1st Grade - LC 125 defeated by Burwood 126
We headed into Round 4 with back to back wins and the boys were ready for the biggest challenge of the season against a strong Burwood side.
Naughto continued his good run of form with her majesty and we sent them in on a deck that had a familiar tinge of green.
Unfortunately it was evident from the first over that the deck wasn't going to be as conducive to a signature Slugcella demolition job as we had hoped. The fact that the Baron and Hairy weren't quite on their game didn't help and Burwood made it to 30 without loss. This was the first time in over 2 years that an opening pair has been able to get to 30 at Tantallon, a pretty incredible stat.
Thankfully Burwood were scoring at a snail's pace and we were back in the game after Ravi broke the partnership when he clean bowled Rose with the score on 34. Slug followed that up with a jaffa to de-peg Maguire who has recently joined their ranks for an undisclosed sum. All of a sudden 2/34 and we were right back in it.
Burwood fought back well despite their opener facing 125 rocks and not hitting one out of the middle and at 2/85 we were in need of a fight back. The seamers obliged and we proceeded to rip through the rest of the Burwood line-up, taking 8-41 and dismissing them for 126. Joey Scar didn't have his best day but managed to take 4/27, but Ravi was the pick of the bowlers with 3/23 off 18 with good support from Slug and Corny who bowled well without luck.
With 14 overs to face until stumps, the plan was to keep wickets in hand but the young pup on debut was fired shouldering arms and Archie fished at one first ball and we were in trouble at 2/4. Our most experienced pair were at the crease and steadied the ship, taking us to 2/41 and looking likely to see out the day. GI couldn’t help himself against the spinner and was out LBW getting the broom out, and Robbie B was trapped in front to leave us at 4/43 overnight.
We turned up on Day 2 to good batting conditions, with Naughto and Jimmy starting off well before Jimmy hit a poor shot straight to mid on. Doddsy joined Naughto at the crease and survived a patient spell of Burwood bowling to take us to 5/97 and within reach of victory.
We were cruising at this point before Naughto played a loose shot and unfortunately it started a collapse which saw us lose 4/7 and staring down the barrel of a disappointing loss.
Doddsy and Slug had other ideas though, taking their time to pick off the 22 runs required and get us closer and closer to the 6 points. Doddsy played out of his skin and was in complete control, but with 1 run to tie the game he played around a yorker and we fell one run short of the total. Heartbreaking stuff but another harsh reminder that we need to be better with the bat.
Onto next week and another tough game against Strathfield.
2nd Grade - LC 183 and 6-137 defeated Burwood 139
After back-to-back wins, the 2s rocked up to Burwood with high hopes and full stomachs thanks to McDonald’s 2 big-macs and small fries for 8 bucks (absolute steal). The chat midweek about the quality of the ground was quickly justified as we witnessed a great pitch, a flashy new scoreboard and overall decent changing rooms (despite the toilets). After winning the toss and choosing to bat, there were smiles all round as Kensell smacked the first delivery of the day over mid-on for a one bounce four. However, this was arguably the highlight as his graceful 15 was disrupted by, shall we say, an unfriendly bloke behind the stumps, resulting in Kensell being clean bowled. For the rest of the top order, our batting was as poor as Greavesy ordering KFC to the ground. At 6/89, the two heroes of the round came together at the crease, and LCCC put on one of the great comebacks. Humey batted well for 38 and a superb Nicholls 65 not out carried the team score to 186. Knowing early wickets were a must, the self-proclaimed “fast bowling cartel” consisting of Greaves, Hipkin and Nicholls settled in and found wickets easy to come by. Burwood were rattled and at 4/26 then 5/55, but managed to fight back ending Day 1 around 5/90, with the Covies on top but by no means game over.
Day 2 started with arguably the most disappointing warm up I’ve ever been a part of, and the team learning that neither Kensell nor Goose could hit a ball in the air with a foam bat. Burwood started as they ended Day 1 with runs coming fairly easily. Step up Camarsh, delivering a low full toss for the set batsman to strike back for a very sharp caught and bowled. At 6/124, the Covies found rhythm again with regular wickets and a full team effort from the bowlers. Burwood put up little resistance and were all out for 139. With a few wise words from the captain and the goal of getting to tea without losing a wicket, the Covies headed back out to bat. Unfortunately, the top-order were clearly not listening, finding ourselves 4/25 and once again in need of middle-order runs. Blood looked somewhat convincing, stabilizing the ship with Candfield (27), who snicked off at 5/53 after telling Blood “it’s me and you till tea”. Calmly the Covies moved through till tea, and Hume and Blood (23) continued at a steady pace. After Blood snicked off, Hume caressed his way to 35 not out, and after a few blows from Camarsh (30*), hands were shook. Despite Burwood making for a quick exit, the Covie boys and Steve settled for a few victory beers in the sun, followed by all 11 men heading back to the Didi. 3 games 3 wins, up the 2s!
3rd Grade - LC 119 and 132 defeated by Burwood 8-286 dec outright
4th Grade - LC 101 and 8-63 defeated by Burwood 9-221 dec
After a come from behind victory against Souths and while being on a winning streak for the first time in 8 years, the 4s made the trip to Burwood in high spirits. After a number of late fines were handed out, Fat Skip lost the toss and Burwood decided to bat on a typical hard flat Ron Routley pitch.
With Man City and Big Bird dropping down from 3s the boys were confident in a solid start against a very strong Burwood line up. We weren’t disappointed with Big bird nipping one back in on the young opener to knock over his castle. Man City then got into the action by bowling their big hitting opener and then winning a LBW to knock over their dangerous number three. Confidence was high but a good partnership then formed and Burwood pushed the score along to 108 before Sid broke through with the worst slower bowl of all time. At tea honours were almost even with Burwood 4/110 but still having some batters in the sheds.
