2nd Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 12
10 points in 40 degrees for the 2nd Graders
With a long drive out to Penrith, the Wolverines were not too excited to play in 42 degree heat. But with the start we got off to, the heat didn't bother the pack. The deck had a lot of life in it and we had to take the most of it. Adair 'Donkey Kong' Durie and James 'Foxing' Campbell got us off to the dream start picking up early wickets have them 5 for 30. Judge and JC have been doing a great job all year of keeping the spinners off.
Cam Eccles pumps the Panthers
The slip cordon is always in the game with the Penrith batsman playing and missing most deliveries. 'Chunks' Sweeney and Beau '107' Sadler came on with instant success with Chunks striking with his 1st ball. The fast bowlers bowled great lines with a moving ball. 'JA' finished the innings off with Beau always looking comfortable under the high ball.
With a small target required the boys were confident we would chase the runs down before the end of Day 1. Cam and Jordy didn't get off to the best of starts with a mix up with the score on 6 Jordy was run out for 2. Soon after Harry was LBW for 0. With the score 2 for 11, Cam and JA got the score to 48. Cam, JA and Missy fell within 15 runs of each other. We needed a partnership to get us over the line. Ben 'Fingers' Garratt toughed it out with Sadler and declared at 7 for 127 so we would have 8 overs at them. Day 1 finished with a victory to the boys and the score 0-13.
Coming back on day 2 we needed early wickets and Chunks did that for us. Will bowled at pace with great lines picking up 5 wickets. He has improved a great deal during the season and is a key player for us getting to the finals. BG introduced himself in front of 'Missy' Higgins and bowled a good spell of bowling taking 2 wickets in 2 balls. The field came in for the hat-trick ball. Ben must have thought the batsman had a weakness with the cut shot, bowling it short outside off, but got us right back in the game for a outright win.
This humble author snaffles a catch in the slips
Chasing 77 for victory Jordan and Cam got us to 38 before the 1st wicket. Harry and Justin fell soon after before Cam and Sadler getting us over the line. With a controversial finish with Beau been bowled after we passed the score, it meant it would half his average. But the game was over so it still remains as the best average in 2nd grade at 107.
Another great win by the Wolverines. This puts us into 2nd position, and a good shot at the finals.