After the break Cotty who had taken over from Slats hit a good line beating the bat every over with his well-flighted straight ones. Two wickets in an over to Cotty saw Lindfield slump to 8/177 still 80 behind with the game slightly back in our favour. A handy 29 run 8th wicket partnership was broken when Rafe dropped, then caught, then dropped to eventually catch one to have them 9/206. Most of the time you win from here but the Lindfield boys to their credit chipped, snicked and played some good shots to get the job done.
Fielding and in particular dropped catches were the difference between a good win and a very disappointing loss. Next week Georges River lads - we have to bounce back.
3. Alex Southcott 37 & 4/47 off 24 overs
2. Chris Wing 64
1. Skip 52
5th Grade: Sly Muppets 3/150 def South Sydney 9/149
Lance Cove take on the Bunny Boilers in the latest edition of Muppy Cuppy goodness
Lance Cove vs South Sydney at Alexandria Oval
Photos below used by Fearless Leader for inspiration
Has been a lean spell for Lances’ finest as we haven’t won a game since, well, pretty much the 1970’s despite the best efforts of many a young
Covie. Indeed, it has been a very difficult year to put together a regular side and this has certainly cost us. At last count (remember, only half
way through the season) we have had 48 different players play 5th Grade this year – certainly season 2011/12 will smash all records! But as the
national side keeps on pumping those poor Punjabis, players suddenly get keen to try their hand and get amongst the runs and stuff.
So a few old battle-cats came out of the woodwork on Saturday, notably Webby and Schooner – gee its good fun playing cricket with that
Muppet. Any McHoo, a full side of eleven greeted Alexandria Park early doors and were served up quite a green deck. Fearless Leader rueing
the fact he didn’t have too many bowlers at his disposal as Schooner was still recovering from dislocating his hip in a late night Minskies love
fest leaving us only with Paul Bakker to lead the charge. I did offer up my services but at a spritely 13 years of age Fearless Leader thought he’d
be throwing a lamb to the slaughter of the South Sydney batsmen. Little did Fearless Leader know that I bowl quite well for my youthful 13 years
and I’d be chortling in my cordial later in the day. So with a deck greener than Green Day, greener than Kermit and certainly greener than the
Green Lantern, we were asked to bowl. “Bowl?” – Fearless Leader was heard to extole. So bowling it was.
With this being said, Fearless Leader thought that with the lack of new ball talent (or old ball talent for that matter) that he would choose this
weekend to reinvent himself as an opening bowler. Yes. Our hero. Can I say that for an fat old man, he thinks he is a lot funnier than he is (seriously,
calling Martyn Potts – “HotPot, Crab Potts, Tea Potts and Jack Pot was funny in what darn century???). Schnitz finished with 2-23 from his
eight overs giving away 3 boundaries when his ned got in the way and he threw them down leg side.......Well done Schnitz. Bakker finished with
2 poles, as did I and Big Marty. Some other fat old man picked up a pole as-well. This kept South Sydney to 9-149 from their 40 overs but having
them 7-70 we let them off the hook a little bit.....
With the love schtick, Webby and Pushy put on 60 for the opening stand with the Great Punjabi falling for 33 and Webby retiring injured for 53 –
although Webster assures this writer that he’ll be fine for next week..........Studdsy ended up with 45 not out (well batted sir) and I scored the
winning runs. Yes, me and Bobby Magee!!! Is there anything this great teenager CAN’T do? Easy points in the end with 9 overs to spare.
So there you have it – I’m about as excited as the Swedish Chef cooking Chicky in der Basky. Sky Muppets move up to 10th on the ladder with
a small but possible charge towards the finals now on the cards.
Climb aboard the Muppet Train all you Muppet Lurvers ‘cause we’re bringing this baby home!!
U24s: Lane Cove 97 def by NW Sydney 2/98
Another Sunday morning, another numbers dilemma, McKenna was a no show but luckily Pirenu was able to make an appearance giving us 11 from the start for the first time this season. Even some of the underage members of the team were feeling a little dusty from the previous night. Most of the team arrived around 9 to find all 13 North West Sydney players waiting in the stands. Scrivens was late. Rain delayed play but eventually we got on an hour late without losing overs (not that we ever needed all 50). We won the toss but unfortunately it was all down hill from there. We decided to bat on a good deck with 200 plus required to be competitive. 98 runs and 34 overs later the damage was done and again our batting order had failed to deliver a competitive total.
Scrivens and Daly opened up and Daly was de pegged early in the 1st over. Scrivenhands managed to snick 16 runs in between their 3 slips and 2 gullys. Ricco ran himself out, Scarcella hit a juicy full toss straight to the fielder and we just fell away from there. A few middle order runs from Cox (16) and Standing (14) helped boost our embarrassing total a fraction and Pirenu was left stranded on 16 not, definitely should not be batting at 10. And as always it was Xavier with a very handy 20 not that gave us an undefendable 98.
After some overcooked snags courtesy of porky we took the field with the hope of making some in roads into the North West batting line up. That did not happen. Scarcella bowled 6 overs of slower balls and managed to claim 2 poles. With Jack Standing taking the most basic of slips catches at 2nd, that does not make up for all the other dropped catches. No one else looked like claiming a wicket as the 2 North West bats made our bowling attack look very average, including the dispatching of Coxy to the JCMF; extensions may soon be required.
They chased the total in 20 overs to gain the bonus point. We had 11 players so the short on numbers excuse cannot be used, we just aren’t playing good cricket. Hopefully we can keep plugging away and look to the next few seasons. We are up against another average cricket side next week at Tantallon so hopefully we can notch up our first win of the season.
Finals - With 1st Grade coming joint top (somehow), 2nd Grade in 2nd, 3rd Grade in 3rd and 4th Grade in 6th, we're uncomfortably positioned for the club to make finals in the top 4 Grades for the first time... ever? Who knows. In any case, please keep the selectors aware (LCCCSelections@gmail.com) of any unavailabilities you may have in the remaining games for the season or finals series.
Club Champs - situated a fairly tidy 3rd at the moment. With Georges River, NW Sydney, Sthn Districts, Warringah and Auburn to come, we may even be able to stay somewhere up there. Maybe.
Fantasy League - Former President Gerard Boyle returns to the top of the pile once more, currently holding a 2 point lead over Rodney Dangerfield while Dodds came stomping up the ladder to pip Red Samuel into the final podium position. How much does this matter? Not a jot, we're one round in - five to go. Please transfer $20 to the club's account for FL entry (BSB#: 062-192, Acc#: 10015602, put your name and FL in the description) or give me $20 back at the Diddy.