RAIN has ruined what was turning into one of the best matches seen for many years at Melbourne Country Week as the Kings Cars HDCA team and Mornington Peninsula (2) played out a draw on Wednesday.
The match was played at the picturesque Moorabin Village ground, home of Moorabin CC, and the wicket could not have been better.
Both captains wanted to bat first on a wicket that looked chock full of runs and the Mornington skipper called correctly and had first use of the wicket.
Harley McKenzie opened the attack for Hamilton and with his second ball managed to gain a bottom edge from the blade of Dylan O’Malley, which carried very low and to the right of ‘keeper Drew Pickford, who had to dive to his right to try and claim the catch one-handed.
Unfortunately it went down and that was the closest O’Malley came to being out until he finally left the crease in the 45th over.
No Matter what length the Hamilton bowers tried, O’Malley just punished them with some great shots to the fence all around the ground.
He and partner Jedd Flack raced to 50 from only 10 overs as the run rate spiralled with O’Malley dominating the partnership.
They had 81 on the board at the first drinks break after 17 overs and the Hamilton bowlers knew they were in for tough day at the office unless he was dismissed.
He did offer some half chances along the way, but he brought up his century in only the 25th over with the score on 122!
Flack played a very patient innings and simply gave O’Malley the strike, but in the 31st over he fell as Rhys Crowe trapped him in front of his stumps for only 28.
There is a saying in cricket that “one wicket brings two”, but that was not to be for the bowlers as Aaron Paxton came to the wicket and proceeded to put O’Malley in the shade with his dominant stroke play.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 22, 2014