TWIC - The Gallichans drink the Covie Cool Aid

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Lane Cove do as the Covies do. Our new signings from Narara are attempting to fit in by seeing their batting averages plummet with sub-20's scores. Perhaps the $100 levy on talent is working? Despite this, first grade have gained the ascendancy through Corny and the bowlers.

Second grade required the batting expertise of the former SPOTY for the second week in a row, who was well partnered by Sam Mantarro, but still have an uphill battle to stay top of the table at Rothwell. Tragically, Cameron Bezer won't be circuiting in pads, gloves and helmet this week, but no doubt his full cricket kit will make an appearance before the start of 2011.

Dohers will likely be short of players next week due to a threatened walkout after bowling himself, and much to the disgust of cricket lovers everywhere, had some success. Another 180-odd will see 3's home, with 10 wickets in the bank.

Bryan will be looking for quick wickets to put the pressure on Briars, either for first innings points, or perhaps another dash at outright points.

1st grade: Lane Cove 158 v Burwood 5/34

We lost the toss on a pitch that looked like it would provide some good assistance for the bowlers early on.  We would have bowled had we won the toss but alas we were sent it.
Fish and Smith took guard and Smith for the second week in a row was out to a very smart catch, this time at point after miss-timing a drive.  The Fish continued along and was very patient batting for well over an hour for his 9 runs.  We lost both Richie and Fish with the score on 34 and we were in trouble at 3 for 34.
Peter and Corny then set about building a partnership and getting us back into the game.  They both batted to the conditions very well.  The ball was still doing enough and the outfield was extremely slow so they had to be prepared to pick up 1s and 2s and the very occasional boundary.  They had put on 55 and it looked like we would enter the tea break in a strong position until Gallichan Jnr out caught bat pad in the 2nd last over before tea - after doing all the hard work.

After tea Gerald continued to chip away and the scoring rate slowly picked up but unfortunately at the other end Corny kept losing partners.  A quick-fire 19 from Crazy Joe Devola was the only other resistance in the tail and Corny finished a fantastic innings on 66 not out.  It was his 2nd half century for the club and in my opinion and given a number of circumstances his best knock in 4 years ... he got us out of a very big hole and gave us a total to defend ... great knock mate !
We ended up all out for 158 when Sneaky Pete was given leg before for a golden duck and cementing his spot at number 11 for the next 4 to 5 seasons.
Despite the smallish total the attitude in the sheds before taking the field was excellent and there was a real feeling that we could do some damage to Burwoods top order in the hour or so we had left in the day.
We ended up doing just that.  The Briars finished the day at 5 for 34 from 17.4 overs.  All of the bowlers performed well picking up a wicket each, with the Crazy man picking up 2 when he got their keeper to attempt a sweep shot with 2 balls in the day remaining only to miss it completely and have the ball crash into the stumps.
If we take that intensity into the field next week we will go very close to winning and picking up another 6 points.
Everything to play for next Saturday !

2nd grade: Lane Cove 159 v Burwood 2/78

2’s Don’t Chase 300 at Rothwell for the First Time in a Decade
Second Grade turned up to Rothwell (sans quality burgatorium) to play Burwood and try to continue their undefeated start to the season. The boys didn’t look too bad
, considering the smart money was probably on a washout and beverages were entitled to be consumed with confidence the previous evening.  
For the first time in years (well at least when our ex president
 was in his thirties) skipper Bez won the toss and elected to bat on a typically benign rothwell surface. Pork Chops and Southcott strode out to bat with instructions to bat time and noodle away.  Things didn’t quite go to plan after porks shouldered arms to a straight one, Booby snicked one and a few more quick wickets to have the coves in some discomfort at 5/30.  Enter Holty and Mantarro who really put their heads down and showed us how it really should be done.  The boys batted sensibly and waited for the right ball to attack, sending us to tea at 5/130 and with the game more on a level pegging.
Sammy was then incredibly stiff after carving a late cut to first slip to be out for an excellent 50 odd
. Tommy then unfortuanately got bowled and a procession of late wickets saw the coves all out for 159.  The boys agreed this was probably a sub par score but none the less gave us something to defend with 28 overs left in the day.
Burwood finished 2/78 and are on top at the conclusion of Day One.  However, with Farmer and Davo landing them nicely and Holty in the attack a few quick wickets next week could see quite an absorbing contest.
Holty – 3
Sammy – 3

Winners Backed at Caufield on Saturday
Visits to Excellent Fish and Chips Shop

3rd grade: Burwood 211 v Lane Cove 0/28

At the home of cricket on Saturday, things started worryingly enough for 3’s when we pulled off the covers to see a glass pitch, and Dohers lost the toss. Briars strangely decided to bat though, but by the time the first ball was bowled, the glassy look had disappeared and the pitch was a road.
LPG bowled great areas early as did Byrne, with LPG taking a cracking caught and bowled and Byrne an LBW, the first of his 2 wickets on the day. Tom Stone then came on and bowled extremely well on a pitch which really gave nothing to the bowlers. Tight lines all day, unlike last year’s northern import, he finished 3-52 after a workmanlike 22.1 overs, well done mate.
A great low catch to Phelps at short cover was Stoneys first and the next came after Dunny had their fat doinksman skying one to the same man on the boundary.
When Burwood reached about 160, they started to collapse, and this was down to one man, our bowling-all rounder and captain extraordinaire Dohers.
A spell that really outlined why he is a key strike bowler for 3rd grade this season. His second ball bamboozling their thus-far untroubled captain, with a rank full toss hit to Phelps on the boundary (aiming for more catches than runs this season Phelps?) followed by catches to Byrne and LPG after really ripping the ball about half the pitch on numerous occasions. 3-4 from 4 dramatic overs from Mick.
Stone then wrapped it up at 211 all out for the visitors.
Scrivenhands and McDonnell finished the day in style, 0-28 from 9 overs.
Smart batting and partnerships next week, and we can grab the 6 points.
2 –Bridge Stone bowled all day        
1- LPG bowled with ticker and got the breakthrough
1 –Byrne Got first wickets for the club and bowled well all day
1- Dunn Bowled brilliantly not having looked at a cricket bowl since last season
1- Captian amazing, well he's just amazing  

Chris Granger

4th grade: Lane Cove 120 v Burwood 4/81

We won the toss and decided to bat on a great looking batting track. A score of over 200 would have been about right for this deck. At 3 for 15 things had changed to consolidation with the Burwood bowlers not giving too many bad balls. Crossy dug in and was looking really good for 21 before a lazy shot outside off stump was his undoing. No one else was able to stick around to form a meaningful partnership as wickets tumbled regularly. Yours truly with 43 otherwise it was a pretty insipid batting performance. We scrambled to 120 with  Franko and Shingles in his first game looking solid at the end.
Shingles realy bent his back and picked up his first of many covie wickets with good pace and movement. Franko at the other end was great support with an immaculate line and eventually rewarded with a wicket. Pottsy and Crossy with a wicket each rounded out a good tight bowling performance to have Burwwod 4 for 81 at only 2 an over. Early wickets next week and we are right in it.

5th grade: no play - opposition forfeit.

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