2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 11 - 2012/13
It was the first game back at Chatswood in the New Year for the 2nd graders. The ground looked lush, Marcus was bouncing around, and the Cedric Pike Stand still hasn't lost its charm for those summer romances.
Cubbage whirls his magic against the Lions
The pitch was the only concern for the players, and with its colour mirroring that of the outfield. it wasn't a surprise that we were sent in by the opposition skipper. We lost Eccles early. Colley fought hard before succumbing to the Lions' usual first grade opening bowler. Richtor and Turner then combined to put on 80-odd runs and leave us 3/104 at lunch, a good platform for the rest of the day.
Fairfield's off-spinner ruined any chance of a big Gordon total, varying his pace well after the break and ripping through our middle order. Els compiled a hard fought 66 but unfortunately couldn't find a partner to bat through the day.
The Stags took to the field with 40 overs of play remaining. It was clear from Jules' opening over, in which he bowled Fairfield's opener with a corker, that our 186 run total wasn't going to be easy to chase.
Eddington was hitting his areas at the other end, producing a caught and bowled to leave Fairfield struggling at 2/4.
Will we ever get bored of writing "Stephenson takes a wicket in his first over"... I doubt it.
Rain never comes at a convenient time, nevermore so than when it started to fall after around 10 overs. Given how well Jules and Eddo were bowling, the Lions could have found themselves in a lot more trouble if the heavens hadn't intervened.
Unfortunately we couldn't pick up from where we finished on Day 1. The combination of a batsman-friendly wicket, looser bowling and aggressive stroke play meant the Lions were reeling in Gordon's total at a quick rate.
Some tight bowling by Els, who finished with 4 wickets, and the spin twins Cubbage and Roughly gave us some hope, but we just didn't have enough runs to play with by that stage. Fairfield took first innings points, and were bowled out shortly after with a 25-run lead.
Gordon's second dig panned out similarly to the first. While Henry and Max timed the ball well and made good starts, our innings was again punctuated by wickets being lost in clumps, a problem identified in previous rounds which we have not yet rectified. Eddo and Jules were able to take some gloss off the Lions victory with plenty of lovely shots at the end, quashing Fairfield's attempt at an outright.
The skipper stands tall amongst his teammates, as they gave up a good position on Day 1
So while this was another disappointing result for the 2nd graders, hopefully we can continue to learn from our losses and upset a few of the higher ranked sides in the remaining rounds.
Harry “Hooch” Turner
P.S. Kurt - do you even lift bro?