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1st Grade Report vs UTS Balmain - Round 2

First Grade report vs UTS Balmain

Gordon went into the First Grade game against UTS Balmain with high expectations. After a decisive victory the previous season, home ground advantage and an urgency to get some points there was high hopes for a Gordon victory.

(Beau Casson against UTS Balmain)

Gordon lost the toss, the Tigers elected to bat. The Tigers have been busy recruiting in the off season and their batting line looked strong. We started off well, Greg Hayne just 33 runs off the all time highest first grade runner scorer out early.

Followed closely by Krezja the former Blues player with the ability to score a big one. At lunch the Tigers had moved along to 108 for the loss of 3 wickets, honours evenly shared. The second session went the same way, the Stags picked up a further 3 wickets as the Tigers moved along to 220.

Beau ' Buzz' Casson doing some good work supported by B Mac MacDonald. The third session is one we look back as the turning point in the match; Gordon grassed two opportunities and let Balmain off the hook. With fortune in Balmain's favour they batted intelligently to post an excellent total of 358 at stumps. Not an impossible task at Killara, the wicket played beautifully.

(Brett Rosen at Killara)

Congratulations to Beau Casson for picking up his first fivefa for the Club unfortunately as the teams opener he was out late in the day. Brett Rosen filled in as night watchman and did an excellent job, outscoring Craig Simmons and posting the high score of the innings. We slept soundly on Saturday night knowing that if we bat the whole day on Sunday we will win the match.

Sunday was day of a lot of promise. Gordon started the innings off well, Simmo looking solid. Bretty Rosen played a cameo knock punching some really nice cover drives. Unfortunately Bretty was out in the hour. Jimmy Packman played an entertaining innings before succumbing on 38.

The Stags top order was not able to hold off the Tigers attacks and fell away, enter the middle order. Unfortunately the Tiger bowlers had found a groove and took the scalps of our middle order for not many. It was left up to the lower order to salvage the match.

Simmo patiently and doggedly holding up his end waiting for a fellow stag to stick around. But it simply wasn't to be and the Stags were all out for 208. Jules Stephenson blasted a lovely 25, but at number 11 it was all a little to late.

(Ed Zelma picked up two early scalps)

A disappointing loss yes, but valuable lessons learnt. We play Sydney Uni this week. They have some guys in a bit of touch at present. The first two games have now been and gone and we look forward to the challenge of the students.

Ed Zelma


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