2nd Grade Report vs Sutherland - Round 3
2nd Grade Match Report vs Sutherland
Another disappointing round overall for the Stags, however second grade can certainly hold their heads high after a close defeat at the hands of a strong Sutherland outfit. Only a few crucial moments and a powerful batting display from a first class opponent prevented us from taking this one out.
Archer is congratulated after a sharp catch off James Campbell
10 of our 11 were present to remove the covers form a surprisingly dry Chatswood Oval, but unfortunately for Rob Edwards, he is now $20 lighter as a result of Reg's new rule that a fine will be incurred if a player arrives more than 20 minutes late. Fortunately for the rest of the team this money will be going straight into the beer fund.
A bad toss to lose saw us sent in on a deck doing plenty early on. Steve Colley fell victim to it in just the first over, edging behind for 0. Steve has had an unlucky start to the season, copping some good deliveries early in his digs, but looks too good in his technique not to post some big scores as the season goes on. Blair Lindsay also went within the first 10 overs after not quite getting on to a short ball and was caught at mid wicket.
After this slow start the ship was steadied by Reg, who didn't score many but batted for more than 10 overs to see off their quicks who were doing the early damage, and Harry Evans, who batted beautifully for 97. It was a very mature innings from Harry who got himself in on a tough wicket with determined defending and smart running between wickets. He then accelerated the scoring by taking advantage of the short Chatswood boundary and some loose bowling from their spinners to hit three sixes and numerous fours.
Ian Higgins and Elliot Richtor have both returned from England in fantastic form to play great supporting roles for Harry with 43 for Missy and 48 not out for Emo. Some excellent striking from both players, in particular Emo late in the innings, along with some helpful dropped catches, saw us reach 8/242 at the end of our 50. A good total considering the early batting conditions, we ground it out well after a poor start and our running between the wickets was key in reaching our score, as it was against Blacktown in Round One. We must continue this good cricket.
Higgins back from England and in form with the willow
Reg has spoken to us about the importance of momentum, particularly in one-day cricket, and we certainly took the momentum from the back end of our batting innings into our bowling after lunch. James Campbell and Will Sweeney were tidy in the opening overs, with JC the pick of our bowlers overall. His 5th over was taken for 16 runs by one of their openers but credit to Reg who had faith in him and to JC for coming back next over to get his man. Another wicket in the same over and two more in his 10th saw JC finish with 4/39. Some sharp catches from Archer, Edwards and Reg had us in the box seat with Sutherland stumbing to 5/73 from 21 overs. Rob was the other wicket taker with his second scalp for the season.
A magnificent partnership from their 6 and 7 then took the game away from us. Their number 6, who apparently has played plenty of first-class games across the ditch (or is that dutch?), scored a match-winning 82 including five sixes, two of which made Reg very unpopular with CityRail staff - in particular one train driver - when he went to fetch the ball off the tracks. It took a great catch from Henry Carmichael off the bowling of Emo to finally get rid of him. He was also well supported by the number 7 who ended up with 69 not out. Our bowling and fielding was still quite good throughout the partnership of 138 and we never put our heads down. Perhaps maintaining a fuller length for longer periods would have helped the bowlers create more pressure but all in all it was good cricket that won Sutherland the game, we certainly didn't hand it to them. I'm sure the bowling group will continue to improve and learn to better build pressure through consecutive tight overs and bowling in partnerships, and this will make us very tough to beat as the season progresses.
The mood in the sheds after the game was as positive as can be after a loss. We knew that we were close to taking down a good side that consisted of 10 players with first grade experience. Only a crucial toss and an excellent partnership prevented us from doing so and we all know where we can improve to make sure we are back on the winners list next week.
Also good to see plenty of the boys stay back for a beer and get across to Chelsea for dinner as well. Let's make sure that continues lads.
Harry Evans on display: Smash, Bash, Crash, Punch, Flick, Closure.