The Rollers up-and-down start to the season continued on Sunday with a thumping loss against Somerset West at Radlof Park.
Matches between the two sides have usually been close affairs, with last season’s encounter finishing in a tie, but there was to be no biting of the nails this time around.
As it turns out, it was a rubbish toss to win. Both captains wanted to bowl first, and it proved not the greatest decision ever made.
Initially, though, it looked a fair call as the Rollers took wickets at regular intervals, with James Lamprecht producing a great display of line and length bowling to finish with figures of 7-1-13-2.
Hannes Carlson (2/27) brought himself on – replacing a ‘generous’ Hannes Moore – and immediately rolled back the years with two wickets in his first three balls.
Next up was Tom Stayplton-Smith, who took over from James and maintained the pressure with a fantastic spell of 7-3-11-2, including the big wicket of Bobby Londt for 20.
The Oaks were struggling at 94/7, but Herman (32*) restored some parity, before a few big hits from Danie (16) and the appropriately named Biff (14*) saw them to 159/9 off 35 overs – a steep target on a very slow outfield and a wicket that was becoming increasingly unpredictable.
And the run-chase could not have got off to a worse start…
Jarryd van Wyk (1) was LBW early on, before a very babelaas Ryan Cooper (8) – who even managed to forget his kitbag at home – knicked one behind.
Neville Cooper (4), Johann Roux (2) and Casper (1) went in quick succession to leave the Rollers in a heap of shit at 17/5, before Tom (11) and James put a stop to the rot with a 30-run partnership.
However, the damage had been done early on, meaning James’ hard-fought 35 counted for little other than some respectability as Cameran Young (1), Andrew Young (10) and Hannes (3) lost their wickets and the Rollers were dismissed for a paltry 87.
We gave a slightly better account of ourselves in the post-match fines, though Biff again got the better of most of us.
Thanks again to Bobby, Leslie and the rest of the Oaks – we’ll try and be more competitive next year.
Batting Jarryd van Wyk 1 Ryan Cooper 8 Neville Cooper 4 Johann Roux 2 Hannes Carlson 1 Tom Stapylton-Smith 11 (1×4) James Lamprecht 35 (4×4) Cameran Young 1 Andrew Young 10 (2×4) Hannes Moore 3 Jacques Laubscher 0*
Extras: 3 TOTAL: 87/10 (32.1 overs)
Bowling Hannes Moore 4-0-26-0 James Lamprecht 7-1-13-2 Hannes Carlson 7-0-27-2 Tom Stapylton-Smith 7-3-11-2 Jacques Laubscher 4-0-15-1 Cameran Young 3-0-25-2 Neville Cooper 3-0-29-0