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5th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 10

A big win for 5th Grade

Week 1

Whalan, what a place. So many stories. So much history.

Every person you talk to in the club will tell you his own story Whalan, from the dirt bikes flying along side the ground to dead magpies in the middle of run ups. Alas we arrived to a ground that did not have any bikes, dead birds or any trees, yet was the size of the MCG. Where we at the right place?

Mahaffey playing a little closer to home

Unfortunately yes and to make matters worse, it was about 35 degrees under the solitary piece of shade in a 100-mile radius.

Tweedy won the toss and batted on a flat track. Weaves, whose GPS got him lost again and Boycott (Sunny), missing his partner in crime Lawry (Kenner) were sent out to open. Both did well in seeing off the new ball. Sunny (7) was the first to go, with a faint tickle down the leg side, as Weaves used up all the luck of the partnership, being dropped by the opposition captain off a catch that he would normally catch with his eyes closed. The rest of the day was spent listening to how Sunny has no luck, yet Weaves can be dropped twice.

After being dropped twice Weaves luck ran out and was adjudged LBW playing across the line for 22. This brought the partnership of Charlie Lawry and Hamish Angus. Both looking very comfortable out in the middle. Yet the heat got to Hamo as missed a ball on the stumps and was bowled for 19. Cubbage came and left the crease after being caught behind for 10 off yet another leggie. At this stage Lawry had been batting superbly in the heat and was on 58*.

Tim Fragogianas joined Lawry at the crease; the pair added 40 runs, when Lawry was run out after a Frag drive was deflected back on to the stumps by the bowler. Charlie constructed a well-made 77 in trying conditions, in which he hit 3 fours and had about 10 all run fours.

Frags and Scotty both fell after making starts. Frag, stumped for 29 and Scotty LBW for 19. This brought the experienced campaigner to the crease to keep the innings alive, yet nearly killing him self in the process as emergency oxygen was ordered as Tweedy ran many fours. With a partnership of close to 50 with Bourne, Tweedy was caught and bowled for 45. The innings fell away quickly after that as Bourne was out LBW after edging the ball through keeper and first slip and McHaff was bowled for a globe.

Hamish Angus... the new 'all rounder'

Stags all out for 286 with 17 overs to bowl at the Blacktown openers. The bowling was not at its best, which allowed for Blacktown to escaped relatively unshaved at 1/37 as McHaff picked up the solitary wicket. 

Week 2

Week 2 saw Whalan live up a place where things go wrong. As the Stags walked onto the field, a body could be seen near the bushes, and was later found out that it was a young boy of the age of 14 or 15, that had been bitten by a brown snake. Soon two Ambulances arrived and rushed him off to hospital to which they thought would be in vain, a he was said to be dead, but to the Ambos credit they some how got a pulse and gave the young boy hope. A news report on Channel Nine read out by Mike Monro told of the sad new the young boy had passed away in Hospital.

Our sympathy goes out the boy's family in this hard time.

During this hectic time, McHaff was having a McHappy Day as he rolled through the top order claiming 4 wickets and 5 for the game (5/29 off 14). He bowled tight lines and gave the batsmen nothing. He was well supported by lap dace Lappan as he kept a strangle hold at the other end. His wicketless run continued.

Cubbage replaced McHaff and was bowling into a strong wind. Cubbage's 8-round dry spell finally got some much-needed rain as he claimed 3/46 of 21 overs. His first wickets since round 2. Scotty and Bourne both bowled tight finishing with 1/34 and 0/10 respectively. It was the last wicket that proved to be the most difficult as the last two Blacktown batters held out for over 20 overs until Laps (1/28 off 15) was brought back into the attack and claimed the allusive wicket.

Blacktown bowled out for 163, 23 runs behind the follow on. At this stage news had come through that all 6 grades were going for outright so Tweedy followed suit and sent them back in. 25 overs left in the day to get 10 wickets and to knock of any runs that Blacktown posted.

A surprise tactic was used by Tweedy as he opened up with Bourne and the fast becoming all-rounder Hamish Angus, much to the disgust of Sunny. Both bowled tight with Bourne picking up two cheeky poles and finishing with 2/23 off 6. At the other end Hamo ended with figures 0/14 off 4. Much to the relief of Sunny, Charlie missed a catch and a stumping off Hamo. (We would never have heard the end of it if he got a wicket)

Bourne picks up a couple of cheeky poles

With 5 overs to be bowled Tweedy called the game off, as he could not see us collecting 6 wickets in a hurry.

The day's honours would have to go to McHaff picking up 4 wickets and 5 for the game, 2 catches and a run out to top it off.

6 valuable points leading up to the final with the top 7 very close. Well done to all grades on the wins, and a BIG thankyou must go out Tids and Andy Falk who were kind enough to shout the club a few beers.



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