The Ramblers had their semi-final against ICC on Sunday the 18th of January, and unfortunately, came up just short.
ICC batted first and were quite well held to make just 150 with their 20 overs. Some excellent late over bowling restricted the big hitting and caused a number of wickets to fall.
150 seemed like a gettable target, however the Ramblers lost Moose in the first over which put them on the back foot. Matt Smith came in and played well until getting bowled. Gilly who had also opened, hit a big, big six but couldn’t continue on, skying a top edge for a catch. Quick wickets followed with Jonny Ferris and Josh Haussen getting out to mis-timed pulls and Worky followed soon after.
So the Ramblers were 6 for about 40 at one stage. With 9 overs left, Nat Elliott and Damian Allen had got it to 6/60, so 90 remaining at 10 an over. Damian started to unleash, with everything coming off the middle. One six was thought to be one of the biggest sixes seen @ Hackham, with the ball clearing the carpark and almost landing on the soccer pitch. Huuuuge hit! Damian and Nat pushed the score along well, with Damian making 45 or so.
It was set for a big finish with 23 required off the last 18 balls, however the Ramblers fell 5 runs short.
Great to see some good support for the guys from various supporters. Looking forward to next year’s series now.
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