In what was an ideal day to bowl before the rain came bucketing down, first and fourth grade are on top in their respective fixtures, while second and third grade would probably have liked a few more runs. Fifth grade were washed out for the 8th time this year after posting a competitive total, with everyone’s favourite specialist mid-off fieldsman notching up his third fiddy for the club.
In other notable news, attendances at the Diddy post game have been poor, so please get down there to support our sponsor. Their support allows us to have better facilities and equipment, not to mention lower fees than they otherwise would be, but it’s a two way street and getting back to the Diddy for a cold beverage after play shouldn’t be too difficult. Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah...
Finally, Richie Gallichan and Brett Richardson are representing the Shires XI at the SCG on Friday versus the Grade XI. Bwett will be skippering the side. It’s a 50 over game starting at 10am. Entry is free and beers are available in the Members’ stand. Congratulations on your selections.
We won the toss and chose to bowl under overcast skies!
Club Dub had once again produced a very good cricket wicket with something for everyone.
We bowled well throughout the day and picked up regular wickets although with a little bit more luck and without a couple of missed chances we could have had Souths all out but as it stands we are still in a very good position with Souths at 5 for 129 when we came off for bad light / rain.
The skip picked up 4, Holt 1 and snackswell took 3 grabs with the gloves ... Richie's offies came out well but he was luckless in the wicket column.
Big day for us next week.
Second Grade turned up to Alan Davidson needing to win to stay in touch with the top six leading into the business end of the year. New look side this week with the addition of French, and the return of farmer and BFBR to bolster our already healthy bowling stocks.
The deck looked fairly lively and skipper bez lost a pretty crucial toss to see us inserted in. P Man spanked the first ball for 4, then was caught trying to replicate the shot. Dodds and Scrivens were then knicked out and when French went with the score at 5 LCCC were well on top. Wes was unluckily caught behind and when duck man positively roasted a plump half volley after receiving an early grilling we were in further trouble. At 7/28 we were looking down the barrel of complete embarrassment (think Byrney shuffling around the dancefloor at 3am or Doherty trying in vain to jag one) but thankfully Southcott and the Beeeeeeeez dug in to somehow noodle us up to 72. The highlight of the day would certainly be watching bez bat, as trying to late cut balls off the stumps with 3 slips and 2 gullies is clearly the percentage play.
Anyhoo, massive hats off to Neddy who was the only player to really show any stomach for the fight (no pun intended) and gave a pretty good bowling attack at least something to aim up.
Trundled out into the field for a cagey half hour session before tea hoping to make some early inroads and make the chase a competitive contest. Bez and Dodds bowled some pretty good tubes without luck to have Souths 1/24 in reply. With the early start next week hopefully there’ll be something in the deck early and we can rip in… we have the bowling attack to do it but I wouldn’t have minded 150 fellas!
Nedcott – 3 (33 not, well played mate)
Bezer – 2 (Second top score???????… like I said scraping the bottow of the barrel here)
Scrivens – 1 (not sledging anybody when on a pair) YET. (Did wear bright pink football socks though)
Moving up Morphetville
Thirsty third grade turned up to the home of cricket under overcast skies and with a few new faces in the side. OB and I peeled back the covers to discover another juicy green deck which looked ripe for bowling but after last weeks punishment we thought we'd have a bat and put runs on the board. After winning the toss OB opened up with webby to the souths blokes bowling some tight lines and using the deck to get a bit of movement. After looking rather solid OB fell after chasing a wide one, then Potts knicked one to the keeper and Kieren got a jaffa and a neat catch at 3rd slip. This brought everyones favourite part time cove to the crease and back to his usual scratchy self. At 3/23 webby looked solid and was looking to form a good partnerhip with morals to help us back in the game as the deck looked to be flattening out.
Unfortunately this was not the case. The Souths skip put himself on to bowl what looked like doorknobs only to find out the deck was ripping, gripping, fizzing and popping everywhere. Seeing the ludacris amounts of turn this prompted their skip to bring on their left arm orthodox bowler who started turning the ball at right angles. This bowing partnership tore through us as Morals (11), webby (39) Benny (13) and Sharples (10) all fell to some good spin bowling. At 7/105 this brought newcomer Arthur Alla (double A) and S Dub to the crease. By this stage i was thinking 150 would be a competitive score as the field was slow and the deck was doing plenty. Double A missed a straight one, i missed a even straighter one and franko was left without facing a ball as S Dub schnicked one to the keeper. All out for 127 but we knew that with this deck and if we took our chances we were right in it.
