2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 15
2nd Grade have a hiccup on their way to the finals
It seems I have the unfortunate task of reporting on one of the very few losses that the Stags second grade has endured this season and therefore may be a rather short report. It seemed an odd game right from the start. We arrived on a pleasant saturday morning at Chatswood to find the grass roughly shin high due to the approaching rugby season, and continued on out to the middle where we discovered a brand new wicket which felt a little soft. This situation would not have been predicted by many.
Adair Durie charges in on a deck that provided assistance to the bowlers
We lost the toss and no surprise we were sent into bat. Cam and myself were given the instructions to be more cautious than usual given the uncertainty of the wicket. I failed to do this at all and was out in the third over. Cam played some good shots however he fell in reasonably quick succession, Which was followed by Justin, which was followed by Garratt, which was followed by Harry Turner and before long we were looking in a very uncomfortable position at 5 for 29. 'Missy' Higgins and Will Sweeney put up some resistance to take the score to 52 before Missy was out. The tail did wag a little with some big hitting from Sadler, but without doubt the most comfortable bat of the day was Will Sweeney who topscored with 25. We finished all out for 92 0ff just 35 overs, easily our lowest total this season.
At the break Garratt told us that despite the total we put on the board we should give it 100% with the ball and in the feild, and I believe for the opening part of thier innings we did that. The bowlers tried hard and there was good energy in the field, however you know when the end is near when Missy gets a bowl, with Blacktown needing only four runs to win missy bowled his first, and dare I say last ball in grade cricket which ended at the mid wicket boundary and game over. With considerably better batting condtions, in the end Blacktown passed our total four wickets down.
After the game Garratt stressed to the boys that we shouldnt lose confidence after this game, I know all the lads will train hard during the week and be ready for our preliminary final against Sydney at Chatswood, for what is the biggest game of our season to date.