TWIC - Covies v Canies, Day 1

The men from up North and West came to visit this week, and its been a bit of a mixed start so far but all games are still up for grabs. 1st Grade still struggled after electing to bat on a slow wicket at Bruce Purser.  The Big G and Richie were the only batsmen to post mentionable scores as the boys were turned over for 122, and in reply the Canies are puttering along at 1/43 from 35 overs.  2s fought back from early trouble to post 189 and have done well to reduce NWS to 3/33 but still have a big job ahead against one of the best batting lineups in the comp.  3s chalked up 145 and have the Canies 7/110 as Tim Byrne restricted a watchful NWS lineup with a dominant 1/52 from 7 overs.  Contributions from most of the top order led to 4s posting 195 and a good effort from the quicks has NWS in a spot of bother at 4/51.  The Sky Muppets' season appears to be dead and buried after another close loss this week, this time to table-topping South Sydney.  Ma Ma Donegen, England's greatest run machine put in a solid all-round performance but 5s didn't have quite enough runs on the board to get the job done.

1st Grade:   Lane Cove 122 v NW Sydney 1/43


2nd Grade:   Lane Cove 189 v NW Sydney 3/33

2's Right in Contest With Table-Topping Hurricanes

2's turned up to Tantallon with a big challenge up against (comfortably) the top of the table Canies.  Dub had provided yet another
sublime surface and new captain Doinkswell noodled out to the middle to duly win the toss and allow us first use of the surface.

Booby Jnr and
Mantarro strode out to open the batting, safe in the knowledge they couldn't possibly do any worse than Boyle or Dodds.  Booby was focused on his assignment and nicked one early doors after Sammy had finished scratching around like an old sheila we were promptly 2/31.  Tommy was a tick unlucky, Barry left one, Jack and Doinking hit one in the air and no idea what Neddy was doing to have LCCC in some trouble at 7/79.

Thankfully Standing can bat and Dodds scored over 5 for the first time since the Reagan Administration to settle things down a little bit and after Painter chipped in with some handy runs things were relatively back on an even keel as we
beavered our way up to a somewhat competitive 190.  Highlights being a magnificent half century from Standing (super dig mate) and Farmer missing his 3rd consecutive straight one to be out on whites (note: more poles than runs this year for Doctor Turf... no mean feat).

With 19 overs left and a little bit of momentum we headed out looking to make some early inroads and finish off a pretty good afternoon after some early calamities.  
Painter and Dodds put on some good sustained pressure resulting in a wicket to Painter and two to Dodds to have the match evenly poised with NWS 3/30.

Need to finish the job next week with the first hour being crucial.  To take a word out of our Club Captain
Bwwwwwwwwwwwett's book... "If they score less runs than us then we will win the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Sam Mantarro
At age 34, I'm too young to play First Grade for the Eels

3rd Grade:   Lane Cove 145 v NW Sydney 7/110

Made the trek out to the North West of our fare city (I see what you did there) with a desire to get something out of this season and any points in the second half would be a good start, still haven't troubled the points table since before Christmas.  Knowing this, the NW skip won the toss and sent us in in the hope of rolling us and going for 6 points for the day and 10 for the game.  Finally the 3's batting order showed some signs of ticker and Pottsy and Scriv got us off to a great start at 0/45 before Potts was out.  Young Dindayal, who shows a hell of a lot of potential with the bat and was sent in at 3, unfortunately got a good nut to be caught behind.  The rock of the 3's middle order this season then came in and showed that I'm still in scintillating form - 1st ball massive LB shout, 2nd ball dropped at 1st, 3rd ball edge to gully and then 4th ball bowled... top captain's knock again.  The middle order didn't do much with Duck Man and Myles not setting the world on fire.  Byrney looked great for 26 until he gave gully catching practice.  Slats, Arthur and Smitty batted well to get us up to 145.

