3rd Grade Report v Manly - Round 9
3rd Grade Reportvs Manly
After finishing 2009 with a win against West's, the third grade team knew a strong performance was needed if they were to start 2010 well and remain in the hunt for the finals. Things started well with skipper Howitt winning the toss and electing to bat and what seemed a fairly good pitch to bat on.
Beau Saddler on debut for the Stags
The loss of 3 early wickets put the Stags on the backfoot, with the score at 3-30 just before drinks. A near 100 run partnership between Dowsley and Carmichael got the team back on track and at 3-124 going into the last over before tea the game looked to have shifted back into Gordon's favour, that was until Carmichael shouldered arms to the last ball of the over and had his off stump rattled to leave the score at 4-123 heading into tea.
After tea wickets again fell in clusters with Dowsley playing on for a well made 63 and Sherman being taken by a good return catch from the bowler. As in the previous game, Skipper Howitt set about trying to reach a defendable score and along with James Ryan moved the score up towards 200, though again wickets fell in clusters and Gordon were bowled out for 216. Ed's 55 batting at 8 was vital in ensuring the team had something to defend, but stressed that he should not have to make runs each week to ensure the team has a chance to defend a score and that it is up to the top 6 to get the majority of the runs.
Arriving on Sunday with Manly at 1-70 in reply the bowlers knew that early wickets were vital if they were to have any chance of winning the game. The first session of play went the way of the Stags bowling good areas and with some excellent fielding had Manly at 5-140 at tea. After tea the bowlers again bowled good areas and the fielding continued to enforce the pressure onto Manly. At 8 down and still needing around 20, a ball was hit to mid off where Nick Dowsley dived forward and immediately claimed the catch, though the batsmen has not walked claiming that he believed it bounced. The umpires deliberated and, to both the batsmens and the Stags credit, once the not-out decision was made by the umpires all moved on and continued the game.
Young Henry Carmichael takes 3 wickets against the 'Tahs
Unfortunately for the Stags, Manly passed the total 8 down. All the bowlers toiled hard with wickets being shared Carmichael 3, Effeney 2, Avendano 2, and Durie 1.
It is clear that our bowling and fielding is keeping us in games and if we are to start winning games and move into contention for finals the batsmen must stand up and start scoring runs, to allow the bowlers solid totals to bowl at, starting against Hawkesbury next week.
Old man Ed 'Hoppa' Howitt and young James Ryan put on a display out in the middle