2nd Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 7
2nd Grade upset loss to Parramatta
After skipper Howitt won the toss and elected to bat, the long 2nd grade batting list was keen to get some runs on the board. Amazingly, for the third game in four, only half the lineup was required as Brad Razool, Damon Livermore and Rod Hokin all showed their class and plundered the Parramatta attack. Players such as Cashman, Dowsley and Longhurst once again watched on from the pavilion.
The Dazzler celebrates in his own chilled out way
Brad's innings may be described as masterful, sublime or epic, yet those simple, powerful words fail to adequately describe his feats. He amassed 236 runs off 244 balls, with 32 boundaries and 2 sixes, in a phenomenal 6 hours of concentration. It was an innings of extreme class, with many runs scored along the ground with exquisite timing. He broke a number of records. Most notably, it was the highest score ever by a grade batsmen, breaking the previous record of A.E. Carroll of 228* in 1906. Furthermore, he was only the 2nd player ever to score two double centuries for the club, alongside the great Charlie Macartney, and was the only player to ever do this in one season. At the tender age of 19, one wonders what other records Brad has in his sights.
Remarkably, Brad only gave two chances in his innings, both rather comical. First, he was close to being run out after celebrating almost too extravagantly after reaching his double hundred and then later, he was again almost run out when completing his record breaking 229th run after dropping his bat whilst turning for a second and resorting to a baseball style slide into his crease.
The supporting roles played by Damon and Rod can't be forgotten. Coming off an unbeaten century the previous week, Damon continued his great from and scored a solid 84, and was unfortunate not to score back to back centuries. With his wily experience, Damon knew his innings wasn't enough to catch the eye of the photographers and proceeded to run onto the field after Brad's record breaking run to give his opening partner a handshake and get his picture on the website.
There I am... I'm the one next to The Dazzler
Rod started his innings rather nervously as he saw off the last few overs before tea, but from then on played a devastating innings, with many powerful shots straight off the spinners. He effortlessly amassed his first century of the season and could well have scored many more had the declaration not been announced with the score 3 for 432.
We had 7 overs at the youthful Parramatta openers at the end of the day, and riding high on the euphoria created by Brad's efforts, we were confident of claiming a couple of scalps. Unfortunately, none of the bowlers were allowed to settle and a dropped catch meant Parramatta ended the day at 0-32, a mere 400 runs behind.
You can't lose with that many runs, can you? Surely only the weather could stop us from claiming six points, or maybe even ten. Wrong. We lost. It was extremely disappointing that the superb individual efforts on day one were wasted a week later. Frankly, Brad, Rod and Damon deserved better.
All the bowlers toiled hard, with Holmes and Hokin impressive, yet in contrast, the fielding was shocking and a real disappointment. We dropped a further 8 catches and missed a couple of run out chances. Even when Parramatta were 8-300, the game still seemed well beyond the reach of our opposition, and this was reflected in our relaxed, over confident attitude. They eventually passed our total 8 down, with a few overs left in the day.
The Dazzler and his more than capable understudy, Rocket, on his way to a flawless century
It seemed that we had too many runs of the board. I seriously believe if we were defending 350 or even less we probably would have won the game. Every time a chance went down we simply shrugged it off and waited for the next chance to come. By the time we realized that we may actually lose the game it was too late and we were punished. We must learn from this.
The 2nd day performance was embarrassing and to put it simply, we have to improve. We have a target to reach before Christmas, and despite this setback, it is still achievable.
We owe it to ourselves to bounce back next weekend, so let's do it