Blistering Burns Backs Up Bowlers To Lead Riding Mill To Victory

A massive virtual crowd was on hand for game number 7 of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour of Australia. Conditions at the virtual Willowbrook Reserve were perfect for dice cricket with some early morning cloud cover likely to assist the bowlers.

Riding Mill skipper Andy Watson although having some reservations having sent Kissing Point in last week in Sydney only to have them pile on 170 decided to send the home side in hoping the dukes dice may provide the assistance his opening bowlers have been looking for.

The move proved to be a master stroke and despite skipper Tarek Moughanie looking in fine touch, wickets were tumbling at the other end with Ben Smith picking up Pearson LBW for 0 and Lambeth falling to a good catch behind the stumps from Liam James for 2.

Lance Mallinson was then into the action removing Jimmy Campbell who was stumped for 3 and Ben Walker who departed next ball caught by Ali Raza for a duck. It was fair to say that the visitors were feeling right at home in the virtual conditions.

Chinthaka Jayasinghe joined skipper Tarek Moughanie at the crease and were building a partnership when Riding Mill skipper Andy Watson found something special to trap Moughanie in front for a magnificent 29 off just 8 deliveries with the final ball of his over.

After some further consolidation from the hosts Cam Longstaff was able to become the third bowler of the morning to claim a double breakthrough, this time the two marquee players Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Danny Law departing. Chinthaka’s innings was the shining light for the home side with his 36 coming off just 12 deliveries before he was stumped by Liam James. While Danny Law was on his way thanks to a neat return catch from Longstaff off his own bowling to see Law back to the virtual pavilion for six off two.

When Aly Hall had Kosteas out to a good catch from Lance Mallinson and Chris Neilson caught by Kev Frazer for 6 off 2 Riding Mill were well on top with the Warriors primary objective now to bat out the remaining overs with the score at 9-102.

A thirty run stand from Craig Byron who finished 17 not out and Aaron Smillie who was last to go, LBW to Scott Dickson for 24 off 9 saw the Westmeadows total reach 132 but not able to bat out their allotment of ten overs.

Early wickets put Riding Mill in the driver’s seat before Chinthaka Jayasinghe led a recovery mission and the tail wagging to take the total to 132
Rob Burns preparing for the game against Westmeadows Warriors

Riding Mill in their chase took the go hard or go home approach with a blistering start from openers Dickson and Burns. Dickson was adjudged LBW in the second over with a good seed from Neilson seeing him on his way for 15 from 4. The runs kept flowing however with the agricultural approach from Burns making it very hard to set a field with balls landing in unconventional places.

Dave Cox continued his fine tour having made back to back half centuries in the two previous fixtures providing excellent support to Burns who was on a mission bringing up his first half century on virtual Australian soil.

When Burns was plumb in front off the bowling of Chinthaka Jayasinghe for 66, the damage was already done. Dave Cox and Liam James finishing the job seeing the tourists home with 8 wickets in hand.

Rob Burns was unconventional but very effective notching up his first half century on virtual Australian soil & claiming man of the match honours.

Thanks to the generosity of the hosts, Rob Burns will take home a magnificent Westmeadows hoodie as a permanent reminder to his team mates of one of the better innings you will see in a game of dice cricket.

Rob Burns will be sure to turn heads with this magnificent man of the match award

Riding Mill will continue their tour on the weekend against St Kelvin’s Old Boys before playing Parkdale next week in the final game of the Melbourne leg of the tour.

The team then head across to Perth to play Bayswater-Morley before a final fixture that was announced at the start of the week to take place in virtual Hong Kong.

Thanks again to Westmeadows Warriors Cricket Club for being such wonderful hosts for game 7 of the Riding Mill Cricket Club dice cricket virtual tour of Australia.

Riding Mill Looking To Bounce Back Against Westmeadows Warriors In Melbourne

Two very strong line ups have been selected for the first game in the Melbourne leg of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour of Australia

After starting their virtual tour of Australia with a bang, Riding Mill are looking to bounce back when they take on Westmeadows Warriors at the Virtual Willowbrook Reserve in the shadows of Melbourne airport.

The hosts have had a very successful period of late winning two of the last three flags as well as two of the last three T20 titles and it will be interesting to see if this on field form will transfer to success into the virtual conditions of dice cricket.

The virtual strip at Willowbrook Reserve may do a bit early on with the new dice

Westmeadows selectors have chosen a strong line up which will be captained by Tarek Moughanie and featuring Sri Lankan star Chinthaka Jayasinghe & Danny Law who has over 100 1st Class games to his name representing Durham, Essex and Sussex.

Chinthake Jayasinghe will be a key man in the Westmeadows middle order

Riding Mill have made some changes to their team after their loss to the UTS North Sydney team of the decade on the weekend. Kiwi Dave Cox, who has already notched up two half centuries on the tour will be key at number 3 as will Aly Hall in the middle order.

An issue for the Mill on the tour of late has been leaking too many runs in the early overs and captain Andy Watson will be looking to Smith and Mallinson to set the tone with the new dice.

There could be some overnight rain in Melbourne in the lead up to the game which may add some spice to the wicket early on in the T10 fixture. This may also have whoever wins the toss in two minds as to what they will opt to do. Runs on the board have been a premium on the tour thus far but with rain around who knows what we may see.

In a very kind gesture from the hosts, they have offered up one of their magnificent club hoodies to the Riding Mill player of the match. This will certainly provide some extra incentive for the visitors to bring their A Game.

The Riding Mill player of the match will receive one of these magnificent Westmeadows hoodies

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