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4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 1

Tjaard TaitBowlers come through for 4th Grade

Gordon travelled out to Blacktown to start of the season looking to go one better than last year. We welcomed to the side a few fresh faces as well as some old ones coming back form last season. The pitch at Blacktown was flat as we won the toss and decided to have a bat with an idea that it would be a great day for batting and scoring plenty of runs. The only difficulty that we should encounter was the wind which was causing a lot of problems when trying to remain still at the crease.

Taity gets his castle re-arranged

We got off to a flyer with the first 2 over going for 30 with Pic(17) blasting boundaries and a little help from wides. However the early loss of Hugo for the first wicket sparked a major collapse losing the majority of the top order before the 1st drinks break as we were 5 for 70. Tom 'Ledge Jnr' Ledgerwood came in at number 7 and immediately went after the bowling and started the rescue mission. After a well made 59 he was dismissed and the Stags were all out for 166.

After the poor display with the bat we still knew that 166 runs on the board will be enough if we bowl well and hold our catches. Fulton and Effany took the new ball and applied the pressure which led to the first wicket via a run out to Hugo. Tim rolled through the top order taking 3 wickets in his first spell with a couple of dropped chances. Pat offered great support at the other end only going for 15 in his first 7 with an edge falling just short of the keeper. Ledge Jnr came on to bowl and did a good job keeping the wickets coming taking three himself.

Anthony Sherman - PicCubbage bowled very accurately all day in the difficult windy condition and only went for a very economical 29 off his 10 overs. With the score 7 for 79 we were completely outplaying Blacktown and wanted to finish of the game well. However a loss of concentration in the field led to a couple of dropped catches and a 50 run partnership that put the game in doubt. Hugh Smith came on and managed to break the partnership and take two wickets doing a great job when the game was in the balance. Tait, who claimed the last wicket and added to his 1 run for the day, may not have made a wise choice in naming himself the captain of his fantasy team.

'Pic' Sherman gets his side off to a flyer

The game didn't go as smoothly as we would have liked, but a win is a win with the batsmen clearly showing their rust and offering poor shot selection. The bowlers did a great job today bowling a good line and being patient. There is plenty of work to be done, but the 4th grade side is one that will go from strength to strength each week and play some exciting cricket this year. Well done to the club in taking 4 wins which is a great start to the year. Good luck to everyone next week and let's knock Bankstown off.

Shayne Lin


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