4th Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2
4th Grade bring home the points
The start of round two saw the 4th grade team at home for the second successive game, only this time we were pushed out of Chatswood oval by second grade who in turn were pushed out of Killara Oval by first grade due to the horse flu affecting the lions first grade home ground. We were greeted with two picture perfect days straight out of the Queensland weather bureau.
Harry Turner during his brilliant display with the willow
Day 1 - After the covers and sightscreens had been taken care off, the skipper managed to keep his perfect percentage (that being 100%) with the toss being lost twice in two weeks.
Fairfield-Liverpool predictably decided to have a bat on what was, as it turned out, a good wicket with quite a bit of grass covering it. It was a good tight battle between bat and ball, where we bowling good tight lines making the batsmen work hard for their runs, and this was reflected at tea with the score at 3/116 after 40 overs. The skipper would have liked a few more wickets but on the whole was pretty happy with what the team produced.
The pick of the bowlers was, for the second game in a row, wheels Kennedy (2/16 off 13), who was well supported by his good mate (and quite possibly a real contender for the hairiest man award, at the club, and maybe even beating the skipper of 5th grade) Cubbage (3/46 off 16) and Knox's young gun Rob Edwards (2/48 off 12).
The next 40 overs was a bit of a mixed bag for the young stags as the heat of the day and wickets in hand for the Lions started to tell. Dropped catches was what hurt us the most as the lions posted 288 for 9 off the allotted 80 overs.
Day 2 ' The skipper of the Lion's team then threw out a sporting declaration giving us the chance to bat the same amount of overs on a day 2 pitch that had some wear and tear around the popping creases. This didn't deter us as Stuart 'Choppy' Slocombe (7) and Las (14) got us underway. Choppy was out trying the old suicide run hitting the ball almost straight back to the bowler and running when the score was on 14. Las then crunched one straight into the Lion's skipper's stomach/armpit and was duly out caught with the score on 41. Cam Crawford after his successful bout in 5th grade last week came and went for 5, the victim of what could've been a telling decision.
Harry Turner was next in after coming off on top in 5th grade the previous week as well, and the youngster didn't disappoint. He and Marvell (who went in at the loss of the first wicket) then put on a valuable partnership (69) before Marvell was stumped after tea for 54. Edwards (3) and Soper (9) came and went and with the score at 6-171 after 62 overs it was starting to look like we had left our run a little late.
Brett Marvell on his way to his half-century
Then enter Cubbage, fresh from reeking havoc with his fizzing fingers (I hear Tiddles was quite impressed), the two then put on a match winning display of fours and cheeky singles to bring the Stags home in a canter. The pair added 118 runs in 16.3 overs. It was exciting and thrilling and all at the ground (about 15 spectators) went home with a smile on their faces after watching a wonderful display of batting from the pair. Turner finished with 133* and Cubbage with 44*.
A great win for the 4th's against tough opposition.
What a day, what a weekend'''go you Sea Eagles (the reporter did actually have the knowledge of the result from the night before, just to rub it in to some club mates).
Congrats to 3rd grade who also got up in a tight fight, and to Higgins who scored his maiden (test?) century for the Stags (if you haven't heard about it give it time and I'm sure he'll tell you all about it).