Melbourne Laneway Cricket Carnival ’08 Week 3

March 26, 2008

Greetings Cricket Lovers, we hope you have had a happy and blessed Easter. Footy season is upon us and unfortunately the Victorian Bushrangers may need most of it to chase down the total NSW set for them in the PURA CUP Final!

The weather remains ‘cricket like’ however and Round 3 of Melbourne’s inaugural Laneway Cricket Carnival saw teams brave the autumn hot spell in Latrobe Lane.

Kaz, Sharls and Sonja shone for the Middletons/Living Room Dumpsters in their resplendent red outfits and laughed their way to a record high score of 78 runs. The Goldman Sachs JBWere / Salvos Alleycats built slowly toward the total but at the height of the late charge were stopped in their tracks by Pommy, filling in for the Dumpsters, who obtained the first Laneway HAT-TRICK with 3 consecutive clean bowleds, including that of the amazing Mevan, in full flight, twice! Alleycats 39.

The second game was once again a thriller. For the third time in as many weeks a team well behind in the chase pulled off an unlikely and miraculous victory. Nathan, Tom, Stu, Matt, Scott and Chris for the PricewaterhousCoopers/Urban Seed Binjuice set the pace by pushing the record laneway team score out to a new frontier of 95. They then bowled well at the Mallesons Milkcraters who struggled to 32 off 8 overs. Enter Woodsy from Urban Seed’s Credo Cricket and Michael from Malleys needing an unlikely 64 off their 16 balls. The short boundary to the Chinatown end of Latrobe Lane had meant that the reverse sweep had been tried a few times throughout the evening night but with little success. Throwing caution to the wind Woodsy and Mike adopted a risky last over strategy of reverse sweeping everything which confused the fielding side and the runs piled up. Michael from Malley’s scooped the final delivery high into Chinatown and the game stopped. The umpire checked with the blokes on the BBQ as to whether or not it was a four or six. Delay, confusion, controversy, tension…’oh the drama of laneway’….. finally the ball was called six and the Milkcraters had got home by the barest of margins in a fairy tale.

Once again the pedestrian traffic is a unique part of the Laneway Cricket experience and our “game off” moments this round included someone working at Parliament House who left a card, keen to promote the concept; a businessman who said “this is the most innovative thing I’ve seen in a long time”; and a drunk Irishman who held a game up for five minutes because he just wanted to bowl one delivery!

This Friday we invite you to say farewell to Cricket Season at the home of Urban Seed’s Credo Cafe in Baptist Place off Little Collins Street between Swanston and Russell. Baptist Place is like the Lords of Laneway, the place where Credo Cricket began as a response to the heroin crisis back in 2000. It is still the location of Urban Seed’s residential community and our regular open lunch program. Feel free to invite friends and others who have shown some interest, it will be a great celebration!

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