2nd Grade Report vs Sydney Uni - Round 15
2nd Grade go down... but not without a fight
Cheaaatswood Oval was the venue for second grades last game of the season, against the Students. As Harry Evans had moved up to first grade, Hamish 'Torah' Angus dropped back down after his close encounter with Josh Hazlewood. Matt Kelly went back into retirement, so the other change was Reg coming back into the side after a run in the threes due to work commitments. Ben 'Parratt' Garratt was the stand in skipper and after winning the toss he elected to bat on a sunny day.
Hamish Angus rocks back and cuts through point
Justin 'Salad' Avendano was the first wicket to fall, possibly distracted by a women walking round the ground which would have been the 'first girl he's seen in three weeks!' Reg joined Torah at the crease and they both looked good as they added a partnership of 73 before Reg got caught for 41 off a rank ball off the Students leg spinner, which was not the last time it happened that day!
Parratt, 'Missy' Higgins and Henry 'Perez' Carmichael all departed quickly and were also soon joined in the sheds by Torah and Sweeney to leave the Reserve Grade at 135-7 (note I listed the score the proper way, how it should be)! Torah batted well for his 61, and it was the solid innings we needed at the top of the order. Archer came in and played some good looking shots including a big six over to the home changing rooms before he was dismissed. Rob 'Deano' Edwards was the next man out after a handy 29. Poysden and Sadler managed to swat a few runs before Sadler was cleaned up and the Stags were all out for 190, a score that we thought was defendable as long as we were disciplined, and fielded with lots of energy.
Reg Livermore works the Uni bowlers around Chatswood Oval
The students came out firing and dispatched first Sweeney, then Beau, then the spinners, Archer and Poysden, until the score was 113-2 off 14 overs as they went for a double bonus points. 'Salad' Avendano was awarded the chat captaincy for the first five overs of their innings and was a bit quiet until the gauntlet was passed to Poysden and he kept it going for the next 33 overs, making sure he made the most of his last game in Australia.
The game then changed dramatically with the spinners taking five wickets for one run, with Archie taking one, and Poysden getting 4 wickets in ten balls. The Students were 114-5 and seemed a long way from home. This livened everyone up and was one of the most enjoyable passages of play the author had played in since his arrival. Two Sydney Uni batters then put together a solid partnership to see the game home. It was a disappointing end to the season which at times promised more but we have learnt lessons and will be back stronger next year.
I just want to take this chance to thank everyone from the club, Tids and Catts for helping me get here, the rest of the committee, Hoppa for his advice at training, and of course all the players for making this such a quality 7 months for me. I will be having leaving drinks at Chelsea on the 3rd April and would love people to come so I can get a good chance to say goodbye. We are a talented club and next year should perform a lot better! I can promise I will be back soon, maybe even as soon as next season depending on how my cricket goes at home.
Proud to be a Stag!
Hamish Angus shows off his ability to the captive media contingent