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1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 11 - Day 1 - 2012/13

HarryDriving out to Rosedale Oval with plenty of clouds around didn’t give me great hope for the cricket ahead but arrived at the ground to find Rosedale looking quite good although with a grassy looking pitch. 

So after “the skip” won his second toss in a row, giving him an interesting decision to make after looking at the Lions team list, but believing in our bowling attack, he sent the Lions into bat.

Harry Evans cleans up a couple of crucial wickets... then the tail. More O'Reily points one assumes... 

Our opening bowlers got off to a brilliant start, taking 3 wickets for 6 runs. James Kennedy continued his great spell by taking Ben Rohrer who was bowled not offering a shot (something I know a little about). Suddenly the Lions were 4 -21. Dan Smith and James Kennedy both had with 2 wickets.

The afternoon saw us let the Lions off the hook a bit with their middle order scoring some runs, we also had a rain delay for about an hour and half, but after returning to the field, Harry Evans and Chad Soper took the last wickets quickly and the Lions finished up all out for 161 with Mitchell Williams top scoring with 94.

I believe the bowling honours were shared with Harry Evans taking 4/23 and James Kennedy 3/31, with Dan Smith helping with a valuable 2/37.

MantisWith the target set, our batsmen were faced with an hour or so of play, the light fading and a rather dangerous bowling attack to contend with - so it was not going to be easy. The Lions opening bowlers (Bollinger and Sandhu) were very quick as expected and unfortunately Brendan McDonald was out in the 1st over, lbw to Bollinger. 

James "Mantis" Kennedy makes inroads into the top order of the Lions defenses 

I was in next, ready to face the music, with Steve Colley. The fading light made batting difficult and we lost Steve for 12, Reece for 2 and Harry for 0. 

Packers came to the crease and not long after that the Umpires deemed the light was not good enough to continue and stopped play. We finished Day 1 at 4/42 with some work to do next Saturday.

Greg Lewis


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