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3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

3rd grade needed a ‘Steven Bradbury’, to make the finals as they not only needed to beat 18th place Blacktown, but hope Sydney and Randwick lose their games. A fluent and graceful 3rd grade warm up was in full swing, when Patrick Effeney gave us the right handed batting pose, meaning Gordon were batting first.
It was a new look opening partnership with Cameron New getting a well-deserved promotion back into 3’s and Ryan Tullia back from his finger injury. 

These boys got the shine of the ball well, however their partnership ended as the world best cut shot player Ryan Tullia got a chop on onto the stumps. 

This was followed too by Cam New the world best leg side player snicking one behind. 

In came Christopher Spratt, after touching down in Sydney only 2 hours ago, he rocked up at the crease sleep-deprived and with a very cool tan.

The beer gut gets put to great use as Spratty powers them over the top. 

He played the way he loves too, by bludgeoning the ball with excellent pull shots and immaculate lofted drives, an innings of pure class, the hundred was waiting for him until a miss lapse in concentration brought his down fall at a spectacular 77, and due to him being in the country for only a couple of hours, this is exclusively a brilliant 3rd grade innings. 

Wickets were falling at the other end, Maxwell Papworth genuinely missed a straight ball and Matthew Wright spooned one up to mid-on, however there was resistance with Thomas Hamblin batting at 6 making a gritty 36 and Charles Booth boosting the runs with a quick-fire 31 which included 18 of an over. 

All round a score of 222 on a very slow, thick Beauchamp outfield was very defendable and above par.
Bowling started off convincingly well with Pat claiming 2 early scalps including a ‘seed’ as they call it in his opening spell, supported by the always reliable Matthew Levers. 

Danusha followed suit bowling tight lines, not giving much away, Blacktown needed a big partnership and one was starting to form.

Classic Hamburglar Keevers cleans up the tail. 

That was until the inclusion of Matt Wright, who produced maiden after maiden, tying down an end as well as claiming wickets, assisted with Charlie Booth also claiming 2 as Gordon piled on pressure to the withering Blacktown. 

A superior alpha bowling performance capped off with Matt Levers Keevers coming back on to bowl his 2nd spell and burgle the last 3 wickets (trust) to hand the Stags a 103 run win and a bonus point.
Unfortunately Sydney won and kicked us out of the finals race,thus that was all she wrote on a successful season. 

Finishing 7th out of 20 teams is something to be proud of and close to or beating 1st, 2nd, and 4th placed teams shows this team has potential to go all the way next season.  

A huge thank you goes to the skipper Pat, it is not easy captaining a 3rd grade side like ours, but he is very good at what he does and leads by an example on and off the field. 

Thank you also to all the parents, supporters and scorers. Without them cricket wouldn't be as successful as it is today. 

Even though we continue to waste our Saturdays in a suburban ground in Sydney, we will definitely be back next year to do the same.

Danusha Seneviratne


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