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1st Grade Report vs Sutherland - Round 8

Maximum Points for 1st Grade 

With the Blues Brothers available for both days of our clash with the Sharks, it was always going to be an interesting affair. Sutherland won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket that had a definite green tinge.

Dylan and Matt 'Nicho' Nicholson opened the bowling and hit great areas with Dylan at times making the in form Phil Jacques play and miss on a regular basis.

Mate vs Mate as Nicho bowls to Jacques

Sutherland battled away and only managed 120 runs. Dylan, in peak form, grabbed a great 6/34. Ed 'Zeddie' Zelma backed him up with 3/40. Oh I'm also under orders to mention that it was in fact Zeddie who got the important wicket of Phil Jacques. After being pounded for three consecutive brutal 4's the 'Polish Panesar' foxed the future baggy greener with a quick short ball which he parried skywards.

The Stags in reply, went in with a positive frame of mind. The first class duo of Will Smith (Bad Boys, Independence Day, Bad Boys 2, Hitch) and Craig Simmons got us off to decent start setting the tone at which we should chase down the runs. Play ended at tea due to mass rain. Overnight the Stags were 1/67 with a further 50 odd runs required to seal first innings points.

The second Saturday saw the boys from 'old chatswood way' coast past the Sharks first innings total. James 'that must have nipped back a bit jamma'' Packman top scoring with 51. The maroon caps were not in the mood for only 6 points. We were in search of 10. We thus declared 50 odd runs ahead with almost a days playing time still on hand. Game on.

Packers gets amongst the runs vs the Sharks

A pumped Gordon XI took to the field again with aim of bowling the Sharks out again. That's exactly what happened. Dylan, The D-train, in top form again, bagged 4/42, which saw him claim 10/76 for the match. You beauty! Ed Zelma bowled superbly, bagging a beautiful Michelle (5 for), 5/31. He claimed 8/71 for the match. You also beauty! The boys fielded and caught like champs. BMac floated in the grippers. Sambo 'Laneway' Hinton, braved it out under the lid. He's enthusiasm in the field was great and Beau Casson kept him on his toes.

In seek of the Stags first outright win in a while, Gordon needed 89 off the willow. It took us just 75 minutes. James 'Im starting to see them again' Packman steadied a rocky boat and cruised to an unbeaten 54, winning us the match. He batted with finesse and oozed class. Something tells me he'll hit a ton in the next round. (Ed: Pity you wrote this after Packers had already completed that feat)

Our Fantasy League guru, Dylan Connell, bags 10 poles for the match (200 points)

Overall it was a sterling team effort. Gordon won the game in all three departments of batting, bowling, and fielding. Watch out for the Stags snowball effect. The team is starting to execute basics and all the players are starting to put their hands up. Wait till we all start firing. Even BMac took two catches.

We sung the song with joy. We put on the covers afterwards. A few quiet beverages ensued' why not?

Brad Rasool


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