1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2012/13
We arrived to see a wicket that hadn’t been prepared to a standard required for a fair contest. We lost an important toss and were obviously sent in by the Eastern Suburbs captain.
The top order failed to get going on what was a horrendous wicket to bat on early.
Dan Smith continues to accumulate points as an all-rounder for the many Fantasy League team owners
There was a plan to attack and, whilst wickets were falling, we were scoring at around 5 an over, with the boys at least having plans and intent. Harry again was the back bone of the innings and he made a fine 44 which set the tone for Colley’s sweetly timed 36 and Lewis’s big hitting 28.
The star of the show was the ever improving Dan Smith, as he hit the ball to all parts in an entertaining 47. Unfortunately we were all out in the 45th for 242, which wasn’t a bad result considering it was the least prepared wicket I had seen in my 9 years of 1st Grade cricket.
After a wayward start, we started to make inroads before a large partnership began between their two English players. Harry again featured in the bowling, claiming 2/40. Kennedy came back with good second and third spells to finish with 1 for 35, but it was again Smith who turned the game with an excellent second spell, finishing with 2 for 31.
James "Mantis" Kennedy continues to press his claim for higher honours with another good outing with the ball
He continues to have impacts on matches, a player that I really enjoy watching execute his skills.
Unfortunately the author had his worst bowling performance in his 9 year first grade career and put his side under a lot of pressure and ultimately lost the game for his side.
East got home with three balls to spare, despite a brave effort from Bombas who really stepped up with a solid bowling effort under pressure, a position he never should have been in. Bevo was ever reliable behind the stumps, full of support for his mates as always.
To be honest with ourselves, it was a great effort from our younger blokes, with the senior players under performing. I have taken sole ownership for the loss and look forward to beating Mosman by myself this week to right some wrongs. Just a small blip for a side that is really enjoying each others company and giving Bombas grief!!!!!
Brendan "The Hulk" McDonald