3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16
Chalk and cheese. Apples and oranges. Round 2 and Round 3. What a difference a week could make.
After bowling 18 wides and going at 6s against Mosman in the previous round there was only room for improvement.
Higgins rocks back and punishes the Bears lose bowling
A stunning outfield and a sunny day had Jono New sneezing as we left for one of the best warm ups I’ve ever been involved in. As 9 blokes left to roll their arm over I was left with Cam New discussing his aesthetics regime.
Missy failed his one job and we were sent out into the field for a hard day’s grind on what looked like a beautiful deck for batting. Gordon’s favourite punching bag Matt Keevers started off proceedings with a wicket in his second over, the grab well snared by the captain in the slips.
From then on the bowling was superb. Tight lines, good fielding and a general lack of impetus from the North Sydney batsman saw the run rate barely get above 2 runs an over in the first session.
Rob Barker applies the pressure on the Bears' batsmen, in a team effort
However, it took over an hour until Patrick Effeney struck to have the bears creeping along at 2-63, still going at 2s. After crawling along to 86, Gordon’s coolest player, Tim Ferrero, was handed the ball striking in his first over. It took the remaining 9 players and a stump to pry Missy off tiddles’ new favourite during the celebration.
A partnership was always going to form on this deck but with excellent bowling from Gordon, in particular Nick McMurray who bowled superbly without luck (sorry again….), the run rate always remained less than 3 runs per over.
At tea North Sydney were 3-115 off 41. After Keevers polished off the tub of hommus and rubbed 2 litres of lubricant onto his groin with uncomfortable eye contact we were back out in the field with the game very much in the balance.
It was an excellent catch down the legside from Tim Diehm off the bowling of Chris Prell that reduced North Sydney to 4-126 off 48 overs.
Nick McMurray does his job for the team, keeping it tight at one end
Poles from Rob Barker and Paddy Effeney then had the Bears in trouble at 6-163 in the 63rd over. Keevers then snared two wickets in two balls to have the Bears reeling at 8-198, he then proceeded to waste the hat trick ball down the legside.
Another partnership built as our fielding dropped away slightly, but still the run rate never touched 3. At this point Effeny had seen enough and decided to purchase a house. The elder statesman of the club was visibly animated as he barked orders down the phone at fineleg. The end result leaving him a little light on for post day 1 beers. Well done Patrick.
It took a sharp caught and bowled from Bobby Barker to claim the 9th wicket of the day at 230. Unfortunately that was as far as we could get on day 1. 9-235 the score at stumps. A fantastic effort.
A celebration of Higgin's demolition of North Sydney's target
After not being invited to Tim Ferrero’s house party, a few stags went to the local pub to ponder the bigger questions in life and watch on as Jono New inhaled 5 bourbon and cokes, visibly relieved to have avoided batting in the final overs.
The job was clear on the morning of day 2. Wrap up the last wicket in as little time as possible and chase down the total on what was still a flat deck.
After Tim Ferrero debriefed us all on his house party and “plenty” of birds, the stags took the field to wrap up the inning. A few streaky shots from the tail added 15 runs before Bobby Barker snared the 10th with a good catch in cover from the ladies man himself.
The total was set at 251 for victory with 74 overs left in the day.
The two New brothers opened up the innings and batted superbly, blunting the new ball and laying a great platform for the chase. Jono was brutal on anything over pitched and Cam pulled and cut away anything short. The right and left handed brothers making batting look a breeze. However, just as the 50 partnership was reached, a mistimed pull of the bat of Jono saw his day end after having made a solid 25.
This brought the captain to the crease with a plan to hit the spinners out of the attack. And he did just that. With comfortable ease Missy began to elevate the scoring rate, cutting anything short and sweeping anything overpitched. At the other end Cam was all class. Finding the middle of the bat without fail he pierced the covers regularly and never gave a chance for his wicket.
The partnership grew passing 50, then 100, then 150. Missy achieved his 100 with the score on 1-220. An excellent knock with runs coming from all around the ground. Just as we all thought a 9 wicket win was assured, after carrying his bat through the innings, with the score on 247, just a boundary short of the win, Cam pushed a catch to cover to be removed for a superb 88 ending the 197 run partnership. An excellent knock from the opener showing great signs of things to come.
Missy, with little fuss, hit the winning runs to complete an emphatic 8 wicket win and finish his day on 123 not out. A captain’s knock.
Led by Pat Effeny, the first song of the season was a cracker. Some of the new boys better learn the words because if we continue to play like this we’ll be belting it out every round for the rest of this season.