5th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 1
5th Grade kickstarts season with a bonus point
Gordon 5th Grade took on a capable Blacktown outfit at Turramurra Oval on Saturday. Like most of the sides this year, the Stags had a few new names included and all were keen to impress and stake a claim for higher honours.
Danny Lake does the damage with the ball
The new partnership of young Cockburn and Kleem began at a brisk pace, dispatching numerous balls to cow corner and beyond. Kleem was the first dismissed, bowled for 56 attempting to reach a hundred by the 1st drinks break. It was not to be, and young Cockburn, 'Deepheat' as he is affectionately known, was joined by Aaron Johnston.
Aaron is currently a student at Macquarie, having come down from the North Coast town of Taree. He is a quiet unassuming young man and will grow in confidence as the season progresses. 'Deepheat' was dismissed for a sound 50.
Andy 'AC(DC)' Coleman a young recruit from the Mosman Club made a solid 36. He has impressed everyone with his 'can do' attitude and his ability to get on with the task at hand.
Coleman is a St. Ives boy and has come back to his local roots to better his cricket and enjoy a more stable and successful environment.
Lakey keeps the pressure on the Warriors
Iqbal Ahmed joined AC(DC) after a middle order collapse saw the Stags lose 5/27 and chipped in with a handy 26, but the star of the show was Captain Dave Millar who bludgeoned his way to a brutal 76 in double quick time, which would put the Stags in a commanding position at 297 all out.
The usual trip to that chicken shop a couple hundred metres down the road pursued and Kleem enjoyed a selection of roast pork, broccoli, carrots and roasted potatoes.
Millar had his usual 10 hamburgers and 5 chips with sauce.
The young Blacktown outfit had a couple of mature blokes leading the way but for the most part, Dan Lake took advantage of a young and inexperienced batting line up and had one of the openers trapped in front LBW. From the other end Bangs collected another wicket caught behind. 'He bangs, he bangs, oh baby he moves, he moves.'
Tom Bangs makes his debut for Gordon with an early swing bowler's wicket
Blacktown for a short bit did consolidate but were no match for the guile and nous of Iqbal Ahmed collecting 2/39 and Josh ''Poseidon'' Poysdon 2/36. Josh is England's #1 Oasis fan and is devastated by the recent split of the Gallagher brothers.
Captain Millar was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3 for 54. All in all a solid performance, but there needs to be plenty of work done on fielding. At times it was lacklustre on a difficult outfield, but no excuses can be made. More work has to be done.