5th Grade Report vs Bankstown - Round 2
5th Grade under new ownership. Results expected.
The poor weather conditions on Saturday for Day 1 against Bankstown didn't curb the murmur around the ground as word spread that a new leader had emerged to take the Gordon 5th grade side to great heights. After throwing the footy around, 'Mega' Millar doing his darndest on the supersoper, frantically working his way back and forward along the rain soaked covers, both skippers decided that with very wet playing area and more rain on the way it would be a fair decision to commence the game on Monday with 120 overs to be bowled in the day. Besides, the sweat Mega was returning to the covers from all his hard work was comparable to the water he was collecting so the gesture was proving rather futile.
Fonseka proves himself worthy at the top of the list
Day 2 ' The game
A grey Monday morning saw a return of the mighty stags to Turrumurra oval. A few players entered the arena blurry eyed but bushy tailed, with one of our younger players boasting of snagging a 'cougar' that night. This kind of behaviour, one would find, quite normal due to Rugby League Grand final fever, whereby excitement levels and endorphins are running high. Need less to say Dan 'the man' Lake slept through most of our innings but he did 'perform', again, later in the day with the ball.
Similar to the anticipation of the Eels pulling off the fairytale win, the Stags turned up to demolish the Bankstown Bulldogs. Conditions were damp with run ups a little muddy, but the pitch was pretty good. The boys rallied together and after some inspirational words from their skipper and were ready for battle. The Doggies won the toss and sent us in.
On a slow and turning wicket Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn and Mark 'the Fonz' Fonseka toiled away beautifully. Batting conditions weren't easy and they both grafted away for an opening partnership of just under 90 runs setting up the game for a total of 220. Some well timed but short lived shots from Johnston and Coleman added modestly to the total however the middle order failed to capitalise on the good platform provided by the openers. It took a nice little partnership between Mega and Paul Campbell to steer the ship to a respectable total of 209 from 68 overs.
Trailblazer, Cockburn, nails a short one
The skipper was pretty pleased with the fight back from the boys and the fact we didn't crumble. Something which I want us to replicate during the season.
So, the Dogs needed just over 4 runs an over from 51 overs to reach our total but they found it hard to score from the opening combination of 'Lakester' and Tim 'the Moth' Packman with Dan claiming the first scalp. Bankstown were 1 for not many.
With a turning wicket the tactical option was to bring on our Pommie leggie and the plan worked with Josh bamboozling the batsmen with an 'Embryo special' (a full toss) and picking up another wicket. As well as being a top young bloke, the highlight of having Josh in the team is his 'wicked' London cockney accent. You feel like you are watching 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.' The moth picked up 1 shortly after from the other end. The batsman was caught at cover, however the team was a little puzzled as to why Moth shot down the other end to pat the keeper on the bum as if caught behind' everyone later realized Moth was confused and thought Missy was keeping.
So, after some very positive signs by Gordon with the ball the Dogs were reeling on 3 legs and their saving grace was the square leg umpire who, by SCA law, had to call us off due to lightning. He assured me he counted 3 seconds between lightning and thunder intervals which meant the storm was 30km away (10km per sec) and by the book that meant 'danger' [Editor's note: Tim was not nominated for the Noble Prize for Physics with his knowledge of the speed of sound, but his maths is squeaky clean.]
Poysden punches one through the offside
After much analysis of weather conditions, I think Mega even put a quick call in to the bureau, it was to no avail; the storm continued and rain started to fall and heavily. Spotty (the veteran Dogs' skipper) and I shook hands and went to the sheds for an early beer. Enjoyable, but disappointing as we had the ascendancy and were the dominant team.
After the match the team shared a few moments and a laugh in the sheds and my perception is that this team promises to be a very successful and also a very socially rewarding one.
Looking forward to taking on Sutherland next week.