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4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 10 (Day 1)

4th Grade Report v Blacktown - Day 1

A good 1st day for the 4th Grade lads on Saturday. Gordon 9dec/305 v Blacktown 4/20. A nice position to be in, and the result of some very good batting ' three players passed 50 ' and sensible bowling late in the day. Also nice to see some spare parts of the Ferrari back together in the same team, playing again at Chatswood Oval. I'd reckon that when bits of the Ferrari are in a team, things are probably going to be OK.

The engine room of the Ferrari fine tunes his motor

Captain Michael won the toss and, after some earlier consideration of the grassy wicket, elected to bat. It was the right move. Sherman and Steve Colley (watch this space) got the team off to a great start and we raced to 60 without loss, from only a dozen overs. Sherman then chased a wide one, and was caught behind for 29. He could have scored 1000. Mitchell Kleem took up the reins, and was clearly determined to make a big score.

Steve Colley fell soon after, however, also for 29. He is a very likely prospect. Only 15, but with a temperament apparently well advanced of that, he was selective in his shot making, and looked in complete control.

If he applies himself sensibly ' and I strongly suspect that he will ' then his future is very bright indeed.

Kieran Jones joined Kleem, and the two commenced to give momentum back to the innings. Jones was the first to fall, for 52, but by then the side was in good shape. Stu Slocombe missed out, but Captain Michael ensured that his side was not going to let a good opportunity slip, and with Kleem, got a third good partnership up. Kleem eventually fell for a very well made 58 ' one of the most mature innings that I've seen him play.

Stobo has big expectations of this young pup Colley

Kanangara, among other things a very fine trampoline salesman in his spare time, looked a little scratchy early, but then found his feet, and helped Michael take the score well past 250. Michael fell for 58, Kanangara for 38, but by then a good total was secure.

Sweeney played his usual competent innings in the lower order, and Stobo got his usual duck. Again. Two innings this season, and no runs to show for it.

And this one was particularly embarrassing. A lusty swipe to the third ball he faced, a short one outside off stump. Ball skied, and catch duly taken at mid-on.

Even by Stobo's standards it was appalling.

The declaration followed soon thereafter.

Van Schalkwyk and Stobo opened the bowling. Van Schalkwyk bowled a particularly good spell, continually made the batsmen play, and was always a threat. He claimed the first wicket, with a beauty that clipped the top of off stump. A true fast bowler's wicket. Three more were to fall before the day was out, and Gordon was very well placed going into Day 2.

The Blacktown side is young, but they certainly seem like a good group of fellows. They stuck to their guns during what must have been a long day for them, and I admire that. Their captain is a good man. I enjoyed having a beer with him after the game, and he has the pleasure of playing in the same side as his son (who happened to capture four of our wickets). No doubt they are disappointed by the state of the game, but they'll turn up on Saturday determined to make a fist of it.

RM Stobo


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