4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16
4th Grade this round began with a soggy outfield, but a hard, flat wicket. Thankfully the few days of rain had not made it’s way onto the pitch, and with the excessive heat which had also been around the week before, the deck looked like a cracker.
Mitch Kleem is coming into a rich vein of form at the right time in the season
The day began with Captain ‘Les’ Leighton losing the toss and being sent in, which was something that the rest of the team was happy to go with, as we all ran around on a soggy outfield with the intense top 6 vs bottom 5 game of fielding soccer.
McMurray and Kleem started the innings off cautiously. Kleem with a flourish of 1’s around the ground, playing himself in. McMurray was not so lucky, with a good grab at first slip with the score at 1/10.
Turki, who struggles to put together one of these match reports himself, made a solid start, as usual, looking comfortable on all lengths. He was given a life early on with a sitter dropped in the slips – McMurray must have been tearing his hair out watching that.
This was just delaying the inevitable however, as Turki was, again, caught at first slip.
This bought Crosland to the crease and he looked solid with a good partnership forming. Kleem had begun a more aggressive approach against the students, hitting some great straight shots. Crosland went about his business in the standard way, rotating the strike and putting away the bad ball.
Crosland was unfortunately run out due to a communication error and departed after his good contribution.
Kleem was eventually caught at point for a great and authoritative 71. This was a great innings, giving the Stags grounding and something to build on in the middle and lower order.
The Stags were a little tested in the middle order, with a fight back from the Students in the way of some tight lines and lengths. Nick Prell and Sammy Watts made good contributions down the order, showing grit and resistance with good intent.
The Stags were eventually dismissed for 195 in the second last over of the day, hence concluding the day, given the 2 overs for an innings change over.
The defence for the Stags was unfortunately halted in the second day of the match. This was due to heavy rain towards the end of Thursday and most of Friday, with the council deeming the wicket unsafe for play.
Some good signs for 4th Grade, with a gritty batting performance, and hopefully a win around the corner.