Scotty broke next by squeezing one past their former first grader after he brought up his 50 and followed up by knocking over the skipper not long after to have the reigning premiers 6/143 and looking down the barrel of being bowled out for the first time this season. Unfortunately Burwood’s tail wagged and some sloppy fielding crept in and they managed to get to 221 before declaring with 12 overs left in the day. Not a bad result for the Covies, limiting a very strong line up to a par score on a very quick field.
After wanting to bat at 7 all year, Fat skip was opening again with President Fagan, and with 12 overs left in the day Fat Skip was looking to actually leave the ball outside off for the first time in his life. Things were looking good for the rather large opening par, facing off the openers comfortably despite the constant chat from behind the stumps. Alas with 2 overs to go Fat Skip pushed at one in front of his pads and spooned a catch to short mid-wicket. Newly promoted number 3 Crossy then followed next ball to a rather large send off. Fagan and bodyguard Manchester saw out the day with the Covies 200 behind and a lot to do on day 2.
Once again a number of late fines were handed out on Day 2 but at least this time Big bird remembered his pants. With the old adage of bat the overs to win the game in our heads the Covies went out and looked to pull of an unlikely upset. Unfortunately for us, wickets fell in clumps with Man city and Fagan falling 1 run apart to make it 4/27 and still a bit of work to do.
The best performing pair of the season, Fini and former president Hoody, then put on a nice little partnership to move the score along to 4/77 after drinks. Hoody was then fired off the pad down leg side and Fini followed next ball to see us now 6/77. Sid and young Josh Kingston then put on a few handy runs with us looking to get past the follow on. Unfortunately the last 4 wickets feel rather quickly before tea for just 3 runs and the Burwood Skipper had no hesitation to stick us back in with 34 overs left in the day.
Fat Skip and president Fagan once again strode to the crease looking to bat some overs. This time is was Fagan out first from the first ( LBW number 1) and with Josh following quickly after to leave us 2/10 with a lot of work to do. Fat Skip was then joined by Hoody and Fat Skip despite copping a nasty beamer, the pair batted well to soak up a lot of overs. Fat skip faced the second highest number of balls in his Covie career before missing a straight one (LBW number 2) for a well made 5. Fini the joined Hoody before being fired for the 4th time in two games (LBW number 3) and was soon followed by Man City (LBW number 4). Sid then joined Hoody and despite being told to bat within himself proceeded to swing for the boundary for a quick 22. With 39 overs gone and about 4 to go, the Covies were looking good to hold out a very fired up Burwood. Unfortunately once again the Covie collapsed made it exciting. We lost 3 for none with first Hoody getting a leading edge, Sid getting caught at long on and Brian shouldering arms to the leggie outside off stump (LBW nunber 5) after the slowest walk to the crease ever seen.
Fortunately for us, Robbie Seymour and Big Bird saw out the last 2 overs to prevent the out right with 1 wicket left. A heavy defeat but still a lot of positives to take out of a tough game. Bring on Strathfield next week!
On Sunday we held our inaugural T20 trial carnival day at Tantallon. It was a fantastic day with seniors, juniors, masters, old boys and sponsors all in attendance to watch some exciting matches at the home of cricket.
The day kicked off with a short presentation to some of our sponsors, Belle Property and Landscaping By Design, who were both presented with framed Covie shirts from our El Presidente/club umpire Dave Fagan. A ceremonial ball was then delivered by Simon from Belle Property, who was unlucky not to undo a nervous looking Pete Blood with a perfectly executed full toss.
With the festivities completed, the first game between a President’s XI and U24s side was underway. Isaac ‘the big show’ Kensell and club coach Greg Hunt started well with scores of 29 and 53 respectively as the President’s XI raced to 1/93 off 7 overs. Greg and the Big show put numerous balls into the trees, with one even bouncing across Epping road. However, some tight bowling by Man City and Candy in the middle overs drew the President’s XI back to 4/108 off 10. A few round outs and some sound bowling resulting in the President’s XI finishing on 165, with a massive six from Corny off the last ball. Man City was the pick of the 24s bowlers with 2/22.
With it all to do the 24s side opened up with Ryan and Archie who got off to a steady start at 0/30 off 4, but both departed soon after. With the run rate and pressure mounting, Oly, Angus, Candy and Rex all came and went. Dodds and Pira played some entertaining shots to close out the innings, but it was too little too late as the u24s side finished on 101 after 15 overs.
The 2nd game saw the John French & Geoff Schaper XI square up against one another. Both sides contained a mix of Shires, masters, u17s players and their dads. The John French XI batted first, with Sam Sheperd and David Ranasinghe both contributing with 38 and 28 respectively, to see their side finish on 5/132 after their 20 overs. It was then the Geoff Schaper XI’s turn to bat, with Drew Bray opening up and proving that he only deals in 4 and 6s with a blistering 31. Harry Lee-Young and Walski then combined for a partnership of 60 odd and soon settled for some red ink with scores of 33 and 28 respectively. Fini was then “plum” in front and correctly judged as so by his fellow Fat skip. The Geoff Schaper XI finished as resounding victors on 3/128 after only 17 overs.
A big thank you to Dave Fagan and Brendan Hood for umpiring, Vicky Fagan for running the BBQ/canteen and Arun Sirrpi for his photography. A great day and I am sure everyone is already looking forward to a bigger and better version next year!