5th Grade Report vs Sutherland - Round 8 (Day 1)
An unlucky 5th Grade hampered by the rain
An early morning phone call announced the arrival of Craig Knight back in Sydney for Saturday's 5th grade game against Sutherland. Knight was taking time out of his toolies experience to answer a desperate plea from selectors.
Another familiar face had returned to Beauchamp. Yes, you guessed it. Dave Gray was back from the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Still reeling from his numerous pina-coladas and late nights, Tweety was keen to speak to the lads and find out the details of last weeks outright victory.
Add to this the arrival of Emile, flying in straight from the luscious shores Byron Bay, and the 5's were looking very strong on paper.
A tanned Tweety, watchful Knight and high-flying Emile back from Schoolies to play against Sutherland
The covers were removed revealing an unusual sight at Beauchamp'grass. A new pitch had been prepared and it was covered in the green stuff. While 'pale ale' Lappan was licking his lips the batsmen were less enthused.
It was obvious that the toss would be crucial and Tweety did what was needed. Employing a double-sided coin, Tweety ensured the Stags would be bowling.
Without 'Dizzy' Dan this week, the new ball was passed to Lappan and Emile. Both openers consistently beat the bat, bowling great lines. Unfortunately the edge was not forthcoming and when finally an edge did come, it fell tantalizingly short of slips. There were early signs that this would not be Gordon's day.
Sutherland were struggling along at 1.5 runs per over and the Stags just couldn't seem to get the break through. With Inzy (also answering a desperate plea from selectors) and Bourne operating from both ends, the batsmen continued to almost give chances but somehow managed to survive.
'Pale Ale' Lappan sends down another on a greenBeauchamp pitch
It was Emile who finally got the breakthrough, an inswinging yorker catching the opener plumb in front.
Unfortunately this would be the only joy for the Staggies fielders as the big dark cumulus-nimbus clouds that had been building all day finally produced the goods. With lightening forcing the players from the field, Sutherland had posted 1-100 off 45 overs and it seemed unlikely there would be any more play for the day.
This ended up being the case, despite both teams best efforts to clear the mud and puddles from the square area. Craig Knight was clearly in his element as he maneuvered the super-sopa like he was back cruising Cavell Ave on the Gold Coast. Frago was less elegant in possession of the device but his efforts were certainly appreciated by onlookers and will certainly improve after a stint at schoolies.
Frago must wait his turn until next year for Schoolies
So it seems that in order for a result to be manufactured out of this fixture it will require some aggressive captaincy and creative minds. I'm sure Tweety has got something up his sleeve. Watch this space.
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