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Amazing performance from Chris Searle in Poidevin Gray bonus point win against Easts

Well how do you explain an English visiting fast bowler playing in the Gordon Poidevin Gray team taking 8 for 12 including a hat trick in 40 degree heat? Put simply, you don’t. Chris Searle is the second of our registered overseas players along with Matt Parkinson and has been playing mainly in our second grade team. 

 
Chris Searle during his 8 wicket haul at Waverley 

With a win imperative to keep our semi final hopes alive, Chris arrived with the Under 21 team at Waverley Oval to play Easts thankful at least that they weren’t in the West where temperatures eventually reached 47 degrees in Penrith. 

Chris's Mum and Dad were at Waverley to watch their son

Easts won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket that did show some life for the quicks. Chris opened the bowling at a brisk pace and in his first spell took 4 for 7 including a hat-trick. Not a bad start. He then had a well-deserved rest, to come back at the death to take another 4 wickets, including yet again a near hat-trick by taking two wickets in two balls twice. He finished with 8 for 12 off 6.4 overs and the highlight was that his parents out from the UK, decided not to go to the Test at the SCG. How proud were they to witness this effort from their son. We must not forget that Chris was backed up by 5 other bowlers who gave him tremendous support in these sweltering conditions. Matt Parkinson took 1-10 off 6 overs of immaculate leggies and his spin twin Ryan Meppem took 1-9 off his 6 overs with his probing offies. The other quicks Nick Miller, Tim Ferrero and the debutant Danusha Seneviratne toiled superbly to bowl 12 overs between them for only 24 runs. Special mention must also go to the skipper Axel Cahlin for the way he changed the bowlers in short spells in difficult circumstances.

Michael Roberts finished on 23 not out

Our bats did not waste any time and attacked from the start against a very handy Easts pace attack. Jamie Bekis 12 and Oli Zannino 11 looked the goods before falling and it was up to Michael Roberts 23no (including 4 fours) and Nick Miller 6no to safely bring them home in only 9.4 overs. Michael Roberts deserves mention here for his excellent controlled batting that was naturally welcomed by all the team. And we cannot forget the coach Charlie Stobo and the 12th man Chris De Kretser. They both toiled hard all day in the heat, with Chris fielding for much of our innings as a sub and therefore Charlie had to do the run on duties, as well as coaching. It was a real team effort today and it was one of the loudest versions of our Club song that I have heard for a while – proudly (I hope not shocked) witnessed by both Chris’s parents.

Thank you for a magnificent bonus point effort today Gents and go the Stags. The win should get us in the bottom part of the eight with the final match of the regular season against Bankstown on January 21 at Chatswood. 

 
The hat trick

Match Scores:

Eastern Suburbs: all out for 56 in 30.4 overs – Chris Searle 8-12 off 6.4 overs (including hat trick); Nick Miller 0-15 off 5 overs; Tim Ferrero 0-4 off 3; Danusha Seneviratne 0-5 off 4; Mike Parkinson 1-10 off 6; Tim Meppem 1-9 off 6;
defeated by Gordon 3 for 59 off 9.4 overs – Michael Roberts 23no; Jamie Bekis 12; Oliver Zannino 11; Nick Miller 6no.

Tony Wilson

 

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