[Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

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Re: [Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

Post by CrimsonAvenger » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:19 pm

jimbo wrote:The last Rhodesian holding up well from one end mind. Gritty innings from mad mark
"The Last Rhodesian" - that makes an awesome movie title :)

Vermeulen has meanwhile reclaimed the top spot in FC runs this season (419 and counting) after twin failures for Chakabva. Taylor hot on heels but we shouldn't count him in the race.

Mupunga (and Tiripano) overshadowing even Shingi - goes to show some quality he has, and probably how much one loses out with so little match practice. Hopefully Shingi is coming back into business.

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Re: [Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

Post by Jemisi » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:44 pm

maehara wrote:
Jemisi wrote:Eagles looking into the abyss
In my head, that's in a Werner Herzog voice.
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Post by maehara » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:50 pm

At the risk of putting the jinx on them, Eagles may at least make the Goats bat again (27 more required). Wouldn't do to have two wins by an innings in one round...

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Re: [Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

Post by CrimsonAvenger » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:58 pm

maehara wrote:At the risk of putting the jinx on them, Eagles may at least make the Goats bat again (27 more required). Wouldn't do to have two wins by an innings in one round...
Time for Masakadza (SLA) or Masakadza (GA) to bowl and look to secure the innings win then.

Vitori has quality batting talent. Can't imagine how the national team "think" tank, if we can call it that, can miss that. He could play a completely different role in out T20 and ODI setup.

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Post by maehara » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:30 pm

There's the 9th down (Vermeulen still standing!) and still 13 behind. If there's a chase, it won't be a long one.

74 runs added for that wicket, though. Not bad, and proving as CrimsonAvenger says that Vitori can bat when he needs to.

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Post by brmtaylor.com admin » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:35 pm

CrimsonAvenger wrote:
jimbo wrote:The last Rhodesian holding up well from one end mind. Gritty innings from mad mark
"The Last Rhodesian" - that makes an awesome movie title :)
The script writes itself.

We just need an ending to the third act. I'm thinking this...

Australia invite Zimbabwe for a 1 Test series; on the back of incredible domestic form Vermeulen makes the tour. Smashes a double century in the tour match, but on the eve of the Test match Maruma gets the nod.

It's thirty minutes before play is to commence on day 1, it's a packed MCG Boxing Day crowd. Disappointed at missing out on selection, Vermeulen announces his retirement from all forms of cricket again. Maruma sees him in the dressing room... "this is your moment man; you've played in Australian conditions before... this is your moment", and withdraws from the team. Vermeulen gets a last minute call up.

Australia bat first. Dominate. Declare at 700. Zimbabwe then get dismissed for a respectable but still low total of 280 with Vermeulen contributing a gritty 30 off 100 batting at number six. There's a touch of rain, worried about the draw Australia only add another 100 to their score leaving Zimbabwe chasing 520 in just 4 sessions. Wickets tumble at the end of day 4. Zimbabwe are 4/50 and a nightwatchman comes out to join Taylor (unbeaten on 45) with one over left before stumps. The nightwatchman gets out first ball.

Vermeulen walks out to the crease to huge applause. The commentators are celebrating one of crickets most interesting and varied careers, while Richie Benaud name drops the movie when he says "The Last Rhodesian walks out to the middle".

5 balls to face before stumps. Each one is a nasty bouncer reminiscent of 2003-04; but Vermeulen survives until stumps ready to fight for an unlikely draw the next day.

The movie picks up the next day with an inspirational speech from Taylor. Boundary after boundary are scored. Tea approaches and both players have brought up their double centuries. In the final session the Australians contain the batsmen and the run rate dries up. Taylor goes for some big shots ala NZ at Bulawayo 2011 and gets the run rate ticking again, but with 3 overs to spare gets cruelly run out by Vermeulen. The crowd goes silent as the game is on a knifes edge. 25 runs are needed, but the recalled Brad Hogg takes a hattrick. There's one wicket in hand, and Vermeulen managed to retain the strike after the last ball was skied.

Determined not to let the number eleven face any deliveries, Vermeulen farms the strike. 18 required from the last over. The first two balls are edged for 4, while the third is a French cut which goes for 4. 6 from 3 required. Dot ball. 6 from 2. Yorker, Vermeulen defends. Taylor's inspirational words float through his head... Vermeulen decides that winning is the only option. The final ball gets bowled in slow motion, and flies over the rope for 6. Zimbabwe win by 1 wicket.

Vermeulen played by Kevin Bacon.
Taylor played by George Clooney.
Maruma played by Morgan Freeman.
Hogg played by Harrison Ford.
Benaud as himself.

