LIONS v TIGERS HAVE A ROARING TIME
By Eleanor Phillips
Ley Hill Lions 145-9 & 132-10; Ley Hill Tigers 141-11 & 138-5
This was the annual inter-club match representing the end of Saturday cricket for this season. It was dedicated to the memory of Alex Johnson. The two teams were captained by Craig Peterson (Lions) and Ivan Veall (Tigers) and the format chosen was two 20 over innings per side with batters being asked to retire at 50 runs and 4 overs per bowler.
Lions batted first and were dealt a devastating blow when Henry Sussum bowled Joe Yerrell for a duck in his opening over. Luckily the departure of Joe brought skipper Craig to the crease who knocked off 41 runs from just 19 balls to get his team going. A couple of low scores (no names unless you score 20 plus!) then Chris Morris put bat to ball and tonked 53 off 29 balls to hurry the score along. None of the remaining batters got into double figures and in fact, three of them got ducks. Pick of the Tigers bowlers was Craig Ottaway (who else?) with 2 for 18.
In response, Tigers (who fielded 12 players including 10 year old Teddy Sussum) scored 141-11. Under my 20 run rule, the only batter I can mention is Geoff Sussum who scored 22. Pick of the Lions bowlers was Donald Petrie with 3 for 15.
There was a tea break then Lions took the field for their second innings. By this time, Paul Johnson had arrived and was invited to ceremonially bowl the first ball of the second innings. He did so and took Dave Peterson’s wicket! Dave was permitted to remain at the wicket and was bowled a second time 4 balls later by Brian Sussum. Score 0. The Lions 2 and 3 batters Joseph Lewin and Donald Petrie scored 30 and 50 respectively, and Donald told us it was the first time he had ever got 50 runs. None of the remaining Lions got above 20 so they don’t get a mention. Best of the Tigers bowlers was Henry Sussum with 4 for 17.
Tigers went for opposites in opening with their tallest player (Jamie Woodley) and shortest player (Teddy Sussum). With 35 runs from Brad Norton, 29 from Henry Sussum and not out scores from James Lagdon and Craig Ottaway of 22 and 25 respectively, they passed the Lions’ total in the 16th over to win the match. Best Lions bowler was Chris Morris with 2 for 21.
Chris was – over the two innings – the highest scoring batter with 69 runs and Henry was best bowler with 6 for 48 from the two innings.
A full score card for this match can be found if you navigate to “Information – Documents – Score Cards”.