TWIC - No Dodds, No CJC, No Worries

3 out of 4 including two outrights makes that the best start to the season I can recall in recent memory.  1s bowled well in restricting the Pingers to 160 odd, 2s didn't get going in the chase, 3s snatched a late bonus as the Pingers gave it away while 4s were done and dusted early doors.  5s had the week off and look forward to actually taking the park next Sunday, weather permitting.  No great surprise that 3s and 4s rolled on their merry way despite the absences of Crazy Joe and Dodds, respectively... early contenders for Passenger of the Year?

1st Grade:   Lane Cove 204  def  Epping 158

We knew we were going to have to play well on Saturday to get the points in this match after posting probably a sub par score the previous week.

Richo and Sneak opened up and there was a bit of life in the pitch early and plenty of balls going past the edge ... we ended up getting the break through with the score on 8 when Richo trapped C Nutt plumb in front.

Holty was then introduced into the attack with immediate success picking up 3 big wickets in quick time to reduce Epping to 4 for 54 and tilting things slightly in our favour.

The next break-through came with the score on 93 when Gall had Epping's opener caught under the lid by Forster who consequently locked-up the bat-pad position for the rest of the season, congrats mate!

There was one more wicket to fall before tea when an inspired bowling change was made with Sneaky back into the attack last over before tea and he got one to duck away and take the edge for a nice catch behind by Wes.

On the resumption we had to fight hard for each wicket as the pitch was now highway like ... Richie continued a very good spell and picked up a couple of big wickets (an LBW and a nice catch to Corny on the mid-wicket fence) ... before Holt and Richo picked up the last 2 to give 1st Grade 6 points and a Round 1 win to start the season in good fashion.

We picked up a couple of injuries with Benny breaking down mid-over with a back issue and Corny also hurt his back in the field.  Hopefully both will be ok to take the field next week.


Players' Player
3 - Jacko ... kept us in the game last week with his maiden first grade Covie half century
2 - Holty ... Steady Eddie finished with excellent figures of 4 for 25 off 14.5 overs.
1 - Richie ... 20 with the bat and 3 for with the ball and a regulation dropped catch at 2nd slip

2nd Grade:   Lane Cove 118  def by  Epping 191

The threat of another wet day at Tantallon did not dampen the batsmens' spirit, particularly after peeling the covers back very early on a flat, hard and reasonably batting friendly looking track with less green and more Steve Irwin khaki about it.

Set a reasonable 192 for victory, Tunwell and Yours Truly strolled to the crease with the thought of occupying their bowlers for the first 10 overs.  Marty fell just short of the 10 over mark after edging a cutter to first slip (I think) for not too many.  From there I was joined by the big mahhnn Cotty who set about showing me where the middle of the bat was and what is was there for, driving and pulling consecutive balls for 4.  Pushing our score to a handy 1 for 45 coming into drinks and successfully seeing off the opening bowling pair.

With the first bowling change came immediate success, with Yours Truly managing to edge the first ball of the over to gully off the back of the bat giving the opposition a welcome lift.  And as the old saying goes, one wicket brought two, and our reasonable start was being pegged back at 3 for 50.  From there Cotty and T Mac both dug in and pushed the score up to 60 odd before Cotty was unlucky to be dismissed, edging a lifting ball for a well earned 26.  Another quick wicket left T Mac and S Cox with a job to do after tea with the score at 5 for 82.

After tea our luck didn't change as we lost our remaining 5 wickets with regularity, first Cox caught at midwicket, then T Mac holed out at mid on for a well constructed and patient 25.  This ultimately left too much work for the tail to do with only Pete Mees (a cameo of 17 at the death) giving our total the respectability of triple figures but still well short of victory in the first round - all out for 118.

Your Truly

Players' Player
2 - Cox
2 - Scarcella
1 - Cotty
1 - T Snack

3rd Grade:   Lane Cove 7/304(dec)  def  Epping 108 & 138  outright

Despite the rain during the week the pitch had come up a treat - hard, dry and with a light covering of grass, there were plenty of runs to be had.  The plan for the day was rack up the 6 and then bat on for a while before pulling the pin and watching the AFL somewhere.  Will Daly looked good early doors with a few boundaries before middling a drive that would have taken him to his first Senior Covie 50 straight to cover who took a good snare.  The wheels then began to fall off as angry redhead Phelps began methodically pounding some generous bowling to all corners of the ground (just cover and midwicket actually) at very good clip - he made it to 65 before skying one to cover, which was juggled and eventually dropped.  Soon after he gently patted one straight to mid on, which was also dropped, before finally snicking one passed an outstretched paw at gully.  He and Pirenu took the Coves into a healthy lead with a partnership of 106 before Pirenu missed a slow short one to be out LBW for 23 - good dig, got the job done.  Clearly tired and fat and with weak ginger genes, Phelps crawled towards another Covie tonne before having an almighty filthy swipe at a ball outside off to be caught behind for 97.  Well batted Fez, it was a great 65 or so.

