2s and 4s do us proud in finishing runners up
For this final TWIC we reflect on the seasons of 2nd Grade and 4th Grade who did us immensely proud by making the Grand Final in their respective grades. Both teams came up against excellent sides in Roseville and Macquarie Uni, and although we gave both teams concerns throughout the matches, key partnerships in both matches won the premierships for those Clubs. LCCC extends our heartiest congratulations to both clubs, who played both matches in the excellent spirit we pride ourselves on, and indeed congratulations to all other premiership winners.
2nd Grade v Roseville Grand Final
So….it all comes down to the last weekend of the season. Given a second chance at a Grand Final & that elusive piece of silverware. Twelve other teams would have loved to be in our shoes. It is such a sweet feeling when the hard work, time & effort pays off.
We arrived early at Mona determined to place a stake on the visitors dressing rooms. Unfortunately, Dodds let the groundsman bunt him to the home team rooms instead. The ground was a picture…..hard track, fast outfield, bright & sunny. A real credit to the Auburn contingent.
Warm ups went smoothly & we had an expectation that win or lose the toss, we would be batting……Roseville thought otherwise, won the toss and decided to have a bat. A decision that in hindsight proved decisive.
Dodds & Skinner opened up & Skinner claimed an early breakthrough with a well thought out bouncer to have their captain on his way until his troublesome groin acted up again. Another short ball saw the other opener caught at backward square.
This bought the big man Choppy to the crease and he tried to blast his way past the good lines & lengths. His partner was playing steadily & tried to calm the impetuous Choppy. He played & missed several, doinked a few just out of reach & got a healthy edge to see the catch go down.
Dunny was bought into the attack and almost immediately after lunch the game changed. In the first over he claimed an LBW & followed up with a magnificent spell to the Roses premier batsman, Lynas. After deceiving him with almost every ball, Lynas finally edged to slip & Myers accepted the catch. A sharp caught & bowl from the big Choppy was put down although Dunny picked up his man when Maxi made a good stumping. Until being hit hard on his bowling hand, Dunny’s spell was superb. He was really ripping the ball, bowling with great flight & the pitch was responsive.
During this period, the game turned in our favour. Dodds & Robbo also picked up wickets and Roseville were soon 9/134. With the fall of the 9th, play was extended 30 minutes. Unfortunately, we failed to make the breakthrough & Roseville went to tea still 9 down for 158.
After tea, the partnership continued with Gill holding up one end whilst the elder statesman Peter Brown played some shots. Bezer eventually went through Browny’s defence but not before a 59 run partnership ensued. Roseville all out for 193.
We had 7 overs to bat & it was a nervous time for Stu & Dunny however, not only did they negotiate it, they had us at 0/19 at the end of play. A pretty satisfying result despite the last wicket stand.
Day 2 was all about finishing the job. We spoke about shot selection, patience, partnerships. A flat track & fast outfield were sure to see us reach the target. Roseville had other ideas.
We lost Stu in the 3rd over for 14 & Dunny followed soon after but at 2/44 we were still looking ok. 2/44 soon became 3/45 as Stipey edged to 3rd slip. Disaster then struck as Hoody ran himself out & Pies chipped one to mid wicket. Now 5/53 & needing consolidation.
Higgins & Skinner started to settle into the task at hand and Skinner slowly began to gain confidence. Just as he was about to break loose, he chipped a ball to mid-on & we were 6/89. Maxi & Hig steadied to take us to lunch at 6/99 still needing lots although Maxi chose the last over before lunch to launch a huge missile over the square leg fence.
After lunch, the runs seemed to open up. In the first 2 overs, good shot placement & selection saw 14 added to the total. You could sense a fight back. Alas, it was short lived as Maxi lost his middle stump to see us at 7/116. Doddsy came and went pretty quickly when the Roseville captain took a blinder at slip – 8/127.
Hig then decided to play a couple of shots although not too successfully as he edged one through third man for 4. Robbo was holding up his end & there was still hope. Hig finally got one out of the middle only to see the bowler stick a hand out that was the end of that. Robbo & Bezer set about trying to emulate the Roseville 10 & 11 but alas fell 36 runs short. All out for 157.
It was a great effort by Roseville who freely admitted they didn’t think 193 was enough. They played much the same as we had all year by bowling consistent lines & lengths. They put down a catch off Dunny early & it was the only catch they put down in the final series…there’s a lesson in that for us.
In the end, a disappointing result but one we can certainly learn from. The boys should hold their heads up & be proud of their achievements throughout the year. We played good, solid for most of the year & it was satisfying to see some of the players coming through.
Bezer had by far his best season yet & Robbo was my player of the finals. He picked up 12 wickets at 9.5 and played a big part in the Semi Final victory. Bones Semi Final knock was a real highlight as was Pies 100 not against Souths. Dunny’s spell in the GF was the best he has ever bowled & everyone else chipped in at various times during the season.
Thanks go to Porky, Pusie & the committee for their hard work. Thanks also to Jamie Dempsey for doing 12th man duties the whole final series. Club Dub & Geof for scoring assistance & all those supporters who travelled to watch us play during the final series……with the possible exception of a pink woman’s pyjama clad 1st Grade captain on Saturday.
Tough luck also to Sharpy & the Jail Birds. I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on their achievements. Sharpy, JL, Scotty & Fish have been more than just baby sitters this year. They have tough the young boys plenty & the boys have repaid them….Great year boys. You will only learn from the experience.
With such a wealth of young talent coming up through the Covies rank, I know I will be pulling on the whites again next year as I hope all of you will. It is an exciting period & I want to be a part of it.
3 – Dunny
2 – Hig
1 - Robbo
4th Grade v Macquarie University Grand Final
Report from Sharpy to come
Which brings the season, our 115th to a close. Another successful year for the Covies with 2 Grand Finalists, ground of the year, and perhaps the Spirit of Cricket award too. We are battling that out with 1st Grade runners up Epping at the moment, proving that you don't need to be easybeats to play the game in the right spirit. Its something we can be very proud of as a club and goes a long way to explain why we are a well respected club. Special mention must go to our Prez, John Lloyd. We don't claim he is the best administrator in cricket, we don't need to make outlandish statements like that. We can say however never a prouder Cove there has been. Thanks for instilling the culture in our Club that we play the game the way the game should be played, and results on the field will follow. Another fine year, Porky.
If you haven't got your money in for the 115 year dinner, you need to do so immediately!! Time is running out, so you need to get you money in and book your spot. Don't miss out, its going to be a fantastic night.
Which brings to a close another year This Week In Covieland. Special thanks to Canny for his fine publications throughout the year, and our captains, who put in a hell of an effort, just to get teams out on the paddock every week. Its been a busy and frustrating year at times, but ultimately a successful and highly enjoyable one. Lets do better next year. Have a fantasic off season, Gents. See you (all) at the dinner, and enjoy your weekends.
GTC, ILTC, IDIFTC