On an overcast and cold weekened in Greytown on the 14-15th of February Greytown played Lansdowne in their one and only game of the Bidwell Cup. The challenge cup, currently held by Lansdowne was also up for grabs in this game. To take it off Lansdowne, Greytown needed an outright win.
Lansdowne won the toss and elected to bowl first on a hard, green wicket. Lansdowne attacked early and managed to strike some early blows, Stefan Hook-Sporry claiming the wickets of Ross, Lyttle and Speers. Drew McDonald was the other Lansdowne bowler with early success removing Thayer without scoring. The score had Greytown in trouble at 30-4. This bought Central Districts contracted player Seth rance to the crease. Rance scored freely while younger Cole Freeman hung around at the other end and rotated the strike. The pair put on 74 before Freeman feathered one through to the keeper for 25, leaving the score at 104-5. Holmes bowled the Greytown skipper an over later for just 4. Truong managed to hang around with Rance while the Central Districts fast bowler continued to hit boundaries, Rance bought up his hundred and eventually held out to long off for a well played 133. Tony Russo chipped in with a very handy 35 not out and the Greytown total was a healthy 282, still with 32 overs remaining in the first day.
Rance and Russo took the new ball for Greytown and began doing damage immediately. Both claiming 3 wickets a piece, ripping through the top of the Lansdowne order and leaving them 96-8 over night. Lucas picking up 2 wickets.
Play started at 11am on day 2 and the forecast did show possibilities of afternoon rain. Greytown only took two overs to take the remaining 2 Lansdowne wickets and had bowled them out for 99, with a lead of 183.
Greytown enforced the follow-on and asked Lansdowne to bat again, hoping to roll them for a similar score and to be home before lunch time, however Lansdowne had other ideas. Brock Price and Justin Herbert started the Lansdowne account off with a solid opening partnership of 38 before Herbert was caught in the covers. Captain Jamie Holmes came to the crease and planned to stay for a long time, with others batting around him. Overs were slowly burning away and the Greytown attack were becoming less patient. After 50 overs Lansdowne were 170-7 with still another 40 overs remaining in the day. The rain started to come and time was lost. By the time players had commenced play Greytown finally managed to dismiss Lansdowne for 251, with a lead of 68 and 6 overs remaining in the day. Holmes scored a valuable 109.
Greytown attempted to chase the score and lost 6 wickets in the process for just 38 runs, it was never going to be an easy task. The full scorecard can be viewed here.
Overall it was an outstanding two dayer with different styles of cricket being played across the entire 2 days. Lansdowne hold onto the Challenge Cup now until next season.
The next Bidwill Cup game sees Greytown hosting Red Star on the 28th February and the 8th March, where the O’Gorman Childs Cup will be up for grabs. The Bidwill Cup Finals takes place on the 14th and 15th March.