Lane Cove were looking for a big response after a huge disappointment against Lindfield in the previous Round. With Scarcella and Jenkins absent, the latter due to a pre arranged fishing trip meant Robbie Blood retained his spot in the side and Tommy Bristow made his First grade debut.
With strikes around Sydney regarding the trains, it somehow caused all sorts of problems on the road with 8 players turning up late. A special mention to Liam O’Hare who’s misso has tried to stop him playing all together by taking his kit out the car and putting it in the garage meaning a trip to Rebel Sport for the moist fast bowler to purchase some new kit.
A toss won by Naughton saw Mounties batting on what looked like a sticky wicket, almost backfire as they romped to 50 with the loss of just one wicket. However O’Hare in a new pair of wheels picked up some quick wickets with some slippery bowling. One memorable wicket seeing Ed Galek take a one handed screamer at second slip, where the Rictor Scale tipped over 4.5.
O’Hare was backed up by Cornelius who wasn’t bowling his quickest, which was visible as he bowled the opener and the bails failed to dislodge. Malik entered the attack and was an instant hit with a Covies best of 4-16. Max Glenwell behind the stumps taking two terrific stumpings and Tommy Bristow claimed his maiden wicket. The innings closed on 119 which was a tremendous feat without our one hit wonder and no ball specialist.
There were stern words at the break and the covies were looking to chase this down professionally. It all looked good until ball 4 when Naughton was struck plum in front, a word with the umpire followed to much of the crowds bewilderment at such a convincing decision. Rixon soon fell to a grubber for 12 and Mandleberg was given caught behind to a ball that he absolutely smashed, but to his disbelief, with Galek falling to a first baller to top it all off. Needless to say the boys were in trouble. Enter Rob Blood, who was in a typically gritty mood, started the rebuild with Malik who played well for his 36 runs…or was it 34…(See Damian Naughton for confirmation). Pirenu came to the crease and with 50 required it was still anyone’s game. The pair dug in and batted steadily, accumulating runs. Barring some cramps to Blood (in which he ignored advice about taking fluid on) the pair got the Covies to within 5. Pirenu departed LBW for a patient 10 and Robbie Blood (takeutherreee) hit the winning runs and brought up his maiden 50 in first grade. A terrific victory seeing the boys back in pole position with 4 games to go.
Despite some tough losses in the first half of the season, a late resurgence saw Lane Cove enter round 9 knowing that a win would see us with a chance of entering the top 6 for the first time this season. Southern Districts were the opponent with 2s receiving the favourable outcome of a home fixture. Indeed, $48.00 worth of tolls each way is often forgotten as opposition exit the M2 and approach the harbour city where Tantallon Oval, aka the theatre of dreams await them. Further still, the additional prospect of runs, wickets and success can quickly deem the journey as a successful pilgrimage for any cricketer.
Alas, we were at home, and while caring little about the journey undertaken by the away team, it is safe to saw few, if any of them left Australia’s largest city happy and content. With Pete Blood losing the toss and the opposition skipper opting to bat, Pete was quick to tell everyone that he would have bowled anyway (on a typically roadish Tantallon).
All-rounder Rhys Manchester opened up with the ball and continued his good form with the ball dotting up the first over well. Rhys has somehow let go his tendency of bowling his 1st ball of the innings either half way down the track, or on the full at the batsman’s head, and we are really seeing this help his overall form.
Man of the moment Kiran Dindayal took the 2nd over, and he certainly wasn’t backing himself. As mid-off threw the ball to him, Kiran was heard to say “I have nightmare’s about Bridges (the strike batter)”, and went on to tell mid-off about his season form, and a ton he scored against Kiran last time they played. Kiran ran into bowl, and sure enough, Bridges chipped the first ball over the Joe Camarsh fence for a maximum. The batter could obviously play, and a bit of post-game research revealed that this season he has amassed over 40% of his team’s total runs. Credit to Kiran and Rhys who cottoned onto his hot zones early, persisting with length balls in good areas outside off. Their opening spell saw us claim a couple of poles while SD’s scored slowly, and Bridges remained patient and watchful.
With a varied bowling attack, Pete turned to his seasoned professional Hipkin for an additional breakthrough, with the SD’s top order taken aback by the searing 140kmh pace on show. Hipkin and kuchey picked up 4 more poles between them to have SD’s reeling at 80-6. With the heat causing issues for the express bowlers, Hipkin came off allowing Kuchey, Dev, Dindayal and Dowey to clean up the tail. The boys persisted hard in difficult conditions, with Kuckey/Hipkin picking up 3 each, with the others wickets shared around 1 to each bowler, SD’s all out for 124. It must be noted that their opener Bridges scored 80 of these runs with a next top score of 6.
With a good batting track, low score, and deep batting line-up at our disposal, the chase should have been an easy one, and for large parts of the innings it certainly looked it would be. Josh Rigon and Pete Blood combined well to reach 79-1 before a remarkable collapse saw us lose 8-39. Rigon ran himself out, Pete went fishing, Pat Francis tried to hit the ball off the square, Hipkin came and went (though got off whites) bringing Rhys to the crease with Dowey needing 8 to win for the last wicket.
Just why our all-rounder was batting 11 was a question Pete surely had to answer at the mid-week selection meeting however that was the situation we were in, and it was tense! Dowey batted safely and surely, waiting for the bad balls and blocking out the good ones. Rhys mostly did the same too, and frustrated the nagging lines and lengths of the opposition. In between moments of focus Rhys attempted several maximums, something he has never done before, and upon realising that the first time probably wouldn’t be in this situation, he put these shots safely away, The boys grafted out a few twos and a few singles before a Dowey 2 saw the scores tied. A wayward leg-side delivery was called a dot ball with umpire reasoning stating “I wouldn’t be very popular if I called that a wide would I” before Dowey secured the W in typical covie fashion with an edge between Keeper and 1st slip.
