First Grade Report: Burwood v 1st Grade Premiers
Ever danced with the Devola in the pale Burwood dew...
We turned up at Rothwell way too early to even be out of bed let alone playing cricket. Turns out Richie G, Evey, Holty and Corny had all chosen a good round not to play after our alarms went off about 7am. Burwood 7-Eleven wasn’t even open yet (didn’t even know that was possible).
We lost the toss and were sent in on a deck that looked like it had a little bit of life early but would be flat for most of the day.
Gump went in the first over but myself and Pete G steadied somewhat to have us at 1/42 and on track for a decent score. Seymour and Davis were bowling well and proceeded to systematically rip through the rest of the order, taking 9/17 and reducing us to a pathetic total of 59. Definitely one of our more embarrassing efforts with the bat (coincidentally we were rolled for 60 by Burwood last year as well) and something we will need to make sure doesn’t happen again.
Burwood came out and aggressively chased the total, getting to 3/61 at lunch and taking the 6 points by 12pm. Usually we wouldn’t have started the game by this time… not ideal. There were still 80 overs left in the day, and I made the point to the lads at lunch that we need to prepare for a long day of cricket and that we need to fight back in the second dig.
Holley declared at lunch, an attacking move but given our first dig you couldn’t really blame him. Fast forward 53 overs and we had turned the game on its head, following a brilliant partnership of 172 between Pete Gal (106*) and Micky Foreskin (86) who took us to a lead of 244 with 3 wickets down.
The pitch was now a typical Rothwell belter, and I decided that the equation of 244 from 35 overs was enough of an incentive for Burwood to get 10 points whilst still giving us a sniff if we bowled well and took our chances.
The run chase started pretty evenly, with Burwood going at a run a ball and losing 3 poles in the first 15 overs. Holley and Seymour came to the crease and they started hitting a few boundaries and looked to be the dangerous partnership. At 3/130 with 15 overs to go, the game was in the balance.
Enter Crazy Joe Devola, who you can always rely on for something out of the ordinary. His second over produced a great reaction caught and bowled to grab the prized wicket of Holley. Scarcella was brought on at the other end and found some good rhythm, taking an early pole and all of a sudden we had a sniff.
Devola and Joey proceeded to rip through the middle and lower order, leaving Burwood reeling at 8/170 with 3 overs to play. 10 men around the bat, plenty of banter, and a couple of nervous Burwood bats at the crease. Seymour was still in and was farming the strike to good effect, before Joey made the big breakthrough, getting Seymour LBW after walking across his stumps and missing a straight one. 9 down with 6 rocks remaining. A bit of conjecture about who to bowl the last over… but when you need something special in the last over you simply must give the ball to the loosest cannon in the side and so I went with Devola again.
He landed the first 4 balls on a dime, and almost took a wicket every ball. 3 LBW shouts and a half chance to Wes. With two balls to go in the day, Devola waltzes in again and bowls the flipper... struck on the pad… big appeal… OUT!!
Crazy scenes and one of the best wins I have been involved in.
The 6 points puts us on top of the table with 3 to play prior to Xmas.
3 Pete G
2 Scarcella
1 Devola

Second Grade Report: Lane Cove v Burswood Mate
Don’t mess with the Bezer!
A number of things were not in our favour at the start of play, including:
-       New blades on the mower, apparently, making Tanty resemble court 1 at Wimbledon.
-       Flat attractive track, looking nothing like last week.
-       No show from Fez, in the field with 10. (I know, it’s not as bad as 8 Coxy.)
-       Skipper takes one on the thumb in warm up, has to pop his own thumb back into place.
With a 100 runs to play with and 7 wickets to get we had to get these distractions out of our heads quickly.
Cox and Bezer were thrown the ball again to start us off. We knew that an early wicket would put us right back in the match. Bezer didn’t let us down, snagging the early wicket of the Burwood skipper from an inside edge.  Burwood 4 for 63.
A 100 runs looked like a pretty big mountain for the Burwood sloggers to climb as Cox kept it tight and Bezer was bending them like Beckham with his tally of wickets up to 3 so far. However the Burwood middle order was keeping them in the game with some good batting, putting on another 30 odd run partnership before we got our next wicket, Farmer breaking the dead lock with a cagey LBW. Burwood 5 down now for 98 and the game was heading to another close finish.
That’s where Bezer had other ideas. The salmon dug deep and set about cleaning up the lower order, snagging another 4 wickets through good pace and unplayable swing. Bezer pleaser finishing the first innings with 7 for 61. A great effort! Farmer also pitched in to get another wicket, both of them ensuring we took the 6 points as Burwood finished 30 odd runs short in the first dig.
With plenty of time left in the day we knew we would have to bat again, however for some reason we didn’t realise that meant we had to actually bat! Long story short we made 105 miserable runs in our second dig due to a mix of questionable decisions and even more questionable batting! The only highlights being Fish launching a few to Epping Road (which is your clear favoured end) for a well made (and very very handy) 48 and Coxy avoiding the dreaded whites. Don’t worry Wes, he will be back!
SO as a result of our sporting declaration (didn’t have a choice – only had 10 players!) we had the very interesting equation of 135 runs to defend with 29 overs to do it in.
With 10 overs for the day already under his belt Bezer set about keeping us in the game – again!  Burwood started their run chase fairly innocuously as they pushed and prodded to little affect. Loosing wickets regularly as Bezer picked up where he left off from the first dig bowling great lines. Burwood now in a spot of bother 3 down for 12 runs due to some good bowling and great boobery with 2 run outs. One of which BDK threw down the stumps at the bowlers end to have the batsmen have his bat in the air??
All of a sudden the game had shifted from defending the 6 points to having a crack at the 10 points. However as in the first fig the Burwood middle order steadied the ship enough to ensure an outright was to be out of reach for both sides. Not before Bezer’s herculean effort of bowling another 15 overs straight taking another 4 wickets. Finishing the day with 11 wickets for the match – well done mate!
From a pretty ordinary start to the day, including a very average warm up, we played one of the best games as a team securing the 6 points (against the number one ranked side) with 10 men and almost snuck away with the 10 points. Great effort from all to stay up for the whole match and dig in for the win. Skipper more than impressed.
5 Bezer
1 The Fish

Round 9 in the Muppy Cuppy: Sky Muppets take on NWS Canies
Not much to report from Saturday. Lost toss and NWS elected to bat on a bit of a road. With the Muppeteers missing a player Nev and Cosmo Cramer opened up and NWS delighted in our humble offerings by taking the score to 0-96 after 10 overs and 2-146 at drinks (20 over mark). After drinks Lance rallied (particularly with the bowling of Slats, Bambi Sharples and Steve Chooner) to restrict the canies to 8-231 at the end of their innings.
Lance opened up with Flame Trees and Dastardly Dick who went fairly early bringing Webby and Bambi to the crease. Both batted very well and ended up 45 and 51 respectively. Schooner and Give-it Twomey kept things going but when we lost these two battlecats things got a lot trickier. Cosmo doinked a few at the death but the run chase got away from us and ended up all out (9 down) for 172.
Planets align this week with 1’s, 3’s and 5’s all down at Warringah taking on the men in green.

Go green men.
Miss you Bryan,
Woo Boy
Hits and misses:
3 – Bambi Sharples
2 – Webby
1 - Schooner