3rd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 10 (Day 1)
3rd Grade in strong position
3rd grade trekked out to Whalan Reserve to begin the New Year looking to hit back after copping the worst of the conditions and being outplayed by Penrith last round.
We hit back pretty hard.
We arrived to find a deck that looked reasonable for batting - although had not received a whole lot of preparation during the week. This being the case, Captain Kelly was more than happy to loose the toss and asked to field. Winning the toss was where Blacktown's fun stopped.
Chris Archer toils away as Blacktown crumble
The innings started poorly for our opposition and never really got better. Jordon 'Gordy' Holmes was just a bit too big, bald and hairy for the liking of their batsman and caused trouble early, unlucky to only snare one pole, decking one back to take out the middle peg. His opening partner Adair 'Judge' Durie, the pick of the bowlers, also knocked over the castle of two of their top order; the first with his first ball that was on its way to Jimmy Hosking at 2nd slip before bending back to take the off stump of their left-handed opener shouldering arms.
Blacktown then put on a small partnership for the fourth wicket until Josh Ling snared us two handy wickets during his tight spell while Longie bent his back at the other end and was unlucky not to have a wicket of his own, beating the bat too many times to count. Special mention has to be made of Linga's catch at mid on, which looked more like he was reeling in a touchdown pass in the Superbowl - but still he got the job done.
The Judge came back on for his second spell and cleaned up the tail all too easily, taking the edge on three occasions to bring his tally to five wickets for the innings and helping us finish Blacktown off for just 113 inside 40 overs.
"Judge" Durie cleans up the Blacktown tail
Once back in the dressing room and feeling pretty good that we were off the ground and out of the heat in pretty quick time, our skipper hinted at the idea of knocking off the runs and bringing up a valuable 6 points inside the first day. That is exactly what our batsman set about doing with Hosko and Benny Garratt setting us up before the brothers' Richtor (Elliot and Dan) took us past Blacktown's total for the loss of only 3. Hosko carried on his great season with 39 and Elliot top-scored with 40 not out.
Once first innings points were secured, and with the Judge and Gordy fired up for another crack, Kells made an aggressive declaration just three runs in the lead. Once again Adair troubled their left-hander, but there was no way he was leaving the first rock this innings and he managed to survive to bat on next Saturday. The other poor fella, however, was no less troubled by the sight of big Gordy running in this innings as he was the last and eventually edged one onto his thigh pad and lobbed a catch to Kells in close. That brought us our eleventh wicket of the day and set us up for a good crack at 10 points next week.
Garratt and Kelly take a quick single