5th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13
5th Grade come unstuck against the Whales
Due to no play on the first day we had a bright and early start at 9:30 with 120 overs to be bowled in the day. Despite losing the toss, we were happy to learn we would be bowling first and Deva got us off to good start with a great opening spell during which he was really unlucky not to pick up any wickets, despite plenty of edges and plays and misses.
Tommy Bangs picks up wickets reliably for his skipper
Pretty quickly Moth turned to Tommy Bangs who picked up a wicket in his first over and continued to keep things tight bowling 10 overs straight and finishing with 1/20. Toddy came on to replace Deva and he too picked up a wicket straight away.
The run rate was very slow and helped us to maintain the pressure along with some really good bowling from Matt Todd and Tim "Moth" Packman. Chapman then stepped up to bowl his first over for Gordon and did well to find the edge during his first over which unfortunately landed wide of 1st slip. His spell lasted only that one over as the long awaited bowling debut from Tom 'Shaft' Cockburn was to take place as the last over before lunch. It was a great start for the Shaft who showed off all his variations in that first over, including the doosra, making sure he would get an extended spell after the break.
With 5 minutes to go before play started again Andy 'Elton' Coleman and Sunny were nowhere to be seen and with Tommy having just began his career as an off-spinner he wasn't going to give up the chance to bowl and Chapman was left to put on the gloves as we took the field just as Andy and Sunny arrived back. Chapman had become somewhat of a one over specialist after his one over bowling and then his one over keeping spell, however he did a fine job that over touching the ball only once, apparently the slip cordon was a much quieter place for that single over, which was greatly appreciated by Moth at 1st slip.
Matt "Fester" Todd gets one early against the Whales
After Andy re-entered the field we got back on the job and began to steadily pick up wickets as the Mosman boys tried to pick up the pace. The Shaft continued his spell and managed to pick up his first Gordon grade wickets bowling 9 overs 2/17. Moth and Deva returned at the end to pick up a couple of well deserved wickets each with Deva finishing on 2/45 from 16 overs and Moth 4/23 in 10. Toddy had finished with 1/36 as we bowled out Mosman for 155 in the 60th.
Unfortunately our innings didn't get off to the start we had hoped for and we quickly found ourselves in a bit of trouble at 4/40 before Paul Deitz joined Chapman at the crease. They combined for a really gritty and well controlled partnership off 64 before Deitzy departed. From that moment the game changed and in the next over, after bringing up his well deserved 50, Chapman was given run out. Things then went from bad to worse as 2 overs later Moth was given out caught behind down the leg side.
There was still some chance if we could just hang around as we only required 35 runs from nearly 20 overs but wickets continued to fall and when Deva was trapped lbw, we were all out for 126, a pretty disappointing effort after doing so well earlier on.
Andrew "Chappo" Chapman provides a solid platform for the run chase
The guys were really disappointed and after a long chat and a few beers we felt maybe this was the loss we might have needed to have leading into the Semis. With two tough games coming up in the last 2 rounds against 1st and 6th this is our chance to bounce back and make sure we finish well and march into the finals.