Second Grade Report Versus Roseville (ROSEVILLE!)
Much more pleasant start to the week this week. Few beers at the City Hotel, No John banging on my door, No juniors with John, No TAB with John, No coffee with John, No phone calls from Barry. All in all a pretty good start.
Few Changes to the team this week with the absence of star opening bat Doherty, and dependable middle order noodler and tweaker Davo. In came Big Cox and Bustling Benny Chiarella.
Main inclusion being a Sober PTBDK (Who has enforced an 11pm curfew before cricket).
Important toss to win on a hot day after a bit of rain – and Mantarro showing his years of quality Wrist work got the job done and we were in the field. Dub had produced a quality surface and we were surprised that it didn’t do that much in the morning even with the 10am start.
Quality spells from Scarcella, Chiarella, Big Cox saw them rolled for 98
Did the lines and brooming this week Dub. Areas
Mantarro and Southcott started really well before Neddy was very unluckily given out.
Standard Middle Order Collapse.
Before PTBDK (2*) steered the team home well supported by big cox (34*) to take all 7 points.
Big game versus the Briars at the ground near the chicken shop this week
2 - Scarcella – 4 Fa
2 - Big Cox – 34 Not
2 - Chiarella – 2 FA
0 - PTBDK (Giving us mere mortals the opportunity to be in the presence of greatness)
4s got to the home of cricket on Saturday morning to a fairly soft wicket. Bryan convinced the Umps it needed an extra half hour under the sun so we began the match at 10:30ish with us winning the toss and sending Geof’s lady friends Rosey Roseville into bat. (Good toss to win)
Sargeant and Frankish opened up and were both quite potent without much luck before some other Brian came on to strike quite quickly. Broydy came on late in the innings and got 3 important quick wickets. Demps showed he’s the best fast bowler in the comp with “lethal” “dangerous” bouncers irritating their batsmen throughout the innings. All day they began to build small partnerships but our bowling and fielding restricted them to a score of 117.
With the bat being the major problem for 4th grade over the last couple of weeks it was imperative we got off to a good start chasing the relatively low score. 2nd ball of the chase Dunny was back in the sheds looking for his lighter. Schaafs got a dubious one but with his camera recording the action the referral was not utilised. We welcomed back Benny Arnall to the Coves following his new arrival, he looked like he’s still got plenty of runs in him but is generally a terrible person and even worse cricketer so should only play in 4’s for any games he may be available for. Rafs and Benny put on 50 odd and we were looking quite good at 2 for 70 until 2 quick wickets fell leaving the finishing touches to Hoody and Jamie who smashed a quick 33 off 24 giving us the extra bonus point.
Good win to build the remainder of this half of the year on.
Dunnstone checks in
3 - Raf
2 - Broyd
1 - Demps
This week saw the Sky Muppets take on UNSW for the 2nd time this year. Got comprehensively pumped last time out, not so this time.
T’was a south of the bridge affair – so we arrived late to find Boggle had already tossed with the opposing schkip and we were batting. Sweeeeeeeet. 1-5, 2-10, 3-12, 4-26, 5-33. You get the picture. UNSW met with some middle order resistance in the form of Pushkar, Clarkey, Franko and Peter Griffin who somehow got us to 133 after 38.3 overs. To be fair, their opening bowlers were pretty handy.
With that little red thing, Mick Dwyer and Paul Bakker opened up and we had them 1-1, 2-6, 3-13...............then we decided to drop catches. Like really firkin’ easy ones. Some even dropped more than one catch – its not a cold people, don’t be scared to hang onto it. Then it rained, and the home side weren’t keen to put covers down. So we did. Thanks. When we finally got out there again we got our mojo back but the damage was done and the 4th wicket fell for 83. We kept arguing the point over who was going to win the match and kept taking poles though. Good bowling by new recruit Mick Stern saw the equation get to 18 runs / 3 wickets. Then 12 runs / 2 wickets. Then we lost. Boo hoo.
Damage was done by dropping catches and not scoring enough – but seriously, you won’t win games if you keep bowling full tosses and drop catches. It’s not rocket science, it’s simple flaming cricket.
Game this Sunday at Tanty against 6th placed North West Sydney a chance to redeem ourselves...............
Not very happy
3 – Clarkey. Batted and kept well.
2 - Mick Dwyer – bowled well.
1 – Andrew Bray – sickening.