The Geoff Akers Memorial Match – Sunday 22nd July 2018
The Geoff Akers Memorial match between the Lord Taverners and Darwin women celebrated its 9th year on Sunday July 22. In keeping with tradition, the Taverners fielded first and although the women batted well, wickets were their enemy and at -5 runs per wicket, their final total was a mere plus 2. Highlights of the innings included a hat trick by Nick Akers and Dave Page bowling his wife Julie with a sharp yorker (fair to say, he is sleeping in the spare room now). The total was revised to 96, thanks to some clever scoring. The Taverners began their chase well and their star recruits in Todd Pemble and Adele Joubert hit some impressive shots. James and Geoff Cussen showed some talent with the willow in their debut game. The Taverners finished on a respectful 106 to retain the Geoff Akers Shield.
Wayne Akers was the clear player of the match after only realizing at the conclusion of the game that he hadn’t worn his glasses. Only one injury to report and that was a cut lip to Mark Gillard after a failed pull shot. Cafe21 provided a lovely spread for lunch and the beers from the Waratah Cricket Club bar were nice and cold, as always. Overall, a good day of cricket was had.