4th Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 7
4th Grade gets up over Parramatta
Coming off a narrow win last round, 4th grade needed a strong performance to secure 6 points and keep us in touch with the leaders . Facing a strong Parramatta team, and with some of our batsmen missing from last round, we did at least have the home ground advantage.
Another game at Chatswood and another glass surface to play on. Man of the match from last week, Inzie, won the toss and decided that we would have a shot at batting first on a flat deck [is it ever any different at Chatswood?].
Captain Courageous leads from the front
Again, the formidable partnership of the free hitting Kleem and young gun Colley set up a solid platform with a 50 partnership for the first wicket until a mix up resulted in Kleem being run out for 27. I was not there for this, but second hand information suggests Kleem looked as though he was swatting flies as he ran back trying to make his ground in poorly disguised attempt to avoid the ball hitting the stumps!
Kleem's wicket brought Choppy Chop to the crease and he combined with Colley for a lively 70 run partnership. Runs flowed freely for the pair throughout their partnership and they both made batting look as easy as a stroll through the Mandarin centre. Colley's innings ended on 70 as he tried to chip the bowler over mid-wicket only to pick out one of the tallest in the team who took a superb one handed catch.
Dr Jones and Choppy looked to keep the runs flowing after our solid start. Some clean hitting from Jones and some well-timed drives from Choppy moved the score along to 2/133. Then, much to the Doctors disgust, he was run out backing up too far when Choppy Chop hit another clean drive only for the bowler to brush it back on to the stumps leaving Jones stranded on unlucky 13.
Choppy was caught soon after for 40. Captain Courageous joined Tips and continued his aggressive form. Although this may have been a case of showing off to someone in the crowd, he produced a fine innings of 57 which included some sparkling shots. After a partnership of 45, Tips fell 3 short of another half century out caught.
The Umpire and Choppy both keep close watch over the young fast bowler Emile
The in-form batsman BIC or Robbie Williams combined with the captain to post a very quick 53 run partnership of which BIC contributed 15 and was caught trying to lift the run rate. Cubbage-Wilson joined the man of the moment and within a few balls, Iqbal charged the spinner only to miss it by a good 2 foot and was stumped for 57. At this stage the score was 7/310.
With about 15 overs to be bowled in the day Lass (3*) and Cubbs (22*) thought of having a bit of a look at the bowling for an over or two then let lose with about 10 overs to go. However, a message from the captain and we had 3 overs before a declaration would be made. This brought about cheeky singles and some lustrious blows to leave the score at 7 dec. 337. We left ourselves 6 overs to bowl at the young Parramatta openers.
The spearhead of our attack, Judge, opened up from the Nursing Home end and broke through early with both the opener and first drop back in the sheds. At the end of the day he finished with 2/14 off 3. At the other end Plumer toiled hard without luck and was replaced by the captain for the last over of the day as is fast becoming tradition. El Capitano picked up an LBW when he turned towards the umpire and ever so quietly asked the question as the batsman shouldered arms. The ump agreed with him and the batsman was sent on his way. Parramatta 3/30 odd at stumps and things were looking good.*********************************
Week 2 was the day after the Stags luncheon which didn't seem to affect 4th grade to the same extent as other grades with only Captain Iqbal being able to attend lunch, he was the only one looking a tad worse for wear. The thought of Parramatta being 3/30 seemed to relax the team a bit and to arrive at the ground the full of confidence.Plummer toils away on a flat Chatswood deck
Plummer picked up an early wicket but then to our surprise and to Parramatta's credit, they put on a superb159 run stand for the 5th wicket of which the opener made 109 and the captain 97. This partnership showed that fortune favours the brave and riding your luck is what it's all about given both batsmen were dropped on numerous occasions. It was throughout this partnership that we lost our intensity and allowed them well and truly back into the game.
It was Plums who finally got the break after toiling hard throughout the day, dismissing the opener and the number 5 batsmen. But runs continued to flow and slowly another partnership formed until a fatal mistake of trying a quick single to square leg to where yours truly was fielding. With all three stumps to aim at, Cubby was just able to clip the side of off stump and at 7/270 with plenty of overs to go, the game was still in the balance.
Emile, Inzi and Las congratulate Cubbage on his direct hit
The man of the moment then provided another 'Brilliant' bowling change to bring himself back on and wrap up the last 3 wickets giving him 4 for the match. Parramatta all out for 301.
All the bowlers worked hard all day in the heat,
Plummer (3/88 off 16) was our break through man,
Emile (0/53 off 13) with his second week in the field bowled well with out luck,
Frago (0/32 off 11) worked hard with tight lines, and was unlucky not to have some poles next to his name but took two crucial catches.
BIC (0/16 off 4)
Cubbage (0/30 off 7)
A win's a win but a stronger fielding performance will be needed for next week.