Match Report - Sunday Friendly- 18 Jun 06

Matt arrives in style!

Matt Bowdler

He may have turned up seven weeks later than planned, but Aussie Matt Bowdler announced his belated arrival at Lymington in some style, taking 4 wickets and scoring a classy half century as visitors Didcot were beaten by 5 wickets at the Sports Ground. 

The 19 year old leg spinner from Perth ripped into the Didcot top order, helping to reduce the Oxfordshire side to 44-6. But if the Lymington fielders were beginning to contemplate the possibility of a beer match, Andy Broughton and Sean Willmott had other ideas. The pair added 149 for the 7th wicket, before young Willmott finally succumbed to Bowdler for 55. The following over saw Broughton reach a well deserved century with a boundary which also prompted the Didcot captain to declare his side's innings at 198-7. 

A century partnership between Bowdler and Dom Di Maria set Lymington well on their way to victory. Di Maria fell just 4 runs short of his half century, but Peter Tapper (28) kept up the good work before being trapped leg before by Renshaw. Bowdler eventually went for 65 but by then there was only likely to be one winner as Dabengwa (12) and Gannaway (13) saw Lymington home with 8 overs to spare.

The youthful-looking Bowdler only arrived in England late on Friday and, after his well documented immigration problems at the beginning of May, he was mightily relieved to make it into the country this time round. But even then there were a few hiccups on arrival this time too, as the UK immigration people insisted on phoning club Chairman Peter Tapper to check that Matt wouldn’t be earning money from playing cricket.

Back home Matt plays Third and Fourth Grade cricket for the highly successful Melville club in Perth. He scored a bucketful of runs last season as his side made the play-off finals. The Melville First Grade side includes Hampshire’s Dimi Mascheranas and former Bashley all-rounder Shawn Gillies. Matt makes his Lymington league debut for the second XI at Waterlooville on Saturday and will be hoping to help the side to a second successive victory.

Dom Di Maria had a century partnetship with Matt
Sadly, despite being in the country for less than four days, Matt has already been mugged . . . by the hairdresser who charged him 40 quid for a haircut (when will these naïve tourists ever learn?). "It wouldn’t have been so bad," confessed the baby-faced Aussie, "but I asked for a Canary Yellow tint and they gave me Australian Gold instead."



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