|Simulation Cricket Authority: CricketMX.com vs BalladP2P.com - 2nd Test
|CricketMX.com vs BalladP2P.com
The crowd couldn't have hoped for a more exciting finish, to what is proving to be one of the greatest series the simulation cricket world has witnessed.
In the first test, the BalladP2P.com folk got over the line with 5 wickets to spare, but in the second test of the series, the match was not so one-sided.
After winning the toss and batting first, BalladP2P.com put 10/265 on the board, in just over a days play. The top scorers were Leon and Slowhands with 55 each, while Freezmizer was the pick of the bowlers with 4/77 from 23. BONGOMAN and Burian each got 2, while tunebud and allrounder garmabeaneth got 1 wicket each.
CricketMX.com started in the worst imaginable way, losing garmabeaneth to MickeyBen on 8. nesman and battye both made scores in the 40's, but it was Rat's fine unbeaten century which lead the way.
Both MickeyBen and Hmmm took 3 wickets, while Corran and allrounder Imagine_If took 2 each. CricketMX.com went into the second innings with a lead of just under 20.
BalladP2P.com posted a non-threatening total of 211, with -Huize- making the only score of significance; 71. The bowlers were damaging, with Burian and Freezmizer snaring 2 each, while the in-form BONGOMAN and tunebud took 3 each.
Requiring just 196 for victory, a win looked imminent from the word go. But the CricketMX.com team encountered an early problem, losing nesman for just 5. garmabeaneth and battye made a good partnership, until garmabeaneth fell for 30. battye went on to score his first half century, 59, before falling lbw to Huntermp3. When Rat and grinch2171 fell for 7 and 8 respectively, BalladP2P.com looked in with a chance, but moongirl steadied the ship, with an unbeaten 33.
StorbinC, BONGOMAN and Burian all made crucial scores between 10 and 20, but when tunebud fell, and moongirl was left with Freezmizer, it was anyone's game, despite the fact CricketMX.com should have cruised to an easy victory.
With stumps only an over away, battye said his team would stay out there regardless, stating that a result was imminent. When BalladP2P.com required just 1 wicket, and CricketMX.com required just 1 boundary, times were tough. Imagine_If and -Huize- decided to throw NoGood, a part timer at the best of times, in to the bowling attack.
The over started well, with several dot balls, but moongirl scored a single to put Freezmizer on strike. Knowing this was their best chance of victory, the BalladP2P.com boys needed to make the most of the WACA wicket. But it was Freezmizer who read the play better, smashing his 2nd delivery for 6, and securing a victory for CricketMX.com, in a Test match thriller.
The series is now level at 1-1. Rat won the man of the match award.