Twenty four Cricket NL members made the trip to Harbour Grace on Sunday to play a demonstration match. We split into two teams, named for the original clubs of Harbour Grace, the Alexandra and Union clubs. Saravana captaining the Union team, won the toss and bowled first. Playing on our old roll out pitch was a challenge for players used to our current excellent playing surface but the Alexandras scored 93 from their 10 overs. Rahul Vashishtha impressed the sizeable crowd with some typical big hitting, Jazz Tucker took two wickets, and Dhurvika Solanki took a a stunning catch at short cover.
The Unions started slow and lost early wickets. Irtiza Dar batted well in the middle order, as did Nethmini who played some fine shots. Mukul Diwan’s lower order hitting brought the Unions to the brink of winning, but some good fielding brought the match to an exciting conclusion – with three needed off the last ball, the Alexandras executed a run out as the batsman tried a short single, but their victory celebrations were premature – it was a no ball and left two to win. The last ball was re-bowled, a run completed and another run out tied the match. Despite calls for a super over, the result stood.
Following the match, a number of spectators took the opportunity to try their hand at the game, and showed some real aptitude. Thanks to Mayor Don Coombs (who definitely has potential as a batsman) and Matt McCarthy for their help in organizing the event – we hope to return in the future.

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