Ulladulla United heralded the start of summer and our first home game of the year at Frog’s Hollow when Shoalhaven Ex Servo’s came to town to face the might of the Under 12’s in a 5th vs 6th showdown.
The infamous Frog’s is best described as a bowler’s paradise, where a sweetly timed shot to the boundary will score you one maybe two runs. With damage to the wicket on the northern end, it was agreed that all batting would be from the southern or Matron Porter Drive end. At this end, onside shots have the added difficulty of overcoming the indentations of the wonderfully placed 100m athletics track. On the offside (or onside for lefties) for those skilful enough to play the shot, the degree of difficulty was balanced beautifully by 3cm higher grass cut in their infinite wisdom by council.
Ulladulla won the toss and batted. Will Kingston and Zac Chapman got us off to our best start to the season with Zac bringing up his first ever retirement and Will once again looking good before a lapse of concentration saw him run out for 9. Ken Owens and Solomon Fairs also made good contributions before retiring with 12 and 9 runs respectively. Captain Harrison Fairs looked a little shaky to start but got going with 3 rare boundaries to reach 24 not out. A few wickets were lost late as we threw the bat at everything and in the end we made a respectable 4 for 88.
With runs as rare as an Aussie Test win in Asia, chasing down 88 was always going to be tough at Frogs and Ulladulla got off to a great start with our best bowling effort of the season seeing Ex-Servo’s reeling at 7 for 40 at drinks. With victory seemingly only minutes away Dulla threw the kitchen sink at our opposition, but credit must go to Ex Servo batters Ben Richards and Erik who lasted the remaining 15 overs without loss. Although they fell 18 runs short, their determination and patience were a lesson for us all. So finally, Dulla have a well-deserved second win of the season in a match played in great spirit if not great conditions.
Overall, man of the match was a tough choice, Ken Owens with his 1/5 off 5 overs and 12 with the bat went close but ultimately Harrison Fairs with 24 not out and 2/7 off 5 overs got the nod. Big game next week against 3rd placed North Nowra. And you know what they say girls and boys, “Big game, early night and NO FORTNITE’ please.