At 6/224, we had a fairly healthy lead, but Dan French pushed us past the 300 mark with some powerful strokes. He finished on 64 not from just 54 deliveries and looked the goods in his short time in the middle.  Andrew Barton (18) and Phil Tran (7*) played their part in taking the score to 7/304 from 65 overs, leaving the Fat Shkip's plan in tatters with no choice but to declare and chase outright points with 42 overs still to be bowled.  I hear the GF was a cracking game.

Pirenu and Nev opened up again, with the Pingers a little more watchful this time around.  Pirenu jagged one in to the pads to have our first breakthrough at 1/16, but on a good deck with minimal movement, we were getting ready to pack it in and go home before a burst of good / terrible bowling from Tranny, taking 3 poles in a matter of minutes including a full bunger (the 'Tranny Surprise') that was chopped on by the Pinger's best bat.  At 4/74 we were again in the hunt, and it was the young lads who did the damage as the Bugle (2/46) and Pirenu (4/32) took the next five between them.  Will bowled some nagging lines and was eventually rewarded with a couple of slices to cover while Pirenu bowled good heat and zones on a flat track to draw out some poor strokes from the Pingers.  At 9/122 with about 5 overs to go and Pirenu again having bowled his quota, the Bugle and Bartos had the task of grinding out the last wicket.  Will had a few pop up that didn't quite go to hand while Barto homed in on the pegs every delivery, and in the last over of the day after a few near misses rapped the Pinger's #9 on the pads in front to take his maiden Covie wicket and sneak the team home for the 10 with two balls to spare.

Great start to the year and really pleasing to see the young ones having such an impact on the match.  Thanks also to Epping who were excellent hosts, played in good spirit and put on a tasty spread for tea.  Well done lads.

Fat Shkip

Players' Player
2 - Pirenu (23, 3/17, 4/32)
2 - Fez (97)
1 - Frenchy (64*)
1 - Dales (46, 2/21, 2/46)

4th Grade:   Lane Cove 4/238(dec)  def  Epping 120 & 88  outright

We declared over night with a lead of 118 hoping to get everything wrapped up in time to see the AFL Grand Final.  Things started perfectly with Franko taking wickets with his second and third balls of his first over, both pegs.  A play and miss for his hattrick ball, what a start.  The Epping boys dug in to put on a confident 50 run partnership before Pat removed their numbers 4 and 5 to get us underway again.  Scotty tightened things right up to grab a couple with Zeek bowling a really good spell of 5.4 overs 2 for 5.

In the end Epping all out 91 with time to spare to find a TV and an afternoon of watching AFL.  Scotty 2, Pat 2, Franko 2 and Marty 2 with a run out.  I must mention the catches from new guy to the club Rafe Aman, one in each innings both absolute gems.

Maximum points an excellent start.


Players' Player
3 - Dodds (4/19, 68)
2 - Knappy (52*)
1 - Scotty (3/13, 2/45)

5th Grade:   Sky Muppets  def by  Weekend

So a fairly handy start to the season given we went through our usual struggles to get bodies on the park for Round 1.  We're currently running 3rd or 4th in the Club Champs with Strathfield fastest out of the blocks.  Our Round 2 opponents Pennant Hills prop the table up along with Roseville and South Sydney but they'll fancy their chances of beating us up in more than a few grades to get back on track.

If you're not available for Round 2, please let the selectors know - /  Nothing makes John angrier than burnt toast and late pullouts.

Training this Wednesday is at North Sydney #2 from 5 pm to dark.  If the weather is poor, keep an eye on the front page of the Nedsite for messages on the outdoor sessions.  The Gartlan Sports Centre is still closed during the holidays - no late training session available this week.

Trivia Night on Saturday the 22nd of October - starting to get some RSVPs and payments trickling in, but there are still plenty of you who haven't responded.  Flick me an email at if you're coming, and send $30 per head to the bank details below with your name and "Trivia" etc in the description.

The Fantasy League rolls on and as predicted Mike Doherty's reign at the top was only slightly longer than his time at the crease last Saturday.  The Frenchman now has a handy lead with Bezer in 2nd aiming to make it back-to-back FL titles.  Mick Forster rounds out the podium placings while Big Dog, Poit Gal and Naughto aren't far behind either.  Have a look at the league ladder - if your team still has a No next to it in the paid column, either transfer $20 to the bank details below or give it to me back at the Diddy on Saturday.

Fees - we're getting there.  $480 for Seniors, $240 for U24s.  Please transfer to the details below:

Account:   Lane Cove Cricket Club
BSB #:   062-192
Account #:   10015602

Duck Bat - pretty slow going so far with just Naughto and Kenjamin globing up, normally we have a healthy 5 to 10 ducks per round.  Farmer's 2* got him off pads, gloves, etc while Dunny's next dig at the crease after all those games he hasn't played and all those training sessions he hasn't gone to should be interesting.  No major Champagne Moments during round 1 other than Phelps and Pirenu putting on 100+, while Big Demps notched up 1,000 runs for the Coves and Kenny Slade nurdled his 50th pole in the Milestones.