1st Grade - LC 7/204(cc) defeated Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 103

Lane Cove 7/204(cc) (D Naughton 61, J Needham 42, S Nicholls 29)
Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 103 (G Hunt 4/10, A Cornelius 2/10, R Ravi 2/19)

1s woke up at some god awful time to trek it out to the middle of nowhere only to be greeted by a pitch with wet spots despite the 43 degree day just gone. So we were allowed to slowly wake up whilst watching 3s put on a batting exhibition down the road. With Naughto repeatedly going into battle to defend our right to wait around for the pitch to dry and for the conditions to stop being “too unsafe” (perhaps SDs hadn’t worked out Joey wasn’t playing and the rest of our attack have the ability to pitch the ball up). After lunch we were greeted with the good news we were on with a 37 overs a side game.

We lost the toss and were sent in with no one quite knowing how the pitch was going to play. It turns out pretty well, thankfully all of the Mounties skipper’s fears were eased, poor guy was so worried for everyone’s safety. Despite this we lost 2 early wickets, Dindy getting trapped very adjacent and GI unluckily caught down leg side. Naughto and Jim Bob put on a masterclass from there, Jimbo being the aggressor and Naughto rotating the strike with ease. Jimbo was fired on 42 and with quick runs the name of the game, Robbie came and went. Snicho scored a quick fire 29 with Ravi sending one higher than long and getting caught not long after. Naughto picked up his half century looking comfortable the whole time. Unfortunately a mix up between the wickets saw him run out for a very well made 61. Oly and Doddsy seeing the boys to the 50th over mark, 204 on the board.

SDs mentality for the chase was evident from ball 1 with a 6 over the square boundary. Ravi bowled well at the other end to pick up the other opener. Some more big blows saw Corny brought into the attack to slow down the run rate. He dutifully listened like the good boy he is, at one stage being 2/0 off 2. From there the Covies were in control, GI coming in to run through the middle to lower order with 4/10 off 6.3. Mounties were cleaned up for 103, our bowlers aided in the field with some good high catching practice and a sharp Dindy run out. A big bonus point win for our boys, keeping us locked at 2nd on the table and a match up against rivals Roseville next round to look forward to.

2nd Grade - LC 8/217(cc) defeated Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 101

Lane Cove 8/217(cc) (I Kensall 63, P Blood 25)
Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 101 (J Carmarsh 4/28, B Greaves 2/10, C Hipkin 2/18)

2s returned to the home of cricket, and cricket in general after a disappointing washout against Lindfield. The Mounties’ captain, who also happened to be a life-long friend of Charlie's, won the toss on a soft wicket and elected to bowl. Armed with his expensive Christmas present, Isaac ‘The Big Show’ Kensell opened up with Ryan “I’ve played 1s” Devine. Realising he had run out of excuses, The Big Show decided to play some shots which included an incredible tennis forehand over cover and into the car park. However, his best shot was undoubtedly the delicately placed hook shot/lap sweep during throwdowns. The Big Show finished with 63, and more importantly he scored at a strike rate of 121.2. Our opening stand of 93 got us off to the start we wanted but it wouldn’t have been possible without Devine’s memorable 17 off 74. Starts from Pete, Johnny, Harley kept the scoreboard ticking over in the middle overs. Some destructive late hitting and rotating of the strike from all subsequent batters was critical to posting 8-217.

Charlie and Ben “Kookas depreciate over winter” Greaves opened up and had Mounties in trouble early at 1-2 courtesy of a one-handed snare from a leaping Johnny at 2nd. A steady flow of wickets from positive spirit Carmarsh ensured the required run rate kept climbing. A small partnership followed, but unfortunately for Gordon, Greavesy sent one down with some extra spice and his dreams of a 100 were left undercooked. The end of this partnership quickly saw Mounties bundled out for 101. All in all, a decent bowling performance and largely sound catching ensured we collected another 7 points and continue to look pretty at the top of the ladder.

3rd Grade - LC 9/251(cc) defeated Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 165

Lane Cove 9/251 (H Polavarapu 88, A Sirrpi 51, J Dodds 30, N Mytkowski 29)
Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 165 (R Islam 3/18, A Schokman 3/27, K Crayn 2/32)

4th Grade - LC 2/103 defeated Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 102

Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 102 (C Bezer 4/18, C Forrest 3/8, Y Samant 2/14)
Lane Cove 2/103 (B Hood 31no)

5th Grade - LC 9/125(cc) defeated by Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 8/94 (DWL)

Lane Cove 9/125 (I Edmunds 48, S O'Farrell 29)
Mt Pritchard-Southern Districts 8/94 (S Sidda 3/14, B Edmonds 2/19, N James 2/33)