Second Grade Report – Game in Balance Versus Students Warriors
Second Grade turned up at Tantallon Oval to play Mac Uni in a must win game. I must admit, I was some what tired, as there is no more depressing way to start your weekend then John Lloyd banging on your door at 7am. “Mwaaaaaaaaah Dodds….time to go to juniors. I especially appreciated the introduction from Porks in front of the kiddies….. “and here to help us is Alex, who is an ok second grade bowler, but lets not talk about his batting”. Cop that. Juniors. Check. TAB. Check. Watching Porks put on 4% Flexi trifectas in New Zealand. Check. Turn up to ground. Check.
New look side this week. No Damo, No crazy man and no Covie Cult hero Peter the big Dutch keeper. In came Tunners, Doinking, Nedcott and Mantarded – ensuring a return to the second grade status quo of having passenger captains.
Dub produced another terrific cricket wicket, it was hard and with a good covering of grass and would hold up nicely through the long day’s cricket.
Mantarro strode out to toss, and promptly lost and we were inserted. The skip stressed the importance of the top four doing the job in the first hour or so, especially when the ball was doing plenty. The result was the best start in quite some time, with Doherty flaying the ball to all parts of the ground, taking the score to 60 before Mantarro was put out of his misery, scratching around like Chris Sandow at the Pavilion Hotel for 47. Southcott then continued his terrific start to the year and was trapped plum for his second consecutive duck and after Marty and T Mac were also fired along with the swashbuckling Doherty things were on an even keel at 4/96.
In any team sport, sometimes you just get the feeling that somebody is focused and ready to rumble. As the fish strode out to play I mentioned fleetingly to Wendy that the fish looked focused and was going to score runs today. As it turns out, he was on a promise for Wendy to cook him Ribs so the students had no chance of getting him cheaply today. Fish took the long handle and peeled off a quality 52 off 41 rocks to get the score up to 162 in super quick time. Dodds and young Scarcella then ground out another 30 run partnership before one particular left handed spastic through it away. All out 199, 9 overs remaining.
It was a good chance to take a few late wickets with a short sharp 40 minute crack at them to round out the day. Mac Uni’s opener took a liking to this author’s humble, humble offerings before he left one that nipped back to be bowled. Joey (who bowled at a good clip) then had their other opening adjacent and after big fat doinking held onto a caught behind chance Mac Uni pulled stumps at 3/27 requiring another 173 runs for victory with 7 wickets in hand.
Lance Cove vs Jorges Reeeeeeeever Stingy-Rays
Thats riiiiyeet Muppy Cuppy lovers, it was a day out for Campbells on Sunday as the latest instalment in the Mupster Campaign got underway at Trentallon. Nev asked me to do the match report because despite turning up, how should I put it?, full – I opened both the batting and bowling in true Under-12 style. I did score 20 in double slow time but didn’t take any poles, ho-hum. According to the Campbells this constitutes a lack of contribution. Personally, I think turning up at all to spend time with you talentless low-lifes would have been contribution enough. But, alas, its not. So match reports here I come.
Nev Campbell arrived to realise he got his mathematics wrong and 10 is not the same as 11. So whilst I was hiding in the sheds and the boys were doing covers (sans hessian 2nd grade......you b00bs), N.Campbell #1 was writing G.Sundstrom’s name on the team sheet then calling him leaving a message stating what he had just done........whoomper! Bang! Cop that Skinny! The big guy stitched you up good and proper! Like copping one from Punches O’Haylen right on the trumpet!
So with the Phat Schkip realising he had no keeping gear and no Fat Secretary, winning the toss and batting first was a fait accompli. It was then he awoke me from my slumber and told me I was opening the batting with The Great Punjabi, thanks Nev – you’ll keep. I batted really well and even Pushkar got off to a good start, solidly doinking from the 2nd over showed a lot of patience from the Dark One too. Then Pushy toed one and was caught, my castle was destroyed and Hussy Ahmed ran himself out ....... again. This brought the crowd to their feet, literally, as N.Campbell and N.Campbell strode DEFIANTLY to the crease. Gee they batted well, really really well. N.Campbell opening his account with a Sundstrom-esk 6 onto Tantallon road – closely followed by another jaffa disappearing into the Tanty pavilion and a boundary that, in all honesty if Pushy (umpiring at the bowlers end) hadn’t ducked for cover in double-quick time he’d be wearing that ball for a nose ring. N.Campbell was then pegsed for a run-a-ball 17 and 50-odd partnership with the other N.Campbell which bought Benny Broyd to the crease. And wowee. Tea time!!! 45 from 41 for the Broydster and with Clarkey maintaining a rear-guard action with the remaining N.Campbell – this got the Coves to 5-221 from our 40 overs. Utterly superb knock from N.Campbell for his 88 not out.
With the pill, a bit slow and boring really. Couldn’t bowl them out in the end but kept them to 8-120 odd. Sudsy 3 poles, Clarkey 2, Franko bowled really, really well for his 2 and newcomer Matt Varidel picked up a pole also. Hussy Ahmed bowled good tweakers too now I think about it. All bowled well – we must have to get 5 LBW’s in an innings. Fat Secretary kept wickets brilliantly. Dropped 3 catches, missed 2 stumpings and let a bucket load of byes through. Not his fault really, a modicum of talent often helps – just ask N.Campbell – he has it, you don’t!
So thats it really. No hyperlinks this week (Nev hasn’t showed me how yet) but another win for the Covie Cupsters. After a washout and a pumping at the hands of UNSW its good to get 2 wins under our belt. Roll on Auburn this week and the probable return of Schooner to the Savanna Patrol.
Did I mention how good N.Campbell batted?
All my love,
3 – N.Campbell – 88 not, good digs.
2 – Benny Broydjamin – 45, who knew?
1 – Boggle. 23 not and 2 poles