TWIC - The Season Is Over, Why Are We Still Playing?

I'm not claiming to be a stats guru, but I'm pretty sure we've never had the top 4 Grades all make finals before, so its probably safe to say that we've never had the same 4 Grades make the semis as well.  I'm sure this may seem exciting to fans of cricket and the Club - personally I'd prefer to have my weekend back.  For those of you interested in coming down to watch the carnage:
  • 1st Grade v Strathfield    @   Tantallon Oval
  • 2nd Grade v Strathfield   @   Airey Park
  • 3rd Grade v Burwood      @   St Lukes
  • 4th Grade v Mac Uni        @   The Northern Oval
The matches all kick off at 10:00 am with a scheduled finish of 5:30 pm, weather permitting.

1st Grade:   Lane Cove 3/156  def  Epping 67

1st Grade won their QF against Epping, another inevitable step on their way to glorious Premiership victory.  Huzzah.

"We're not getting ahead of ourselves," Skipper Brett Richardson opined, "but I have found a great place that does quality premiership rings at a reasonable price.  The Club hasn't won a 1st Grade Premiership since 1945/46 so I really want to go all out on the commemorative bling."

Tom Holt carried the side again with another haul of wickets, and is closing in on becoming only the 11th Cove to take 400 wickets for the Club.  Otherwise a few top order bats got some time in the middle as the Coves batted on for a bit after passing the Epping total.

"Yay, winning," Brett said, "I like it when we win."

Go Brett's Invincibles.

2nd Grade:   Lane Cove 52  def by  Auburn 3/56

2's Go Down at Alan Davidson Oval

Second Grade turned up to Alan Davidson to play Auburn in a 2nd v 5th encounter.

After some hard yakka from the Auburn lads after torrential rain, Sam lost the toss and we were sent in to bat with 62 overs left.

Unfortunately we were unable to negotiate this task and we were dismissed for 50.  This was passed in a comfortable fashion 3 down with a number of overs to spare.

Much work to do this week against Premiership hotpots and unbackable favourites Strathfield this week at Airey Park.

Ian Phelps

Players' Player
Not allocated

3rd Grade:   Lane Cove 5/96  drew  NW Sydney 5/171(dec)

3s spent all Saturday working with the NWS boys to get the ground into shape for play, and we were lucky enough to start on time on Sunday (thanks Bernie).  The Fat Skip won the toss and offered NWS first use of a cracking deck.  Boggle took an early pole, and in tandem with Pirenu the start with the ball was encouraging.  After a brief interruption for rain, Phil Tran took a wicket first ball with a short one as the unlucky Canie leathered one directly to Boggle at midwicket who took a sharp and painful catch - saved 6 there Bogs, well done.  Kenny and Kiran took a pole each as we kept the Canies to about 2 runs an over before they started to open up.  The Canies skip played some adventurous strokes on the way to 52* as we struggled to plug the gaps with only 10 in the field.  They eventually declared at 5/171 after 53 overs, leaving us 47 overs to bat out the day.  Boggle was the pick of the bunch with 1/50, 2 catches and a direct hit run out, but he was well supported by the rest (except the Skip) as we bowled tidily on a pretty good batting deck.

Cotty was out of the blocks fast, playing some quality drives and clips to the boundary as he raced to 20* off 15 balls.  We lost Tranny to a good nut and Cotty to a straight one to be under a bit of pressure at 2/34.  Clarkey and Kiran occupied the crease before Boggle clipped one straight to square leg (very gently) and Pirenu got a leading edge to gully.  Slats was in a bit of a hurry and managed to get stumped off a quick as he was having a few practise swings at donking the ball out of the ground.  Kiran (29* off 122 pills) remained resolute as the Fat Skip did not inspire confidence at the other end, but we played out time fairly comfortable to be 5/96 at the close.

Burwood next week and more struggles to field a side.  Joy.

Players' Player
3 - Kiran
2 - Boggle
1 - Cotty

4th Grade:   Lane Cove 8/91  def  Strathfield 87

By all reports, the 4s had a great win against the top-ranked Strathfield side.  After spending the entirety of Saturday sopping, paddling and dumping buckets of water around the ground, Bryan and his Boys managed to get the ground into good enough shape to start at 10:40 on Sunday - marvellous, marvellous stuff.  Demps won the toss, sent Strathfield in and had them in early trouble as Jackson took a couple of early wickets - 2/8.  Despite his many disabilities, Joe Camarsh managed to do a job with the ball as he claimed 6/39 from 23.5 overs to knock Strathfield over for 87 in the 55th over.

The run chase started badly with 5 Coves back in the shed with the score only on 24.  Benny Arnall and Maxy put on a small partnership before another collapse saw the score sink to 8/55.  Jacko joined Benny in the middle and the two ended up taking the Coves to victory without further loss with Benny chalking up a match-winning 42* and Jackson nudging 12*.  Fantastic win, well done, bring on the semis.

Players' Player
3 - Joe
2 - Benny
1 - Jacko

Fantasy League - The President cleaned up the top prize while Boggle and the Big Marn completed the podium.  Despite having some excellent inside knowledge, the King of Selectors and captains failed to place, which makes me wonder how the fruitcake we managed to get 4 sides this deep into the season.  Wonders.