This week in Covie Land

First Grade Report: Lane Cove V Warringah
Defending 260 against Warringah and with a very strong bowling line-up … we were confident that if we bowled well we would be able to get the points.
Cameron Eve opened up and was showing the sort of form that got him a NSW 2nd XI cap many years ago … by really testing out the batsman’s ability to hit a ball pitching outside leg and going further away down the leg-side.  Eve persisted with this peppering of the leg-side line and it paid off after 5 balls after the batsman had called for the long-handle and manage to reach one of Eve’s ‘deliveries’ but only managing a top edge to square leg where the ball was greeted by the rock-hard gloves of Wes. 
Joe was bowling pretty well at the other end but there wasn’t much in it for the bowlers … so Tom Holt was brought on and produced a very good and very slow exhibition of very slow gentle swing bowling and it was all too much for the Green Men’s top order.  They crumbled to the sight of Steady Eddie screaming in and Holt was rewarded with 3 quick wickets to leave Warringah in trouble at 4 for 35. 
A good partnership followed for the Green Men until Joe Scarcerella struck on the stroke of tea with a good LBW shout.  Green Men 5 for 111 at tea.
Some enjoyable tea was had and Joe struck again straight after tea with Evil Eve hanging onto a good catch at point.   The Green men then had another little fight back as LCCC got a little tired and the score reach 154 until Richardson was brought into the attack to shake things up a little bit and product a searing spell of pace to rip the heart and dreams out of Warringah’s lower middle order.  2 wickets in  2 balls including a schnorker Yorker and deathly bounce turned the game on its head.
Eve and Crazy Joe picked up the last 2 wickets and we had secured victory by 66 runs and remain on top of the table.
-          Gall 3
-          Holt 2
-          Camarsh 1

Second Grade Report: Lane Cove V Warrwhingers
It’s a long drive back to Blacktown by the sea…
After securing the 6 points from the previous week we took the opportunity to extend our 15 run lead and batted on. The message was sent clear to the batsmen; get as many as you can as quick as you can. Coxy took this onboard and proceeded to get as many as he could as quick as he could, gone first ball for another duck. ( Duck pancakes anyone??). Standing then blocked out two maidens, and I had to wonder if anyone actually listens to me. End result all out for 148 with a lead of 38 runs and 73 over left in the day. (Desired result, be it the hard way!)
The chase didn’t start that well for our friends losing their opener without adding to the total. The chase marginally improved with the score moving to 51 before the third wicket fell, with  wickets shared equally amongst Sneaky, Bez and Cox so far. (A lead of 13 ensuring we had to bat again, which always worries me).
A couple of middle order/lower order partnerships did eventuate as the deck flatten out and the visitors managed to post a reasonable target of 173 all out. The pick of the bowling being Sneaky, who bagged 3 wickets, and Coxy (now playing for his position in the side as a bowling all rounder) claiming 4 wickets, with some good bowling and cagey dismissals. Other highlights in our lackluster  fielding effort was Nishant throwing down the stumps from point with a single stump to aim at and Fish’s one hand grab at long off.
The equation from here was simple. 135 runs to get in 25 overs or less to take the 10 points and move to equal first on the ladder.
Superbat and I opened proceedings guiding us safely to no wickets down for 15 runs after 5 overs. I know what you are thinking, but this slow start was completely my fault, taking almost 4 overs to get off the mark! In any case we had a plan. (Well, I had a plan in my head anyway.). Keep as many wickets in hand and keep the runs per over below 8.
With a solid start, be it a slow one, we lost our first wicket for 45 as Doherty decided it was time to introduce the paddle shot?? Not much more I can say about that, the umpire giving him out LBW on principle alone for a handy 15. No doubt the rest of the side must have been thinking we would just bat out the overs and secure the 6 points.
The loss of Superbat brought Slider O’Neill to the crease, still looking worse for wear from shooting down all those schooners at his Christmas party the night before, and awoke the fat skipper from his slumber. (As did some kind words of encouragement from the opposition) We both then set about lifting the run rate and chasing the total down. Slider contributing a run a ball 21 to the second wicket partnership of 58. (Not before being bowled off a no ball from a leg spinner – costly!)
The chase was now back at a manageable level of fewer than 6 runs an over with 6 overs remaining when Fish joined the party. Much like his youth, he was there for a good time, not a long time, departing for a well made 4 and Warringah now starting to entertain the idea of an upset.
Given the way this game had been played there was no way we were going to let the 10 points slip away.
Rixon joined me at the crease and quickly set about trying to run me out before settling into the run chase. We pushed the total to within 2 runs before a brain explosion from me ended my day before we could real in the total, caught trying to hit the ball out of the park. (Yes, expensive).
In the wash up a solid team effort secured the outright win with 6 wickets in hand and 2 overs to spare, taking the 10 points and ensuring a long drive home over the Spit Bridge for the visitors.
Sneaky 2
Cox 2
Rixon 1
Fat skip 1
Third grade Report: Lane Cove V Warringah
 I still hate cricket, by J B Clarke
Fourth grade Report: Lane Cove V Warringah

