2nd Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham - Round 7
|2nd Grade lose the battle of the bats
A new look 2nd Grade side traveled away to confront Randy-Petes in Round 7. Coogee Oval was the scene of a beachside festivity and drunken hilarity, but also a very docile wicket which would almost certainly favour the batting side. As it turned out, the carnival like atmosphere would do nothing to overshadow the intriguing nature of the run-an-over cricket on display over the two days.
Hamish Angus taps one down to mid-off
Hopes were high on the first morning as skipper 'Reg' Livermore won the toss and elected to bat. Whilst Blair fell LBW in the first hour to a handy delivery, Hamish joined the skip at the crease, and the two proceeded to build the foundations for a solid total. The cricket was tedious at times during the first couple of sessions with the batsmen unfazed and score progressing extremely slowly. A disillusioned 'Fester' Todd commented, 'Oh'I have never seen two batsmen look more solid at the crease than these guys.' I swear I didn't detect any sarcasm in this statement at the time. In light of this sentiment, and also underestimating the ability of both batsmen to 'block the sh!t' out of the ball for extended periods, 'Missy' Higgins promised to wear his full batting kit out that evening if he was not at the crease by tea.
If my calculations are correct, he remained in his pads and whites for approximately 17 hours last Saturday, not appearing at the wicket until close to 4.30. Despite the wait, he knocked up a useful 41 in as many balls to get the score moving along. To be fair the wicket was slightly slow and the opposition attacked bowled accurately all day. Reg and Hamish both batted extremely well to reach chanceless centuries in the final session, giving Gordon the upper hand in the game. Useful contributions from Dowsley and Carmichael saw the final total reach 333.
Taking the field mid-way through the first hour on day 2, the Gordon attack were solid, but largely ineffective on a wicket which offered very little. Forgetting we had 6 other medium pace bowlers in the team, Reg opened up with Archer at the Civic Video end. Whilst he didn't get a wicket, Archie consistently worried the batsmen, bowling a long and economical spell. Fester was equally as good, turning the ball sharply at times and unlucky not to pick up several wickets in his spell. At lunch, the scoring graph was taking a painfully familiar shape, with Randy Petes 0-45 at lunch.
It was not until Effeney came on after an hour and a half that the first breakthrough was achieved. Bowling some very heavy deliveries on debut, he collected 2 big wickets to give the Stags some momentum and get them back in the game. Unfortunately, the attack tired in the afternoon, and Randy-Petes cruised home scoring 160 runs in the final session, a good demonstration of what a side can do with wickets in hand. Whilst there were some positives to take out of the game, there is some work to do for 2nd Grade to get their season back on track.Will Sweeney 'Todd'