1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 15 - Day 1 - 2011/12
After a disappointing loss to Parramatta last week the First Grade side needed an outright against Mosman to keep their finals chances alive.
James Packman lost the toss, which did not matter as Mosman decided to bat, and we were more than happy to bowl in our bid for an outright. Dan Smith did not disappoint with two wickets in his first two overs both caught James Packman, where he continued to take five for the innings - the most Sam Bunno has ever seen. Reece Bombas claims he has taken 5 in a PG’s game, but we have our doubts.
Dan Smith in action
Constant pressure from all the bowlers had the Mosman bats in all sorts struggling to score and survive. A good aggressive spell from Scott Heaney, with minimal balls in the batsmen’s half earned himself two wickets both caught behind the wicket. Julian Stephenson continued to plow away giving Mosman nothing to hit except when he was persuaded by the mastermind of the 1st Grade team, Reece Bombas, to bowl a bouncer - the only ball which sailed with plenty of conviction to the boundary. After that he went back to the game plan of 4th stump and picked up 4 wickets all behind the stumps. An excellent display of good tight, aggressive bowling and catching meant Mosman were bowled out for 129. It would have been 125 if Jules hadn’t listened to Reece.
The game plan was simple when we went into bat get the runs and have a bowl before stumps.
We got off to a steady start with Reece Bombas and Greg Lewis getting to tea.
Jules celebrating another wicket!
After tea we saw Greg Lewis expanding his “V” and playing shots all round the ground even a pull shot over midwicket. Just ask him about it on Tuesday. Reece hit the ball hard down the ground especially of the spinners, using his feet superbly, just like he does in the nets. He continued to thump the ball to the fence with the world’s worst bat in grade cricket. Unfortunately with a few runs to get Reece Bombas was dismissed.
We got the runs and added a few for the road, before James Packman was forced to declare when Harry Evans rolled his ankle. James Packman brought the boys in leaving 11 overs at them before stumps. Has to be said excellent palming by Greg Lewis on a superb 78 not out.
Although we didn’t bowl to our best and were a little bit greedy searching for wickets we were able to snare two vital wickets one From Dan Smith caught Iain Beverley down the legside and Scott Heaney caught Iain Beverly.
Today was a great day to be part of the Gordon 1st grade side. We showed excellent fight by all the boys with our season on the line and achieved everything we set out to achieve. Hopefully we can back it up next week and come away with 10 points.
Steve ‘Buck’ Colley
The slip cordon waiting for another James Packman catch