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2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2017/18

The Gordon 2nd Graders turned up at Chatswood Oval on Saturday morning looking to hit, bowl and throw some cricket balls.

While waiting for a bit of rain to clear I had a coffee from ‘The Steam Engine’, the cafe had great rustic vibes and gave a sense of comfort as opposed to ‘Cofihouse’ which looked lame (more on this can be found in my zomato review).

Max Newman lost the toss and we were in to bowl on what looked like a decent wicket.

The Steam Engine was todays Man of the Match

"Chris Searle and Dan Smith found swing early and left Randy-Petes at 2/26 after 10. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the next 10 overs, with one each to Sam Baker, Dan Stickland and Reagan Klemt. Randwick then attacked and put on 70 off the next 10 overs before two more wickets fell, to Smith and Ryan Meppem. For the last 15 overs the runs dried up and Randwick stumbled to all out 208 in the 48th over.” (Paul Stephenson, 2018)

Starting off the run chase Dom decided to leave a straight one. Jamie and Reagan came together and looked solid. With the score at 1/49 off 14 we had a bit more rain.

Our target was revised to 204 off 45 overs. After the delay both set batsmen fell before another rain delay at 3 for 76 off 20.

The target was further reduced to 191 off 40 overs because we are to good at cricket and needed a challenge or something.

We went from being in a strong position to needing to score at 7 runs and over for the rest of the innings and unfortunately the wickets that fell reflected that.

Dom is still having nightmares and has got in contact with internationally recognised psychiatrist Ken Willcox for help.

The decision to not go off for every drop of rain meant that the deck received a good watering making run scoring difficult.

Risks were taken and wickets followed, as no batsman was really able to come to grips with the new situation.

Dan Smith smoked 59 with some big hitting and cunning lap sweeps (Dan also agrees that Cofihouse looked lame).

He was the last man out and we fell about 18 runs short, similar to that of the week before.

We look forward to Mosman this week and hope to find those remaining 20 odd runs required to win games of cricket.

Michael "Silky Smooth" Roberts


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