5th Grade vs UNSW- Round 14 - 2012/13
The match against last placed UNSW saw Gordon chancing maximum points, but after playing only 8 overs in 2 hours the previous week, Gordon chances to capitalise on this looked unlikely. With the students running low on numbers, Gordon needed only take 7 more wickets after snagging one on the first day.
Jack Richardson grabs one for his side in the brief amount of play on the first day
Orion started with his usual aggression and took the top off off-stump on two occasions with straight full balls which left the batsmen bemused as to how they missed the ball. From the other end, Jack Richardson had come to some previous arrangement to allow Dave Monaghan to score as many club champions points as possible. This saw Jack angling the ball across the batsman looking for edges to second slip, and so began Dave’s run of 8 catches for the match.
After their spells, they were replaced with Matt Todd who claimed a couple of wickets and Deva (Raja) Nirthanakumaran who picked up the last one. All in all a good show from the bowling group which resulted in the students being dismissed for 80.
The great leveling shot. After the scribe boost's the skipper's ego, the roving photographer captures his demise
To pick up more points, Dave promoted himself to open the batting. Combining with Tom Carruthers, the two showed that the deck was a little better than UNSW had shown.
After they both lost their wickets, it was left up to Andrew ‘Elton’ Coleman to show everyone how to bat. Ably supported by Nick Miller (41) and Jack Richardson (48*), Elton battled his was through to 84. He was eventually dismissed chancing his ton, after Dave had informed him that he was going to declare on him. Gordon eventually declared 6 down for 243 on a now very flat Beauchamp wicket.
This allowed the bowler second go at the batsman, and another opportunity for Dave to pick up some more points. The stars of the second innings were Dave Monaghan picking up another four catches which included a spectacular one-handed diving chance at short fine leg.
Regardless of where Dave positioned himself in a field, the students had decided that he was a good person to give catching practice. The other star of the second innings was Matt Todd who had claimed, in the sheds, that we could rely on him to pick up the wickets. True to his word, Matt picked up 5 wickets which included the last two in quick succession when the outright points seemed to be slipping from out grip.
Tom Carruthers flicks one to the legside in the search for quick runs
Whilst we picked up the 10 points, we remain in second place, but the momentum is building towards the finals series.