3rd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16
A talented bunch of stags rocked up to St George confident of good day of cricket and a strong win. Immediately, the opposition tried to throw us off our game by providing without a doubt one of the grubbiest change rooms in the southern hemisphere.
Dan Stickland looks to make an impact against the Saints
Fortunately for me my kit did fit in the shower which was surprisingly the cleanest part of the room. After a strong warm up and great captaincy at the coin toss by the world renowned author 'Missy' Higgins, we found ourselves bowling on a lively pitch and pumped for a good days work.
The team started from the get go with Dan Stickland and Lachy Borg bowling great lines, Sticks grabbing the first pole caught behind. Borgy too was rewarded for his hard work, snaring their dangerous number three courtesy of the Grade Cricketer at second slip.
With the Saints sitting at 2 for 30 odd the Stags turned up the heat and put on a masterclass. Tim Ferrero, accompanied by long-time admirer Tiddles on the side line with his Kodak, bowled beautifully and grabbed back to back wickets and was awfully close to a superb hat trick.
Charlie Booth didn’t want to be left out and as usual tied up the other end, leading to false shots and wickets. Within the next hour, after some stumpings, bowleds and a run out, the Saints were squirming at an incredible 8-53. However from then until the conclusion of the match it was all St George.
Despite continually bowling well the batsman showed great class and the 9th wicket partnership added 72 and then a further 25 for the 10th wicket. As such, the Saints soared to 151 and it seemed like the pitch had flattened out. Charlie Booth was the pick of our bowlers with 3-23 from his 10 overs.
Charlie Booth took three poles to give the Stags a chance at victory
Mick Roberts also had a cracking game behind the stumps with 6 dismissals including 3 stumpings. His improvement over the season with his gloves has been fantastic.
Special shout out to Scott O’Brien for getting a wicket, a surprisingly uncommon occurrence this year. Surely he’s due for a bag of wickets soon as he continues to bowl solid game after game.
Gordon’s batting performance isn’t much to talk about. Early and regular wickets didn’t allow any partnerships to form and we never looked like reaching the target. Whilst the Saints bowled well and not much went our way, it appears not many of us fully applied ourselves at the crease.
Ian Higgins tried his best however he had next to no help and eventually departed for 36 as one of the last wickets. Our final score concluded on a disappointing 80 runs.
Unfortunately, Lachy Borg re-dislocated his left shoulder whilst batting and a long stint in the hospital could mean the end of the season for him. We all wish him the very best in his recovery.
Whilst there were several positives from our bowling and fielding performance our batting clearly had a shocking day at the office. However, 3rd Grade is still very much in the hunt for the finals and looking to greatly improve from Saturday’s performance.