MacGillivray hosted Parndana this week at what turned out to be a batters’ paradise.
MacGillivray and Parndana generally provide a showcase for the spectators and this week was no exception, providing plenty of big hitting in the cool and blustery conditions at the MCC.
Parndana won the toss and elected to bat, with S. Horjus showing his intent on the third ball of the innings, sending it to the boundary with ease.
It began a 124-run partnership with E. Trethway that included another outstanding Horjus century off of just 69 balls with 12 fours and 5 sixes, bringing it up well before the drinks break.
Horjus managed to frustrate pretty much all of the MacGillivray bowlers with his free hitting, with the first real chance going down on the boundary with Horjus on 97.
D. Lockett took the ball for the first time since Round 2 and along with J. Bald combined to slow the run rate, however Horjus continued to hit boundaries that a few MacGillivray bowlers grumbled were unhittable.
Lockett finally got one through Horjus’ defence, bowling Horjus with 4 balls to drinks, ending a big hitting innings and allowing MacGillivray some relief from retrieving balls from over the boundary.
After drinks there was a continual procession of boundaries with the occasional wicket, as Parndana looked to capitalise on the outstanding start from Horjus and E. Trethewey.
B. Havelberg chipped in with a quick fire 41 and was well supported by Z. Tretheway (31). Some late hitting by May, Smith and Florance saw Parndana with a respectable total of 271.
MacGillivray batters required the same clean hitting that gave them the big score last week, and N. Berry picked up where he left off last week, finding the boundaries frequently, however as M. Grindley (1/38 off 9 overs) gave little at his end, Bald and Berry had to be patient and wait for the hittable balls to come.
With Berry freeing his arms and J. Bald seeing beach balls, it took an outstanding caught and bowled from M. Cooper (1/76 off 7.2 overs) to dismiss Bald just as he was looking his most dangerous.
B. Willson came to the crease and looked determined to make up for the week before and after a sluggish start, began finding the gaps and supported Berry well.
S. Horjus was brought on before drinks to try and break the partnership and did so by taking both the wickets of Willson and then Berry (51 off 57) in the same over, swinging the game in Parndana’s favour.
R. Bullard and I. Bolto managed to get through to drinks, giving MacGillivray 150 to chase down off 126 balls.
The partnership of Bullard and Bolto turned out the be the match winner, as they first got themselves settled then began finding both boundaries and gaps in the field regularly.
Some tight bowling from M. Johnson (0/28 off 7 overs) and Grindley saw the required run rate climb steadily, but as it climbed, Bullard and Bolto began pressing the fielders and finding boundaries to ensure the chase was manageable.
The late run out of I. Bolto (61 off 64) from some sharp fielding from Horjus and Cooper with 5 overs left gave Parndana a hope and MacGillivray needing 36 off 5 overs, however C. Bolto walked out determined not to leave it to the final over and continued his late big hitting from the previous week’s game.
In the end, C. Bolto (21 off 13) and Bullard (83 off 73) steered the home team to victory with 8 balls to spare in what will go down as another classic match between the MCC and PCC, providing plenty of entertainment for those watching. – Sub-fielder