1st Grade vs Mac Uni
Summer was officially back at the home of cricket with First Grade spending the first few hours working the sopper and scooping water off of the covers. Looking to get our first points on the board for the season, Macq Uni were sent in on a hard Tantallon deck following a delayed start.
Scarcella and Slug got us off to a good start, as is tradition, with Macq Uni left reeling early on. While Ravi Ravi and Corn provided able support, Macq Uni’s keeper proved frustrating and it was left to head coach-cum-off spinning all-rounder GI to break the partnership. Scarcella returned to finish up the innings, returning figures of 8/40 as Macq Uni were bowled out for 100.
Facing what was potentially a tricky afternoon period, Lane Cove’s openers both fell early on chasing wide ones, giving Macq Uni a sniff at 2/24. Archie and Naughton did well to steady the ship, looking to bring us to stumps without the loss of further wickets. Enter Jimmy Needham whose assurance that “there’s no way we’re losing a wicket now” with 10 minutes of play left saw Archie fired in front the very next ball.
With another delayed start the following Saturday, Rob Blood started well driving confidently past the bowler. At the other end Naughton continued where he left off, bringing up his 50 and levelling the scores with a maximum towards the JCMF. Just as we had looked to have shaken our old habits, the covie middle order collapse returned, as Blood, Naughton, Needham and Dodds all fell for 9 runs – at least this time it was once we had passed their total.
Minutes after being assured by club weatherman Scarcella that there was zero chance of rain, the covers were on and we were off. Despite Scarcella’s best efforts of painting a picture of futility, super sopping in the rain, pads still on, the rain didn’t stop and the captains shook hands, confirming an important 6 points.
2nd Grade vs Mac Uni
3rd Grade vs Mac Uni
4th Grade vs Mac Uni
After a underwhelming start to the season the lads travelled up to Macquarie Uni bustling with enthusiasm to get our first points on the board. This week we were joined by Hoody, Crossy and Harsha to bring much needed strength to our batting.
On a rain affected first morning we elected to field and though the Covies were very economical the first wicket did not fall until Sidds took a screamer of a caught and bowled when Mac Uni were 40 odd. Another few excellent poles by Sidds and a stumping off Carson’s bowling (major creds to Drew for actually whipping the bails off in time) and Mac Uni were 5-100 at tea.
While only 5 wickets fell in the first session 9 fell in the second. LCCC came out with a band and 4 quick fire poles from Crossy and a well earned wicket for Andy Coey meant after tea Mac Uni had lost 5-10 and were all out for 115. Now it was the Covies opportunity to chase but unfortunately we got off to a rocky start and lost 4-60 by the end of days play with the only real resistance coming from Hoody. It was shaping up to be quite the chase on the second day.
Any doubts or fears the Covies had about a collapse where assuaged early on day 2 however when Hoody and Fini knuckled down and both played a disciplined and patient innings that slowly whittled down the target. While Drew, the next man in, was a nervous wreck the boys in the middle did us proud and barely put a foot wrong compiling the runs with LCCC getting a first innings lead just before tea and with Hoody raising his bat for a well earned 50. With storms looming on the horizon at tea the two captains decided to call it quits and therefore LCCC could celebrate their first 6 points of the season! 4s have not had a better start than in Drew’s first year in charge and so the tidings look positive for the lads.
Big props to Fini and Hoody for doing the bulk of the scoring in our batting and also to Crossy and Sidds for their bowling efforts.
5th Grade vs Linfield