4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 7 - 2012/13
The 4th grade boys rocked up at to Killara Oval knowing that a win was needed against the Whales to get us back on track after last week's loss and secure a good position heading into the Christmas break.
Clem Bromwich looks to the space on the leg-side
Upon arrival at the ground, we noticed that a singlet-wearing member of the Mosman team had upstaged Shayne Lin. Not only did he have larger biceps but also, as someone mentioned, he didn’t have Shayne’s chicken legs! We also noticed that the Killara wicket looked flat yet, but with a good covering of grass which would offer some assistance to the bowlers before flattening out later in the day.
Shayne then tossed the coin and we assume he lost it (this happens quite often) and we were ordered to take to the field. A new opening bowling combination in Jack “give me a better name than Skilly” Skilbeck and Lachy “Borgy” Borg worked wonders as both bowled in probing areas and at good pace. “Skilly” was rewarded with 2 wickets in 2 balls as a bouncer rattled the opener’s cage before sending his middle stump out of the ground.
He then followed this up with a full in-swinger that had the lefty number three plumb LBW. Unfortunately his hat-trick ball was unsuccessful but, with the notoriously slow-scoring Mosman side 2-down for not-many, the pressure was well and truly on!
Not to be out-done, Lachy Borg then went about placing further pressure on the opener at the other end and luring him into an adventurous cover drive which picked out Chris “wake-y wake-y” Retallick at cover. The plan was to accumulate dots and the openers continued to do this and create further pressure. As a result, Lachy Borg induced an edge from “Shayne’s superior” and Shayne was able to break his concentration on my mother long enough to take a well-executed diving catch.
After the openers had finished their spells (Skilly 2/8 off 5 and Borgy 2/10 off 6) the author then began one of the most frustrating spells of his Gordon career to date. With encouraging calls such as “one for your mum here” ringing out from the slips, I regularly found the edge, only for it to fly through a vacant 3rd and 4th slip for 4.
Lachlan Borg takes early wickets against the Mosman side... We wonder how Shayne motivates this young bowler...
This continued for a few overs before the number 5 edged to “Chilli” Perry at first slip. A wicket in the next ball had Mosman 6 down and a bowler with a hat-trick opportunity for the second time…but no luck.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Alex “Jacko” Jackson was bowling possibly the most deceptive full tosses ever, as the batsman continued to bunt them back to Jacko to place further pressure on the away team. Jacko was eventually rewarded with 3 top-class deliveries that had the batsman in all-sorts. The first 2 were quick straight-breaks that induced some very dodgy shots before a tossed-up a wider delivery turned and beat the advancing batsman leaving Shayne Lin to whip the bails off to perform a very neat stumping.
Chris Spratt and Clem Bromwich leave the field after a very successful run chase
Another wicket to myself and a run-out to Chris “I was awake” Retallick had the Mosman side 9 down and the Gordon boys were keen to chase down a total of under a hundred. Unfortunately, as it almost always happens with a good bowling display, the last wicket proved difficult to obtain. Some good stroke play by the number 11 put Mosman past the 100 mark and also earned him the title as “best batsman in the team”…though that was not a great achievement for this particular day anyway.
A good catch at 1st slip by Jack “Quasimodo” Colley off Borgy ended the Mosman innings at 111 and the Staggies were confident that 6 points were in the bag.
We wanted to be clinical in our run chase and Mitch Kleem and debutant Chris Spratt executed this desire in brilliant fashion. Mitch was, as always, punishing and hit the unfortunate opener to all parts with anything loose. Mitch is a great opener for us, he has a great eye and if he gets away runs are always flowing and the momentum is hard to wrestle back.
Mitch fell for 36, which he was disappointed with, but the damage was done and the two new additions in Clem Bromwich and Chris Spratt saw us home with some great stroke-play both along the carpet and over the top.
All in all, a thumping 9-wicket victory to the Staggies yet we mustn’t be complacent. St George will be a difficult task next week and we must go into the match with the same intensity in the field, consistent bowling and clinical batting we displayed on Saturday. We have the blokes in the changeroom to do it and the desire…
Up Gordon, Get Fah You Bah!