TWIC - Coves Burgle Lots of Points Courtest of Weather

Although we're currently coming (a distant) 2nd in the Club Championship race, optimists and would be chest thumpers need to keep in mind that we have made up a lot of points on the competition by avoiding draws and wash outs (usually because we've already won / lost well before the scheduled completion of a match).  We owe a lot to the Council groundsmen who put in the effort to get Lane Cove's grounds up and running after a week of foul weather - thank you kindly, folks.

1st Grade snaffled all 10 points, thanks in large part due to the return to form of Damian Naughton.  After an indifferent season so far, Dami turned back the clock, swinging and missing and snicking balls with gusto as his 23 in the second dig proved the difference between victory and shameful defeat.  2nd Grade were washed out but had happily claimed first innings points on day 1, while 3rd Grade were not so lucky and had to turn up on day 2 to somehow dodge a bullet and walk away with points of their own.  4s were at long odds to get on but full credit to the GR boys for being positive and working hard to get the ground right on day 2.  5th Grade unfortunately had another wash out.

1st Grade:   Lane Cove 3/105(dec) & 5/56  def  Georges River 104 56  outright

First grade are 10 points clear in first place after a big outright win over Georges River on the weekend.

After a week of rain and still needing 60 odd runs to secure first innings points on Saturday the job was still to be done.  We had a 30 minute delay to allow the pitch to dry out.  On resumption, Gump Smith and Arse Holt got to work on reducing the deficit ... they did so with aplomb!   They took us to within 3 runs of victory before Smith departed for a well made 55.  Holt and Jacko then saw us home with 7 wickets in hand.  Holt finished on 30 not out and really proved to be one of the best night watchmen selections of all time by the in-form skipper!

We declared immeidately after passing the River with the intention of having a big crack at 10 points!

Sneaky did the damage early picking up 2 quick wickets for us and then the introduction of CJC and Foreskin proved to much for the River who collapsed to be all out for 56 in 36.2 overs with Devola 3, Fosdike and Sneaky 2 the pick of the bowlers.

We had a truck of time to score the runs and whilst we weren't overly convincing we got the job done 5 down in the 23rd over with Lick Me top-scoring on 23.

Other notable points from the game were:

- Both umpires agreed in the post-match meeting that Pete Mallyon was carrying a few too many kilos
- Supercoach came very very close to the first ever King Wes!
- Lick-Me Dami is building for a very, very big Final Series with the bat.
- Crazy Joe Devola has found an extra 10% of craziness since the Xmas break!


Players' Player
3 - Camarsh
2 - Holt
1 - Smith

2nd Grade:   Lane Cove 124 & 0/3  def  Georges River  53

No further play.  Dodds allegedly spent his time off tackling a Big Friendly Giant.

Players' Player
2 - Davo
2 - Bez
2 - Joe

3rd Grade:   Lane Cove 153  def  Georges River 142

Third grade resumed on time on a bowler friendly pitch with Georges River at 2/22 chasing 153. We opened up well and had them 3-39 with Boggle doing most of the damage taking 5/40 for the innings. However we tried very hard to lose through bad fielding, dropped catches and poor bowling,  allowing the River to get within 20 runs of victory with 3 wickets in hand at tea. This healthy position Georges River was in was mainly due to the 7 regulation chances that were dropped throughout the innings with Coxy managing to spill 3 regulation catches, Duck Man chipping in with 2 and Daly rounding out the total with 2 more. Despite none of these coming off the bowling of Boggle, he made it very loud and clear how angry he was.  Note to all – don’t drop a catch of Boggle. Additional note – do not run Boggle out.  A team comprised of six players 16 years or under was told to grow up and stop acting like school kids.  We needed to cut out the schoolboy errors, lest we be taken to school and given a stern lesson.  More schoolboy quips.

We came out after tea with a result of some sort not far away. Coxy picked up 2 in the second over leaving them with 10 runs and one wicket in hand, luckily for us the last batsman managed to run him self out with some help from our first piece of good fielding all day as Conor Rae hurled one in to McElduff.

Overall, we managed to escape defeat. Standing bowled well though without luck and should have had a wicket but lets not point fingers.  My chest still hurts.  Kiran also bowled well, and after losing confidence in the field decided not to rely on the fielders for assistance and depegged his sole victim. However, much better performances will be required in order to hold our position in the top 3 come the business end of the season.  Methinks it unlikely.

Samuel L Coxson

Players' Player
3 – Boggle (5 poles)
2 – Duck Man (44 runs and 2 drops)
1 – Panther (35 runs)

4th Grade:   Lane Cove 4/169(dec)  def  Georges River 80 29  outright 

Day 1

After suffering a bad loss the week before we needed to bounce back this game. Lost the toss and we were asked to bowl first up on a good looking batting wicket. Jackson and Robbo opened proceedings with a mix of good balls and wide stuff. Robbo broke through to grab two wickets before first gamer Darren Delaney aka Daz came on and really tightened things up with Scotty.  Daz 4 wickets, Scotty 1, Jackson came back for 1 and apologies to the club with Southcott sneaking 2. Georges all out 80, a couple of dropped catches could have made this a lot less.

Plan was to get the runs and push to have a good lead in our 41 overs to face. We achieved this ending day 1 at 4/169. Runs were shared with Southcott 44, Wingy 40*, Maxy 40 and Rafe 23. With rain forecast at least the 6 points were banked.

Day 2

With rain all week and every weather website visited hourly it didn't look good for more play. Got the message the council didn't shut the ground late Friday even though reports were coming through that most were already off. Turned up to find the groundsman had done a wonderful job preparing a pitch. Even if we had to wait, the weather gods were on our side. Play got underway after an hour and a half of watching Jacko and Rafe try to fleece Frenchy of his hard earned. No it wasn't poker, not that Jacko or Rafe would know the difference between an Ace and a King. It was the neighboring game betting on how many steps the fine leg walked in, runs per over, next scorer... basically everything. Anyway back to cricket where once again Jacko and Robbo opened proceedings after we declared on our overnight score. This turned into a short innings requiring little commentary. Jacko bowled great and got his first 5fa for the club, Robbo bowled (now be nice here) below par and Scotty cleaned up the tail with 3fa. All out 29 with 10 points to us and all teams around us washed out, so we are back in the mix.
A special mention to Kevin Croom the Georges River skip who remained positive about play starting even though batting was going to be tough.


Players' Player
3. Sargeant 1 for 17 and 5 for 13
2. Southcott 2 for 5 and 44 runs
1. Maxwell 40 runs

5th Grade:   Sky Muppets  drew  Lindfield Blue


Fantasy League - Someone who is not I is leading.

Training - If the weather stays reasonable, we'll be on at North Sydney #2 from 5 pm tomorrow.  We're also back up and running at the Gartlan Centre (7 pm to 9 pm) at Riverview.

Twenty20 - Brett Richardson is looking for two people to help fix up the boundary rope at the Twenty20 international tomorrow - you get the best seat in the house and $30 an hour.  Contact Brett on 0404 146 963 to get yourself a guernsey.  Phil Tran is also looking to offload places in a private suite - 10 tickets are available, price is $100 apiece.  Please call him on 0430 903 800 if you're interested in procuring a position.

U24s - The last U24s game for the season is on this Sunday at Tantallon.  We're playing against Warringah - your support would be appreciated!