2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16
This may well be the shortest match report of all time but, alas, a reporter can only write about what is in front of them. And when what is in front of them is an outright loss before tea on the second day, there is not much good to reflect upon.
Cam New opens the batting for the 2nd Grade side
The Gordon 2nd Grade team were pleased to have their fixture against Penrith moved from the geographically impossible Howell Oval to Killara. However, I am sure they would have preferred to pay the $20 in tolls if it meant winning 6 points (or at least not conceding 10).
The skipper, Adam Cubbage, finally won his first toss for the season and elected to bat on a wicket that would prevent some challenges early but would flatten out after tea.
Batting was tough in the early overs with the wicket providing inconsistent bounce as well as some sideways movement. However, the experienced Penrith bowling attack must be given some praise for putting the ball in the right spot more often than not, allowing for the wicket (and some questionable shots from the GDCC batsman) to do the rest.
The Gordon innings never really got moving, with wickets falling constantly at both ends. Eventually it slumped to all out for 89 – nowhere near enough runs for this standard of cricket.
Tim Ferrero whips one off his legs as he partnered Reagan Klemt
The only batting performance worth mentioning was Reagan Klemt’s hard fought 28*, which could have been more if someone else showed enough application to stick it out with him.
Penrith immediately set about chasing down the runs before the close of play on Day 1. They came out with an aggressive attitude, knocking off a fair chunk of the total from Gordon’s seamers. They passed Gordon’s total only 2 down and were in strong command of the game. The match slightly changed its course in the evening session, as the Gordon spinners bowled extremely well to both restrict runs and take wickets, restoring some respect to the day’s play.
Penrith slumped to 8 for 163, giving Gordon a slither of hope for the reverse outright.
The pick of the bowlers was Anand Verma (5-46 of 19), who’s excellent control frustrated the Penrith batsman. An honourable mention also goes to Adam Cubbage (1-47 for 20) who worked in strong partnership with Verma, keeping it tight whilst also picking up a crucial wicket.
Penrith immediately declared at the start of play on Day 2, giving them the maximum time to dismiss Gordon for the second time. There is not much to say about Gordon’s second innings that was not previously mentioned in this report about the first innings.
Another lusty blow from Tim Ferrero
Some slight nuances were that they were dismissed for 104 instead of 89, and Reagan made 29 instead of 28* (again the only batting performance worth any mention).
This gave Penrith 31 runs to chase in their second innings for the outright victory. Gordon’s opening bowlers, Jack Skilbeck and Dan Stickland, bowled well to pick up a wicket each. However, they simply did not have enough runs to bowl at and Penrith made the runs comfortably with 8 wickets in hand.
Overall it was a tough two days of cricket for the young Gordon second grade side.
The batting was not good enough and needs to drastically improve if they are going to be competitive at this level. Hopefully lessons will be learned, improvements made… and all that jazz.