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I have played for a lot of different teams over the years and played in a lot of exciting games. Some of them stick out from the crowd a bit more than others however and the "cunning plan" is to write some of them up on this page (in no particular order !)...
This was the plate final at the 2005 Labor Day tournament in Nottingham and is one of my favourite games ever. We fell 6 runs behind in the first and whilst we hung in there after that we never really got back into contention until the 7th. In the 8th I drove in the tying run and then scored the winning run. It doesn't come much sweeter !
As I reported at the time........
"Trailing 10 - 16 after 6 innings of the plate final the Lions roared back to force the game into extra innings, held the Wombats to a single run in the top of the 8th and took the game 19-18 in the bottom of the innings. A six run top of the first had given the Wombats an early lead which they never seriously looked like losing until the Lions late, late rally. The Lions were never in the lead until the winning run crossed the plate. An epic games that had it all, the first Lions final to go into extra innings and the first one we won !"
Felix, Ben, Dave, Derek, Darrell, Tony
Nhan, Michelle, Gill, Lindsay, Carrol, Kelly
|Batting Order:||Darrell (RC)||Lindsay (LC)||Felix (SS)||Gill (2)||Ben (LF)||Michelle (3)|
|Derek (EP)||Kelly (RF)||Tony (P)||Nhan (C)||Dave (1)||Carrol (EP)|
Gill captained the team that day for the first time. I decided to quit after we failed to win promotion to Division 1. I wouldn't want to take anything away from her win but in some ways that tournament was the last hurrah of "my" Lions team. Felix and Ben never played for the Lions again but at least we finished on a winning note. The team that played in 2006 would be a different beast.
The More Lions produced the best display of their first Manchester tournament in this well played game. Our fielding had been fairly shaky in the first few games but we clicked in this one. This was a timed game but we played a full seven innings. As the box score shows it was tight all the way through with a seventh innings rally just proving enough to give us the win...
Whilst everyone enjoys scoring runs for me the best games are always these tense low scoring ones where any single play can tilt the result one way or the other. In this game letting in 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th after we had just taken the lead was a potentially fatal body blow, but we kept our nerve, kept making the plays and got our reward.
|Batting Order:||Rob (L)||Jamie (P)||Derek (EP)||Manda (3)||Darrell (SS)||Sally (LC)|
|Dave (1)||Bev (2)||Will (C)||Emma (RF)||Tom (RC)||Kim (EP)|
The win took us through to the Semis of the plate where we defeated the Swingers. In the final we played the Demons again. That second time they beat us but it was another good game and during the day we not only won the team's first silverware but also showed that we could compete with decent established teams
Nhan, Emma, Fi, Kim, Manda, Bev, Jamie, Sally
Tom, Dave, Rob, Darrell, Will
Mayhem have been the Tigers closest (and friendliest) rivals since we both started in the Manchester league in 2011. The last game of the 2013 MSL league season was as enjoyable as any of them, even though we lost. Earlier in 2013 we had ended Mayhem's 16 game unbeaten league run, another close encounter that went into extra inning. They roughed us up in the second game so this third encounter decided the league bragging rights for the year:
We finished our league campaign with another loss, but this was perhaps our best performance of the season. We played really well in the field and were slightly unlucky when batting.
Dave W. was the only person to bat 1000, going 2 for 2, with Ed, Sam, and Richard all going 2 for 3. Sarah was the best of the women and was unlucky not to get more reward than her 1 for 3. Hayley also hit the ball hard but with no luck.
In the field the whole team contributed to an efficient performance but stand outs included Uric, who pitched another fine game, Emma, who had a really good game at first, James, who played well at short, and Sam, who was the stand out performer in the outfield.
A big thank you to Steve Beddows from Mayhem II who umpired the game and did a fine job.
The batting line up for this game was: Ed (LF), Irene (LC), Sam (RC), Sarah (2), Uric (P), Chloe (C), Richard (3), Becky (R), Dave (EP), Hayley (EP), James (SS), Emma (1). Claire subbed in for Irene half way through the game.