1st Grade Report vs Sydney Uni - Round 3
First Grade Report vs Sydney Uni Round 3
Gordon first grade travelled to Sydney Uni looking to post our first win of the season. The fist two games saw sub par performances from the stags and all in the squad agreed it was time to stop talking and start performing.
We won the toss and for some reason decided to bowl fist on a flat wicket devoid of grass and moisture. A solid start from the opening bowlers saw uni 1-30 after the first 10 or so overs, zeddie (Ed Zelma) removing mail's middle and off stumps.
Beau Casson claimed the second wicket, trapping Ian Moran on the crease and in front of all three. The students then compiled a good partnership that had them on track for somewhere between 280 and 300 until Ed Cowan toed a buzz (Beau Casson) long hop down Packerman's throat at deep midwicket, not before he pumped the cake for a large bomb that Gordon third grade skipper "Maffew" Kelly thought was a WOW moment! A lack of urgency from Uni's middle order, some fair bowling and improved feilding from Gordon saw uni finish at 4-245 at the end of their alloted 50 overs.
Jules Stepehnson bowled well, 10 straight overs at the start that were fairly miserly. Zeddy took two wickets, Buzz bowled a good spell and deserved his two scalps, Nicho (Matt Nicholson) was tight without penetrating and Macca (Brendan McDonald) worked hard.
We were happy to have restricted the students to what we thought was a very gettable total if we played well. Craig Simmons and recently arrive englishman Will Smith ( by recently I mean 6 oclock that morning!) got the innings of to a great start.
A century opening stand in the first 25 or so overs was punctuated by some classy stroke play by the Pom and some massive blows from the big ship. Both unfortunately fell soon after posting half centuries. From the 30 over mark we were chasing a run a ball, no mean feat on a slow wicket with the oposing side having the second best spin bowler in the world (Stuart MacGill) with 8 overs up his sleave.
Packers and Cake had brief stints at the wicket, Pumps and Buzz put on a promising partnership that included what I thought was the best shot played all day. Johny two pumps advanced down the wicket to MacGill (who was regularly turning it past the keeper into the hands of first slip) and played a beautiful on drive down the ground for four.
However he was caught and bowled trying to emulate the feat soon after. With no pace on the ball and some effective one day bowling from the students made it tough going for our bats and we slipped further behind the eight ball.
(James Packman vs Sydney Uni)
Zeddie faced his second and third balls of the season but unfortunately again failed to register and Macca was run out without facing.
A regular loss of wickets ensured we were fighting a losing battle and we eventually finished 9-225 at the end of our innings, "red ink" Rosen doing what he does. Buzz played well for his 35 or so, Pumps made a promising start and the two openers played well but the rest was pretty sorry reading.
We have made a slow and dissapointing start to the season and have no excuses, we have played poorly. We haven't aimed up despite our knowledge that teams would be after us. Saturdays game was an improvement on our first two outings and we are keen to get back into the winners circle. A boags on a win tastes so much better than a new after a loss! Enough said.