Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for First Grade this year as we bowed out of the semi-finals on the weekend going down to Burwood at Rothwell Oval.
We won the toss and sent the Briars in to bat on a good looking pitch. We had instant success with the Skipper picking up 3 early wickets to have Burwood in early trouble at 3 for 20. When Gall Snr picked up Squire for 18 we were right on top and pressing hard with Burwood at 4 for 50. Burwood’s Skipper was joined by their number 6 and went about turning the tide in a very strong and swift manner. They put on 122 for the 5th wicket in quick time and it took the re-introduction of Sneaky Pete to break the partnership with Sneaky managing to knock over both batsman who were set and we were back in the contest at 6 for 187. A freakish run-out was to follow off the elbow of Fish fielding at bad-pad and then the Skipper cleaned up the last 2 and we had dismissed Burwood for 222 in 67 overs.
Whilst we didn’t bowl brilliantly it was a target we were comfortable with reaching on a pitch that just kept getting flatter. We had 30 overs to face on Saturday evening and Burwood struck 3 times to leave the match precariously placed with us at 3 for 47 at stumps on Day 1 with Gall Jnr and Battla the not-out batsman.
Pete and Naughto fought hard the next morning but the runs weren’t coming at any steady pace and when we lost Peter, Naughto and Jack in quick time we had only reached 90 for 6. Corny was playing a fine hand in the middle-order and upped the intensity of our innings nicely and got the scoreboard ticking over to give us a sniff but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and he was the last man dismissed for a well made 63.
So we fell short but overall we had a year we can be proud of.
Thanks to all the guys who came out and supported us over the weekend especially all of the girlfriends / wife’s and parents … it was great to have you all there supporting us! Some more verbally than others! Also a big thank-you to John and Anne French who made the trip down from Port Macquarie and supported us all weekend.
Cheers and until next season …