4th Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 11
4th Grade in a massive outright win
Fourth grade are running into contention for finals this year following a huge win over NDs. Shane 'I never lose tosses' Lin lost his 3rd toss for the year and the ND's skipper chose to make use of what appeared a good Killara wicket.
Cubbage in vintage form with the ball
As most of us know, the first hour is crucial as any life in a pitch is generally early on in an innings. That being said, Bangs nicked off the opener 6th ball into the first over and then got another a few overs later. With a great start, the Gordon bowlers really stuck to their task and cleaned up ND's for 139.
Pick of the bowlers by far was Charlie who picked up 5/40 with some classy out swingers and was supported well by James Kidd 2-22, Hugh Sinclair 2-29 and Adam Cubbage 1-18. Hugh, in his grade debut, is a great find for us as we push towards the finals. He bowled with great control with his in swingers and was unlucky not to have picked up a few more.
After scoring 170 in the T20 then chasing down Manly's 170 in 26 overs the week before, the flood gates opened as we finished the day 7/238 of 26 overs. It would come as no surprise to anyone who's been a part of the Gordon Cricket Club over the past 9 years to know that it was Mitch 'don't bowl length' Kleem who's early onslaught of 85, including an effortless 4 sixes, kept us going at nearly 10 an over with brilliant assistance from Shane 'fence clearer' Lin who slammed 48 with 5 sixes.
Everyone in the middle order helped continue the run rate at just over 9 an over with Medcalf 17, Crosland 24, Retallick 27, Franklin 11 respectivly. A special mention must go out to Will 'rather do it in singles then sixes' Medcalf who has copped some flack over the week being the only one of the top 6 not to clear the fence. In his defence, he didn't need to as his partnership with Mitch yielded 60 plus runs.
The second week saw just as much excitement as the first week on another good Killara deck. Shane declared first thing and gave the new ball to the first innings hero Charlie and Sinclair who again kept things tight.
The skipper Shayne Lin keeps a watchful eye on proceedings
This brought about the first wicket to Hugh (1-36) caught 3rd slip with Charlie (3-43) and Kidd (1-37) both picking up one and keeping their ends tight. This allowed Cubbage to attack from the other end and pick up his best figures for the year of 6 for 58 off 15.1. His decision to listen and pay attention to a Higgins leg spin clinic during the week actually paid off! Having bowled ND's out a second time for 190 gave the Stags a total of 92 to get achieve the outright in 22 overs.
Kleem was out early and was followed by Medcalf but Gav and 'Retro' Retallick finished the innings off in about 14 overs with Gav notching up a well compiled 56 not out and Retro an unbeaten 21. An awesome win that had us jump from 13th to 8th on the ladder and only 3 points out of the top 6. Bring on the Rif!
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