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First Grade Match Reports 16/17

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

For the First grade schedule go to Fixtures 

First Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below: 

 

 

1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 12 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 12 - 2016/17

Congratulations to Dan Stickland for making his 1st grade debut, well deserved plenty more matches to come. #577 TBC

After a tough previous weekend where the top graders suffered two losses in two days a big performance was required to get back on track leading into final series. 

Ash Doolan had a number of fans back in the sheds during his rescue job. But none as big as his mum on our mobile app. 

The weekend’s opponents was a strong Sydney only a couple of points behind the mighty Stags. 

Col was spruiking how this is a 12 point game, even after it was explained to him that just because they are close to us on the table doesn’t mean there are more points up for grabs. 

50 for Kennedy. And this webmaster remembers an equally important 50 in Colts back in the day. All runs through point and cover. 

The facilities at Drummoyne were expertly prepared by the cream of the crop of green options. The pitch was flat, outfield lush and a big two days of hard cricket was ahead for two teams vying to be active in early April. 

With the overcast conditions our on field captain wasn’t too keen to make a decision on what to do first and that privilege was quickly taken away and we were asked to bat first. 

The first 45 min of our innings didn’t go to plan; with the score at 4-40 a big fightback was needed. Thankfully this was provided by Tym (82) and Ash (99) put together a 118 run partnership to get us back into the game. 

Congratulations Stickland! Such a great achievement. Well done. 

The lower order continued to pile on the runs with JK (53) making his first 1st grade wifty. Rumour has it he is the first left hand number 10 to score a 50 with a long blade cricket bat for the club. Finishing score of 337 on a slow outfield felt like 400+. Great effort men. 

Day two the temp forecast for the day was looking at getting to temperatures only seen in the red centre and with the pitch looking pretty flat it was going to be tough going for the Kings of the North. Unfortunately we lost JK to injury only 4 overs, however the other quicks toiled with no reward on flat track offering no sideways movement. 

Mason Crane takes yet another 7.
Surely Paul Stephenson can photoshop an Aussie bag on that Beastwear gear? 

The Tigers openers were looking very comfortable at the crease but the energy levels of the Stags never wavered and the pressure was always in the back of their mind. It was only a matter of time until our spinners got hold of the ball and what a combination of bowling these two produced. 

Mason (7-53) and Junky (2-17) worked perfectly together and a change of action even saw Junky spin 3 deliveries off a straight bringing the downfall of their two premier batsmen. 

Great to see Matt Junk working in partnership with Mason. And a fantastic dismissal of Dan Smith that started the Tigers' fall. 

Mason is just getting better and better with shouts of “get him on a plane to India” heard around the ground. I think they could organise the Australian citizenship out for him quite easily. 

As one of his supporters noted on Twitter, Sidney is his middle name. It seems his natural home.

From 1-90 at lunch to all out for 146 the second session saw total control from the Stags. Great win!

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

Allan Border is a great place to play cricket. Although the sheds are tiny and the wicket was slow and low, everything else screams class. The groundsman clearly wanted some overs for himself this weekend. 

There was a bit of wildlife around the area having a tan, but nothing of note for a match report of this calibre.

Warm up touch almost played second fiddle to cricket this week. The result hasn’t really changed all season with the Balds fluting the Hairs, even with Richtor having a typical GFD. 

This is getting ridiculous... 7 fa for Mason.

The internet says ‘it was a sought after style, to a style that was widely ridiculed and today should be largely avoided'. Yes, I am talking about Charlie’s mullet. Charlie’s salad, shaved symmetrically around the ears is a force to be reckoned with. 

This late 80’s early 90’s hair style unfortunately hasn’t been backed up in true form as his father Richard did, wearing a belt to play his cricket in…fast bowlers! In his attempt to bring back the mullet into fashion, he has developed some interesting nick names, especially that of ‘flapper’. You will have to ask Ash Doolan about that one, he has been in some great form off the field recently, not just in the sheds.

Mosman’s home of cricket has been a happy hunting ground for the Stags in the last few years, piling on the runs and taking some exciting wins away from the opposition. 

Two seasons ago, Smithy was the match winner, taking the wicket of his now-teammate, with two balls to spare. The 2017 edition wasn’t so close. 

Mosman won the toss on a Gordon prepared wicket and chose to bat. Flapper and the Praying Mantis (Kennedy) took the new ball and the later got us started with a couple of wickets before lunch. However, the main destroyer was Mason ‘Willie’ Crane who took 7-93 off 22 overs and you can imagine Tiddles was losing his mind. 

Tiddles doesn’t play favourites…unless you’re a leg-spinner. An outstanding spell of bowling saw the Stags batting at tea.

Another fifty for the skip Steve.

We had a few skippers out on the field as Mosman rightly pointed out. At times I wasn’t sure who to ask where to field or if Axel could have a bowl. But we discovered, the more skippers the better, as their former skipper ran down the wicket after being told ‘he had nervous feet’ and had an air swing, only to be stumped by skipper Doolan off the bowling of Willie Mason. That was a highlight.