Resuming at 2/15 chasing 169, after a very strong bowling effort the previous week, a win was in sight if we could bat positively while occupying the crease for a reasonable portion of the day. So with Dempsey and Barnes back in the pavilion, Prakash and Rafe, both 6 not out, were presented with a wicket that was pretty soft with a greenish tinge Rafe started off aggressively pumping consecutive boundaries from some short, wide bowling, before attempting a third and spooning it straight to cover. This interrupted Lane Cove’s head batting coach Brian Scott’s diatribe to Cotty on how the first 20 runs should always be scored via the forward defence. After a cut shot, a pull shot that almost killed the bloke at mid wicket, and a doink down the ground for six, the score was ticking over as Prakash blazed the attack to all corners moving rapidly to 8 not out as the score passed 50.

A change of bowling really tightened things up, but at 3/65 at drinks, the game was Lane Cove’s to lose. A couple more overs of tight bowling passed before a lazy shot from Cotty saw him depart for 34 at 4/77. Every seasoned Covie observer knows that this is right in the middle of the Covie danger zone, so it should come as no surprise that the scoreboard showed 5/77 as Prakash departed for an uncharacteristically brisk 20 off 104 deliveries, before 6/81, 7/85, 8/94, 9/97 eventuated in rapid succession.

So it was up to Delaney and Beaston to get the remaining 73 for victory. A couple of boundaries early in the partnership had Covie hopes rising. The partnership went on for 24 overs, being the longest partnership of the season (probably), before Ben shouldered arms to a deceptively straight delivery, which poleaxed the middle peg and ensured that the next 2 games become must win.

If John Lloyd has said it once, he’s said it a million times, “Michael Dean”, “no comment”, “and a rum”, and “you’ve got to bat the overs”. 


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Muppy cuppy Report: Lane Cove V Georges River
Joe Unwin here seniors, I’m a junior so be kind. On Sunday I got pulled away from World of Warcraft where I was battling the evil Horde and Blood Elfs to play 5th grade on the weekend.
We were pitted against the might of Jorges Reeeever at the home of cricket in round 11 of the Muppy Cuppy. Nev clearly couldn’t count as he had 13 lined up to play so he and Sudsy sat the day out.....true Passengering.
Nev lost toss the boss – I am told he has the enviable record of losing 19 straight now. Talented little Goblin isn’t he. So into the field we marched. Christopher Frankishishishishishish and Benjamin Broyd opened up with good areas – particular Chris. This was before some Orc called Schooner (Patrick?) was handed the pill and bowled pretty well. Skipper Webby through me the jaffa and I got a wicket with my first ball – impressive as it means dad needs to buy me new Lance Cove training gear. Yeee-haa!!!  Young Mitch Wright (also a U16/17 player) bowled VERY well as did Tom Bremner. Some troll called Andrew Bray took two absolutely disgusting wickets at the end to leave Jorges at 9-116 from their 40 overs – in howling wind I might add.
With the bat, some former 2nd grade gnome who has a remarkable similarity to Edward Scissorhands opened up with Dick Sheeter – and both departed quick sticks to leave Mitch Wright and Tom Bremner to carry things forward. Both batted really well with Tom ending up out LBW for 30 odd with Mitch 46 not out. Brett Favel doinked a few in the last few overs and Webby did his level best to get Mitch his first senior grade 50 but 4 byes put an end to that idea....
So a good win with bonus point to Lane Coves finest. Thanks for letting me play and I’d like a bat next time please.
Bye bye.
Joe Unwin
Good Kid
Mitch – 3
Tommy B – 2
Joe - 1