First Day Points - So Unfamiliar

Lane Cove sides on the weekend demolished 117 years of tradition by taking points from the first round of the season - perhaps for the first time in the Club's history.  The mantle of traditionally slow starters was upheld by the lower grades while the Sky Muppets were washed out at Koola Park.  We shall soon see whether this is a flash in the pan - I expect us to revert to superlative dropkick form well before we reach the Christmas break.

1st Grade:  Lane Cove 4/186 def Roseville 171

We arrived at Roseville Park on Day 2 to find the majority of the square under water after some early morning rain.

We eventually got on at 2:40pm, however after 1 over the heavens opened up again and we had a further 25 minute delay.  After that were were back on with Richie and Corny at the crease with the job to knock off the remaining 60 runs for victory.

Both guys were looking solid and playing positively and the boundaries started to flow on the smallish ground.

Corny progressed to 20 until he nicked the Roseville captain to 1st slip.  At the other end Richie continued an unbelievable debut for the club powering ahead to not only the winning target but also his century.  We passed them 4 down in the 37th over with Jacko the other not out batsman on 2.

Richie finished with 102 not out with 21 fours... great knock mate!

So a very pleasing start to the season, taking 6 points off Roseville in the local derby!


3 - Richie
2 - Corny
1 - Glen

2nd Grade:   Lane Cove 5/204(dec) def Roseville 124 & 6/107


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3rd Grade:   Lane Cove 129 def by Roseville 194

Well today wasn't what would be looked back on as a highlight of our season.  After arriving to a very wet Turramurra Oval there was a little bit of disbelief on inspection of the deck as the pitch was left uncovered and was a strip of mud.  They covered the wrong pitch.  We agreed to play on a different pitch under protest but I was still supremely confident we would chase them down.

We were chasing 194 resuming on 2/58.  The attitude, commitment and ticker that was shining strong in the field on day one was nowhere to be seen with the bat on day two.  Nick McDonnell continued from last week and was looking good but after doing the hard work last week he was unfortunate not to cash in.  From there it was a pretty sorry story - some disappointing shots for the situation we were in didn't help and even with a quick fire 27 to Nick Papastamatis we came up well short, done for 129.

If we can lift our batting and combine it with the brilliant work we did in the field last week, I have no doubt we will get the first win on the board come round two.  Bad luck boys.


3 - Davo
2 - Kenjamin
1 - Jim

4th Grade:   Lane Cove 70 & 141 def by Roseville 166 & 9/143(dec) outright

With a first innings deficit of 96 we needed quick wickets to give ourselves a chance of outright points.  Franko got an early break but solid batting saw Roseville through to 9 for 143 - a chase of 240 off 44 overs, gettable if a couple of us got going.  Our bowling was very good, restricting Roseville to only 3 an over at Longy on a good deck. Marty was outstanding, picking up his first Covie 5 wicket haul.  He mixed up his flight with a little spin but bowled a real good line and length.  Scotty held the other end tight with 2 wickets and 1 to Franko.

The run chase got off to a solid 32 run start before Webby was on his way for 20.  The Booby and Frenchy took it to 61 before we started to lose wickets regularly in the quest for quick runs.  Booby 27, Frenchy 18, Yours Truly 21 and Marty a fine double of 34.  One of us needed a big score to have a chance but it was not to be.  Must mention a good little knock of 7 not out from Jack Ryan - well done mate.  All out 141, well short but at no stage did we throw the towel in during the run chase.

This week we play Epping with many guys back throughout the grades, so selections will be tight with all performances looked at closer than years past.  My advice:  head down at the crease, bowl good lines, make training, help with covers, pay fees ASAP and register.  With the quality of players we have available this year, don't be surprised to find yourself in a lower grade if your performance is not up to par.  Make our job harder as selectors and tick all the boxes.


3 - Marty - wickets and runs, great start to the season
2 - Booby - put a real price on his wicket at the crease in both innings
1 - Scotty - good spells both innings and double figures with the bat in the first innings

Sky Muppets:   Lane Cove drew Lindfield Gold

Washed out without a ball being bowled.

Congratulations to Richie Gallichan on his fantastic debut and maiden Century for the Coves.  You've set your brother a hard task to match it this weekend.  Obviously that was the first signficant Champagne Moment for any Covie this season, and the Milestones have been updated too.

The Duck Bat got a bit of a touch up courtesy of the lower grades.  Two weeks into the season we already have a healthy 12 golden eggs in the bank.  I'm not sure whether Chris Frankish thought he got away with it, but after putting last season's duck together with his trial duck and round 1 duck, he'll be joining Cameron Bezer in whites on the next Covie night out, although Bez may find himself wearing more or less than the full kit if he continues globing up.  Gerard Boyle is on two strikes and faces a nervous stride out to the crease this weekend... full and straight, Pingers!

Training - outdoor sessions have begun at North Sydney #2!  Wednesday afternoons from 5 pm until dark.  Keep an eye on the website if the weather has been unfavourable.  We continue to train Thursday nights at the SCG Indoor Centre from 8:00 to 9:30 pm.

Fantasy League - Bryan Dempsey has his insidious grasp on top spot after round 1.  I don't know how you're cheating Bryan, I just know that you are.  Five committee members follow hot on his heels with Joe Camarsh up next so it promises to be one of the least popular podium combinations of all time if things don't change significantly.  If you haven't paid your $20, give it to Brett at the Diddy (before he gets full) or transfer it direct to the club's account - BSB#: 062-192 Acc#: 10015602.  Don't forget to put your name and 'FL' in the description.  If you didn't catch the prizes last time, they are $240, $150 and $90 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, presuming everyone pays.

Selections - Teams for round 2 v Epping should be up by now.  5th Grade have a bye this weekend so there are a handful of you missing out on a game.  Sorry about that.  I hear a good therapy is to ring the Chairman of Selectors and give him an earful - 0419 423 507.

Registration and Fees - If you haven't registered online by now, you're going to find it hard to get a game.  Please do so ASAP - you need to complete the entire process to register.  Tick the 'pay by cheque' option if you are paying by cash, in instalments or by direct transfer.

Tea - No one has put up their hands to help out Mrs Hig with tea yet.  Sad.

Accommodation - Likewise here.  You're all terrible, terrible people.  I'll admit the idea of "taking in" a young Englishman and then leaving him homeless and destitute is greatly appealing, but we should do the right thing and find him a home.  Please let someone on the committee know if you can give Tom Stone a place to stay, if only for a while.

Old Cricket Gear - If you have any old cricket gear you're not using, we'd like to collect if off you so we can send it off to some kids in India.  Might be a stretch given we collected a lot of stuff last year to go to Fiji, but contact me ( if you have anything you can spare.