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3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

As the boys turned up to the ground, the waiting started. Not because of the rain that drenched Sydney during the week, but rather to see whether Boothy would find the ground and Dom’s next excuse for being late.

Dom Thomson continues to contribute to 3rd Grade's victories. A ton around the corner perhaps? 

Boothy did… eventually… and Dom’s lack of creativity was a little disappointing after an entire Christmas break to practice. Therefore, we moved to the warm up and, after a few stretches and a catch and a throw, it was time for the toss. The pitch was a little tacky and lots of grass, so you can only imagine how happy the top order were when Missy won the toss and chose to bowl.

After Dan Stickland's first over it was clear that it was a bowler’s paradise, with balls shooting up at the batsmen from a good length. 

Will Calov teamed up well with Dan Stickland to put pressure on the Students early at St Pauls - home of some of the smallest changerooms 

With some disciplined bowling from Will Calov and Stickers, wickets started to fall with Will taking the first, caught at point, quickly followed by Stickers finding the outside edge and Boothy taking a sharp catch at third slip.

Things got even better next ball when the batsman decided to leave the ball on off stump.

As wickets continued to fall, the main stayer was Jono New, bowling up the hill and into the wind. 

Jono New, keen to impress against his old club, did exactly that! 

Jono was beating batsmen with swing, or drift - hard to tell if it was just the wind pushing it. Playing against his old club, Jono picked up a 4 wicket haul. Gotta love it!!

After a quality bit of bowling from our quicks it left Sydney University all out for 71.

Knowing that it was going to be a difficult run chase the Stags started off well, getting to 20 for no loss, but unfortunately a couple of quick wickets were lost, bringing Dom to the crease, where he scored a vital 29 alongside Lachie Stewart who ended up on 42 not out.

Gordon achieved first innings points on Day One for the loss of 6 wickets.

After rain delays on the second day, the order came from the skip to get as many as we can as quickly as we can, the score was 9/131 when Missy declared.

Will Calov and Dan Stickland form a great opening pair 

After sending the students back in leaving them with a 60 run deficit, intentions were shown early on by the students by attacking our bowlers to knock off the 60 runs, wickets fell but runs also came freely, the students finished up with 5/215. 

Tim Ferrero draws the batsman into a false shot 

During this innings, we were shown why David Warner can hit the ball so hard with a Sydney Uni player batting with a tree trunk called the kaboom, he ended up with a century with some of the cleanest ball striking I've ever seen.

Gordon Stags were set 156 in 24 over's, the plan was to go hard early and see if we could run it down, Steve Bristow started off well by hitting boundaries but wickets fell on a regular bases which changed our approach. 

We found ourselves at 5/34 and Sydney Uni getting a roll on. The forward defence did its job leaving us at 6/48 after the 24 over's.

Not sure if Lachie Stewart's shot is your text book forward defence, but it certainly did its job towards the end of the day 

A satisfying first innings win over the competition leaders.

Matthew "Wendy" Chamberlain


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