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3rd Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 9 (Day 1)

3rd Grade in Trouble Against Penrith

The last minute omission of two-thirds of the best looking slips cordon in grade cricket had the Third Squadron looking far worse for wear than usual for the round vs Penrith. On the sidelines Lenny Bombas also appeared a little worse for wear having made the scenic trip from the Central Coast to Penrith with Reece, before returning to Chatswood with third grade debutant Steve Colley. How they'd still managed to arrive at the ground before this scribe remains an utter mystery, but it's a credit to the fantastic bloke that Lenny is.

Colley amongst the runs against Penrith

Out on the paddock, the strip greeted both sides with its (becoming) typical green tinge, but not to be perturbed, Captain Kelly exclaimed, 'Bat' at the winning of the toss.

Kelly and the returning Sherman (12) (just what had he fed young Elliott Richtor the night prior the match?) commenced the innings on a steady and solid path until the Ant hit too far under a clip off the pads and skied to square leg, 1/17. Makepeace (8) and Kelly (26) followed shortly after with the scoreboard stuttering to 3/52. Young Colley joined Garratt (22) in the centre, and the man of few words accumulated runs steadily, looking very much the part in 3's. Meanwhile at the other end, Garratt, the 'Third grade bully', played as though he was still not out from the previous week, only to be dismissed attempting to subdue his newly found adventurous stroke play, 4/81.

At tea, discussions turned to the much anticipated Stag's Christmas Party's with Sherman vigorously campaigning for a large attendance at his not so official version. When it was pointed out that the Greengate function was the way to go due to the free beers from 6- 6.45pm, Sherman snapped back, 'Yeah, but how long's that gonna last?!' The cacophony of 'About 45 minutes' was just priceless, as was the realisation that Pic had managed to construct a sentence without employing any of his favourite four-letter words.

Sherman focuses on his musings on his bowling

After tea, Dan "D-Rix" Richtor (18) and Dave "D-Mikes" Michael (13) batting on with Colley to see the score pass 150, but the partnership that the Stag's sorely needed was never to eventuate. Colley (48) showed great maturity in his innings, mixing patience with positive running between the wickets and some fine strokeplay and it was a shame for him to miss out on a 50 on debut (Me thinks he will have many more chances in the future).

Longhurst (13) and Adair (9) added some late runs only to see the Stag's dismissed for 183 in the 66th over, the only consolation being a short tilt at our opponents. In the fading light Lee and the Judge asked some serious questions of the Black Cats openers before being deemed too quick to bowl in the fading light. Despite being deemed too slow to bowl by his team-mates, 'Smiley' Longhurst took over with immediate success, claiming the wicket of the opener who had firstly called for his spectacles midway through a Judge over (surely not!!!), continually complained about the light while playing and missing at everything (put us out of our misery!!!), before being smashed on the front of the grill by a Longhurst bouncer attempting the pull stroke!!!

Ling will be on display this weekend in 3s

On his exit from the field, the batsman went on to receive the loudest ovation heard at a third grade fixture since scores of fans turned out to witness the acclaimed sledging of Messieurs Goldsmith and Reynolds.

This Saturday play will resume with the match precariously balanced with the Black Cats 1-25, and some very positive signs for the Stag's who will be welcoming back the combo of Holmes and Ling for what promises to be the most potent 3rd grade attack of the season.

Ben Garratt


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