Overcast skies and a juicy looking pitch greeted us at the home of cricket on Day 1 against Pennant Hills after some heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. Consequently I lost the toss and we were sent in.
As expected conditions were difficult for batting early on with the ball seaming around a lot and the pitch a little bit up and down. However after losing Smith early (skying one to mid-off), Forster and Gall dug-in and started to find their feet and get the scoreboard ticking over in between facing unplayable deliveries. They took the score to 1 for 53 until Richie missed a straight one that was hitting middle 2/3's of the way up for 18.
This sparked a major batting collapse. Corny came and went for 4 caught behind, Forster's controlled and quality innings of 38 came to end when he was d-pegged and from there it was a procession of wickets. Southcott was well caught in the gully for 0, Wesbian had all three stumps rattled for 0, the skipper did well to get a feather on a searing out-swinger for 1, Jacko looked good for 19 till he was yorked, Bez went first ball to another yorker with pegs all over the place and Sneaky was the last man out trying to hook a half-volley that went straight up in the air to square leg.
In the end we were all out for 96 in the 42nd over - obviously a below par score but considering the conditions at least we had something to bowl at.
The rest of the afternoon was interrupted by rain and bad light. In between putting the covers on and off we managed to get 8 overs at them and we did very well to have Penno 2 for 7 and gather some momentum late in the day. The Skip picked up one wicket, getting a nick to Fat at first slip and the other wicket fell on the first ball after a rain delay in what turned out to be the last over of the day when there was a big misunderstanding from the Penno boys following Richie retrieving the ball after a Bezer long-hop and Wes harbour tunnel, a throw from Richie to Wes ... then an attempted shot-put record from Wes down to Smith at the bowlers end with the batsman well short of his ground as Forest whipped the bails off.
Play was abandoned at about 5.40pm. The first half hour will be crucial next week !
2nd Grade: Lane Cove v Pennant Hills
3rd Grade: Lane Cove 2/16 v Pennant Hills 122
Peeling back the covers on Saturday morning, we were greeted with a grassy surface with a touch of softness about it after getting a little wet the evening before. The Fat Secretary and the King tossed, and El Fat Schkip made it 2 for 2 and decided to throw the Pumas in for a bat on what we thought would be a very friendly bowling deck. While there was assistance there for the bowlers, we didn't put enough balls in the right area to make the most of the conditions. One of the Penno openers batted confidently while the other rode his luck like a prize-winning stallion in the Kentucky Derby as they put on an opening stand of 50. Former Pinger Phil Tran knew where to put the pills and finally got the Coves on the board, spectacularly splaying the jockey's pegs with a ball on the pegs. This sparked a good comeback from Los Coves as Phil couldn't stay out of the action, quickly adding three more poles (4/18 from 8) to his tally and plucking a great catch low down off Bowling Robbo's (1/23 from 12) bowling to haul the Pumas back to 5/68. The remaining opener continued to accumulate runs comfortably until he missed a slow, straight one from the Skip just before tea after being bogged down from the other end by 12 year old debutant Conor Fahey's leggies. 6/85 at the break and feeling much better about things.
Unfortunately rain began to influence proceedings with a steady drizzle making life difficult for the bowlers. Conor (1/21 from 7) picked up his first wicket for the Seniors with former Cove King Suli top edging a straightforward chance to short fine. Fat Shkip (3/16) and P Man (1/5) kept things simple as the ball deteriorated into soap, and despite a few wayward deliveries from the Skip being well stopped at slip and gully, the last wicket fell at 122 with a simple c&b to the Ex Prez.
With around 27 overs still to be played, Penno came out looking to make early inroads into the batting lineup. The pitch was still doing plenty, and we were 1 down without score after Scriv gloved one to the keeper he normally would have despatched to the fence... tough school first ball of the season. Woo Slats got off the mark comfortably enough but also fell, playing across the line to be LB - Coves 2/8 and wobbling early. Phil Tran came out and held up an end while Pus swashbuckled his way to 11* before rain brought about a premature end to the day.
Kudos to Tranny who hit the right areas and got us back into the game when we perhaps didn't deserve to be and then came out and saw us to an early close at the end of the day. Well done also to P Man who we'll look to to go on and post a score
4th Grade: Lane Cove 1/71 v Pennant Hills
5th Grade: Lane Cove 161 def by UNSW 3/249
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 open again, you can train at St Ignatius College, Riverview from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday.
Trivia Night on Saturday the 22nd of October - teams are forming ladies and gents, so lay claim to the few intelligent Coves you can before they're all gone. Flick me an email at LCCC.Secretary@gmail.com 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 continues and Bezer has floated to the top off the ladder on the back of strong performances from Gallichan, Dodds, Phelps and Gayleard. Frenchy is close behind while Cotty is the big mover into 3rd after his shrewd acquisition of the Daly Bugle who's already paid off his $600 pricetag. Please send $20 to the bank details below or sort me out with cash back at the Diddy.
Fees - $480 for Seniors, $240 for U24s. If you need to make an arrangement, please contact me at LCCC.Secretary@gmail.com. Please transfer to the details below:
Account: Lane Cove Cricket Club
BSB #: 062-192
Account #: 10015602