1st Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool
First Grade report vs Fairfield
Lambert. Lambert. Lambert. 5/56 off 25. 205 not out off 286 balls.
There are very few blokes in the history of grade cricket whose stats compete with this mans', especially considering the top achievements tend to date back to the days of uncovered wickets and the like. This game only added to his remarkable career.
(Beau goes over the grandstand)
Day 1 saw our fragile top order fail again. A gutsy 96min stay at the crease from Benny 'BowlABit' Garratt was the first signs of heart from our blokes at the crease for some time. McDonald played a watchful role as Beau 'my next Test I'll be batting at 4' Casson continued his rich vein of form with the willow to dispatch anything short and dig in to the tight stuff. The pair put on 90 when McDonald fell just before tea, to follow the 74 from the previous partnership.
The most pleasing thing here was not the runs scored but the attitude and application of blokes to put in for their mates and club ' something that is unfortunately too intermittent at the crease these days. Two wickets fell in the four hours following the initial 4 in the first 10 mins.
Post tea saw some of the most pleasurable batting I have witnessed. Beau was in another league, and Iain 'I do the covers for PG's' Beverley was murdering them down the ground and punishing anything short.
It was most pleasing to see Bevo get just rewards for his continual hard work and his attitude towards our side and the game, a case in point to some of the younger blokes in the club that respect and your place in a batting order or team is something you earn, and are NOT GIVEN!!!! If only this bloke could convince himself that he can bully attacks, he could be anything!!! Well done mate.
(Bevo jams one out against Fairfield)
This brings me back to Beau. This bloke has been carrying our batting all year, but this was different gravy. 181 in 346 mins at the crease. He deposited 7 over the stand on the railway (think about what I just said'.) The best part about this innings was the 25 fast and tight overs he negotiated off Lambert in the meantime. It was an innings of finesse and determination. This man's character is phenomenal, and is becoming more apparent the harder people try to break him. We are blessed to have him.
Gordon 8/402 dec.
You know the rest. A massive shout on Lambert first ball of the innings could have made the innings a lot different. A drop off Dylan with the other opener under 20 didn't help either. When the opening partnership fell just over 200 runs later, the game certainly was a different one.
If we continue to field like muppets, we will continue to let each other and the club down. I put it to you that every year the bottom five teams on the table are the worst fielding sides. We are deservedly in the cellar.
James 'Mantos' Kennedy continues to try hard and learn. Dylan put in as always and will be better for the run next week (coming back from injury). Beau also got a lot out of his 22 overs with some great rhythm and confidence coming with it.
Next week is another game and another challenge. 3 games till the break, 2 wins will give us hope. Intent over the past few weeks has been improving, but do we play the game to have good intent????