3rd Grade Report vs UTS Balmain - Qualifying Final
3rd Grade secure a home semi
Well the day started with the senior players debating whether to bat or bowl on what look to be a flat wicket. Fortunately that was taken out of our hands as we lost the toss and were put into bat by the Tigers who had to win to progress. The innings started positively as Matt Kelly and Anthony Sherman used their (many many years) experience to get the Stags of to a solid start as the score reached 70 before Kells missed time a pull shot to mid-on and was out for 38.
(Elliot Richtor during his century on Sunday)
In getting to 38 Kells also broke the third grade record for most runs in a season, (well done mate).
James Hosking the joined Sherm and moved the score to 110 before the latter played a very loose shot and was caught at mid -off for 55 just 20 minutes before lunch. This triggered a collapse and left the Stags 5-120 at lunch and the less said about that passage of play the better.
Matt Makepeace and Elliot Richtor started after lunch trying to get the Stags innings back on track and the partnership just started to blossom before Peace lost his wicket. Archie (Chris Archer) joined Elliot who at this time was starting to look very solid.
(Adair Durie shows his batting style in semi)
The two formed a good partnership before Arch forgot to ground his bat behind the line when going for a quick two and had to go back for a second grounding. This meant an unfortunate run out just when he was looking good. The big Teddy bear (Josh Ling) joined Emo (Elliot Richtor) and the pair batted until tea with Emo on 51. Tea proved to be the end of the day as the heavens opened.
Day two started with the Stags trying to bat as long as possible. Emo with the help of Dinger (Josh Ling) got us through to a comfortable position with Emo on the verge of great ton before Josh was out caught at mid wicket. Judgie (Adair Durie) joined Emo and started to delight us with his late cuts but the real delight came when Emo guided a ball to third man to bring up his ton.
(Kells collects one of his fours)
We were finally bowled for 307 and left the Tigers 67 overs in which to get them.
There are not many time's that I agree with Mr. Positive (Sam Buono) but the innings that Emo played was full of class, elegance and most of all determination it was a fantastic innings and showed the rest of us what it takes to win finals. Well done Emo and I hope this is the start of great career in the higher grades.
With the Tigers facing a big total they came out hard and were 0-40 before Judgie struck twice, LBW and then bowled, before Jordy Holmes joined the party by removing Balmain's best bat and the Tigers where facing a uphill battle after that. More wickets to Jordy and Jugie had the Tigers at 5-89 as they both bowled long spells and put us in unbeatable position before having a rest.
Emo and Josh put the final nails in the coffin both with two wickets apiece along with a brilliant run out by James (powder puff) Hosking. A good win by the boys after being in trouble. "So bring on the Magpies".
(Jordan Holmes during semi)
Finally I would like to wish the Colts the very best of luck in pursuit of back to back premierships and hopefully one of three for the club this season.