NW then had 22 overs to negotiate and hands down we turned on the best fielding display of the season.  Slats and Byrne opened the bowling and were right on the money particularly when the NW bats had a go at the 145 in the time they had left.  1 to Byrne, Slats and Arthur, and I show some resemblance to a spin bowler with 2fa and Benny Craig was probably the pick of the bowlers with 2fa as well and one in the last over of the day which left the game on a knife edge.  They're 7/110 needing another 36 and us needing 3 more poles.

Nice to see 3's showing a bit of ticker once again and if we played like that in the field in a few more games this half of the season we would be right in the mix.  Game on this Saturday.

Captain Amazing and 3rd Grade All-Rounder (actually 3rd Grade bowler... still can't bat)

4th Grade:   Lane Cove 195 v NW Sydney 4/51

4th Grade returned to Kingsford-Smith for the first time in what seemed like years, the unfamiliar setting was tempered by the familiar feeling of Dempsey losing yet another toss this season.  Luckily for us, the Canies elected to have a bowl on a grassy but hard Longueville wicket so we ended up doing what we wanted to do anyway.

Sundstrom and Twomey opened up well with Sundstrom's slogging and Twomey's twatting complementing each other nicely until the Fat Secretary got a little too under a short ball to be caught at cow with the score on 41.  Jim and Dash kept things ticking over until Jim drove a full toss straight to mid off - 2/73.  Porky was adjudged LBW, Demps and Dash had a mid-pitch conversation which resulted in Demps taking the long walk while Dash followed soon after guiding one to gully, so the good start evaporated and we found ourselves 5/113.  French and Rixon came together and formed a very sensitive partnership to steer us away from disaster.  The two saw us to tea with no further loss and ended up putting on 68 for the 6th wicket before Frenchy (41) played around a straight one.  Rixon joined his bosom buddy in the sheds a few balls later attempting to play a standing broom to a full-of-a-length ball on middle peg.  No, you didn't hit it.  Cox was stitched up when Shingler smashed a straight drive onto the stumps via the bowler before Shingles popped one up to deep square, and after a few more overs one kept low on Joey Molloy to give the Canies' young leg spinner a well-earned 5 fa.  Not a great total on a good deck as most of the top order got starts but failed to go on with it.  All out 195 in the 56th over giving us 24 overs to have a dig at the Canies.

The North Westies started confidently, pushing the ball around and putting away anything short to move comfortably along to 37 before the Canie President pulled one to Dash at square leg.  Joey Molloy got a much-deserved wicket after a lot of playing and missing with the young opener losing his pegs to a rapid swinging delivery.  It looked like the day would end at around 2/50 until Coxy returned for one over at the end, removing the #3 with a neat edge to the Pork Lord before a nice straight one seamed back and kept a bit low to remove one of the Canies' best bats and have us fairly happy at stumps with 4/51.  

Decent effort from the lads for the day, particularly in the field.  The weather looks a bit dicey for the rest of the week so we'll have to make the most of the time we get on Saturday and get the job done pronto.


5th Grade:   Sky Muppets 8/158 def by South Sydney 7/159


Club Championship - we're currently sitting 6th all on our lonesome like that kid that ate paste at school.  1s, 2s and 4s still well in the finals hunt, so make sure you get down to Training at North Sydney #2 on Wednesday from 5 pm or to the SCG Indoor Centre on Thursday night from 8 pm.

The Prez leads all comers in the Fantasy League, although there are a handful of chaps within striking distance with two weeks to go.  If you haven't paid, please give me $20 or transfer it to the Club's bank account:

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We'll get around to updating the Duck Bat soon enough, but I can tell you that Scotty just got off pads (0, 0, 0, 2*) and Farmer may yet be wearing the full kit and kaboodle out and about if he maintains his current form (0, 0, 0 ...).

Will have a date out shortly for Presentation Night.  By shortly, I mean by April, hopefully.  It'll be a Saturday in early May though, so clear out the schedule.