4th Grade Report vs Sutherland - Round 3
Fourth Grade fight back, but an unfortunate loss
After our almighty captain Shayne Lin continued his amazing form with the toss, which I might add he has never ever loss! The Stags decided to have a bat first on what looked like a very good Killara wicket.
Mr Hugo 'Weaving' Anderson and Michael "Miccy D's" Dalrymple cross for one
After witnessing the worst possible start, which saw us losing our two experience openers before you can blink your eyes, the team pulled together to score a modest 182-9. With Tjaard Tait(21), Hugo Anderson(33) and Michael Dalrymple(26) all getting starts but were dismissed as soon as they got themselves in which saw the Stags struggled to 119-8. Thanks to a very brave effort from the tail, especially by newcomer Hugh Smith. Hugh batted very sensibly and was supported well by the two quick's.
Timmy Fulton (the newly promoted number 10) supported Hugh well by rotating the strike until he got out playing a premeditated sweep shot which saw him lose all 3 of his stumps. Pat Effeney, the last man in, did his best to give Hugh as much strike as possible in the last few overs, in fact Pat did such a good job that he made sure he gets that number 10 position back, especially after Timmy 'Fools' terrible sweep shot. Hugh Smith played well for his average with a 41 not out to get us to 182-9 at the end of the 50th over. This seemed like a defendable score if the bowling and fielding was good.
The bowlers however, did not come to the party until after the first drinks break. The early Sutherland batsmen were given too many scoring opportunities and, at 152-2, with the opening batsman on the way to a century, the game was going to finish embarrassingly quickly. However, the Stags from last year are renowned for their fighting qualities and those last 30 runs proved to be very difficult to chase.
All thanks to Shayne's mum showing up for some moral support giving Taity and the rest of the team a good luck wave after one of Shayne's big captaincy speeches at the drinks break. The team then started the fight back, led by a determined spell from Pat Effeney and some tight bowling from the no sightscreen end by Anthony Sherman (1-16), the Sutherland innings faltered, and runs became very hard to score.
Hugh Smith crafts an innings with the tail
At 178-8 it was anyone's game! With Pat just finishing a good spell, with figures of 31-4, Patty knocked over the Sutherland batsman with some good accurate bowling. The team continued the fight back with good fielding and tight bowling in the last few overs. Hugh(23-1) and Tim(45-1) bowled well in the end but unfortunately, the Sharks prevailed and Gordon was left to ponder what might have happened if there had been another 20-30 runs on the board.
The Stags are back at Killara next week with sightscreens on both sides against the Sydney Tigers. Now that we know what we capable of, we can take that fighting spirit into the next game and start playing to our full potential.