5th Grade Report vs Wests - Round 8
A Christmas present comes nicely wrapped for the departing writer
For this round's match against Wests the Fifth grade side travelled out to Blick Oval.
Deva 'Just Deva' Nirthanakumaran charges in on his way to 4 wickets
The day couldn't have started any better with Tim Packman winning the toss and batting without hesitation. Sunny Sajdeh and 'Pup' Mark Fonseka set about the task of building a big total. After a promising start Sunny was unable to go on and get a score after being trapped in front.
With Pup continuing on and starting to score freely another wicket fell at the other end which brought Paul Campbell to the crease, although once again after another promising start Paul failed to go on with it.
When Mark was finally dismissed for a fantastic 76, the score was only on 111 and with a couple of quick wickets we were in a vulnerable position. This brought the skipper Packman (61) to the crease and with Michael Gribble (43) began rebuilding the innings. Gribble handed Gordon back the momentum as he was dealing mostly in boundaries (9). This allowed Packman to play a more reserved role at the other end.
After Gribble departed for a well made 43, Dave Leiboff (30) joined his captain to form another solid partnership with Packman, which would see us finishing the first day with a respectable 9-251.
Upon arriving at the ground at the start of the second week it looked as though the pitched had been livened a bit by the previous rain. While both Dave Millar and Deva Nirthanakumaran were able to extract early movement the initial breakthrough came from a brilliant piece of fielding from Sunny with a direct hit which left the batsmen stranded.
Deva was able to pick up two wickets in an excellent opening spelled marred only by multiple no-balls and Dave chimed in with a wicket to leave Wests reeling at 4-40. Tom Bangs followed in Deva's lead and also picked up 2 wickets of his own.
From here Wests started to build a good partnership but this was soon halted with the return of Millar just before tea, clean bowling the set batsman. This allowed us to relax a bit and go in and enjoy the tea that was provided.
Tom Bangs picks up two crucial wickets in the first session
With Packman looking to wrap the game up he turned to his strike bowler in Deva and after each inspirational talk from the captain picked up wickets to take his tally to four for the day. With 1 wicket left and Deva looking for his 5 wicket haul, he charged in and promptly cleaned up the batsmen's stumps only to turn around and see the umpire standing with his arm out signalling yet another no-ball. Next over, the same thing happened but with the batsman trapped plumb in front. Some lusty hitting followed but was never going to be enough as Wests fell well short after being bowled out for 185.
This was my last match for Gordon as I have moved back to my hometown of Lismore and was good to go out with a win. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gordon and wish the club and all the players the best of luck for the rest of the season.