The MDL side traveled down to Richmond to face Barnes in this years MDL final. Barnes won the toss and elected to bat on what seemed to be a very flat track. Jack Bruce and Casey Marsh opened the bowling with Jack in particular bowling with great aggression and hostility, we managed to pick up a couple of early wickets. Will Chattaway followed and added some control as Barnes continued to find it tough going. However as the overs went by, Barnes grew in confidence as they began to build a pretty solid foundation. during the latter part of their innings they accelerated nicely, picking up regular boundaries. They eventually finished on 247 after their 40 overs, a very competitive score to post in a cup final.
In our reply, Tom Lytle and Henry Everitt got us off to a solid start, and they looked in no trouble as they passed 50 for the opening partnership. Henry was first to fall which brought Joe Emanuel to the crease, he hit a few boundaries but never found his rhythm and was caught. Jack Bruce came out next and he and Tom Lytle compiled an effective partnership in good time to keep us up with the rate. Eventually Tom Lytle fell for a well made 41, at this point we were just about up with the rate but still 120 short with Jack Bruce still going strongly. Casey Marsh was next to join Jack Bruce and got going from ball one. Him and jack put the pressure back on the Barnes bowlers and fielders as we scored at an impressive rate. The pair put on 70 in great time and looked as though they would bring it home. However, Casey fell before a cluster of wickets, one of which was Jack Bruce who had played brilliantly for his 77. This left us needing 27 at a run a ball with just Callum Barry and Tim Waine. The unlikely pairing brought us closer and closer, with some lusty blows from Callum and sensible batting from Tim. Amazingly, we entered the last over only needing 6 to win, with more sensible and courageous batting from the pair we then only needed 2 to win. Unfortunately Callum then holed out to cover who caught a good catch over his shoulder, leaving us an agonizing 1 run short of their total.
It was unfortunate end to a very brave performance full of character and heart.