I Can't Remember The Last Time We Did This

Attention all Covies:  we won four games of cricket on the weekend.  Out of four.  What?

We thought Richie had set the bar high on his debut last week, but he managed to hurdle over that mark again this week with another stunning match-winning performance against the 'Pingers with 147 off a casual 115 nuts as well as a wicket, a catch and a run out.  I did see him drop a catch though.  Tut tut.

Second Grade continue to march along to the beat of Cam "Patton" Bezer's drum, chalking up a win with bonus point while Third and Fourth Grade achieved the same in relatively comfortable fashion to get both teams off the mark for the season.

The Sky Muppets had a bye and remain undefeated so far this season - excellent work.

1st Grade:  Narara-Wyoming 9/263 def. Epping 9/175

Awaiting Brett's excellent report...

While we do though, I'd just like to mention a few glaring omissions from the fines list.  
  • No fine for Joe Camarsh pulling the hands away from a regulation catch
  • Letting Gerald Cornelius convince everyone the snick to slip didn't carry when he clearly spilled it ankle high
  • In a separate incident, a further fine for Gerald Cornelius for refusing to claim a catch that didn't quite carry - not cheating against Epping?? Controversial!
  • If there was indeed no cheating at all during the game, I recommend a fine of $20 for each player.  We have a reputation to uphold and a rich tradition to maintain, gentlemen.
We won the toss and had a bat first on what liked one of the better Epping decks for quite some time.

Epping started really well with the ball, bowling pretty good areas and using the conditions nicely to get the ball to swing and carry through to the keeper.

We lost both Fish (bowled) and Smith (ripping catch at gully) reasonably early to have us in a bit of strife at 2 for 22.  The Gallichan brothers (Pete on debut) then set about building a platform for the rest of the innings.  They had to negotiate some more good bowling from the Pingas but were eventually able to gain the ascendancy and started to hit the bowlers to all parts of the ground.  They finished up with a match-winning partnership of 180 with Pete 63 and older brother Richie 147.  It was Richie's second consecutive century for the Coves and included 17 4's and 4 sixes and came off only 117 balls.

We ended up losing a few late wickets including 3 run-outs but still managed a competitive score of 263 for 9 from our 50 overs.

In response, our bowling and fielding performance was magnificent.  Apart from a 5 over period early on we really were on top and everyone was in the game doing their job for the team.

All the bowlers bowled well with the wickets being shared around all 6 bowlers.

We ended up restricting Epping to 9 for 175... and another 6 points for the Covies!


Players' Player
3 - Richie G
2 - Peter G
1 - Crazy Joe

2nd Grade:  Lane Cove 7/92 def. Epping 90 with a bonus point

I'm guessing Dodds will give you an excellent summary of his single wicket on the weekend.

Second Grade Report - 2's win quota of games before Christmas in 2 rounds.

Second Grade arrived at Tantallon at 9 bells - with the exception of Booby Junior, Myles and Dodds who were late due to unconventional preparation the night before.

Fairly conventional Braveheart speech really.  Southcott was appointed vice captain, Holty cracked jokes.  Dub had produced a fairly lively surface and surprisingly Epping won the toss and elected to bat in superb bowling conditions.

Dodds and Bezer opened the bowling to minimal effect, especially a typically lion-hearted 3 over spell from the skip.  Dodds bowled quite poorly, including a wide that failed to land on the mown surface.  This author personally is failing to grasp that after 19 seasons of cricket he could bowl a delivery that required Holty at second slip to dive full length to his right.  Awful, shake hands with Doherty next week you CAT!

Epping moved forward relatively incident free to 2/37 before the Shires MVP came on to bowl to work his magic.  Holty hustled and bustled his way to figures of 5/16 with Farmer also doing a cagey job to pick up 3/20.  Pingaz all out 90 but still a little work to do on a deck that wasn't going to dry out and do plenty all day.

Sammy was unlucky early doors and there really was a steady procession of wickets to find the Coves in some discomfort at 7 for 64.  Really only Booby Junior hung in for his 19.  Thankfully Holty locked on and played his shots and JP stuck with him to see the lads take the six and a bonus point to put us just on the podium table wise.


