A cricket match in challenging weather, played at Stanmore Bay Reserve on September 30, showcased the resilience, as well as skills, of both teams.
The game was a friendly between the Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club’s Sri Lankan Community team and the NZ Arasan Super Kings, a South Asian team (HM September 18).
Although the day began fine, rain, wind and even hail quickly disrupted proceedings with the match recalibrated from 30 to 25 overs per side.
The players remained undaunted, making the best of anything nature could throw at them.
Coast all-rounder Ramesh Lakmal scored 59 of his team’s 147 run total, and also took two wickets. The Super Kings’ Pradeep Chakravarthi added 50 runs to the scoreboard and Ulaganathan Chinnadurai was the Super Kings’ standout bowler, taking three crucial wickets for just 12 runs. An enthusiastic crowd cheered on both sides.
The Super Kings took the game, as the clouds parted, by a narrow margin of three wickets but community cricket was most definitely the winner on the day.