2nd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 12
2nd Grade vs Mosman
The Stags 2nd XI arrived at Rawson Oval with the intention of making amends for the previous week's performance against Easts.We were greeted by the Cheshire cat himself, Jimmy Cameron. Gleefully smiling upon completion of his latest artwork ' 22 yards of dirt and weeds.
Jules working hard for early poles
With reports during the week in the local Mosman rag about the inconsistent state of the wicket, the Stags were hoping that a win at the coin toss might give us a glimmer of hope in controlling our destiny. Once again, Ed 'The Dunce' Howitt lost the toss and the Stags were sent in. The wicket looked flat with a hint of grass. If we could get through the 1st hour unscathed, we believed we could put the opposition under pressure by posting a decent total.
Damon 'Reg' Livermore and his 9th opening partner of the season, Matt 'Cupcake' Michael, strutted to the crease. Cake looked in great touch; smoking his 1st ball to the cover fence. Was this a sign of greatness? Maybe not, the Cake missed a straight one and was out LBW.
Jon Fuller (John O'Neil-Fuller), as he is known on the Lower North Shore, entered the arena and was personally greeted by all 11 of the Mosman players. Pumps didn't last long, edging an angled delivery to 2nd slip. Reg played some nice leg glances before he smashed one to the keeper attempting his 1st offside shot for the season. The wicket continued to seam around with the new ball.
Once again, the Stags were 3 for not many. Jerry Cashman and Nick 'Digger' Dowsley steadied the sinking ship. They batted with maturity, kept it simple and worked the singles accordingly. Rotating the strike and hitting the loose one was crucial at this stage. Dowlsey scored a patient 15, which doesn't sound much but he de-buffed the ball and flattened the seam.
Reece Bombas looked solid and tight. He batted within himself to see off former stag and usual 1st grader Adlam. Bomber and Cashy played well under the conditions. Cashman particularly liked the spin of Maxi Raynor's old mate Issey Gray, bombing 2 consecutive 6's. Cashman's 30 was also integral, putting the Stags in a position where we could finally bat with some intent.
Bombas once again made it look easy, did all the hard work until he was on 49 and decided to late cut one straight to the keeper. Medcalf, who has worked hard on his batting at practice, paced himself nicely. He played some nice drives, worked the ball off his pads well including a flick over midwicket for 6 bits.
With 7 overs to go, we had built a platform from which we could launch an attack.
We accelerated, sent the cherry to the fence regularly but more importantly we ran extremely well between wickets. Higgins and Howitt were great examples of pushing the fielders to the limit. Medcalf remained not out on 50.
With 210 on the board, we thought we were in for a real shot especially as the outfield was slow and the wicket seamed around for the duration.
We were up against a Mosman side, which were coming 4th on the table and boasted a quality batting line up. Jules down for the week from 1st grade and Emile, impressing at the Greengate after the Blacktown game, were the new ball pairing.
If only you made it up to the Greengate Reg - look what it has done for Emile!!
Jules bowled extremely well, beating the bat on numerous occasions. Emile, on debut, bowled great areas (in-between chatting to his fan club on the fine leg fence) regularly hitting the seam. He finished with 3-21: a great start to his 2nd grade career.
We kept it tight with everyone fielding well and bowlers doing the business. Howitt, Cupcake and JOF took some good catches. Higgins' confidence continued to rise, taking 3 good grabs including a 'hanger' in front of 1st slip. We were right on top, but we knew we had to continue to grind away and break through a solid Mosman line up.
With the dismissal of Haywood, one rolling through the gate, Howitt exclusively thanked the groundsman. Medcalf, probably didn't bowl his best but his figures proved otherwise, claiming 4 '24. Adlam came and went thanks to a great catch to the Cake at point. We had the double bonus point in sight. At 7 '65 the Stags went a bit quiet in the field - maybe we just expecting it to happen?? The Mosman tail batted with some intent and luck fell their way, once again Jules beating the bat on numerous occasions and catches not going to hand.
With Stephenson Snr lurking with the camera, hoping the capture the moment of the double bonus point'. It was not to be. We missed out on the double bonus point by only a handful of runs but, with Howitt taking a great driving catch to wrap up the innings, we did enough to gain a bonus point. This, after being 3 for not many earlier in the day, ended up being a great effort by all 11 Stags.
Justifying the selectors' faith - Emile takes 3 top wickets
The song was performed with gusto. A great song, sung by a great team of men. A lot of players in the club enjoy playing in the 2nd X1. It's a team with a lot of love between us. Reg and Missy were even seen to be exchanging numbers after the game.
Well done to all grades. A great day for the club and another $1000 on the bar at the Greengate Hotel. If I only knew where the Grengate was'
Yours in Cricket,