GŁtersloh routed by rampant Rheindahlen
With a change to the batting order, necessitated by Williams who was missing for work reasons, having been a match winner last week with an NRWCU record equalling individual score, missing for work reasons, Legge and Cooper opened against an unknown GŁtersloh attack.
Pat Legge said in reflection after the game, "I am completely knackered! Every part of me hurts, but it was a great team effort, this win is a credit to everyone who is part of the Crusaders - the players, the 12th and 13th man and moreover the wives who run the pavillion and the scoring, because without them we would not be able to go out and concentrate on our game." He continued, "Credit to Russ Cooper for a great knock, it set us up for the win and mine wasn't too bad either. My commiserations to GŁtersloh, they got us on a good day, but they battled well, never let their heads go down and kept on fighting so great credit to them - now all I want to do is lie down!"
Brusque no nonsense shots and quick running between the wickets got both openers off to a good start with the scoreboard rattling along at great speed. Cooper reached his maiden NRWCU league half century in double quick time as the GŁtersloh bowlers toiled in unforgiving conditions contending with a wet ball and slippery conditions underfoot.
Legge passed his 50 soon after as the Crusaders forged ahead picking the bowlers off at will. However to be fair to Gutersloh there were half chances that went begging as the batsmen went for their shots, they would prove to be costly errors as the batsmens confidence to play their shots grew.
Cooper blazed his way to his century in typical style with lofted shots over the infield to bring up a well deserved ton, and he accelerated even more as Legge got himself bogged down in the nerevous nineties before celebrating wildly once he achieved the 3 figure mark. The target was now the 148 league high which had been equalled the previous week, and Cooper rushed past the mark with ease before giving up a catch off the top edge taken by Cave behind the stumps.
With a new record of 153 established by the departing Cooper, Legge had it all to do as Potts joined him at wicket for a quick fire 76 partnership, but with the total showing over 300 he could afford to relax and play his shots. Potts played some lovely shots as the score moved ever closer to 400, but with 2 balls to go and trying to keep Legge on strike Potts was run out leaving Legge on 149 with 1 ball to face. With a doffed cap to drama Legge cut the ball away over square for 4 to equal Cooper's record that had stood for all of 45 minutes. The Crusaders were understandably jubillant, with 390 on the board for the loss of 3 wickets and GŁtersloh had it all to do.
GŁtersloh's resistance lasted all of 24 overs as the bowlers let the ball do the work as the batsmen played around the straight deliveries with both Crusaders teenaged juniors Alex Davis and James Robinson in the wickets as GŁtersloh's defence crumbled to 123 all out, to give the home side the unlikely victory margin of 272 runs.
It was a day unlike any that had been seen in Moenchengladbach for a very very long time;
1st wicket partnership of 294 runs
Pat Legge 153 not out
Russ Cooper 153
Crusaders total: 390 for 3 off 50 overs.