4th Grade Report vs Wests - Round 8
4th Grade doesn't get the gift they wanted
4th Grade entered the round against Western Suburbs at Beauchamp with high hopes of cementing a place in the top 6, and entering the Christmas break in a strong position. However, two Saturdays of poor application and concentration meant that 4th Grade lost to a side which we should really have beaten.
James 'Billy' Kidd celebrates taking a bag full of wickets against Wests
The game didn't start well with Lin losing the toss on a belter. However, it was not long before Wests were in trouble at 5-27 after great bowling from the openers James Kidd (4 wickets) and Dan Lake (2 wickets), who were then backed up by the Pom Josh Poysden (3 wickets). However some poor fielding and a loss of intensity meant that Wests were able to fight back. They reached 6-170 before Kidd swiftly finished off the tail to see Wests bowled out for 194. Though we would have taken this result on such a flat wicket at the beginning of the day, in reality we should have bowled them out for much less.
The Gordon bats were left with 16 over to face out, however with 2-37 the game was left very much in the balance for the second week. With the resumption of play on the second day 4th Grade were almost immediately on the back foot with the loss of 4 wickets within the first ten overs. For those new to Beauchamp, there is generally some life in the deck for the first hour, before it turns into a batsman's paradise. It is here we needed the application.
The batsmen continued to fight hard and it was the lower order who showed those further up the order how it is done. Iqbal Ahmed batted with much maturity despite only celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday. He played aggressively and was well supported by Hugh Smith (18) and Dan Lake. Dan Lake (20 not out) and James Kidd (21) then backed up their heroics with the ball to push us closer to the Wests target. However after a last stand of 40 we were bowled out for 170. This was really a poor effort on such a good batting wicket, and the job of reaching the total should not have been left to the last 4 batsmen. There is no excuse and if we want to feature in finals cricket our batting needs to improve and back up the efforts of the bowlers.