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2nd Grade Report vs Hawkesbury - Round 10

sweeney2nd Grade gets picked off by the Hawks

Better late than never. It's taken over a week and a good win at UNSW to get to the point of being able to bear a recount of our worst loss of the season to the Hawks in the round 10 one-dayer.

Will Sweeney toils hard at the start of the innings

We never should have lost this game after being in strong positions throughout each innings. 'Reg' Livermore decided to bowl first with the wicket looking a little sticky and it looked a good decision as we had them 3-40 early on. However, we couldn't capitalise on our good start as we bowled too many loose balls and conceded too many sundries. The extras count of 32 proved to be close to the winning margin at the end of the day.

Bad balls and fielding mistakes happen, but it is important that when they do the whole side rallies and shows the energy and spirit to lift the standard. This is something we can do better in 2nd grade but certainly took steps in the right direction at UNSW on Saturday.

Henry Carmichael was probably the pick of the bowlers despite not taking a wicket. He had 0-13 off 6 overs and in hindsight it perhaps would have been helpful if he had got his full 10. Bowling restrictions on the younger quicks must be a headache for the captains.

As we know, wickets in hand are a great asset toward the end of an innings at Chatswood. We allowed Hawks this luxury and paid the price with 63 runs coming from the final 6 overs of their dig, taking their total to 8-264 from 50 overs.

Our top order started the chase nicely with Reg scoring 38 and Harry at number three scoring 32. Blair Lindsay was also in top form with 80 until he was run out from a direct hit taking a tight single. He was the third wicket down with the score at 180 with 14 overs still remaining. This meant a run a ball chase for the remaining batsmen which we backed ourselves to achieve at Chatswood with 7 wickets in hand. We struggled to keep the board ticking over though, and as the run rate lifted so did the intensity and spirit of the fielding side who showed good fight to stay in the game after being in such a poor position.

The pressure told with 5 of the last 7 batsmen dismissed in single figures to leave us all out 229 and ending any chance of keeping our finals destiny in our own hands. Even after our win in at UNSW in Round 11 we still need to win our last 4 games and hope results go our way but it's a funny old game and we'll be doing our best to give ourselves every chance. Fingers crossed.

Chris Archer


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