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1st Grade vs Manly - Round 5 - 2017/18

Day 1 started on Remembrance Day on the 11/11/17, the 149th anniversary of World War I. Day 2 was the 18/11/17 and although not a significant day in the normal scheme of things, it was a significant day and a historic win for Gordon 1st grade.  

Remembrance Day, the players take a minute silence.  

As per usual, the follicly challenged ‘Balds’ entertained the mob with too much ‘Hair’ and not enough ticker. I can tell you it wasn’t entertaining if you’ve got hair as you were run rings around in warm up and this can’t have been a good start to the day on both day 1 and 2. In future when you wake up, have a good hard look at yourself and bring some passion because drop balls and errant passes are continually costing you on the field and in your back pocket. 

Paul Stephenson put on a great speech to honour those Cricketers from both Manly and the Stags who went to War and fought for us. 120 men from both clubs went to the First World War and Paul did extremely well researching and providing some insight into where they were from, where they fought and unfortunately where they passed away. A minute silence was taken. 

Day 1 saw some good, tight bowling from the Stags and some very cautious batting from the Waratahs, leaving the score at 4-286. Manly knew they didn’t have enough runs on the board and showed a lack of intent to put these runs on the board. So they went on into day 2 and took more time out of the game to score 8/339 declared. Stobes toiled hard without much luck from his 27 overs.

Patto bowled exceptional on day one.

Alex Patterson bowled the best he has for the stags and finish with 2/50 off his 18 overs. Ryan Meppem on debut contributed well with 8 overs of his finger spinners. However, the pick of the bowlers was our blonde pom who has grazed his knees in every single warm up, leading to blood trickling down those hairy legs, not a sight attracting any females. Matt ‘Parko’ Parkinson finished with 43 overs, 5/156. 

After losing a couple of early one’s we were on the back foot. Harry joined Axel in the middle and they initiated the resurrection. They put on 113 and took minimal risks to provide some stability in the innings before Harry was gone for 49. Reagan Klemt entered Chatswood Oval and took the attack to the bowlers, providing some much needed momentum. Reagan knocked up 51 in quick time and was a great support to Axel who reached his second ton in first grade. Axel played a dominant innings and showed great concentration to amass 116, including 18 four’s and a six. 

Axel was the rock of the run chase with 116.

The end of Axel bought Patches O’Hoolihan or Ash Doolan as you may know him, to the crease. The stags were in trouble at 8/263 needing 77 runs in the final 6 overs to chase down the total. In came the field, searching for the final 2 wickets and out came the sweep shot from Patches. 11 of the next 17 balls were sent to boundary including 4 maximums. Sitting on the side, I was thinking we are done here, draw is the best we will get. Parko kept whispering in my ear, “If we get a big over here we’re in this, ya know”.

The ball kept on finding the fence and Patto joined in on the fun and as Manly bought the field up, he whacked one over the top of the bowlers head for 4 too. I could not believe what was happening before my eyes, as the ball was flying to all parts of Chatswood Oval off Patches’ new JPG and Patto’s Bluetongue…yes it must be a home brand bat. 

Before walking out Patchy said that he’ll hit 70 not out and win us the game. It got down to the last over and Dools was 77 not out and we needed 7 to win…was his prediction was going to come true. Ball 1 was hit hard by Dools to a deep cover and there was a misfield. Patto was on his way back for 2 but was caught short of his ground and run out. Patches back on strike, Junk at the non-strikers end and 6 runs to win off 5 balls. 

Ash Doolan with the amazing finish! Unbelievable 77*!

Beadle flighted his off-spinner into the deadly sweeping arc of Patches and he dispatched it over towards mid-wicket. The boys in the shed rose as one and it sailed well over his head and onto Orchard Road for another 6! Unbelievable scenes at Chatswood as Dools gave it the big fist pump and raised his ‘stag arms’ above his head. Not a bad game to debut Ryan Meppem.

Tym Crawford


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