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2nd Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 4

james campbellThree brilliant performances give Twos number one spot

What a great little ground Chatswood Oval is, just ask Steve [Colley] and Harry [Evans]. If I had to describe our efforts over the last fortnight I think that 'a superb team effort, punctuated by individual brilliance' sums it up nicely. Although we didn't always have things our own way, as the final scoreboards may have suggested ... The flip of the coin didn't land our way and it's definitely an area we can improve in, I'm looking at you 'Reg' Livermore. We were obviously sent to the field to bowl on what some had described as one of the flattest wickets they'd ever seen. But that's cricket and it was a cracking day to be out in the sun.

James Campbell leads the boys from the ground after taking 5-for on the first day

There were some concerns early in the day as to who would actually be bowling all of our overs with so many of our team placed under bowling restrictions. Chris Archer was quickly nominated to step up and bowl long spells from one end, which he did, taking 3-59 from his 21 over's. Talking to Chris after the game he felt he was improving each week, and taking 3 wickets in the conditions we faced is a great platform for improvement. A great performance from such a consistent cricketer and team man.

But the talk of the first weekend was all about James 'Supremely fit' Campbell who bowled 30.3 over's in what was a mammoth effort from the left arm speedster. He took 5-68 and showed that patience with the ball will be rewarded, it was an important lesson to learn and one we must carry forward right through the season. Well done Jim, many more to come I'm sure.

colleyAnother great sign of things to come was the bowling of HSC student Henry Carmichael. He took 1-48 from 16 over's that included 5 maidens and delivered exactly what captain Reg wanted, that is, full and straight bowling to a well set field. From memory we only dropped one chance which if taken would have been very close to the best catch I'd ever seen.

Steve 'What HSC?' Colley gets some revision in whilst Sydney searchs for balls at Chatswood Bowls club

Not only was the bowling of the highest standard so too was the fielding with our energy and discipline being outstanding pretty well the whole day. It was one of the best fielding performances that I've been a part of for quite some time. Sydney all out for 298 and plenty of work left to do next week.

Well the work that was left to do was taken squarely on the shoulders by yet another HSC student Steve 'Col Doctor' Colley and Harry Evans whose record breaking 284 run partnership took us to within inches of victory, well before tea. Both never really looked like getting out, until Steve dragged his foot and was stumped down the leg side and Harry run out after a tap on from the bowler's foot after a Reg straight drive. Where to start with their innings? Harry's innings could have been over with a dropped chance at 2nd slip with him still on 0 proving a costly mistake. After that early chance, Harry batted with a fierce determination and scored in a positive manner with quick singles and some punishing pull shots that cleared the boundary.

evansSteve on the other hand was more aggressive, especially in the period between reaching his hundred and getting out. Singles weren't so much of a worry for Steve and he managed to capitalise, scoring consecutive boundaries on many an occasion to make up the difference. It was a pleasure to watch but did come with mixed emotions as one [unnamed player] of the top 3 did miss out big time on the weekend. Well done also to Reg and Missy who both picked up some time in the middle scoring 25 a piece to see us through to tea and the end of the match.

If you're sick of seeing his photo, spare a thought for the opposition! - Harry Evans scores a ton

Well done lads and bring on Easts!

Blair 'Bear' Lindsay


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