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Fifth Grade report vs Parramatta

toddFifth Grade report vs Parramatta

This round against Parramatta saw the even stronger 5th grade team playing at Beauchamp. Coming into the round we were placed 3rd, and a win would see us move into 2nd place.

(Toddy takes two wickets in his first over)

After the usual warm-up, the Skipper won the toss and we found ourselves having a bowl on what was a good deck that would promise some early movement. Beau Saddler, on his way back to 3rd grade from injury was handed the new rock, and did not disappoint with two quick wickets. Moth (1-5) pitched in as well, picking up a wicket. As the deck started to flatten out a little, a little partnership ensued, until the ball was thrown to Matt Todd, who immediately made his impact on the game. In his first over he took 2 wickets, and was on a hat trick. At 5 for not many Parramatta were looking to be in lots of trouble.

The bowlers had bowled tightly all day, with no one being hit for many runs. To the delight of the supports on the hill, Toddy picked up another 3 wickets, with the final figures of 5-11 off his 8 overs. The final two wickets went to Deva (1-7) and Beau (3-6), with Parramatta bowled out for 49 in the 37th over of play.

The superb bowling gave our bats a great chance to chase the total and set a total on the first day of play, with the chance of the 5ths first outright win.Andy Coleman looked to get off to his usual fast paced start, however after smashing a six was on his way back to the pavilion. Rob Edwards made his way out for his 5th grade debut. Rob started picking off the bowlers, and played some effortless straight drives in his 46, until he was given out to a difficult caught and bowled decision. We passed the Parra scored 1 wicket down  with a 2nd wicket partnership of 82 runs. 

cockburnTom Cockburn continued batting like the shaft of old, with Andrew Chapman until he was run out on 36. Chapo continued in his recent dominating form, and blazed a 20 red whilst loosing partners around him.  Gordon decided a declaration was needed with our bowlers on fire, with the score at 6-139, giving the Parra bats 5 overs to face. Beau picked up a wicket, giving him 4 for the day, and at stumps Parra were 1 for only a few runs.After the rain all week, getting on for the second days play didn't look likely, and on Friday afternoon the game was called.

(Tom Cockburn in action at Beauchamp)

A win on first innings points moved the mighty 5ths into 2nd place. The boys, especially the supporters of the famed Double Whisky, enjoyed a rare Friday night out. Next week we must play well against Mosman as we are facing two top 6 sides in our final two matches, and time is running out before the final series starts.

Tom Cockburn



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