3rd Grade Report vs Bankstown - Round 2
Bankstown escape as the thunder rolls in
After a comprehensive victory in Round 1, the thirsty 3rds knew they would face much stiffer opposition from the boys from Bankstown. An injury to mercurial leg spinner Matt Todd, saw Tom Ledgerwood(not a like-for-like replacement) promoted and we welcomed the return of Ian Higgins to the fold.
Rosen takes his usual route to runs
Day 1 was unfortunately washed out after a number of attempts to start the game. This was not such a bad thing, as the younger brigade received a crash course in covers management. Next step in their covers degree is to be proactive and undertake this chore without constant supervision. Covers, funnily do not move unless the person who picks them up actually moves. Just a hint!!
The covers did a wonderful job to ensure a game on Day 2 and Howitt succeeded in losing the toss and being sent in. On a wicket which offered the bowlers enough assistance, we lost Jordy (to a peach according to their captain) and Ledgerwood (senior) relatively early in proceedings. Brett Rosen (50) batted superbly and forged a partnership with the reliable Nick Dowsley.
Rosen batted well under difficult circumstances and it was not the wicket which he was fighting. Unfortunately he was struck in the groin area and couldn't shake the injury for his entire innings. He hobbled around and refused the application of ice at drinks. He is a tough little fella our wicket keeper.
Justin and Missy compare notes for the next edition of The Mail
Rosen fought through the pain and was only undone by a wonderful full toss which he duly hit to mid off. Brett has asked the coach if it possible to practice facing full tosses at training during the week. Good luck to the person who gets roped in to throwdowns at training!! Justin Avendano (44*) and Ian Higgins (49) formed a wonderful alliance and ensured we reached 201 after 60 overs. Both players batted intelligently and ensured we had a more than competitive total to defend.
Bankstown started well but at tea the Stags had reduced the opposition to 4/54. A magnificent direct run out from Avendano was the highlight of a session where our bowlers were a little inconsistent, but were assisted by some poor shot selection from the Dogs. Quick wickets after the break from Tom Ledgerwood (2/20) and James Kidd (3/45) saw the opposition on the ropes at 9/120. However, the threat of a storm became reality as the thunder began rolling in and our desperate attempts to take the last wicket were thwarted. The rain stayed long enough for the game to be called off and the Bankstown boys were very lucky to receive the same amount of points as Gordon'.zero.
A very annoying and frustrating end to a game where we really dominated, especially in the field. Rosen, Higgins and Avendano batted superbly and showed the importance of building partnerships and ensuring a competitive total batting first.
Avendano leaves his mark on 3rd Grade early in the season
However, both games thus far we have been 5 for not enough. James Kidd and Thomas Ledgerwood were the pick of the bowlers, but overall we were guilty of bowling either too full or short and lacked consistency. Something to work on.
A tough away trip to the shire this week and hopefully the 6 points we missed out on over the long weekend will be in the bank after this round.
Ed Howitt Jnr