An alternative view from Cotty...

Second Grade rocked up to Tantalon to dinf a damp, bowler-friendly wicket which Epping duly elected to bat on, having listened to JL's advice of always batting first.  I think they switched off about the bit about baaaattttiiiiing the ooooovvveeeerrrrrssss ooouuuuutttttt.

With Bezer hooping the ball a mile, he eventually got a straight one to rap the pads, while Dodds was denied at the end with a fairly good shout.  Highlighting the importance of surprise in cricket, he decided to bowl towards
the right hand of Holty at second slip, before grabbing an LBW that pitched outside leg, was missing off and was going over (obviously there was something on the pitch).

JP came on and bowled with movement in both directions, unlucky not to grab a pole, before Farmer (3-fa) and Holt (8 wides) saw the Pingaz go from 2/61 to all out 91.  Farmer was on the spot and the batsmen weren't picking which way the ball was spinning.  
Holty bowled wides on both sides of the wicket, which convinced the Epping batsmen they weren't needed as Xavier (top score with 34) would do the job.

The Covie chase began with Sam Mantarro LBW before Southcott decided the JCMF needed a touch up, however found himself stumped.  Paddywhack and Myles doubled the score before Paddy departed at 3/38 to soon be followed by Myles.  Phelps and Maxwell unfortunately couldn't end the game in quick time, and with Dodds promoted up the order in chase of quick runs for the bonus point, Lane Cove were 7/64, still 28 from victory after 25 overs.  Thankfully
the skipper didn't promote himself.

JP came out and smashed the bowling to all parts with 3* off 10, superbly shielding Holt from the strike and protecting the tail to bring up the victory in 28.1 overs without further loss.

Lane Cove 7 points, but really big game this week that we need to be focused on.

Point of note about the game, highlighting the new professionalism of 2nd Grade:
  • everyone was in bed before 10pm on both Friday and Saturday night
  • no alcohol was consumed on either day, and in fact most players have become teetotallers and deeply religious
  • no foul language was used at any point during proceedings, except for Maxwell talking about his "bowling"
  • even Farmer restrained himself from gambling

Players' Player
3 - Who else but SPOTY (5/16 off 10, 20 odd not)
2 - Farmer (3/20, good areas)
1 - Booby Jnr (valuable 19)

3rd Grade:  Lane Cove 4/188 def. Epping 9/187 with a bonus point

Dohers on his first win and duck as a Covie captain...

Rocked up to Somerville Park expecting not much of a deck or a field but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pitch... the less said about the rest of the field the better.  

Having lost the toss the Pingers went into bat and big Kenny and LPG went to work with the new ball.  Both bowled great opening spells and despite Bridgestone green-lighting a skied ball to mid on I thought we had a great start in the field.  Byrney came on and bowled his 10 straight and again bowled some great lines and had them playing and missing all morning but still couldn't break through for his first Covie wicket.  BridgeStone and young Benny Craig then came in and got the wickets we were after - both bowled brilliant swing and got 3 each.  Pus and Porky somehow combined to run out Epping's only bat on 60 odd and once he was gone they didn't bat with much ticker and coupled again with some great work in the field we restricted them to 9/187 off 50.

Pus and Nick McDonnell (28) opened our response and they started like a house on fire, putting on 94 for the opening stand.  Pus in particular batted amazingly, knocking 60 off 33 balls which put us in a position to go for the bonus point.  Porky (32*) and Granger (35) batted well together and did it easy, moving us up to the 188 required within 30 overs for the bonus point.  BridgeStone came in and knocked a quick 13 not out to get us the bonus point with 1 delivery to spare.

Great win, a very happy captain and looking forward to getting stuck in to Burwood next week.


Players' Player
3 - Pus
2 - Porky
1 - BridgeStone

4th Grade:  Lane Cove 2/66 def. Epping 63 with a bonus point

Yes, Demps.

A very clinical effort by the mighty 4's after the first round thumping.  Won the toss and decided that the wicket might do a little, Epping pad up.

