1st Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8
1st Grade are shown up by Parramatta in a T20 match
This report will be short and not so sweet. After what was a less than ideal preparation for the weekend the 1st XI put together one of its worst performances to date for this season. Our bowling lacked the necessary precision needed for 20/20 cricket on most occasions; Connell and Richtor being the exceptions.
Iain Beverley, the only shinning light with the bat
Parramatta got off to a flyer and were cruising along at 10 per over in the first handful of overs. Balls were being blasted to the boundary in all directions, which was an indicator that our line and lengths were not what they needed to be. After 20 tough overs in the field we managed to restrict the total to 186 which was a reasonable finish given that we were staring down the barrel of a 200+ chase at the half way point.
A positive belief and a commitment to the task were needed to chase down a pretty decent T20 total. Again we didn't walk the walk as the innings started poorly and failed to gain momentum with the top order failing to deliver what they are supposed to.
Iain 'The Troll' Beverley was the only one to put up a fight his gallant effort of 56 from 44 balls saved a little face for the team, starving us from certain embarrassment. Bevo batted the way he knows how and is fast becoming the mainstay of the batting order and the man to turn to when the chips are down. Keep showing the way Bev, the boys will follow!!!! More application and practice to improve our skills are required particularly given certain match/ game situations. Less talk and more action is required into Christmas and the New Year to ensure an enjoyable finish to the season.