Monday, January 31, 2011

20/20 KFC Cooma "Clash of the Codes" Final - Tigers Champions

Cooma Tigers vs Cooma Stallions 25/2/11 Rotary Oval

The tigers won the toss and elected to bat under wonderful conditions. The openers G Van Der Plaat (45) and Iain Elliot (68) set the tone from the first ball with Van Der Plaat smashing the first ball of the day for 4. The two batsman took apart the stallions bowlers despatching regular boundaries including several big 6's. The introduction of C Hillman (3-31) into the attack saw the breakthrough on the score of 89 in only the 9th over. Hillman and D Smith (0-25) managed to slow down the run rate ever so briefly- Elliot picked up his run rate and bought up his 50 with a lovely cut for 4 with the Stallions starting to rue a couple of early missed chances as the run rate closed in on an alarming 9 an over. Elliot dismissed in only the 15th over for a well made 68. The Tigers
middle order while not as devestating as the top order kept ticking the runs over and after 20 overs the Tigers made a very imposing 4/163.

The Stallions were going to need a big start from N Moon and S Dunn if they stood any chance of chasing down the Tigers large score. In the twilight the Stallions found batting very difficult against the Tigers N Moon bowled in the 3rd over bought Wolf to the crease, Wolf and Dunn worked hard at the crease but found it very difficult to hit boundaries. The running between the wickets was just keeping them in the game and as is often the case in 20/20 just as things looked like turning for the Stallions both batsman fell in consecutive balls to the bowling of Kuhn (2-10). The Stallions never recovered as wickets continued to fall as the run rate require blew out to well over 10 an over. L Redmond chief  destroyer with (3-20). The match finished in only the 14th over when Jarred Tonini pulled off a classic catch at covers. The Tigers were awarded the inagural KFC clash of the codes shield. Iain Elliot awarded the Aussie hotel player of the match.