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5th Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 4

packmanMoth clocks up his first win as it goes down to the wire 

For the last two weekends the mighty Gordon fifth's side traveled to Ryde to take on the Sydney Tigers. The boys were looking forward to playing on a cricket oval, rather than the baseball field experienced at Tonkin Park. After winning the toss on a deck that resembled the Pacific Highway, 'Moth' Packman elected to bat first.

A stoked Packman led from the front with the ball in hand

The foundations of a big innings were laid by the two openers, with Mark Fonseka showing his form early on. Tom Cockburn ran himself out on 14, and the score was 1/48 just before the first drinks break. The next 6 wickets fell in quick succession, and we were faced with the probability of having to bowl that afternoon with the score at 7/90. Enter Mitch Wilson. The often quiet Mitch proved his worth in the middle, and became the rock of our innings and constructed a beautiful half-century. In partnership with Paul 'Pauly' Campbell, they formed the vital partnership that was needed to resurrect our innings, and took the score to 180, when Wilson was dismissed for 53.

The batting exhibition was enjoyed by all, just as much as Gribble's theories on his phone about our female friends, with both batters showing the value in playing straight. With Dan 'Lakey' Lake, Pauly continued to smash around the Sydney attack, and took the score to 230 before he was dismissed for 'marvelous' 75. Lake then stepped up, and hit himself to an unbeaten 31 before the day's play was over. At training during the week, we heard all sorts of claims about Dan's first half century.

wilsonDay 2 saw Gordon resume their innings on a virtually identical deck at 9 for 257. A minute later, Gordon had concluded their innings in the 81st over all out for 257, with Tom Bangs out bowled first ball of the day. No chance for Dan to further his batting.

Mitch Wilson puts together his first sizeable innings for the club

Although posting a reasonable total on a batting deck with an average outfield, it has to be noted that too many times the middle order has failed to perform and that it is vital we work on not losing wickets in clumps and building an innings.

Our bowling line up went on the attack early, with Lakey bowling 'sexually'' fast and in good areas - and Tommy Bangs bowling a battle of attrition ' consistent areas aimed at frustrating the batsmen. Both were rewarded, as was the captain when he came on, and Sydney was struggling at 3 for 30 odd at the first drinks break. The next 40 overs were tough. The Sydney batsmen dug in, and had 2 batters make half centuries. Tight bowling from Aaron 'have you got any food?' Johnston, Josh 'Pommy' Posyden and Moth helped stagnate the Sydney attack, however ground fielding was not at its best, with many fours being scored that should have been one, two or even no runs at all. Having said that, no catches were dropped and all throwing was much improved.

At 7 for 160 the match was up for grabs. With 12 overs left of play, Moth took the vital wicket of the in-form batsmen, much to the delight of the support that had arrived from 2nd and 3rd grade. Inspirational words from the Pommy helped the Staggies get back on track, yet there was still a lot of work to do.

lakeWith 6 overs left Gordon needed two wickets while Sydney needed 35 runs. In the 2nd last over, Josh who had bowled superbly in his 2nd spell took the second last wicket, giving Gordon the glimpse of victory needed.

Time and time again, Lake come to the party with a much needed wicket

It came down to the last over. One wicket to take, or 10 runs for a Sydney victory. The problem for Sydney was that Dan Lake had decided cricket was more important than his HSC and was thrown the rock for the last over. He only needed the one ball, and took the 10th wicket with ease, the batsmen not knowing what had happened till he heard that death rattle from behind. Wickets went to Moth who not only captained brilliantly (maybe he'll give me a bowl next week) but also took 4/51 from his 16 overs, Lakey who took 3 for 42 off 19, Josh took 2/104 off 22 and off his 11 overs Tommy Bangs picked up 1 for 20.

The joy of winning a game likened to the Australia test vs. India at the SCG in 2008 was made greater knowing that the mighty 5ths had just made it 5 from 5 for the club.

Although we walked away with a win and proved we could fight back on more than one occasion, that may be the last 'get out of jail free' card we get, and we have to make sure we value our wickets when we bat, and to never relax but keep applying the pressure when we are in the field.

Next week we travel to Snape Park to take on East's.

Get fah you bah!

Tom Cockburn


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