A deserved win, albeit one made very difficult with some lazy batting has seen us move into the top 6, a position we can consolidate as we move back into the two day fixture against Roseville
This week third grade were out at SD’s sharing a club room First Grade, everyone was in high spirits after a descent battle with Lindfield the round before. Everyone seemed to have made it to the grounds alright after massive long journey sure a stretch was needed to get blood flowing.
Once the covers were taken off the pitch looked very green and soft as they had put the covers on the late the day before. Bowling was in everyone’s mind and we collectively agreed that we should bowl first and the left the rest to the stand in skipper David (Barney) Fagan. Barney without a doubt won us the toss and we were indeed having a bowl first as the day was only going to get warmer. Earl (Vern) took the new ball along with new Alex (Cold Chisel) Chisholm at the other end. Vern was into his bowling stride early landing the ball a good areas making the batsman play and just beating the bat – he gave us the first break through with the batsman skying a ball high in the air only for Naveen Shiva to take an absolute glorious diving catch. Cold Chisel operating from the other end was making the ball talk with his left arm meds going through the corridor of uncertainty more times than anyone can care to imagine. He unfortunately could not pick up any wickets but bowled really well with 4 over for 15 runs.
The Crayn Plane and Naveen came on next, with both these bowlers being a bit quicker the batsmen were once again not too sure how to approach the bowling change with most of the runs coming from edges and a couple of hacks. The next bowling change Barney went to take the pace off the ball, giving Jimmy Ephraums and the Dobler a roll of the arm over.These two bowled quite well making the batsmen come at them., Dobler picked up a wicket in a déjà vu with the bat hitting it to deep mid-wicket and Seymour just managing to get a hand on but unable to hold on to the first one, but surely enough the very next ball played the exact same shot with Seymour not making any mistake. Jimmy was arguably one of the best bowlers on the day picking a 3 poles from his 10 overs.
Some good tight bowling from Taylor Cotteee-Warner (Taylor Cool-Breeze) and Seymour assisted us with getting through the overs quickly. After a long day in the field the finally bowled them out in the last setting us with 244 for the win.
The opening bats Naveen and Shano strode out to bat after a well needed break and innings started off really well with the first ball being straight driven for 4 by Shano. Unfortunately for Naveen he could not get off the mark before being bowled. Taylor Cool-Breeze and Shano hung in there for a few rock but the scoring was scares with SD’s bowling nice to their fields but the pressure created conceded another couple and SD’s soon saw the backs of both Shano and Taylor Cool-Breeze. With Jimmy Ephraums and the Dobler and the crease the innings started to get some momentum with the pair rotating the strike regularly and a couple of nice strokes from Dobler.
Jimmy then left the crease bringing Barney to the crease who had demoted himself to the number 6 batting position, however he could not get the ball rolling only managing 3 runs. Dobler being the pick of the bats was then given LBW off one shot away from his 50 getting 46 for his first outing in 3’s. Seymour and Crayne Plane then picked up the scoring with them scoring freeling swinging through the line as the run rate climbed but unfortunately with not a lot of wickets in hand it seemed to be in vein as Seymour got bowled and Crayn Plane caught having a hack.
Vern was then left 5 overs and 100 odd runs to get a task seemingly impossible but he swing the bat hard but the only thing he managed to hit was air, him and Cold Chisel did rotate the strike as a two day game but unfortunately Cold Chisel got bowled in the last over of the game with 3’s being bowled out for 155.
All in all it was a great effort by 3’s and we will be heading into the Roseville game with confidence.
Covies, being Covies are a resilient bunch. After a baking in the hot sun the week before, Lane Cove’s furious fours were back at KSO planning another victory.
With the threat of rain on the weather sites, the still damp covers had been laid the night before on a rock hard and dry deck. When we strolled through the dewy grass the next morning to peel them back, we found a fairy ring of mushrooms had sprouted under the covers in the humid, hothouse environment they created. Luckily it wasn’t on the, now slightly moist wicket.
Unsure if this was a good omen or not, Fat Skip recommended a light warm up in the rising humidity and heat as he strode out for the toss. Predictably, Fat Skip won another toss (only one loss for the year) and, to Brian Scott’s delight, sent the opposition into bat.
With Harry Shaw and Scotty opening up, the ball was getting some nice shape and the SDs openers were throwing the bat around for some truly cavalier batting. It took only to Harry’s second over for him to trap one of the opener’s dead in front. Scotty got the number 3 pretty sharply with a great catch from Fat Skip behind the stumps.
We were travelling pretty well with SDs at 2/30. The opener and no.4 were swinging the willow a bit and got them to 77 before Scotty cleaned up the pegs of the opener ending his quick fire 45in the 14th over. An 80-run partnership followed with some lusty hoikes on the leg side and very few cricket shots…
It took young Yash to come on and throw in a few changes of pace and a rank half tracker to get a couple more wickets. Ryan Devine picked up one as a reward for some good bowling via a spectacular full length driving catch from Srini. Devutant Tom Keirl bowled well without reward.
It fell to Harry Shaw to clean up the last 4 wickets, ending with 5/39 off 7.1 overs. Some great bowling to the tail to clean them up a super effort from the big, young fella. Fat Skip ended with four catches in the gloves and Fat Skip Mk II snaffled 2 at first slip.