1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 10
1st Grade dominate the Warriors
What a weekend for the Stags! Not one loss to speak of. As already documented, these victories have resulted in a jump to fifth position in the club championship, just another few good weekends away from top spot.
1st Grade certainly played their part in the weekend's whitewash (the only recent whitewash I'd like to talk about'), with two convincing victories against Blacktown on Saturday, in what could well have been an outright with a slice more luck, and the one-dayer against the Ghosts on Sunday.
Packman deep in the runs against Blacktown
After the toll-infested (thanks Dylan!) journey to Joe McAleer Oval, off the back of a Beau 'Buzz' Casson five-for and some solid batting from Craig 'Ship' Simmons the week before, came the push for an outright victory on a sluggish but true wicket.
All was going to plan with another classy innings from James 'Jammer' Packman and some useful lower order runs from Nicholson and Zelma. This gave us a lead of 139. A steady fall of wickets put Blacktown in trouble at 5/96, but a sixth wicket stand of 86 put paid to any lingering hopes of a ten-pointer. A good team performance highlighted by some persistent, disciplined bowling and spirited fielding boded well for a repeat dose the next day at Raby against the Ghosts.
Another great team performance followed, with the two stand-out performers yet again Beau Casson and 'Jaaaaaammer' Packman. Again some good fielding and controlled bowling meant that a target of 214 would never be in doubt. Not after a quick fire 49 from 'Ship' Simmons and a prematurely ended but comfortable 44 from the Dazzler (Brad Rasool) ensured that we could coast home. I'm sure that unless I mention that Packman notched up another half-century he will be sour all week. So, after running out the Dazzler, Packman scored 60-odd not out to guide the side home.
Sunday 14th January 2007 will stick in my memory for a long time. Firstly it was the day my 'other-half' flew home, of course I saw her off tearfully at the airport''oh no that's right, I was at Raby being dismissed by the first ball I faced from my new Durham team-mate Mitch Claydon. What a joyous day!
The Dazzler will be sorely missed
However the day will be remembered more in Gordon DCC folklore for the 2006/7 season farewell of the Dazzler. Two record breaking double hundreds in 2s, countless other hundreds both in 2s and PG's, so laidback he's horizontal and the greatest array of warm-up socks in cricket are just some of the things the Dazzler will be remembered for this season. But also for his ability to draw an excitable Moth (Tim Packman) on a night out to see him off and also to introduce Tiddles to the wonders of tequila!
The North Shore's loss is Scandinavia's gain.
Will Smith (just happy that England has won their first game on tour)