4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3- 2015/16
We arrived at Killara for the first home game of the season hoping to rectify our performance from the previous week. From the get-go, the warm-ups were sharp and we looked switched on.
Despite Mitch’s early blunder, bringing the wrong tea, he started the match off in style, hitting boundaries to all areas of the ground, whilst also being able to manipulate the ball into gaps.
Mitch Kleem in glorious form, catipulting the Stags innings towards 400
Stan at the other end was the rock, just ticking the strike over, before falling victim to a short ball. A very solid 23, but we expect more from Stanly. Meanwhile, Mitch was still firing along, reaching his 50 in no time, with Dom Thompson also looking very impressive at number 3.
As Dom continued to impress, Mitch notched up his first century of the season, it was an absolute delight to watch, he got us off to an absolute flyer and really set the tone for the day. He wasn’t done there though, he continued on his way to 115, before being caught, outstanding innings.
Michael Roberts looks down the ground for his half century
We lost a couple of quick wickets after this, with Dom being dismissed by a great catch at cover, and the skipper, Corbin Edgar, deciding to leave one…. which unfortunately took his off-stump. I’m sure this won’t happen again.
This brought two new batsmen to the crease, ‘Chambo’ Chamberlin and Lachy Borg. They continued along nicely, both notching up 50’s before both being dismissed, both caught at long on. Lachy in particular seems to be making a habit of this.
Michael Roberts continued the run scoring, making an effortless 55, looking the pick of the bats for the day, before once again bunting it to long on.
Next match hopefully we can all put our hands up to go on with the job.
Next to the crease, Charlie Booth. He came out looking very fine, playing some aggressive strokes and picking the gaps with ease. Vik Nehru, Sam ‘Watto’ Watts and ‘Lez’ Leighton all contributed down the order and brought us to a very formidable total of 9/404.
Vik Nehru plays the team role, tying up an end for Watts to capitalise
Corbin decided to declare in order to get 10 overs at them before the close of play. With the energy levels through the roof and Lezley’s chat on point, we were ready to have a real crack for a few overs.
Watto and Vik took the new ball and did a very good job for us. Watto had an immediate impact, taking the first three wickets of the match in no time. He was charging in, moving the ball in the air and really got us going in the field. Vik tied up the other end and helped force the errors of the North Sydney batsmen.
We started Day 2 with high hopes. With North Sydney already 3-22, needing a further 380 to win, we were in the box seat. However, it was no walk in the park. Watto and Vik started the day off for us again, both working very hard, but the pitch was offering very little in return. It looked to be a great deck to bat.
Almost... just short in the slips. Even against the Bears!
With this in mind, and the seamers unable to get a break trough, the skip turned to Boothy. He had an immediate impact taking two wickets in two overs. Well-deserved for Boothy who bowled extremely well in the previous match but was very unlucky.
From here we again had to toil, with Lez bowling well but unable to get a breakthrough, and Boothy continuing to bowl tight. This brought the skip to the attack. Yet to bowl for the season, he brought himself on at the perfect time, taking a wicket in his first over. He continued in this fashion to claim another wicket for the spell, a great return to the bowling crease.
I must note the catching in the slip cordon was exceptional all day. Chambo’s catch diving forward to claim Boothy’s first scalp was very impressive, Boothy took a screamer off Corbin’s bowling, and Corbin took an absolute blinder the previous week off Watto’s bowling. We hope this trend continues!
After Corbin’s break through Lachy Borg took one wicket, which took us to tea. From here we only needed to claim 2 more wickets to seal victory and with North Sydney only 156, we gave ourselves every chance to have another crack at a second innings win as well.
Sam Watts, working well in partnership with Nehru, takes the spoils this round, with 3 poles alongside his skipper
Despite our ambition, the tail certainly wagged, and the last two wickets of the match were not easy to obtain. We had to work hard and dig in, as North Sydney took a very negative approach to there batting.
Corbin’s captaincy through this period was exceptional, chopping and changing the bowlers, hoping to get that needed break through. In the end, he himself stepped up to claim the ninth wicket. However, this wicket can also be attributed to Ben Leighton’s impressive chat, talking the batman out of it.
Mitch Kleem is captured here punching multiple holes through the North Sydney field
Lachy captured the final wicket with only 20 or so overs to go in the day. As much as it was tempting to strap on the pads again, we decided to call it a day and take the 6 points.
It was a great match, with all team members contributing to the win. I think it is safe to say we are enjoying each other’s company thus far, with good banter flowing through out the day. Hopefully we can keep in good form, and push hard all year.