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TWIC - Oh Pedro, Where Did You Go?

I was looking forward to Pedro Collins going through our 1s side like a chainsaw through 11 soft North Shore types, but unfortunately it was a no show from Pedro on Saturday.  As a result, Los Coves produced a profitable weekend of points in grades 1 to 4 while 5s and U24s went down.  Desperately seeking U24s players at the moment, so if you know someone who can hold the stick and wants a game, let me know (LCCC.Secretary@gmail.com).


1st Grade:   Lane Cove 0/85  def  South Sydney 84  with a bonus point

First grade produced the perfect response to the humiliation of the week before by handing the Bunnies a 10 wicket thumping at Alan Davidson Oval.

Losing another toss (now 1 from 7) we were asked to have a bowl on a decent yet slowish looking track. 38.3 overs later Souths were all out for 84. All of the bowlers bowled well (excluding Arsewipe and Bowlers Name) ...

Sneak bowled 10 straight at the start to finish with 2 for 17, the Skip had 2 for 19 from 9 overs, Fat Richie bowled very well in the middle overs and finished with 3 for 14 from 9 and Micky bowled a very handy 5 overs returning 1 for 5!

Smith and Forster opened up for us in response and faced some pretty lively bowling from the Bunnies. However both guys looked in excellent touch and punished anything loose and ran very well between the wickets. We reached the target in 15.1 overs to claim the bonus point with Foster 43 and Smith 26 seeing us across the line and drinking beers and singing songs by 2.30pm !

Great win !

Skip

Players' Player
3 points - Forster (chanceless innings with the bat and was tidy with the ball)
2 points - Richie (Fat's best bowling performance of the year ... could have easily finished with 4 or 5)
1 point - Smith (chanceless innings as well and got the job done with the bat for his team!)

2nd Grade:   Lane Cove 7/276  def  South Sydney 70  with a bonus point

After winning the toss, and looking at my heavily hung over squad (myself included), I decided that getting the batting out of the way early before we all sobered up was the best way to go.
 
We lost Dohers early searching for that wide one to slash (continuing the theme from the night before I suspect), only to be disappointed when he missed it and was on his way for not too many. Next in was the Fish Man who was elevated to first drop for the first time this season after convincing me that it was rib time again – he didn’t disappoint, using all his experience and a mixture of caressing and bludgeoning to take us from 1/8 to 2/80 odd. At this point it was clear  (ok, painfully clear!) that the skipper was struggling, contributing no less than 8 runs to the partnership and facing an unprecedented 30 plus deliveries without even looking like hitting it off the square. (Hey, I’m sure I added at least 4 leg byes as well!!)
 
Tunwell came and went, deciding that’s its best to play the spinner off HIS wicket as opposed to OFF the wicket and unselfishly giving T Mac plenty of overs to put on a show. T Mac didn’t disappoint, making a majestic 66 at a run a ball with the only blight on his innings being that he ran out the skipper. Both aspects proving to me that he was not overly happy the prospect of playing along side young Geoffrey on a more regular basis.
 
T Mac and Davo combined to push the score well over 200 with Davo bringing up his 50 with a towering 6 and continuing to show his team mates how much of an ice man he really is by ignoring our applause for his 50!  Benny then added a few more with T Mac to give us a tough score of 276 to beat on a belter of a wicket (thanks Dub).
 
The new pill was thrown to Bez and young Lachie Borg who set about scaring the opening bats. Lachie got the early break through whilst keeping it tight for the opening spell. The first double bowling change saw Farmer and Benny keep the pressure right on. With the Sydney South bats struggling to score, with Farmer deciding that round 7 would be a good time to start turning the ball. Proving with a magic spell of bowling, that slow bowling is not dead, he took 3 wickets in the one over, narrowly missing out on a hat trick, and finishing with the tidy figures of 5/15.  This devastating spell effectively ended any thoughts of an upset with Sydney South limping to 70 before we closed out the innings.
 
A great bounce back after a tough match last week. 
 
