1st Grade Report vs Bankstown - Round 2
A tough day ends in a heavy loss at the hands of the Dogs
The easy option may be to seek solace in clich's when you've suffered an eight-wicket loss doled out within 52 overs, but this was no clich' Stags' performance. And nor shall it become one. (Although I do concede that despite my best efforts this report shall still be laden with clich's ' hell, there's one and a half in the last sentence alone).
Another victim on the day - Connell goes lame with hamstring injury
Electing to bat first on what proved a tricky Chatswood track, the Stags failed to adapt to conditions with the requisite urgency, and consequently the collective innings failed to register anything more than a muffled whimper. With the exception of the import Flynn (26) we lacked the patience and grit to combat a disciplined and probing Bulldog's attack, with only three double figure scores posted (four if your include sundries) and the only 20+ partnership for the innings being registered by the final pair. Not a pleasant looking scorecard, especially after the promising returns of the previous week.
Defending 109 was never going to be easy, but with ill discipline again rearing its ugly head in the form of numerous grassed chances and some wayward leather offerings, we certainly didn't put our best foot forward. Adding injury to 16-over insult, Dylan 'I think my head grew during the off-season' Connell pulled up lame with a hamstring complaint in the latter overs and may be in doubt for the weekend.
Amid all the doom and gloom, perhaps the best news to come from the weekend was Marcus out punting seasoned veterans McDonald, Packman and Wilson on Saturday afternoon to the tune of $17.55. At least he was smiling. (Or perhaps that was the NZ cricket shirt he'd received from his new favourite Stag.)
Marcus' favourite Stag, Flynn, puts in a determined effort in the second dig.
Needless to say - much improvement is necessary on the field. Of prime importance is the rediscovery of the side's famed out enthuse mentality, disturbingly AWOL at key times during the first two outings. Couple this with the required application and selfishness ' as demonstrated by Skipper Casson (39*) and 'Errol' Flynn (30*) in warding off any hint of an outright result ' and the Stags will be well on the way to ending the season's duck.
BG (Final clich' count = 10- 12)