Las Condes win Chile's Metropolitan Cup
The end of season climax arrived, a repeat of last week's league tussle with the two titans of the Metro Cup league, Las Condes and Santiago.
After last Sunday's failed run chase and spectacular night time batting collapse Captain Walker put the Las Condian heroes into bat first. Iain Last and Jeff Olive put up a firm start for the team with 43 runs for no loss at the 10 over point.
A slight lapse in concentration from Mr. Olive gave the stage entrance to twinkle toes Mr. Craig Andrews. The two Las Condes hot shots then put on an enormous total with more sixes on view than a bald antichrist's convention. It was a truly impressive performance. Mr Andrews 92 runs in 60 balls and an unbeaten 195 from Mr. Last in 138 balls. Mr Last's total is a league record and will take some beating. Perhaps a long lasting record.
Las Condes finished on 331 for 3 in their 40 overs. Santiago truly had a mountain to climb if they were to retain their title. Their hopes lay firmly on Simon Shalders shoulders, a proven double centurion. Things started well for the 2009 champions as Joseph Wiliams dashed between the wickets with his feisty flashing blade while Shalders swished his willowy sword.
But wait... they did not anticipate the spin magician Roshan Bhojwani's ability to bowl the kryptonite ball to upset any super hero's defence. Mr Shalders shoulders had fallen and Santiago heads were down. A late lunch was called and not even some fine gourmet burgers from head chef Reeve, available for barbecues and barmitzvahs, could lift the spirits of the bedraggled batting side.
Williams (40) and Bensted (21) battled on but their fine spirited defence could not stop the rot. Farmer Fecci came to the crease for a bit of weeding in his size 10 (European) wellies and swung his hoe for an earthy eight runs. An amusing cameo. Tim Gayfer the star of the victorious Chilean under 13 side gave the exiting champions some final dignity with his sturdy 15 not out.
Tim frustrated the Las Condes attack force for a full 10 overs to prevent the all out statistic. A star for the future. He was well supported by the Cerpa brothers and Eyzaguirre Jr. Jr. Santiago finished their 40 overs with 154 runs. A long way off the total of the new 2010 Champions, Las Condes CC.