4th Grade Report v Manly - Round 9
4th Grade retain the Mal Hall trophy
With the Mall Hall trophy up for grabs it was all to play for as Gordon met Manly on a hot day at Killara. The deck was hard with a tinge of green, a perfect day for batting. The day could have started a lot better with Tim Fulton rolling his ankle during the warm up. Shayne lost the toss and we were sent into the field. Throughout the day the bowlers did their job, their lines were good and the fielding was tight. We knew that today was all about patience, if we didn't crack the wickets would fall.
Skipper Shayne Lin pounds one over the fence
Josh 'Pom' Poysden provided the first two scalps and found himself on a hatrick, Manly were 2-60. The Manly batsman had to work hard for their runs for the remainder of the day as the bowlers kept them in check. A star studded bowling line up of James 'Billy the' Kidd, Tim 'one ankle' Fulton, Nick Medcalf, Pom, Iqbal Ahmed and Tjaard Tait kept the beach boys at bay and only allowed them to score 251. Special mention goes to Tim for bowling with a completely screwed up ankle. He was rewarded for his efforts with 2 scalps. The story of the day however goes to the Pom, picking up his first '5fa' for the season, and a great way to start the New Year.
Unfortunately for myself and Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn, Josh's final wicket in the 77th over meant that we would have to go out to face the music for an over. The over was faced out with ease and the Stags found themselves 0/1 chasing 252 at the end of the days play. A good effort by the lads to keep Manly to 251 on such a good deck, the only disappointing factor of the day was the spread provided by our boys, which consisted solely of chips and lollies.
Day 2 saw early wickets fall and the Stags at 3-70 at the second drinks break. A steady partnership was needed to rectify the situation. Medcalf joined the list soon and the skipper Lin was joined by Tait at the crease. The steadily growing partnership was ended as Shayne (24) departed. Enter Clem 'We'll call you Brom, because Clem is an old man's name' Bromwich. Brom joined Taity needing 5-6 runs an over for victory. Brom's luck came early, having bunted one straight back to the bowler, the opposition didn't appeal, this allowed the young feller to cut loose and he compiled a quick fire 80* while bombing 6 sixes.
Tait plays yet another 'supporting' role to get the Stags across the line
Taity supported him well at the other end and accumulated 64*. This 120 run partnership saw us through to the end, 5 wickets down with two overs to spare.
The Mal Hall Trophy safely in our possession, having proudly never left, we headed down to the Chelsea Bar to reflect on the game and our former clubman.
A top start to 2010 and something we will definitely be looking to continue. Quick learners, the boys noted the mistakes of day one's spread and the standard was lifted. This is a trend that should continue in the coming games. Bring on the Hawks!
Bowling combination Tim Fulton and James 'Billy' Kidd doing some damage