5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16
Gordon 5th Grade started round 6 by welcoming Jamal Prasad (John Philipson) back into the fold as well as old club favourite Damon “Reggie” Livermore and young gun Ryan Tullia.
The toss was lost on a flat but dead wicket and the Stags were set for a day in the field.
Matt Coffey makes a strong start at the top of the order
Starting well, Dave Monaghan took a wicket early on and Easts were 1 for not many. ‘Man Monas’ bowled tightly in partnership with Paddy Rice to restrict the batting side’s progress and maintain pressure.
This resulted in a slow but steady fall of wickets, lead by Matt Todd and Anthony Sherman with 3 wickets each.
Gordon looked on top all day; restricting the run rate and never letting a partnership get out of hand.
Pic and Toddy combine for an early wicket against the Dolphins
Nonetheless a couple of decisions going against us and a failure to take wickets in clumps had Easts scraping slowly through to 9/212 at the end of day one - a pretty good day overall for the 5ths.
Arriving back at Snape Park for day two and the pitch looked much the same, a seeming anomaly when playing Easts, Coops exchanged niceties with the team’s favourite trigger finger, Umpire Neil, and we were underway, chasing a solid but highly achievable total.
Ryan Tullia in good form after a million throw downs from his old man
The Stags started cautiously but steadily, making it to 0/81 before Matt Coffey fell for 49, making sure he re-counted the scorer’s handiwork to try and find another run somewhere.
Ryan Tullia was soon after dismissed for a well made 36, his first grade cricket runs despite two tons in as many weeks for the Colts.
The Stags looked to be in a good position.
Much like day one, Gordon never really seemed behind in the match, but the wickets kept falling and we failed to solidify partnerships and finish the job.
Sponsor, and 5th Grade player, Anthony Sherman captured in his 'dressing room'
Damon Livermore made a strong 23 in a natural return to cricket for the 15/16 season, capitalising on strong pre-game throwdowns from fellow clubman Glen Tullia.
Shayne ‘Shelton’ Lin looked in good form making a strong 28 and seemingly sailing the team home, but the call of Taylor Swift must have been too much to bear, controversially ‘run out’ for our 8th wicket.
In the end the Stags were bowled out for 186, 26 runs short of a fairly achievable total. Though we played well and always appeared on top, Gordon was let down by a failure to capitalise and finish the job.
Pat Rice opening the bowling for the 5th Grade side
However the Easts team was strong and in the end deserved the win. A frustrating game for Gordon, but promising signs highlight a sure return to the winner’s circle come round 7.