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Re: [Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

Post by CrimsonAvenger » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:40 pm

CrimsonAvenger wrote:Time for Masakadza (SLA) or Masakadza (GA) to bowl and look to secure the innings win then.
So, the third Masakadza finishes them off, no need for golden arm then. Mountaineers are in desperate need to win everything now, after being pre-season favorites and that first round call-off that resulted in them being ruled as having lost the match.

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Re: [Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

Post by CrimsonAvenger » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:06 pm

Too much Taylor in that Vermeulen movie brmtaylor.com admin :)

Freeman playing Maruma! You have broken a lot of hearts there. Freeman as Maruma? This line will come up every time I watch a Freeman movie now, and I watch a lot of them. This has ruined it :(

May be Will Simth as Maruma :geek: and a motivating role of a Masakadza / Taibu can be created for Freeman. You know, an arm over the shoulder types overnight after he is mentally shattered by the 5 bouncers. That fits Freeman better.

Quite dramatic script for sure, and If you want to refine it further and deTaylorize it a bit, time to take a look at the Indian movie that made it into the nominees of the best foreign film Oscar in 2001: Lagaan.

420 runs lead and no follow on enforced? Man, Laxman has absolutely killed the psyche of the Aussies ;)

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Post by brmtaylor.com admin » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:11 pm

I like the Freeman as Taibu as an inspirational figure head idea CrimsonAvenger :lol:

But seriously, I was trying to keep the movie realistic.

1. There's no way Zimbabwe could chase 520 without runs from Taylor. If anything, I don't think the movie had enough Taylor (didn't even show his first innings century)
2. I can't remember Clarke ever enforcing a follow on
3. There had to be a Zimbabwe Collapse, the movie wouldn't have been taken seriously without one

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Re: [Match Thread] Pro50 & Logan Cup: Eagles v Mountaineers

Post by sloandog » Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:28 pm

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CrimsonAvenger wrote:
jimbo wrote:The last Rhodesian holding up well from one end mind. Gritty innings from mad mark
"The Last Rhodesian" - that makes an awesome movie title :)
The script writes itself.

We just need an ending to the third act. I'm thinking this...

Australia invite Zimbabwe for a 1 Test series; on the back of incredible domestic form Vermeulen makes the tour. Smashes a double century in the tour match, but on the eve of the Test match Maruma gets the nod.

It's thirty minutes before play is to commence on day 1, it's a packed MCG Boxing Day crowd. Disappointed at missing out on selection, Vermeulen announces his retirement from all forms of cricket again. Maruma sees him in the dressing room... "this is your moment man; you've played in Australian conditions before... this is your moment", and withdraws from the team. Vermeulen gets a last minute call up.

Australia bat first. Dominate. Declare at 700. Zimbabwe then get dismissed for a respectable but still low total of 280 with Vermeulen contributing a gritty 30 off 100 batting at number six. There's a touch of rain, worried about the draw Australia only add another 100 to their score leaving Zimbabwe chasing 520 in just 4 sessions. Wickets tumble at the end of day 4. Zimbabwe are 4/50 and a nightwatchman comes out to join Taylor (unbeaten on 45) with one over left before stumps. The nightwatchman gets out first ball.

Vermeulen walks out to the crease to huge applause. The commentators are celebrating one of crickets most interesting and varied careers, while Richie Benaud name drops the movie when he says "The Last Rhodesian walks out to the middle".

5 balls to face before stumps. Each one is a nasty bouncer reminiscent of 2003-04; but Vermeulen survives until stumps ready to fight for an unlikely draw the next day.

The movie picks up the next day with an inspirational speech from Taylor. Boundary after boundary are scored. Tea approaches and both players have brought up their double centuries. In the final session the Australians contain the batsmen and the run rate dries up. Taylor goes for some big shots ala NZ at Bulawayo 2011 and gets the run rate ticking again, but with 3 overs to spare gets cruelly run out by Vermeulen. The crowd goes silent as the game is on a knifes edge. 25 runs are needed, but the recalled Brad Hogg takes a hattrick. There's one wicket in hand, and Vermeulen managed to retain the strike after the last ball was skied.

Determined not to let the number eleven face any deliveries, Vermeulen farms the strike. 18 required from the last over. The first two balls are edged for 4, while the third is a French cut which goes for 4. 6 from 3 required. Dot ball. 6 from 2. Yorker, Vermeulen defends. Taylor's inspirational words float through his head... Vermeulen decides that winning is the only option. The final ball gets bowled in slow motion, and flies over the rope for 6. Zimbabwe win by 1 wicket.

Vermeulen played by Kevin Bacon.
Taylor played by George Clooney.
Maruma played by Morgan Freeman.
Hogg played by Harrison Ford.
Benaud as himself.
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