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3rd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 1

Matt Todd wicket3rd Grade Report vs Blacktown

A new season, new personnel, old personnel and back home at Killara Oval. On a windy day the boys were treated to a covers lesson from the skipper and others who learnt last season the art of such a draining chore. We managed to defeat the 3 covers, albeit in a shoddy manner, and organise a decent warm up before Howitt won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch which the groundsman described as a 'virgin wicket' and one which he had no idea how it would play. Unsurprising, given it was a completely new square.

Matt Todd returns to Gordon grade cricket with a catch by Jordy Liddle

Jordy Liddle and James Ledgerwood started our season off somewhat cautiously, before Jordy played on in the 7th over. Rosen (49) entered the fray and played a vast array of shots (surprise ,surprise!!) and looked in complete control. Unfortunately, his wicket was the start of a mini collapse as we slipped to 5/120 off 25 overs. Nick Dowsely (84*) remained solid and played a very controlled innings. He found allies in Henry Carmichael (57) and Ed Howitt (43), who both played their natural games and allowed Dowsley to be the rock at the other end. Some poor ground fielding by our opponents and positive batting saw the Stags reach 9/303 off their allocated 50 overs. A brilliant result given we were 5 down half way through the innings.

James Kidd and Charlie Bangs formed a new opening attack for 3rd grade and both bowled good lines in ensuring Blacktown did not get off to a flyer. Both deservedly picket up a wicket, and their efforts were soon supported by Henry Carmichael who also picked up a wicket early in his short spell. The introduction of out two leg spinners, Avendano and Todd, again saw wickets continue to fall and Blacktown were never in the hunt. It was now down to whether we could get the double bonus points, and fortunately two run outs and some straight breaks from the skipper saw 8 points in the bag with 5 runs to spare. On a very bumpy outfield, the ground fielding was excellent, with Ledgerwood taking one in the mouth for the cause and Jordy taking a great catch in swirling conditions to give Toddy his comeback wicket.

A good result first up and now we look forward to hosting Bankstown. They have a good mixture of youth and experience and they will provide a much stiffer challenge. Now for a 2 day game and the top order has the opportunity to build an innings and not be in such a hurry, as it seemed some were this game. Killara is a ground we must learn to play on. We talked about it after the game and we know how to go about it. Less talk more action is the key!!

Ed Howitt


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