4th Grade Report vs Sydney Uni - Round 3
4th Grade Report vs Sydney Uni
Down old Chatswood way, the 4ths had the pleasure of a their first home game at the picturesque ground of Chatswood Oval. With a good vibe coming out of the Gordon camp in search of our first win of the season, as stand in skipper, Jones informed the team that the now acclaimed Ahmed 'sprinting' session would not be undertaken but rather, a light jog and a few fielding drills would do the trick.
In between dodging the morning traffic and viewing the pitch, Jonesy decided that, if he won the toss, he would bat. Yet the luck of the coin didn't fall his way as Uni's skipper Greg Matthews said his team would have a bat.
(David Thomlinson in action)
With early assistance from the pitch, the Uni openers struggled against the swing of Lee and the pace and bounce of Sawtell yet were able to survive the early onslaught and they were then able to pounce on some lose bowling. After the 10th over, the signs were not looking good for the young stags as Uni raced away to be 0/80. The introduction of Dave 'Tomo' Thomlinson (1/40 off 10) and James 'Keno' Kennedy (0/37 off 7) enabled us to slowly peg back the students as Tommo managed to sneak one around the legs of a sweeping opener. From then on they both bowled beautifully without luck but kept the scoring rate down.
Replacing Kennedy was Cubbage (2/44 off 10) who had been copping some flack due to the high expectations from punters keen to get valuable fantasy points. He was able to bowl tight lines and find a bit of turn in the wicket. At the other end Mayur 'insert nickname here' Kulkarni (0/60 off 10) was also introduced and bowled well, resulting in a mixup with the batsmen, as Uni's No. 3 punched the ball down to deep mid off only for Mayur to stick out his hand on his follow through then stroll to the stumps and remove the bails. Students 2/136. Cubbage picked up 2 quick wickets to have the Students at 4/170 with ten to bowl.
(James Kennedy at Chatswood)
With tight bowling from Kennedy and Siriwardhane at the death, our young team was able to restrict the Students to a very gettable total of 260 on what seemed like a great wicket.
After an sumptuous lunch and numerous stories of Matty Makepeace's trips through Europe, Stuart 'Choppy' Slocombe (36) and Lass Kannangara (23) set about chasing down the total. Both played fine knocks but to Lass's disappointment, he was out missing a full toss on the first ball from the newly introduced Uni leggy. Choppy continued his sparkling form playing some lustrous drives but was undone by a jaffer that seamed in through the minute gap between bat and pad. Makepeace, Mayur and Shenal all fell cheaply. With wickets falling around him, Jones took it upon himself to resurrect the Stag's innings, with some mighty blows that cleared the pavilion and landed on the train tracks which required 2 new balls. Soon after Jones fell for a well made 46. Lee was then at the crease showing solid defensive techniques but fell to a rising bouncer that he top edged down to deep fine leg.
This brought the two youngsters Cubbage and Kennedy together at the crease and together, they set out to chip away at the total. Both batted well as Kennedy unleashed some of his signature cover drives and the pair combined for a 65 run partnership to bring the Stags within reach of the total. Kennedy lost his wicket falling to a topspinner from the leggy and was caught and bowled for 35. Dave 'Tomo' Thomlinson then joined Cubbage and after some long hits, held out to deep mid-on. With one wicket, 18 balls to be bowled and 25 runs to get, the game was still there to be won but, to the delight of the students, Cubbage (41 n.o.) and Sawtell had a mix up only for Sawtell to find himself short of the crease.
(Adam Cubbage at Chatswood)
It was a disappointing end to what was a good game of cricket. The Stags had every opportunity to win but for the second time this season, fell agonisingly short. We now look forward to next week when hopefully we will be back on winning terms.
Until next week
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