Another Wet Weekend

Not much was done in Shires cricket on Saturday as our 1st Grade game was the only one to get on.  SD's have started fairly well at 2/77 despite the most heroic efforts of our 1st Grade skip who clearly thought cheap poles were on offer as he battled his way manfully through a 10 over spell.  On Sunday our Frank Gray pups went down in a close one to Pennant Hills after a great skipper's knock of 84* from Pete Gallichan helped the Coves along to a defendable total.

Courtesy of Richo and company, all of 1st Grade will be playing 120 over days next Saturday.  2nd to 4th Grade will be playing one-day matches of 50 overs per side kicking off at 10 am.  5s are at Princes Park against Auburn in the standard 12:30 kickoff.  If anyone in 2s to 4s is unable to make the revised start times, best let your captains know now.

1st Grade:  Lane Cove v Southern Districts 2/77

After soaking up 5000 Litres of water we managed to get underway at 3:10pm.

The Ants opening batsman took a likening to Sneaky's offerings and local houses and the CJC Tribute Fence were in constant danger for the first few overs.  He hit them high, hard and handsome until he reached 35 or so when he played on to T Holt's 2nd delivery of the day to leave him with figures of 0.2 overs 1 for 6.  Can anyone guess what happened to the first ball?

They finished the day at 2 for 70 odd when play was called off.

A big mention to Club Dub and also Bryan for having Tantallon in unbelievable condition considering the constant downpour we had that week.  Tantallon was the only ground in 28 Shires matches to get on which is a fantastic effort.

I'd also like to thank my guys for their attitude on the day ... those days are never fun but everyone dug in and did plenty of work to give us the best chance to get on with little fuss - thanks boys.


2nd Grade:  Lane Cove v Southern Districts

No play

3rd Grade:  Lane Cove v Southern Districts

No play

4th Grade:  Lane Cove v Southern Districts

No play

5th Grade:  Lane Cove v Georges River Sharks

No play

U24s:  Lane Cove 187 def. by Pennant Hills 8/188

Pending receiving anything from the U24s boys...

The Baby Coves got the season underway against Pennant Hills at Tantallon on Sunday.  New Skipper Pete Gallichan promptly lost the toss and the Coves were asked to have first use of a lively wicket at the home of cricket.  Phil O'Byrne (24) and Nick McDonnell got the Coves off to a decent start before both were dismissed in rapid succession to have the Coves 2/34.  Paddy Tompsett joined Pete Gallichan in the middle and the two added 83 together to lay a solid foundation for the lower order to build on.  Sadly it wasn't to be as the Coves were in good shape at 3/144 but lost wickets rapidly to end the innings at 187 in the 49th over with Pete stranded on 84*.  Still, 187 was a very defendable total with a slow outfield so the boys were fairly confident at the main break.

Limpy got the Coves off to a good start, finding the edge to have Pete Gallichan diving full length to his left at 2nd ned to snare the first wicket.  Joe Molloy depegged the Penno skipper and repeated the trick on the #4 to leave the Pumas at 3/25.  The remaining Penno opener was looking solid and managed to build a few partnerships with the Puma middle order to get them right back into the game at 6/141.  When he was finally dismissed with the score at 173, he'd managed to chalk up 92 runs in what turned out to be the match-winning dig.  Stoney managed to snare a late wicket to make it interesting at 8/186 with the Penno #11 and former Cove Suliman Karim off selling laptops at Macquarie Centre, but the Hills boys managed to hang in there for the last few runs to claim the points.  Joe Molloy (4/45) did plenty of damage to the Puma batting lineup and extras column alike while Phil O'Byrne (2/41) and Craig Preston (1/29) also bowled well.  Just needed to take a few of those chances and the result could have been very different.

Only one other game in 24s had a result in the first round so we haven't lost too much ground on anyone, but it would've been nice to hop off on the good foot early doors.  Never mind.  The boys are in action again next weekend at Epping - hope to see you all there.

3 - Pete Gallichan
1 - Paddy Tompsett
1 - Phil O'Byrne
1 - Joe Molloy

Good enough?  I made those points up.

U24s - The Frank Gray kiddies are in action again this Sunday against Epping.  Come down and cheer them on for their first win of the season... take 2.

Movember - We're now coming a distant second to a two man team from South Australia.  Dig in to those pockets, chaps.

Ashes Lunch - tickets on sale now.  Invest in this great opportunity to experience how Brett Richardson and Cameron Bezer live life with first beers at 10:30 am.

NSW v Tasmania - The Speed Blitz Blues take on the Apple Island folk in a one-day match on Sunday December 12 at North Sydney Oval.  Coves have been a bit of a fixture at this event in previous years, taking up much room on the hill and leaving behind great aluminium idols to their gods.  If you would like a ticket or tickets to this event, contact Burt Dickardson at and he will deliver them unto you.  

Fantasy League - Not much has changed obviously with the minimal action on the weekend.

Individual Stuff Champagne MomentsMilestonesDuck Bat... 

Training - More bad weather on the cards so keep an eye on the Nedsite yet again on Wednesday.

Hosing down a new apartment