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4th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Killara, once again, whether you believe it or not, produced a flat batting wicket for the game against Easts. With quite an overcast day and a thick outfield, Easts won the toss and elected to bowl.

Dom Thomson looks to make a difference in the second dig 

With a prime batting wicket ready for runs to be scored on we were enthusiastic to make the most of it…. or were we.

Wickets began to fall early in our innings and partnership were very hard to come by. Easts gave us as many chances as possible to establish ourselves dropping upward of half a dozen catches, but the Gordon batsman were unable to make the most of their opportunities with only Kleem, Turki and Watts able to make double figures.

After 33.4 overs we were dismissed for a dismal 51.

We knew it was going to take a big bowling effort to at least stay in the game for second innings and James Kidd produced a quality early spell creating a few chances that went begging. After dropping Easts hot head S. Pointer early on he continued with countless opportunities to serve lip to the bowlers and make his way to an unbeaten 74, while the other Easts batsman around him looked to score quickly. 

After these early chances the Easts batsman didn’t give too many more declaring late in the day at 3/176 and sending us back in with 8 overs to negate at the end of the day. Mitch and Stan saw these overs off with some diligent batting and we ended the day at 0/18. On a positive note Nehru’s 9 overs 1/25 was the pick of the bowlers, bowling a consistent line and length passing the edge frequently in his spell. 

The second day was a day for Gordon to redeem its mistakes of the first innings and bat for the day to save itself from conceding an outright victory. Mitch Kleem started positively with the bat cracking a few boundaries early on, making his intentions to the Easts bowlers. 

This positivity was however short lived as what seemed the impossible began to happen all over again. A moment of de ja vu had begun to creep into the Gordon batsmens heads and they began to relive the demons from the 1st innings. With a lack of intent and patience from the Gordon batsmen the possibility of batting out the day slowly began to slip away. 

The only resistance of a fight back came from Lachie Stewart who made an admirable 39 before being caught trying to put one over the top of mid-off.

In the end Gordon fell 3 runs short of having to make Easts bat again. Let’s hope to see a big turn-out of 4’s players at training and turn around a very disappointing two days against Easts to have a big win out at Penrith next round!

Tim Diehm


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