3rd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16
We arrived to Trumper Park to be graced with a green top on Day 1 of our clash with Easts. Missy lost the toss and we were sent in. It was a promising start for the Stags onlookers when their opening bowler (renowned for his speed) bowled his first ball to second slip, followed by a ball sent half a metre down the leg side.
Charlie Booth looks to attack in the heat of Day 2
Unfortunately this waywardness didn't continue to that extent. After the departure of McMurray and Higgins, Chamberlain and Edgar want about steadying the ship. The pair took us to the long tea break in gritty fashion. However, immediately after the break Corbin Edgar departed with wickets falling consistently after that.
After Chambo was dismissed for a well compiled 49 the scoreboard didn't look pretty for the Stags. The score was 7-122 when Miller joined Thompson in the middle.
Chamberlin (right) and Edgar set about righting the 3rd Grade ship
The pair went on to add 87 between them before Miller was caught for 40 playing a typically lazy stroke.
The next two wickets fell shortly after leaving Dom stranded on an expertly made 61 not out. In an innings that mixed elegance with brute force, it was a much needed knock for the struggling Stags. It was a shame he went down to 4th Grade the following week.
The total ended on 218, a par score considering the condition of the wicket. 5 overs were left to be bowled with Effeney hitting the top of off in his first over. That was the only excitement for the Stags and Easts ended the day on 1-10.
Matt Chamberlin continues to impress at the top of the order for 3rd Grade
The following week the Stags bowling outfit, excited to get a run on a wicket with an abundance of pace and bounce arrived to discover a wicket that resembled a Chatswood deck at 3pm on a 35 degree day.
An early wicket on Day 2 was produced by Nick Miller
An early wicket to Miller was accepted gracefully by Roberts to start the day, however, the Stags would be left ruing a missed opportunity shortly after. With a partnership ensuing Jono New was introduced to the bowling crease.
A superb spell followed from New, breaking the partnership and then dismissing the new batsman shortly after. From there on it was a hard toil for the bowlers with good balls mixed in with far too many bad ones, not to mention the many edges falling short of the cordon (which was unheard of the week before).
We picked up one more wicket before the Dolphins reached their target. They were led by a superb 125 not out by their number 4 batsman which was undeniably impressive.
We'll sneak in another of the author before this report is out
With the 6 points lost, the Stags were left with nothing but disappointment and despair to drink away.
Inconsistent bowling and a poor batting display must be improved on next game if Third Grade wish to be finals contenders.