Hurstville Oval is a beautiful cricket ground. It is also very familiar for first grade having played at Hurstville 5 times in the past 6 years. Away from the topic of familiar, Harold turned up to the match early and our coach was in full "green frog" uniform.
James Kennedy on his way to 4/14 from his ten overs straight
James Packman "snaked" his way in from the boundary to toss the coin. Lost and bowling. Perfect.
The following report will give you a brief description of how each player performed in order of appearance and also their performance in court afterwards. At risk of turning the attention to myself next adjournment, "Kangaroo Court" has become a feature event for the first grade side and each players recent form will be remarked upon.
James Kennedy was outstanding. Picking up a wicket on his third ball, James made the Ray Lindwall end his own from the outset. The Hurstville wicket was hard but did offer some carry for the bowlers with a fair coverage of grass.
Dan Smith backs up James Kennedy with the ball... but what about in court
JK got every ounce of assistance out of the wicket by standing the seam up and consistently hitting an area of uncertainty.
As his spell continued "Keno" built momentum. Consistently beating the bat, JK bowled with true rhythm. Too good to take off, Packers made the decision to bowl JK ten straight and it paid off. "Keno" finished with 4/14 from 10 overs.
Can he bowl? In court, to be fair, JK is a "battler". Without being too harsh, his accusations are probably fair, however his fines are rubbish. They lack creativity, substance and fail to align themselves with the crime. Lift you game Kennedy.
Daniel Smith supported JK well just like "the animal" he is becoming. Not waiting to be served, Smithy decided to help himself to an early wicket as well. Dismissing the "great man", Dan was on the board and we had the Saints 2-7.
Chad Soper, a couple of weeks before his great spell against St George. Honesty and integrity are his traits in the court
Smithy finished with 1-10 from his opening spell and was not required to bowl again. Dan also featured late in the match by blasting the winning runs from his first ball.
What can I say about this young, budding barman. It's like watching Tom Cruise flare in the movie Cocktail. Watch out for Smith in court, he will sneak a fine on you just before "recess". Like multiple youngsters these days, he can't remember anything without putting it in his phone. When Dan swipes his phone, look out you are next. Daniel is always entertaining and his fines are solid.
Chad Soper replaced Smithy and soon found his own rhythm by hitting the wicket. Sops bowled with decent pace and looked to be enjoying the extra carry on offer. 1-21 for Sops who again asked some questions of the St George top order.
Court performance for Chad was steady, he came up with an accusation, so bravo Chad for "piping" up and telling the court how you feel. Unfortunately his accusation was shut down immediately by the jury. Keep up the good work.
Harry Evans followed Chad, whilst JK was churning them out at the other end. Apart from turning up on time, Harold's highlight was dismissing Pillay with a brilliant reaction caught and bowled. This catch turned the match well and truly in our favour.
Harry Evans looks for runs down the ground. He is performing with bat and ball
From there Harold picked up 2 other tail end wickets to finish with 3-13.
Not bad for someone that bowls "little doorknobs".
With the bat Harry looked in control until he got a handy delivery that swung back from Green to trap him LBW. Serial offender and usually cops a lot of nominations for his actions and disrespect. On the flip side, Harold has a pretty good memory and usually pulls up members of the court for crimes. What impresses me most about Harold is his voting method. Harold is just and fair and will never follow the crowd when put under pressure. Keep up the good work.
Scott Heaney finally replaced "Keno" at the Lindwall end. Having witnessed the carnage "Keno" caused, Heans was licking his lips from the outset. A little over anxious at the start, Heans initially found it tough to find a consistent line.
Scott Heaney, the tall timber, plays his role on and off the field
With 3 overs under his belt, Scotty made a good comeback and bowled some unplayable deliveries.
Emphasising just how valuable the asset of height is when bowling fast, Heans finished with 1-21. Silent but deadly. If you awake the sleeping giant one week, be prepared to be taken down the following. Scott takes his court very seriously and has been spotted roaming the streets of Crows Nest on Friday nights waiting for a certain person to put a foot wrong. Put it this way, when Heans speaks, the court listens.
29 overs had past and we had successfully bowled St George out for 86.
Brendan McDonald tried to take the first one down with intent and unfortunately failed. Having single handedly won the match against Mosman, as promised, BMac will be back next week with the same intent and I'm certain with a different outcome.
Brendan "BMac" McDonald... court jester? Or chief prosecutor?
Outstanding and great value. The court and jury has Brendan to thank for the innovative fines he creates and punishes players. Brendan holds power within the walls of court. His enthusiasm is key and can sometimes sneak a spontaneous punishment on the pettiest of crimes.
James Packman showed everyone how to play on the Hurstville wicket. Packers steadied the chase of a low total, we all know how difficult it is chasing low totals. Positive from the outset, James wanted to score runs as opposed to surviving the new ball. His innings changed the game and most importantly took the pressure away from the new batsmen at the other end.
A captain’s knock, Packers finished with 36 and was unlucky not to be there at the end. The judge, need I say no more. Just like on the field, Packers is in control and holds the power. James' opinion matters and carries serious weight.
Is there room for two judges in the club? Packman reigns supreme in 1st Grade... but does Durie reigns supreme?
Sometimes manipulative, Packers will always have a fine in mind for a crime. Every action is well planned out. Like a steel trap, Packers is one to remember a previous fine so watch out if you forget.
When Reece Bombas came to the crease he also looked to score. Reece knocked the ball into the gaps early on and got up the other end. Packers and Reece looked promising to steer the ship home until Bomba edged one behind and we lost some momentum in the chase.
Bombas, resplendent in white, will have a solid job topping this report in the next round
Reece is without a doubt the best value in court and takes the approach "you win some you lose some".
If we have had 8 rounds so far, Bomba is 0 from 8. So really just "lose them all".
As stated earlier, Reece is hilarious and will always see a fine through. A man of his word and will never let justice get in the way of doing something to embarrass himself.
Court would not be the same without Reece. Often good for an outstanding fine that comes out of nowhere, literally I don't know where some of these fleeting genius moments come from. Bomba can be swayed into voting a certain way, however I think this serves as revenge from the cruel punishments he has copped over the past 2 years.
Colley keeps calm through the middle, ensuring the side got over the line
I would like to see more preparation from Reece when accusing other members of the court and I feel next week Reece may notch up a win! Go Bomba you are the best and don't ever change.
Steve Colley played an underrated innings last weekend. Similar to Reece he was proactive about seeking out quick singles and "shaping" the ball into the gaps. Buckets admits freely he is seeing the ball really well but is lacking a fraction of concentration as he is trying to establish his innings.
Stevo showed again some promising signs that a big score is not far away. Probably one of the more angry members of court, if the court atmosphere ever seems to turn "unfair", Coll will jump all over it. Steve is big on precedent and will often fight a charge even though he knows Harry is the only one believing in his case.
Lewis stands tall and dispatches one through the offside, bringing home the Stags to victory
Greg Lewis aka "the finisher" has found a new role in the one dayers. Lewy again was there at the end.
Solidarity was needed when Lewis walked sideways through the Hurstville gate. Gregs energy from point also provided pressure when we bowled and proves he can contribute in more than one way.
Greg is another man of his word. He always sees a fine to the completion, even at the risk of smooth abdominals. Greg needs to be careful of his actions and dress throughout the week. Constantly under surveillance, the court is ruthless with Greg and do not like it if he steps out of line.
Maybe a "DNB", but Beverley made a contribution with the gloves
Greg also loves revenge. The court is wary of pushing Greg to the point of rage. Lewy relies on motivation for revenge and will always dish out an apt fine for a crime. Lewis is good value.