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3rd Grade Report vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 14 (Day 1)

3rd Grade pumped to defend solid total

Here's to Kells, he's true blue!! A fantastic ton from Matt helped put 3rd grade in a strong position against Randwick-Petersham on Saturday, as we again look to bounce back at Beauchamp Park after a hard fought defeat at Bankstown.

It was a good start to the day from our skipper who won the toss and batted, then proceded to get us off to a cracking start along with Pic. They shared an opening partnership of 120, both scoring at a solid pace. Pic was out first for 52 but not before playing some trademark slaps through cover and over backward point.

Kelly goes over square in another delightful innings

Matt "Peace" Makepeace batted three. Full toss. Bowled. Zero.

Ben Garratt then came to the crease and formed another handy partnership with Kells before our skipper was eventually dismissed caught on the fence, ending a great knock of 101. Ben continued to bat well and and its promising signs to see him in form at this end of the season as he second top scored with 70.

A warning to anyone playing at Beauchamp thinking about taking a lap around the ground while your mates are batting, its not the best place to walk around and actually see the cricket, especially if you dont like spiders. But our wander around the perimeter on Saturday was quite eventful none-the-less thanks to our VB loving supporter Steve Makepeace, who entertained us as his beer frothed over as he walked past an attractive female, questioned young locals about whether they were having a good time as they made out on the park bench, and then proceded to fall down the embankment attempting to avoid a spiders web. Thanks Steve.

Back to the cricket and a rain/lightening delay had taken the momentum out of our innings after we had been set for a big score. Upon resumption, the Richtors, and then Shane Lin, found the scoring tough in dark conditions on a slow and now damp outfield. But they soldiered on and with the help of a couple of nice shots from Sweens at the end of the day brought the total to 7-279 at the close of play.

This could be Pic, anytime, anyplace. Another spanking shot square of the wicket.

A handy score on a slow outfield and a deck that Adair is positive will be very green this coming Saturday. Whether that is our final score or Kells decides to bat on, it will give our near full-strength bowling attack - sadly missing Jordy but very much glad to have Adair back after he missed our two recent failed attempts to defend scores, no doubt a factor in those scores being chased down - a great chance to bowl Randwick out and remain in the all-important 2nd position going into the last round.

Chris Archer


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