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5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Round 2. After the delay, it was our first hit out of the year. It saw us up against Mosman – one of our local rivals.

Tristian “Coops” Cooper won the toss, or rather Mosman called incorrectly, and decided to bowl first on a very flat wicket at Beauchamp. 

Matt Coffy makes an impact in his first outing for the Stags 

We were a little inconsistent with the new ball, however Dave Monaghan managed to pick up 2 wickets in 2 balls to get us on a role. However the runs were flowing so it was up to the slow bowlers to bring us back.

‘Pic’ Sherman bowled well for his ten straight over picking up the third wicket. At the drinks break Mosman were 3/100 and in a good position. We decided it was going to be spin for the remainder of the innings.

Timeless classic. Sherman lofts one through the offside 

Our 4 spinners did a great job building pressure which led to a consistent flow of wickets, all shared amongst the spinners. I have to say the fielding was excellent on such a bumpy surface and played a huge part in restricting our opposition.

We managed to bowl Mosman out for 180. Given the outfield was so quick and the pitch so flat we felt very confident going into out batting innings.

We started our innings with a flurry of boundaries from Pic and the score raced to 50 in no time. As it always happened in the lower grades there was a mini collapse and we lost 3 quick wickets.

Dave Monaghan is undoubtedly going to snag 25+ wickets again this season, while Pat Rice will be looking to secure his passage through the grades 

Not to worry Lachie Stewart and Mike Dale belted the Mosman attack all over the place and we got the job done with a bonus point. 

The highlight of the day was Aaron 'Ronny' Crofts taking his first catch for the Stags from his first attempt, after taking about 15 attempts to bag one last season. And what a catch it was! 

Next week we take on arch rivals North Sydney looking to start off our season well. If we play like we did and continue to improve this team will be one to watch come the end of the season.

Of course if anyone needs a gym membership hit me up!

Shayne Lin


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