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4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 14 - 2017/18

Gordon 4th grade skipper Stuart Bromley lost the toss and the Stags were sent in on a wicket, that soon began to crumble.

It wasn’t a good start for the Stags who lost a couple of quick wickets in Cam New and Mitch Kleem, however Naba Haider and Dash Ratnam were able to steady the ship with 26 and 28 respectively. 

In fact it was a day where most batsman chipped in including Stuart Bromley who added a solid 35 aswell as Liam Windell with 24, Manus Chauhan 11 and Vik Nehru 11*. 

Naba dug in to help the Stags post a competitive total.

By now the pitch at both ends had started to crumble and made it difficult for batsman and for bowlers to get proper grip. 

The Sharks had a tough period to get through and finished at 7/35 Stumps. An outright was needed if the Stags were to progress through to the semis.

The line and length from the bowlers was exceptional with Matt Keane taking 3 for 4 and Vik Nehru 3 for 13.

On day 2 the lads were greeted with hot and humid conditions and a wicket that looked like a belter.

A solid warm up with a game of touch football put us in the right frame of mind

The bowlers took the last three wickets in 8 overs and Sutherland were forced to follow on.

Matt Keane took 3/4 in the first innings!

At 7/53 it looked as though there we’d have some early beers, however a stubborn sixth and seventh wicket partnerships put an end to that.

The Sharks were eventually dismissed with a 30 run lead and Gordon had eight overs to get the runs. 

Pick of the bowlers were Liam Windel 4 for 33 and Manus Chauhan 2 for 14.

Mitch Kleem was the only casualty, being given out to a delivery that clipped his left shoulder. Dash Ratnam and Cam New did an outstanding job getting us to the end.
The Stags will now look for another win against Blacktown this Saturday to confirm a spot in the finals.

Thanks Mitch


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