3rd Grade Report vs Sydney Uni - Round 15
3rd Grade teach the Students a lesson
After last round's epic battle with St George, we turned up to Sydney Uni No. 2 ready to do battle with a team who would have to win to have any chance of making the finals. For the Stags, out of finals contention, our job was to enjoy our cricket and ensure the students would join us in playing their last game of the season.
Leon Galaptis rocks back and puts one away
We warmed up with 10 men as Alex Campbell was having difficulty getting from Redfern station to Sydney Uni and arrived after the toss. With just one player less, the warm up, in terms of enthusiasm and volume was definitely won by the students. They play the same warm up game each year, and each year it is played with the same passion and tenacity.
Unfortunately, after losing the toss and being sent in by the Gordon skipper, the enthusiasm and tenacity was seemingly used up in the warm up as they capitulated for 82 inside half their allocated overs. Some of their shot selection gifted the visitors wickets and it was hard to believe this was a side who were playing for a semi final spot (results would ensure they would not have made it even if they had won). But, the Gordon bowlers bowled good areas for the 2nd week in a row and reaped the rewards.
Adair Durie led from the front with 3 wickets, and he had good support from James Kidd (2 wickets), Charlie Bangs (2) and Nick Dowsley (3). 4 bowlers used and a simple run chase hopefully.
Mick Dalrymple (34) and the energetic and effervescent Leon Gulaptis (31*) ensured the target was reached with ease, inside 16 overs, 2 bonus points and an afternoon off to support 1st and 5th grade. A brilliant last couple of games, with two completely different victories. One a hard grind, the other a complete annihilation. Both showed what is need to win games. We need to turn up each week with the same intensity and stick to the cricket basics.
Leon and Nick Dowsley complete the innings and take the 8 points back to Chatswood
Thanks to Ed Snr for scoring throughout the season and to the parents who dropped by and helped out with teas, drinks etc.
Ed Howitt Jnr