1st Grade Report vs Sydney University - T20 Semi Final
Stags undone in T20 Semi Final
The Gordon 1st grade side arrived at the Blacktown Complex (host of the 20/20 semi finals) knowing that if they produced another performance against Sydney University like the one against Bankstown they would be very competitive.
It seems to be a theme in 20/20 cricket that the pitches are somewhat batsmen friendly, though this was certainly not the case, and it was soon evident that the toss was going to be very crucial in the outcome of the game. Unfortunately for the Stags the Uni captain won the toss and not surprisingly elected to bowl first.
Steve Colley whips one off his legs
The 1st 10 overs saw the Stags finding runs hard to come by, and at the 10 over mark the Stags were in trouble at 4-30. Steve Colley was batted very well at the top of the order for 17, but was not able to find a partner to stick around with. It was left to Brendan McDonald and Ben Garratt to try and get to a defendable score and both batted well for 16 n.o and 18 respectively and moved the score along to 80 at the end of 20 overs.
Although not a huge score, the Stags knew that if they bowled and fielded like they did against Bankstown in the previous game, that they were in with a chance. At 2-18 there was a belief that a couple of quick wickets and we were back in the game, though a good partnership from the Uni number 3 and 4 batsmen ensured that they would get home passing the total 4 down in the 14th over. All the bowlers bowled well with Dylan and JK picking up 1 wicket each and Elliot Richtor picking up 2.
Hopefully the confidence gained from these games, can be transferred into the longer form of the game and the team can finish the season off strongly and take confidence into next season.