I opened up the bowling with franko with the rain lightly falling. we both had the ball niping and seaming everywhere to the discomfort of their openers but unfortunately a couple of chances went down and souths finished the day on 0/14 after play was called off when the rain started getting heavier. So 82 overs to try knock them over and with similar bowling conditions we should be in with a good shot.
Webby 3 points -great knock under tough conditions
morals 1 point - hung with webby under tough conditions
Double A 1 point - entertaining 1st dig
S Dub 1 point- good late order doinking
Potential crisis was averted for the 4th Grade Coves as Demps' Duds collected 6 points on a rain-shortened afternoon at Alexandria. Pre-match preparation was the name of the game with the wicket-keeper and star player dining out on kebabs for breakfast, gambling on a short day in the field. This of course would rely on Captain Dempsey for once managing to win a flip in his miserable tossing life, which he surprisingly did and we were into the field for a trundle.
Cox and Molloy opened up, and after a few quiet overs the wheels began to turn with the boys trading wickets. Molloy was on a hattrick but speared the ball down leg like any respectable 1st Grade captain would, wasting his chance to join Pusie Boyle in dark corners of empty establishments lamenting the cruelty of the world and Alex Maxwell's catching ability. No one really put up much of a fight, although one of the Bunnies did cowboy up a little and peppered the third man and midwicket boundaries occasionally. Coxy bowled exceptionally and picked up a well-earned 5fa with 10 overs, 2 maidens, 5/23. Joe Molloy also did a job with 7 overs, 2 maidens, 3/10, which left the Secretary to hoover up a few cheapies at the end of the innings to take his season tally to just the 30 poles at 7.6. The bowlers were backed up by some great work in the field with some good snares in the cordon from Jim and Marty. All in all, only 19.3 overs were required to skittle the Bunnitohs for 36, and we were back in the sheds for a bit of friendly backslapping and light-hearted jiggery pokery.
Pork Pie and Sockit Twomey were sent out to get the job done, and they did it quite comfortably. We lost our first wicket at 52 with Porky trying to up the run rate, then lost Jim in the same over trying to do likewise. Joe Camarsh came to the crease for his maiden 4th Grade dig, and although he looked a little out of his depth he beavered away to reach 31 before playing one of the worst shots I've ever seen (he looked like he was trying to hit it straight up and he did) and rightfully being given a sendoff by the bowler: "Go back to 1st Grade, you mug". I'm not sure they'd take him back. Rixon did his chances of bowling in the near future no favours by running out the Skipper when an easy single was on offer, and he and Dashy were knocking it around with ease when the rain came along and washed the spider out. Coves 4/116 after 23, just getting to 45 overs for the day and a 12:30 start next week. If the rain stays away and we bowl well again we should take the full 10.
Travelling out to play Auburn last week to do the weekly weather dance. Fairly good side on paper with Daz Delaney making his Coves debut from the Naval Accademy. Deck was still moist so a delayed start and reduction of 5 overs each side was agreed before the toss. A toss which Nevrender Sehwag lost……..again. Sky Muppets were sent into bat on a still dampish pitch which would make the going tough early doors.
Booby and Nevrender opened up with Sehwag playing a late cut to 2nd slip…………again. Boob and Daz kept it going before the Naval Scholar also played a late cut to 2nd slip. This bought Yeh Yeh Yeh Dohers to the crease who put together a confidence inspiring partnership with Booboir. Dohers ended up going for 33 (well batted mate) and Booboir 55. Some quick doinking at the death by Push-a-car (resident Lady Killer and Facebook troll) got the total to 162 from 40 overs which would be a good score against our fellow rain dancers in Auburn.
But then it rained. Despite the Coves getting the covers down quick sticks it had set in and the radar looked like a technicolour yawn or curb-side quiche – which ever your preferred method of sickness. Another washout………
So, not a lot of boobery to report this week ….. sadly. Another TCC match and another washout (8 matches from 18 have been washouts this year) making it extremely difficult to mount a strong finals challenge. As it is, we will need to beat Warringah this Sunday to have a good chance.
Paul ‘Woo-boy’ Slats
Always bringing the Woo
3 – Booboir – first Cove half-ton for some time
2 – Yeh Yeh Yeh – back in form Dohers
1 – Push-a-car – Lady Killer