2nd Grade Report v Sydney Uni - Round 3
2nd grade report v Sydney Uni
Having experienced a heavy loss at the hands of a strong UTS Balmain outfit over the long weekend, 2nd grade were looking to bounce back to the winners circle against the students from Sydney Uni.
(Reece Bombas at Killara vs Uni)
Howitt won the toss, albeit a dubious toss of the coin and his first toss win since prior to Xmas in 2005, and elected to bat on a used and worn Killara wicket. With Sydney Uni boasting former state squad rookie Martin Paskal returning from a back injury, Gordon were under pressure early and lost the wickets of Livermore and Hinton ( both without scoring) to loose shots and we were under the pump at 2/7 0ff 7 overs.
Brad Rasool stood firm and played some superb shots and with Jeremy Cashman looked to consolidate the innings. Rasool (44) fell after doing the hard work and soon after Cashman was back in the pavilion and the Stags had to consolidate again through Rod Hokin ( 19) and Reece Bombas (48).
They batted well up to the 2nd drinks break and with wickets in hand our goals were set at a score of 200.
However, two wickets fell with the departures of Hokin and Sweeney to the Uni skipper, leaving another consolidation at a time where we needed to lift the run rate. Bombas batted extremely well and with Medcalf saw our total begin to reach our revised drinks target, until Bomber fell just short of a fifty. Reece has really matured as a batsman this season and his innings thus far this season can be attributed to the work he has put in both on and off the field.
(Brad Rasool during his 44)
The captain (28) joined Medcalf (33*) and they enjoyed a flurry of runs at the end of the innings, putting together 56 in just 5 overs and enabling Gordon to reach a very defendable total of 216. The Killara pitch was very two paced and quite uneven and we knew with this as ally, together with a good fielding and bowling effort, a victory could be achieved.
Dylan Connell and Will Sweeney (a timely return to form) took the new ball and pressured the Uni batsmen, but only one breakthrough was achieved in the initial 12 overs when Connell trapped the opener LBW. After this, the remaining bowlers failed to bowl a consistent length and too many 4 balls were dished up to the opposing batsmen and Uni began to take control.
They remained in control throughout their innings, with only Rod Hokin causing any real concerns with his sharp turning leg spinners. Even on a slow Killara wicket, 216 was too small a total to defend given the short boundaries and quick outfield. We didn't drop any catches but did miss at least 5 run out opportunities.
2nd grade are now looking forward to the next clash with Hawkesbury and getting back on the winning trail. This will be achieved through hard work at training and playing smart cricket both in the field and with the willow.
Ed Howitt Jnr.