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2nd Grade Report v Hawks - Round 4

Second grade report v Hawks

DAY 1

With the promise of a 35 degree day, the captain was under immense pressure to win the toss and bat. He didn't, he tries to say a good toss to lose cause there was a bit in the wicket'the boys weren't having it. The Stags were in the field!!

(Brad Rasool at Killara)

Gordon bowled well for the opening session, particularly Ling and Medcalf, but dropped catches would prove costly (as they generally are). Lunch saw the Hawks in a good position only 2 wickets down with 120 on the board. Gordon only had themselves to blame and looked to redeem themselves in the middle session with amore polished session and seering heat. At least we weren't engulfed by flies!!! Further dropped catches (6 in total) and balls going everywhere in the air but to fielders and at tea the Stags were looking down the barrel of chasing 400+ the following week.

To our credit we fought hard in trying conditions and managed to restrict the Hawks to 354, with Gordon taking the last 5 wickets for 90 runs. Pick of the bowlers were Nick Medcalf ( 3/57) and Matt Michael (3/64), with Josh Ling bowling particularly well and whose figures did not reflect his two good spells.

We ended up the first day at 0/14 and were confident of reaching our target the following week given the quality of batsmen we had in the side. The day ended with the Gordon sipping on the communal beers on the balcony of the Killara pavilion, with the Hawks particularly keen to get back home and not mingle after a days play with a beer or softie. A bit disappointing given every other club comes out of their dressing room for a beer after the game with the home team. (Ditto 2nd week)

(Matt Michael at Killara)

DAY 2 (Wow!!!)

The day was chilly and again Howitt was reminded of the toss last week and who had the better fielding conditions. Rasool and Livermore saw the Stags through the first hour and the Hawkesbury bowlers only breakthrough came when Livers (41) played on after an opening stand of 81 (19 short of 25 fantasy partnership pts each). Hinton strode to the crease and a few of the boys were happy he was at the crease and not in the pavilion (captain particularly) as he was rambling on as only Hinton can.

I am not going to beat around the bush, talk about scores at lunch and when each player reached milestones. Lets get straight to the point'.Rasool and Hinton absolutely belted Hawkesbury. Balls flying into and over the fence at an unbelievable rate.

They scored 120 in the first hour after lunch, and even though Hinton departed for 103 through the 2nd hour, the 2nd hour (with Matty Michael at the crease) reaped another 110 and at 2/390 the game was called off at tea. 1st beer consumed at 2:15 and a few boys were a little worse for wear prior to the league test commencing.

(Sam Hinton at Killara)

Rasool completely dominated the opposition attack and scored an incredible 201*, with 7 x 6's and 26 x 4's. The Dazzler and Hintdog put on a 2nd grade record partnership of 244 for the 2nd wicket. The club record individual score is 228, but I think the Hawks had been through enough and Dazzler was pretty content with his double. Lets also not forget this was Sammy Hinton's 2nd hundred for the club, both coming in the space of 4 games. But, it is all about the bloke who gets the double and Rasool takes all the accolades, just as bloody James Packman did when he scored 204 many years ago and some other bloke got 107 and was completely forgotten.

This was batting at it's best and the boys kept all in the pavilion warm with constant clapping of boundaries. Even when Hinton departed, Matty Michael (34*) came in and absolutely smoked'em .The complete dominance saw the talent of Cashman, Hokin and Dowsley not get a hit and I know when there time comes they are more than capable of emulating, maybe not to the extent of the Dazzler, more three figure scores.

So'.at the end of the day we won easy so it was a good toss to lose. There was something in the wicket and the boys better have more faith when losing the toss in the heat. Fielding in oppressive conditions is character building and maybe just we needed after two fairly comprehensive losses. Who knows what may have happened if we batted first? Well done, but we now must focus on our trip to Rosedale and work hard on our catching.

(The dazzler)

Ed Howitt

 

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