5th Grade Report vs Wests - Round 6
5th Grade Report vs Wests
Finding parking at Beauchamp Oval on Saturday morning was harder than finding a park outside Jerry Seinfeld's apartment. It appeared that every six year old in the Willoughby shire had turned out to 'have-a-go'. The only notable exception was Tiddles. Don't worry Tids, didn't see any young Cabbage's doing the rounds'maybe in a couple years.
(Emile Van Schalkwyk in his first grade game for Gordon)
Setting up the screens was even more of a challenge for the fifth graders this week as they had to negotiate their way through a sea of youngsters.
A delayed start followed, with Wests winning the toss and electing to bat first. A decision that appeared rich in logic, with a belter of a pitch on offer. Tweety of course was more than happy to be bowling. Like a warm bath after a long night, Tweety is most comfortable fielding first.
Mahaffey and Lappan opened proceedings, and it didn't take long for the Mahaffey to pick up a pole. First ball of the match infact, a 'solid' catch at cover by Emile Van 'Hoogenban' (Schalkwyk). The two openers continued to bowl tighter than Kenner's back pocket. With the pressure building on every dot ball the second wicket seemed inevitable as mid-on took a simple catch. Wests were 2/30, when a short break was taken at 11am to commemorate the diggers.
Wickets fell at a steady pace after the break with all bowlers cashing in. Lappan claimed 1-23 for his spell and was unlucky not to have a couple more wickets. The pale ale was obviously inspired by his hero Kane West who he had seen perform the previous evening. Emile van der Hoogneband bowled an impressive 8 overs, returing 1-20. The youngster toiled hard and varied his pace superbly, in what was his first trundle in over 8 months.
(A Gordon wicket)
The spinners finished the job with Michael 'old man legs' Bourne snapping up 3-18 and 'John' Maya taking the last two wickets for 22 runs. At one point Bourne collapsed with cramp in almost every muscle in his body. In fact it would be quicker to describe which muscles weren't in cramp. The old stager fought hard though. Shortening his run up to 'stand-and-bowl', he managed to claim two more wickets.
Wests all out for a sub par 100. A disappointing score on a relatively docile deck.
Lawry was without regular partner Boycott this week. Instead he was joined by young gun Cameron 'fun' Crawford, fresh from the bright lights of the HSC. Cam hadn't donned the pads for several months but that didn't seem to effect him as he pasted the opening bowler over cover for a one bounce four.
At 0-49 and looking set for a 10 wicket win, 'fun' tried to loft one straight and was caught at mid-on. Dougie Harris picked up from where Cam had left off as he worked the spinners to all parts of the ground.
(Craig Knight in action against Wests)
Just as it looked as the Stags were cruising to an 8-point victory within 25 overs, Kenner was adjudged caught at first slip and Knight and Kulkarni followed in quick succession.
It was up to Dougie 'the pizza boy' to deliver the goods, and that he did with a composed 27 not out. For a man who looked sicker than Fidel Castro, he batted more like a Damien Martyn, to cement his place in the 5th grade outfit.
On Saturday the Stags held serve to love. From ball one, when 'twinkle toes' Mahaffey claimed a pole, the 5th graders never took the foot from the throat. It was a dominating performance.
With all 6 grades having tremendous victories it was off to the Gate to enjoy some free largers and a laugh at Dave Michael's ridiculous sun burn.
And who did I see talking to a mysterious old man (potentially NSW selector) outside the Gate. None other than David Gray. Is the skipper thinking of a comeback into state cricket? Who knows? More on this story next week.
Until then, I'm Richard Kenner, you stay classy Chatswood.