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4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13

effeneyGordon lines up the Whales

Gordon 4th Grade proved too strong for Mosman in the round 13 clash at Rawson Oval.

Pat Effeney takes 7 wickets in the second dig

Captain Shayne Lin won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions on Day 1. People often question the role these conditions play, and for some reason the general consensus is low cloud activity means moisture in the air causing the ball to swing.

In a nutshell Mosman began unsteadily, with little confidence in their batting. They were rolled over for the paltry score of 82, however small scores are never easy to chase.

Star of the show was Tim Fulton claiming 6/26 in a brilliant display of swing bowling. The score could have even been less, except for the 6 dropped catches that were littered throughout the innings.

Kleem and this year's new recruit Hugo Anderson opened the batting. Kleem was aggressive early on dispatching deliveries to all parts of the ground but was dismissed for 29 with Tait also being dismissed on the same score after looking very solid. A big one is due for Kleem shortly ' this author is convinced!

Hugo noodled his way to a handy 39 given the context of the game, and it was common knowledge that we would have to ram home the advantage and put the Whales out of the game. At the end of Day 1 the Stags were 4/105 and were satisfied with the day's effort.

The start of Day 2 was a relaxing affair for those who batted and bowled the previous week, with the assumption that greater things would have to take place later in the day. Anthony Sherman made a well compiled 41 bringing the Stags' innings of 8/202 declared to a conclusion.

Mosman proved a little more stubborn in their 2nd innings, on a much better day for batting, posting a total of 248. Pat Effeney continued his impressive year with the Stags collecting 7/49 which was a marvellous effort.

Unfortunately the Stags had just 8 overs to chase down 120 runs. The innings started swiftly with Kleem taking 18 off the 1st over but the mission proved too difficult with fielders scattered all along the boundary.

It is now that the Stags must take care of the Saints if we are to play a part in this season's finals. Stay tuned!

Mitchell Kleem


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