HMAS Sirius has narrowly defeated HMAS Perth in a friendly Twenty-Twenty cricket match at HMAS Coonawarra during a recent port visit to Darwin.
In difficult playing conditions with temperatures rising above thirty degrees, Sirius won the toss and elected to bat. After a relatively slow start, the batsmen found their rhythm and went on to post a competitive total of 4 for 149 off their 20 overs. The bulk of these runs coming from the bat of Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Josh Matthews who finished on 104 not out – a clear man-of-the-match performance.
“After a few overs I realised running between wickets is no good in this scorching heat – so I started to hit out a bit,” said Leading Seaman Matthews.
Perth made a good start to the run chase and by the half-way point had matched the Sirius run rate with wickets in hand. This was thanks to a good knock from Lieutenant Benjamin Power who top scored with a quick-fire 36.
It was a great spell of bowling by Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Michael Chamberlain, who took 3 for 7 in just two overs, which shifted momentum back towards Sirius. The bowlers were also well supported by their fielders, in particular Chief Petty Officer maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Chris Harmer who took a screamer of a one-handed catch.
“The ball was hit like a rocket to mid-off and would have been a certain boundary, but he stuck his hand out and somehow it stuck,” said Sirius team captain Lieutenant Commander David Wilson.
However it was not to be Perth’s day as they were restricted to a total of 110. The day finished off with a BBQ during which Perth were already looking for an opportunity to strip Sirius of their crown. The rematch is scheduled for this month when both ships are back in their home port in Rockingham, Western Australia.