at first slip and then Angas brought Hamish back on and he finished the tail – the last 8 wickets gone for only 16 runs. Hamish finished with 4 and again bowled with some real heat! All out 73 – an excellent effort in tough conditions.
We had 45 minutes to bat and before Angas and Tully set about the chase we had a number of volunteers to act as night watchman if needed. None of the top 5 but everyone else! At stumps we were 0 for 40 off the 10 overs we faced with Angas 25no and Tully 7no and very well set to go on next week and give ourselves a real shot at an outright win. A very good day for us but the highlight was our execution and focus after the rain interruption, not always an easy thing to do!