2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16
A postponed Round 1 saw the Stags eager to get the ball rolling with a win to set up the season. A new kit ignited a previously absent enthusiasm about training gear, with the topic being consistently conversed for most of the day. Props to the committee for a big win, and really this is where the success starts.
Anand Verma begins the 2015/16 season in good form
However as only one set has been handed out to each player, high probabilities of theft is most certainly an issue... So keep them locked up or on at all times. Rumours circulated that some were being worn under whites for extra security, an interesting strategy.
Anyway, newly appointed 2nd Grade captain had a considerably hard job of attempting to get the side to Allan Border on time, especially with 3 returning from uni games the previous evening. Luckily your author was in bed by 9 on most nights during the week and definitely did not circuit, however could the same be said for Spratt "the perfect week" or Miller "the closet fiend"?
I certainly thought I was 0 chance of having to actually write this match report, because really Spratt was paying $1.10 to be late, but as he walked in at 8.20, my heart sank and I cancelled all plans for the weekend to reach the Webmaster's strict deadline.
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Cubby lost the toss and we were sent into the field on a relatively flat deck and quick sandy outfield. Gordon would have to bowl well to keep Mosman to a chase-able total.
Dan Stickland started very well at the top and his tight lines and lengths were rewarded with his opening pole for the season. Mosman then began a consolidation and batted well for an extended period of the first session without getting away from us.
Welcome A Verma. With his writing taking a backseat due to a pending lawsuit, he has obviously re-invested his time toward cricket, and it certainly paid dividends. Bowling with exceptional control and really dictating the pace of the game saw the Stags get back on top. Anand then continued to bowl tight throughout the innings returning figures of 3-28 off 10 overs. An exceptional start to the season mate well done.
No doubt he has booked his spot into various fantasy teams, alongside D Stickland with equally impressive figures of 3-27 off his 10.
Chris Bateup, the Stags new recruit, also came back well to finish with figures of 2/48 off his 9. Both him and Cubby really restricted late scoring seeing Mosman all out for 216 off their 50 overs.
We're looking forward to many overs of the Cubbage / Verma partnership with the ball
A great all round effort in the field for a first hit out with no drop catches and a very commendable team bowling effort. It was now down to the batsmen to get the job done.
Unfortunately 2/0 was not a good start, and credit to the Mosman bowlers they bowled really well. However other then Darren with the top score of 39, the batsmen really didn't offer much resistance folding for 125.
Although a disappointing effort, hopefully this performance will make the 2s top order more determined to prove to the selectors and the club why they belong in the higher grades.
Let's get on the board this week against North Sydney!
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