3rd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13
The hunter becomes the hunted as 3rd Grade get demolished
With a heavy downpour on Friday evening the pitch was looking very favourable for the bowlers. After Gordon had won the toss and sent Mosman in to bat, it was clear that the pitch worked favourably for the opening pair. With the ball swinging and moving off the seem it wasn't easy for Mosman's batsmen, and with an early wicket from Charles 'Banger' Bangs, things were looking good for Gordon, another 2 wickets from James 'Billy' Kidd helped by a very sharp catch from Mick Dalrymple.
"Billy" Kidd takes two early poles
At 6/40 the Stags were in the box seat after some very tight and aggressive bowling from Alex 'Junior' Campbell picking up a well deserved 2/9 and proving that he has a little more pace than his older brother, who was seen watching from the sideline. Adam Fleming (1/9) and Nick Dowsley (1/15) kept things tight and were unlucky not to have a few more wickets with some dropped catches. With the captain being a rose amongst the thorns, or in this case a spinner amongst the pace-men, it was time for Edward Howitt to have a trundle, giving the ball plenty of flight to try to tempt the batsmen into some shots. He proved successful picking up a very handy 2/20.
At 9/50 the end of the Mosman batsman was near, however a handy last wicket partnership and multiple dropped catches meant the visitors last wicket partnership proved to be costly for the Stags with the last wicket coming in the 2nd over after tea, with the Mosman finishing at a final score of 98. Overall a sound performance in the field from the Stags with an always high standard of fielding and bowling we walked off the field with our heads held high, and Mosman with their tails between their legs.
With each batsman only needing 10 runs each and the pitch beginning to flatten out a first innings win for the Stags was on the cards and we were quietly confident with our approach to the run chase' however we must have been reading the wrong cards, as Mosman's opening bowlers tore through the Gordon top, middle and lower order like a hot curry to roll us for a mere 30 runs in 11 overs with only Damon 'can I please have some chewing gum' Livermore and Charlie 'Cow corner' Bangs making double figures, with Charlie showing some initiative to go big with a two consecutive boundaries including a large 6. Full credit should be given to the Mosman bowling attack' well one bowler in particular that scalped 8 of our batsman and showed us what were the right areas to bowl.
Before we knew it we were back in the field with little left to play for but to try to maintain some honour. The new ball proved useful once again, however the Mosman batsmen had a little more spring in their step this time around and proved slightly more difficult to dismiss. 2 wickets fell before the end of play on Day 1 leaving the score at 2/40.
Day 2 sees 'Digger' Dowsely perform well with the ball
Day 2 of the game saw a new pitch and a new game, the grass from the previous week had gone and the pitch looked flat and batsman friendly. Leading by 68 runs at the start of play the Mosman side came out to play from the start for what for them was a very possible outright win, a good start saw several boundaries come from the opening over's of the day. However the 'Banger' struck after tempting an aggressive left hander into a ambitious cover drive.
With Adam 'Flem ball' Fleming suffering a dancing injury to his ankle on Friday night it was then up to Alex Campbell to take the reins with the older ball, bowling extremely well, with some excellent pace took the second wicket of the day, which lead to a dry up of some runs for Mosman. Campbell managed to pick up 5 for 32 for the day. Campbell was well supported by Nick 'Digga' Dowsley, bowling some excellent lines and lengths consistently, a modest 3 for 21 return. With time running out for a run chase to be possible the Mosman captain continued to bat after tea already being over 200 hundred runs in front. Not long after tea the remainder of the Mosman players were dismissed and we were set a run chase of 239 from a mere 33 overs.
With a Gordon victory not looking likely it was time for the Gordon batsmen to regain some confidence and to find some form. 'Reg' Livermore showed some class with bat , scoring an unbeaten 65 and Dowsley putting a modest 23 on the board. A partnership between two of the more experienced players in the side little Brett Rosen and Livers, brought some entertainment to the crowd with an array of shots proved that the side was more than what the score sheet from the previous week read.
At the end of the day cricket was the winner, and the result was no change from day one. However the learning experience is what we play cricket for and the side can take away some valuable things from the match.
James 'Billy' Kidd