1st Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 4
1st Grade notch up their maiden 09/10 victory against Sydney
The team was eager to put together a solid performance after a mixed start to the season. On occasions we had performed credibly in one discipline whilst letting ourselves down in another. So this match was about getting it mostly right with bat and ball.
'Jammer' Packam grafts out an innings against the Tigers
With the toss lost we were asked to bowl first, our new ball attack was a blend of inexperience; Chad Soper (17y.o), James Kennedy (19y.o) and the veteran Julian Stephenson (approx. 45 y.o). The Stags also boasted two of Sydney's premier spinners in Beau Casson (test no. 401) and Brendan McDonald (test no. *).
The bowlers toiled well on a flat wicket which was at times variable in bounce, however hard work was required to get through the 10 wickets. The youngsters bowled particularly well with Kennedy taking 3-42 with good control, swing and pace whilst Soper took 2 wickets with his skiddy swingers. The spin twins also bowled some good overs for us in the middle part of the day and were rewarded with 2 to Beau and 1 to Brandan. Only one of the Sydney batsmen was able to go on with their innings and compiled a well struck 128 before being run out by some exceptional work from Stephenson.
The Sydneysiders finished with a healthy 292 all out and had it not been for a spirited effort throughout the afternoon we could well have been chasing substantially more. On the flipside had we taken our first 10 chances dare I say the target would have been considerably less.
The end of Day 1 saw us 0-53 after 13 - a very positive end to the day, Casson showing his muscle with some impressive back foot play and Eccles showing good fight against some shorter stuff.
Brendan McDonald rewarded for his toils on Day 1
Day 2 and there was a clear message delivered by the skipper, "bat all day", partnerships being the key and lets get our first win under the belt. The boys must have listened and went about executing their plans well with a dominant display of patients and aggression. Casson and Eccles continued on where they left of with Casson providing the aggression and Eccles the patience (even testing out the strength of his new helmet against the new ball). The 1st wicket partnership yielded 97 which laid some very solid foundations for the middle order who delivered on what was said at the morning briefing. Patients and partnerships developed and the 3rd wicket stand between Packman and Bombas put the game almost out of reach of the opposition taking the score to 2-238 before Packman was adjudged LBW for 79.
Bombas and Garratt then continued the grind and evetnually the winning runs were struck with the debutant Richtor's blade and Gordon had their first win. Bombas played some excellent strokes for his 67, however will be dissapointed to fall the way he did so close to getting us over the line.
Elliot Richtor presented with his 1st Grade cap, before stroking the winning runs
An encouraging performance for the boys and will look to build on this for a big game coming up against what is likely to be a strong Easts side.
James 'Jammer' Packman