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Fifth Grade Report vs Fairfield

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Momentum built as the 5ths  achieved another close victory

With the Beauchamp oval unavailable last week for play, the mighty Gordon 5ths turned out with a fairly new team on Saturday and Sunday last weekend, keen to put another victory next to the Gordon name. After losing a good toss to lose, Packman's men were sent into the blistering heat for a bowl.

(Nick Dowsley in action against Fairfield)

Pressure applied in the field as Fairfield struggle to get upper hand

Dave Leiboff and Mike 'M'' Manners opened the bowling on a flat deck, facing strong opposition from the Fairfield batsmen. Packman's choice of 9 bowlers allowed for good rotation of the 8 pacemen in the heat. They all maintained good lines and lengths containing the Fairfield batsmen to roughly 2.5 runs an over throughout the day. The possibility of a big run chase was evident with the score at 2-109 mid way through the day but the pressure in the field and the tight areas with the ball brought about wicket after wicket ending the day's play with Fairfield all out for 203 at stumps.

poysdenNick Dowsley's 2-22 and Tim Packman's 2-26 were the highlights for the pacemen, with most of the team's bowlers chipping in for a wicket or two. Josh Poysden's 2- 57 off 26 overs with 9 maidens was effective in tying down one end and keeping the Fairfield batsmen guessing with his spin.  Disappointments included Andy Coleman's 1 bye he let through as keeper (although apparently it was off the bat). He was devastated to end his 3-game clean sheet as keeper.. But we'll let it slide this time!

(Josh Poysden during his spell)

Nick Dowsley saved the day, as Fairfield couldn't keep him at bay

Spirit was high on Sunday morning in the change rooms as the team was confident they had the line-up of batsmen to get the job done. We were happy with yesterday's efforts and were hopeful the top and middle order could chase the required 204. Despite Tom Cockburn's 26, early wickets and a growing trend of a middle order collapse the Stags were in a dangerous position at 5 for 87. The class of Nick Dowsley's 94 not out held together the hopes of the 5ths showing the determination and patience required to pull Gordon through. Josh Poysden's 24 not out meant that Dowsley could maintain his flow of runs without running out of partners. This crucial partnership helped Gordon get the 6 points in another close 'down to the wire' victory ending play at 6 for 204. The 5ths hope to work on not losing wickets in clumps in the middle order and focus on building partnerships. All in all good victory for the Stags!

Next week we head back to Beauchamp oval to take on Randwick Petersham.

Adam Fleming


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