Players' Player 
T Mac  3 – Runs, beautiful runs
Farmer  2 – No really, I am a leg spinner.
Davo 1 – I only acknowledge 100’s.

3rd Grade:   Lane Cove 6/192  def  South Sydney 142

Given the rain during the week, I was expecting a bit of a minefield when we rolled up at Marrickville.  It turned out to be a cracking deck and the field was in great nick - never in doubt.  When I lost the toss and we were sent in to bat, it wasn't going to be a critical factor in the course of the game.  Still, Liam McElduff got a ripper 2nd ball (1st was a wide) to get caught in the slips, so there may have been a bit of juice in the deck early doors.  J Rixon also departed early on in the piece, yet again bringing Mitchell Rixon and Kiran Dindayal together.  The two looked very comfortable in putting on 40 odd before Ricko skied one, Slats missed one and Kiran got a leading edge to see us crumble to 5/69.  Boggle joined Duck Man in the middle and with running between the wickets clearly an issue for Mr Clarke, the partnership began tentatively and painfully.  Ducky was lucky not to get sent packing by a direct hit while Boggles nervous jitters between the wickets were providing equal parts mirth and shock for the Covies in the stand.  Thankfully, they worked through it and rolled the score patiently along to 148 before Ducky was caught on the fence trying to up the run rate for an important 56.  Boggle (46*) and Phil Tran (18*) saw us to 50 overs without further loss, although the end of innings fireworks were sadly lacking.  Anyway, we batted the overs out, so John would have been pleased.  6/192 at the close.

Kiran and Boggle opened up with the pill, and it was the youngster who got the Coves rolling with a couple of nice depeggings.  Souths' skip was batting and running aggressively, probably a little too aggressively for his team mates as he ran out one, then two, and finally three players during the innings.  A couple of them were brutal pieces of work, sacrificing the weak and ailing members of the herd for the greater good.  Sadly, after Kiran's initial spell was gone, Messrs Slade, Tran and Sundstrom bowled utter dross.  While the run rate continued to build, we weren't taking our chances or bowling enough balls in the right areas, and when two Bunnies began finding the middle and pounding boundaries, we were starting to lose control of the match.  Jarrod Rixon came on and was soon joined by Kiran from the other end.  Ricko tossed the ball up and was rewarded with 3 poles to go with his 3 run outs as the Bunnies looked to take him on, while Kiran continued to bowl good lines at the other end was cruelly robbed of 5fa by Ricko's doorknobs.

We played pretty badly but managed to come away with 6 points.  Will need to do better in future, but I'm not sure we can.  This team is in a fatal downward spiral.  Get out while you still can.

Players' Player
3 - Duck Man
2 - Kiran
1 - Ricko Jnr

4th Grade:   Lane Cove 206  def  South Sydney 115  with a bonus point

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5th Grade:   Sky Muppets 91  def by  Georges River Sharks 3/93

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U24s:   Lane Cove 33  def by  Southern Districts 2/34  with a bonus point

Not a lot worth talking about here.  Playing with 9 is not fun.  Lost toss, sent in with stormy weather approaching.  Paul Ritchie was the only batsman to reach double figures with the next highest score being 3... 3... 3 runs.  Yup.  We were bowled out for 34.

Jack Standing and Mitch Rixon did all our bowling.  Jack chimed in with two poles including a ripper of a catch to James Ephraums at midwicket (there were flames and scorchmarks involved, but he plucked it out of the air anyway), but that was about it as they passed us 2 down.

It was a long way to go to get beaten, but when we start to get bodies on the park and with such a young team, we will get better.  Guts it out boys.

Players' Player
No


Fantasy League - Wes still leads. Naughto is 2nd and Porky has come from nowhere to leap into 3rd.  How did that happen?

Club Champs - riding 3rd, and the top 4 grades are all occupying spots in the top 6 - a bit of a concern, given we can barely field sides for one day on a weekend.  Would hate to try and find players for Sat / Sun fixtures...

Update website?  At Christmas maybe.


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