Fifth Grade report vs UNSW
Fifth Grade report vs UNSW
The inspirational Moth arrived at Beauchamp oval with one thing on his mind. An early finish. I wasn't sure about his state of well being. He was very guarded & not giving much away. To say he looked hung over would be harsh, let's just say he wasn't his normal vibrant self.
(Andrew Chapman during his innings)
It was a scorcher on Saturday so Moth decided no warm up was required from the stags 5ths. He also informed the lads he would send the opposition in. 'We should roll these blokes for around 50' he declared, 'We will chase this down, secure the 2 bonus points & get to the beach'. Everyone liked the idea of this.
The toss was taken & we were bowling first.
The Gordon openers, Tom Bangs and Deva Nirthanakumaran took early wickets on a reasonable flat Beauchamp wicket and UNSW were quickly 3-11. Good ground fielding and catching ensured a constant flow of wickets, in so doing we reduced the Bees to 7-75 & a score of fewer than 100 looked on the cards. We got a bit over confident however & as always seems the case in this wonderful game a couple of handy partnerships, including 26 for the last wicket, ensued, & we finally nailed the Bees for 141, not too bad a result. Best of the bowlers was Tom Bangs, while skipper Tim Packman, Deva Nirthanakumaran also bowled well.
The 45 minute lunch break was a pretty quiet affair. It was hot & no one had much energy. Lethargy had set in and a senior player confided in Moth that he was somewhat concerned about the state of the top 4 or 5 bats. It was time for a chat from the skipper, and the Inspiration delivered in spades. 'It's time to fire up you blokes!, why on earth are you blokes tired, you haven't done anything yet! Fire up!' It seemed to do the trick. Sunny & Elton Coleman got kitted up & were ready for battle.
(Deva shows just where he is going to bowl)
Elton was particularly pumped up. He'd just picked up a new GM from Kingsgrove (he assured me it was the same model as Shane Watson's), a nice piece of willow indeed. Elton is a fine keeper-bat, perhaps the best in the 5th grade comp. He was once named in the Mosman first grade side only to have the fixture washed out. He was subsequently dropped the next week to 5's at the Whales. Cricket can be a cruel game like that. I should know I had been just dropped from 2's to 5's!
After losing Sunny early, Elton and Ben Cannon took command of the game. They both played some crisp shots against both pace & spin. Their partnership took UNSW out of the game and, despite losing a couple of wickets, Gordon was in control. Big Andrew Chapman came in and dominated the innings, scoring an excellent 48* and ensuring the Stags' win with a bonus point.
He played a pretty mature knock did big Chappo, look out for this guy in the future. Not the 2 bonus points the skipper demanded but a pretty good result on a scorcher of a day.
(Uncle Fester looking good in the field)
The song was sung, a few beers were had, & it was time to head home. A good day all-round I reckon.
Special thanks to our support crew of Pooley & Jenny& Cats, Dietzy's lovely girlfriend Ash, Stevo & the various parents who attended the fixture.
The win for fifths jumps them to third spot on the ladder with four rounds to play.
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 5-142 (Andrew Chapman 48*, Andrew Coleman 40, Ben Cannon 19) defeated UNSW 141 (Tom Bangs 4-25, Tim Packman 3-22, Deva Nirthanakumaran 2-32, Matt Todd 1-17) with one bonus point.