1st Grade Report vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 14 (Day 1)
First Grade in a Strong Position
Gordon was up against a strong Randwick Petersham side. Our opposition had gone down the previous weekend in the one day final and presumably where looking to get their finals plans back on track.
Gordon won the toss and elected to bat. This was a difficult decision given the green tinge on the wicket and the memories of the flat wicket against Mosman. I think Matt 'Nicho' Nicholson would have been just as happy to have lost the toss. Anyway, as the day turned out it was a good decision backing the Stags batting line up to post a competitive total.
Craig "Ship" Simmons on his way to breaking the run scoring record
The innings started soundly. Unfortunately Will "Jiggy" Smith, in his last innings for the season, was out for not many. Unfortunate because Will has certainly had the rough end of some decisions this season and hasn't been able to really demonstrate his batting abilities to the Gordon faithful. I have no doubt with another stint and some fortune that the cricketing gods owe, he will score more heavily.
Craig 'Ship' Simmons, as he has done for much of the season and previous season, provided the platform for others to carry out there work. Simmo had much to play for, most significantly the opportunity to make history for the club by breaking the batting record held by Charlie Macartney. Simmo and Packers batted well and formed a good partnership, as does tend to happen in cricket we lost a wicket in the last over of the opening session, exit Packman for 27.This was also unfortunate as Packers looked in great nick (as he always does).
The second session began with Sammy "Heavy" Hinton coming to the wicket. Sammy and Simmo played entertaining and enterprising cricket. The features of this partnership were Simmo's cover drives and Sammy's on drives. However we lost Sammy, replaced by the Beau 'Buzzman' Cassen. Like Jiggy, Buzz is teetering on the edge of a big score. The Buzzman played some entertaining shots; he plays a flamboyant game and with it comes the potential for an untimely departure. As it turned out the Buzz was out for 13. No peanut butter this weekend.
"Rocket Yeah" Rod Hokin strode to the wicket. Rod has been in really good nick in recent innings, indeed for most of the season. Rod has found his feet in First Grade and has demonstrated he not only belongs at this level but will thrive. God willing he may make Dylan's top 5 grade players. But alas it wasn't Rods weekend he was given out caught off the pad. No Pakistani willow on that.
Nicho as he had done against Bankstown steadied the ship with the Big Ship. Nicho was the sheet anchor while Simmo pulverized the Randy petes attack. Breaking the spirit of the opposition in scoring a much deserved ton and also in doing so breaking the 80 year old record for most runs in a season. Congratulations to Simmo. There will be much written about his efforts no doubt, but as a colleague of the Ship, he deserves this and really I can see him breaking his own record again.
Now, enough about Simmo. Enter the author. I joined Nicho with the team in peril. Just joking. Nicho and myself toiled away with Katich and Hauritz bowling defensive channels. It was a stratgey that paid dividends for RP's as Nicko attempted a sweep across the line and was given out leg before.
A graceful author (Zelma) in action
The batting still came thick and fast. B mac coming off a great ton (sorry an almost brilliant ton if it wasnt.........doesnt matter. ) strutted to the wicket. The Randy Pete's were impressed with his style and commented about his tight fitting slacks. Anyway B Mac took a leading role and blasted a great 31 before being cleaned up. This left Bretty and Zeddie to see the innings through. Bretty is a busy player and always ferreting runs. With a bit more opportunity up the order I think he will knock up some handy scores. After a solid sponsors afternoon tea, the sugar rush tipped Zeddie's energy levels a little over the edge and he began to swing hard with some reasonable success. His innings was over trying to hit one into orbit.
Dylan came and went. No hooks to the crowds displeasure, perhaps next game when Dylan is considered as an option as the pinch hitter. It is not surprising that Dylan was off with his batting, after the enormous outcry from Bankstown the previous week, and the war of words with Corey Richards I too would wish the cricket ground would swallow me up. I don't want to fan the flames but really Deeza your sledging needs addressing.
So the day ended well, Gordon all out for 328. A good total. The desire to win is a strong as ever. We will endeavour as we have set out to do since Sutherland way back before Christmas to take 20 wickets, if its only ten then so be it. No play offs but our sights are on the bigger picture, this match will go some way in setting us up for next season.
If you want to read more about Simmons breaking the record ...click here...