An unchanged Stags side returned to Chatswood to take on the Whales. Whilst we weren’t completely disappointed with our first game performance, during the week we talked about avoiding losing clumps of wickets in the middle of our innings which really cost us against Sydney.
Elliot Richtor toughs it out early in the run chase, before cashing in and leading the boys home
With a hot day predicted, it was nice to know we wouldn’t be playing a shortened game and forced to listen to Reece Bombas’s Facebook/Tinder talk.
The warm up started with the bowlers ‘onions’ taking out the football game. It was a tense battle dominated by the top 5, but the onions could not be broken and they were able to get the only goal in the last play of the game.
Steve lost the toss and we were forced to bowl. With the deck looking like a great batting track, our goal was to restrict them below 280.
Reece Bombas plays a fantastic understudy role
The start was identical to round one, picking up the first 2 wickets for under 10 runs with Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo picking up the wickets. Again like last week, the third wicket put on a big partnership, with their number 4 batsmen, Scott Rodgie looking to punish any loose bowling.
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Steve tried a few options, including Cam Eccles who bowled very well against the set batsmen. He bowled stump to stump, going for under 6 runs an over. His only change up almost resulted in a wicket, when he bounced Rodgie, forcing a top edge, only for the ball to land just over short fine leg’s head.
James Kennedy ‘JK’ trapped Rodgie LBW with a good slower ball just as he was heading towards a century. This halted the Whales momentum and was a big factor in them not reaching 300. In the last few overs Dan Smith picked up one more wicket.
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The bowlers came back well after a tough middle session and to be able to restrict Mosman to 260 on that wicket was a great effort.
Our batting started with Tym Crawford back in the sheds early. Cam Eccles (30) and Axel Cahlin (24) were both looking good, but failed to capitalise on their starts. With the score at 3/67 Steve and Elliot Richtor, despite some dicey running between the wickets, got the innings back on track with a 52 run partnership. This was before Steve holed out in the deep for 39.
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With the required run rate around 6 an over, Bombas came to the crease and continued his form from last week. He and Els were rotating the strike constantly and occasionally hitting the odd boundary. This helped us keep up with the required run rate.
With 10 overs to go Els decided to hit out and to his surprise he reached his century. Shortly after, the game was won. Bombas and Els put on an unbeaten 145 run partnership to finish the game with Reece finishing on 37*and Els 122*. It was pleasing to see the middle order perform, given the emphasis put on them during the week.
It was a good to get the 6 points and we must take this momentum heading into the two day game next week against the Bears.
Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin both made starts in the run chase, but weren't able to cash in like Els. That doesn't stop their sponsors, Plus Fitness @ Thornleigh and M&A Accounting and Financial Services both backing the boys into runs against North Sydney.