Franko picked up where he left off the previous week - good lines, beating the bat time and time again.  Frenchy was woken from a quiet little kip at backward square from a firmly hit pull shot third ball to snare a good catch that was on track to take him out.  Franko bowled his 10 straight - 2 for 13 and his trusty sidekick Brody pulled his weight with 2 for 16 to get us off to a great start.  Epping weren't allowed to form a partnership through sustained tight bowling.  Scotty got himself another 2 wickets to add to the record and Marty finished the tail off to grab 4 for 2 in another good little spell.  Good keeping from Smithy with a very quick stumping thrown in.

We were chasing 63, sometimes these small targets can cause a few problems.  The only problem, it wasn't enough for Jim to score his 50.  He finished 46 not out with Pottsy a maximum in his 15.  It took 14.4 overs for us to be 2 for 66, game over by 1pm, time to enjoy another Mrs Hig afternoon tea special then off to watch all the other grades bring home the points.


Players' Player
3 - Jim Twomey made the run chase easy with his 46
2 - Chris Frankish bowled 10 overs, 2 wickets, could have easily had a few more wickets
1 - Marty Tzikas ripped through the tail, dirty there wasn't more to come

Individual Performances - We have more action here courtesy of Richie.  He has now notched up his second Covie Century in as many digs as well as collecting another Trophy and almost but not quite breaking the Club's 3rd wicket record Partnership with brother Pete.  I'd suggest he'd be eyeing a few of these off as well.  Pus Man Boyle and Dodds notched up their 2,000th and 1,500th runs for the club respectively too - congratulations on the Milestones.

Training - If the weather holds off we'll finally get our first outdoor session of the season proper going at North Sydney #2 on Wednesday.  Training starts at 5pm and goes until dark.  If the weather is iffy, keep an eye on the front page of the website.  We still have net sessions going on Thursday night from 8pm to 9:30 at the SCG Indoor Centre as well, for those who can't get to Wednesday or need the extra practice (all of you).

Selections - Teams for round 3 v Burwood / Balmain will be up by Tuesday, I'm guessing.  I don't know when they'll actually be up, but you'd hope we've got teams sorted after the selectors had another marathon 4 hour meeting on Saturday night.

Social Events - The next two events on the calendar are our Movember Bash and an Ashes Test Luncheon, both at the Diddy.  We'll be getting registrations underway for Movember soon so keep an eye on the nedsite.  More details on both events will be forthcoming shortly, but lock the dates away.

Fantasy League - Club Coach T Mac heads the table with what looks to be some very astute selections, Phelps aside.  The Treasurer, 4th Grade Skip, President and Crazy Joe round out the top 5.  Remember to pay your $20 for team entry - if you haven't sorted us out by the end of the Burwood game (the next one), you'll end up getting your team wiped.  Transfers to  BSB#: 062-192  Acc#: 10015602 with your name and "FL" in the description field please.

Former Narara-Wyoming Players - We're introducing a new levy on fees of $100 for our ex-Central Coasties this season.  While scoring centuries, putting on big partnerships, breaking lots of records, etc may seem swell and all that, trophies do not grow on trees.  Lane Cove has a rich history of being distinctly mediocre in all facets of the game - a culture currently endangered by our recent imports from up North who refuse to integrate and play "down" to the Covie level.  If you want an ideal Covie to model yourselves on, just look at Gerald Cornelius - looks proficient at training, seems to know what he's doing, talks a good game and all that, but... centuries?  Nil.  5 fas?  Nil.  Records broken?  Nil.  Brownlow votes (if we had them)?  Nil.  An otherwise previously competent sportsmen whole-heartedly embracing what it is to be a Lane Cove cricketer.  So, please be aware that being good has its consequences and don't expect the rest of the Club to carry the can for you while you buck the trend putting our trophy maker's kids through law school.  That is all.

Adopt A Pom - Still looking for places for Tom Stone to stay.  Seems a thoroughly good chap actually, so clearly won't want to hang around the Coves for too long.  Send me an email if you can spare a room / bed / closet.

Tea - broken record.  Anyone willing to help the Higgins Clan, for the nth time?

Ian Phelps
Formerly Dr Eggs