2nd Grade Report vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 14
2nd Grade Report vs Randwick-Petersham
For the 2nd grade Stags, an apt name considering the second rate individuals that occupy the XI, the season was over, but by no means was that a deterring factor for the round 15 fixture against the joint venture of Randy-Petes. With regular captain Howitt Jnr. on the "to be repaired list"
(Emile "Emily" van Schalkwyk in action at Petersham)
Livermore was to take over the reigns and lead the side for the second time this year. His introduction as captain saw a change of fortunes at the coin toss, as he won the toss and elected to bat first. It would have been an interesting contest if Howitt was at the coin flip, as the Randwick-Petersham captain had a record of 1 win from 12 tosses coming into the battle. Hoppa boasts a similar record.
Livermore and his 93rd opening partner for the year, Nick Medcalf, displayed good patience and ability at the opening of day 1. Both Reg and Medders got to 20 before the former was bowled around his legs, much to the delight of a smiling Cupcake, and Medcalf spooned a simple catch to mid-on.
Throughout the day it was a tough grind. The pitch was low and slower, and the order of the day was for batsman to lose patience and play rash shots rather than good balls getting out batsman. Field settings were placed according to this strategy. The run rate never even teased the 3 per over mark all day. It was probably the slowest day I've ever played in.
(Neil Longhurst at Petersham)
However a procession of wickets fell due to some tired batting, or lapses in concentration. Bomber was run-out, JOF was caught at mid-wicket, Cake was trapped in front, as was Higgins, and Longers was caught behind. Although we batted a considerable part of day 1, the innings never really got off the ground. Jeremy "I see you Jerry Jerry" Cashman was the only batsman to show the required amount of concentration. He score 46 off probably 170 balls.
103 of which he would have smoked to either mid-off or cover. He would have easily scored 130 at Killara or Chatswood. But we were at Petersham, and 46 was his total before he was caught at cover. The tail was wrapped up quite quickly bar Dave Michael who struck a relatively rapid 20 not out.
Gordon all out 187.
With 6 overs to bowl, our plan was clear. Take 1 or 2 wickets and we're front runners come next Saturday. With one of their players moving up to 1st grade the following week, and his replacement being a number 11, the make-shift opener was able to swing from the hip and obviously had noting to lose. His bludgeoning of all bowlers was incredible considering the previous 86 overs that had taken place before the onslaught. He would have hit probably 45 of the total of 51 before stumps were called.
(The great man Ed Howitt Jnr at Petersham)
Randwick-Petersham 0 - 51
Day 2, and with the return of Howitt, replacing Dane Tills in the back row the 2nd graders felt a sense of belief that this could be our day. Emile Whatever took the first wicket of the day removing the incumbent in the 3rd over of the day.
With a superb opening partnership of Julie"Hahn" Stephenson and Emily, pressure was building from both ends. An essential component to the fantastic start we were to deliver. Longhurst, fresh from giving everybody a verbal for the past 6 months, was introduced into the attack and with immediate success. The last ball of his first over was wide and on a length.
The number 3 smoked probably the shot of the match through backward point, were a surprised Howitt Jnr was waiting at gully. Seeing the ball go in his direction and evidently scared, the hoax dove full length to his right in an attempt to avoid being hit. Somehow the ball slipped, or more accurately cannoned into his right claw and it stuck. A candidate for the catch of the year. JOF will never field at gully again.
Another Longhurst over passed and his following saw a loose drive catch the edge to be held by the waiting hands of the devil, O'Neill-Fuller.
(They are ready. The slips field at Petersham)
A mistimed pull shot and a diving catch from D. Michael at mid-on saw Gordon well on top in the first session with the score sitting on 4-68. From there it was the same story as so many other games this year for the 2 graders. 3 missed chances which should have been taken cost us in a partnership of 80 odd - the biggest of the match.
The Cake was re-introduced and claimed a scalp which briefly kept us entertained but with 20 runs to paly with and 5 wickets to take, the game had gone and Randwick Petersham passed us 5 down.
Randy-Petes declared once they had surpassed our mediocre 187 and gave us another stint in the middle. We lost 5-79 in our second dig, but it's not a true reflection of the game I feel. We called the game a about 5pm and it was time to shake some hands and head off into the city to experience the colours, the lights, and the homosexuality that Sydney is renowned for'or is that New Orleans?
The highlight of my day had come a few hours before Mardi Gras, when 3 young kids of the tender age of 10 came up to myself and Dave Michael. Wait, I'm going somewhere with this. One of the kids asked Dave and I if anyone famous was playing, and I decided to tell the kids how good I was at everything and that I've got a NSW contract. I was a hero for 8 minutes. For some reason Len Bombas told them Dave Michael was Waratahs fullback Peter Hewitt.
(Matt Michael against Randwick Petersham)
Anywho, one of the kids removed his Australian ODI cap and asked me to sign it. I laughed to myself and felt sorry for this mislead youth and told him that I shouldn't. I went back into the sheds for Reg's rant and then went back outside to grab myself a refreshment where I was met by my new legion of 3 fans. I was asked once again to sign the young lads cap. How could I say no? Say I signed it Nathan Bracken. Well, not really, but I did sign my own name.
Last game for the year for the most of us against north shore rivals Northern Districts. Let's get 6 grades up.
PS. Tiddles horse (Gently Bentley) is a hoax.