Veni, Vidi, Mauli - Tied Score for Charity Cricket!

Controversy and excitement reigned supreme as this year's return match unfolded under perfect blue skies at the Maleny Showgrounds last Saturday. 

The crowd was kept entertained (and guessing...) right to the last over.    The hilarious commentary from Zinc 96.1 DJ - Nugget and Sam Coward, was a highlight for the crowd and players, with some very creative sledging.     And the array of pj's being worn by the players had to be seen to be believed.

There was much said about the new look Andrew Powell team this year.    He had invested heavily in the off season putting it together.    But it takes more than money and power to make a winning team.    It takes soul!

And the spirit of the Maleny Maulers shone through magnificently.    Batting first, Maleny Maulers's scored 9 for 164 off 30 overs, with Steve Chaddock (top scoring for the match) on 37 and Peter Moore 30, both not out, laying the foundations for the rest of the team - which included 30 not out by Matt Babarovitch and an entertaining 29 by Kelly Cork.    It was Kelly Cork’s  ripple-causing LBW dismissal that amplified as the day progressed; in a game where BW is banned!    Not that the Maulers complained - after all - the umpire is always right.    The pick of the Celebrity XI” bowlers was young Eli Borich, with 1 / 18.

After a delicious barbeque lunch from MDSRC, the Celebrity X1 innings got off to a flying start with Nugget (30 not out) and Greg Corkin (27 not out). Mick Glover then made hay for his 30, Richard Coward carved out a quick 29 and brother Sam Coward a lively 16.

Technically, at the last drinks break, this match for all intents and purpose was all-over-red-rover.    Sitting pretty on 4 / 143,  18 runs needed from 9.4 overs with six batsmen left, only a fool would have put their money on the Maulers from this position - or a cunning umpire.    But it's a funny old game, cricket, and with discipline and spirit and a never-say-die attitude, the Maulers dug deep and watched the batting lineup collapse - the seminal moment was in the 47th over, with only four runs needed.

Mr Powell stroked the ball through covers for an easy 3 but Inge Hall was too busy adjusting her pads to run - the runs and the match went begging.    Umpire Vince Carbery then sensationally gave Andrew Powell out LBW (Vince was unavailable for comment as he and Val are on their to Barbados and the Seychelles to check out their newly acquired five star properties.)

The other umpire, Mr Colin Dunn (Professor of Cricket), defended his colleague's decision to the end.    He said he was "Appalled that the integrity of an umpire could be called into question - especially from a team who had a fielder with a bucket on her head and oven mitts on her hands!”

Before anyone could blink it was all over.    The Maulers took the last wicket with two balls to spare, and the score for the Celebrity Eleven? 10 for 164.     Said Andrew Powell "I've fallen short again - by the slimmest of margins.     Hats off to the Maulers - but I'll be back next year!"

Simon Denver, as the Captain who retains the Golden Thong Trophy, showed true natural grace, stating “Cricket was the real winner today!"

Best bowling figures went to the Mauler's Matt Babarovitch, 3 for 8, with Celebrity XI Mick Glover deservedly awarded Man-of-the-Match for his excellence with bat, ball and fielding.

MDSRC thanks their volunteers who ran the very tasty barbecue, Sarah Widin and Paul Dingle for keeping the refreshments going so well on such a hot day – and Luke Wilkinson for his amazing feat of keeping score amid the chaos.       Hopefully, the day has raised a decent sum for the Pyjama Foundation - the final tally is still unknown, with some players still collecting donations.

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