Colts Report vs Randwick-Petersham Green - Round 13
Colts Finish the Regular Season Undefeated.
The Colts faced the also undefeated Randwick-Petersham Green team at Beauchamp Park, already assured of top spot by virtue of three outright wins but knowing that an undefeated season is very rare and something to really aim at. It was fantastic to see a great number of future Stags (along with their ancient Stag parents ' Tim Conde, Billy Wawn, Mike Amos etc) having their last Have-A-Go session on the park before they enjoyed a most distracting (you know ' that smell of cooking sausages?) barbecue.
(Skinner despatches ball into park on Saturday)
All these youngsters, proudly wearing their Gordon t-shirts, created a fantastic scene and it's a real credit to Michael Berman and all the other organisers.
The wicket looked a belter and Captain Millar, having won two tosses on the trot (taking his tally of wins for the season to three), felt relatively confident. He lost. Gordon were fielding first and strode out to the centre to the cheers of the largest crowd many of them had ever played in front of. Unfortunately, after about half an hour once the sausages ran out, this crowd diminished to a gentleman sleeping off a hangover on the hill and a dog with only three legs.
It quickly became clear that it was not such a bad toss to lose. The ball moved substantially off the deck and swung a fair bit as well.
(Colts No. 1 spectator)
The early Randwick-Petersham batsmen played and missed a number of times and it was not long before Andy Lappan and Ian Skinner (more about him later) struck. As wickets fell, discussions arose amongst the more mathematical Colts as to how many balls had been faced without runs being scored off them. These comments were challenged by the more academically-gifted humanities students in the side who had to speak slowly, using only monosyllabic words so that the mathematicians could understand them. A couple of good catches were taken, one by the Lapman who was having some trouble focusing. Fortunately, the ball hit him and popped forward into his hands. Captain Millar, bowling with good movement, took four wickets in the middle order and no partnerships of any proportion ensued. The Randy-Petes' innings folded at 72 ' an excellent performance by the Colts who bowled and fielded most capably.
The Gordon innings commenced and again the ball moved around a fair bit. The going was tough and the Colts found themselves 3-27. Two of the early wickets were run-outs. Both were careless and could have been avoided (Jason R-J will be running a seminar on his dismissal on Tuesday at Chatswood Oval at 5.15pm ' don't miss it!).
Harry Turner batted very sensibly, hitting the loose ball through the field and running well. Hugh Selby was dismissed after looking excellent and things were a bit rocky at 4-44. Skinner strode to the crease, obviously with a 3 o'clock appointment. A couple of very solid defensive strokes were followed by some less subtle shots, including a big six. Game over after 21 overs with Harry on 24* and Skins 19*. Two bonus points and Minor Premiers by 19 points. A fantastic season, so far. Particularly meritorious because of the number of players and fill-ins during the year.
(Harry Turner drives on Saturday at Beauchamp)
Now to Skinner. Skins. The Skinster. Skinnyman. Opening bowler and hard-hitting batsman. Never out of the game. Early wickets. Later on, the first ball pitched up to him would end up in the Beauchamp hedge. A match winner, one would say. Will play much higher grades next year. One interesting decision in this game, however. A rank full toss was met with an equally rank stroke by a Randy-Pete batsman. The ball is skied towards mid-on, a fairly regulation catch. But no - the call comes from Skins (fielding somewhere near the Fresh Produce Department at Chatswood Chase) ' 'MINE!' Realising that Skins is built more like a Matthew Hayden than a Steve Colley, the other fieldsmen stand aside.
As the ball enters the downward part of its arc (with due deference to our mathematicians), Skins is still coming. As the ball hits the ground with three fieldsmen standing within two metres of it, Skins is still coming. As the drinks break is taken two overs later, Skins is still coming.
As the innings closes and the other Gordon players meander up to the chicken shop for lunch, Skins is getting closer. He eventually reaches where the ball landed just as the Gordon opening batsmen are striding to the crease. Unlucky!
(Never fear Sam was in next)
So, the new season starts now. Semi-finals are a different breed and bring out a whole new range of emotions. There is no reason why this team should not continue on their winning way if they play sensible, thoughtful cricket and take their chances. All Club members are encouraged to support them next weekend (probably at Beauchamp Park) as they go for two in a row.