Some glorious shot-making led by skipper Colley (65) and Richtor (not sure if he was a skipper) ensured we were in a strong position ending day 1 at 3-165 chasing 226. Richtor (57) was dismissed early on day 2, bringing skipper Doolan to the crease. Crawford (61) and Doolan (28) took charge and punted some 6’s to rub salt into the deep wounds of the Whales, passing the score 4 wickets down. The lower order came out batting aggressively looking to move the game forward and Willie (52) did exactly this. 343 was the total and we had 49 overs to bowl. 

After not picking up early wickets, the bowlers toiled hard, especially Dan Smith and Matt Junk on wicket not offering much. A great couple of days for the Stags with plenty of emotion and the loudest team song sung to date. 6 points. Up the Staggies!

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

The Christmas break came in a timely manner, giving players a chance to rest up their bodies, after a somewhat gruelling first half of the season. 

The first game of 2017 saw the first graders return to Chatswood, looking to keep their perfect one day record intact, which would ultimately seal a finals birth in the one day comp. However standing in their way was a strong Parramatta side that was also in the hunt for a one day finals spot and only sat 3 points behind the stags on the overall competition ladder.

Usual duties to start off, covers. Its seems Every year we seem to be getting on the ground earlier and earlier to fold away the covers. I don’t know if it’s so the boys can talk more dribble or so it gives us more time to prepare for the much anticipated balds vs hairs footy game but it’s getting ridiculous.

Cam Eccles smokes one behind point.
The footy did not live up to expectation with both teams focusing on defence. It seems the bald’s were running training sessions in the break as their usual leaky defence tightened up. No one could cross the line and it finished 0-0. Having won the previous battle, the hairs get to keep the mantle as the champions due to their last start win. Get in boys!

Steve Colley won the toss and batted. Tym Crawford was out in the first over, before Steve and Axel combined for a 39 run stand before the later was dismissed.

Elliot joined Steve and they put on a 50 run partnership (most of them scored by the skipper), before Els was caught trying to hit over the field. Steve followed Els for a well compiled 60, then a common theme for the year then followed, losing wickets in clumps. We lost 4 wickets for 11 runs and were in dire need of a partnership. Cam Eccles, in his newly found one day spot (no.5), and Mason Crane did just that, putting on 70 runs, before Cam was out for a well-made 42.

Mason continued his good form and moved to his second half century for the season (51) and with the help of state player, Charlie Stobo (16*), the stags managed to post 217. Slightly below par, but from where we were, a good effort.

Charlie Stobo in the form of his life.
Funnily enough the Parramatta players were asking about the bonus point before a ball had been bowled in their innings. Their opener came out trying to attain the win with the bonus point, but was only able to hit a few boundaries before falling to a great catch from Cam Eccles of the bowling of James (I created the stag clap) Kennedy.

Before long Dan Smith had picked up 2 wickets, including the dangerous Bertus, who had scored over 700 runs before Christmas. Mason came on and picked up two wickets in his first few overs. 

Matheui Yunk also picked up one courtesy of a great catch in the outfield from James Kennedy. Looked like he was trying to create a new trend, the stag catch, however last minute he realised he wasn’t going to get 2 hands to the ball and ended up taking it in his left mit. With Parramatta at 6 for 91, it looked like the stags were cruising to victory.
Bat and ball, Mason can do it all!
Parramatta got back in the game through their 7th wicket partnership, and it was back on even terms. 

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Mason picked up another 3 wickets, one being Crittenden (64), to bag another 5 wicket haul. Els then finished proceedings off with a Yorker that bowled the number 11.

A great win for the stags with man of the match honours going to Mason for his 50 and 5 fa. There were handy contributions across the park though and the Staggies finished second after the one day rounds. We will now play Hawkesbury in the QF on January 29.

The side is currently sitting in second on the overall ladder, on the same points as Sydney Uni. Let’s take momentum from this game into the Mosman game and bag another 6 points. GFD’s all round.

Up and Atom

Elliot Richtor

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

A delayed start unfortunately meant a shortened game of touch footy. There’s still some debate over which team Chad should be on. His position in the Balds looks akin to tattoos at a North Shore club – very out of place.

Nevertheless, full credit to the Balds for finally showing up. It’s almost worth giving them the win so that we don’t have to listen to Ash “Dools” Doolan’s weekly tantrum about the rules.

Reagan Klemt in his 1st Grade debut.

The toss was won and the international cricketers were asked to make first use of the ball for the Stags. Soper hit some Stobo-esque areas and should be very proud of his performances for the top grade in recent weeks. 

James Kennedy bowled with poor control, in the way that the sun rises in the west. He was no doubt the standout bowler and will take a lot of confidence out of this match heading into the break.

Mason stuck to his usual plan of bowling jaffas, which is actually a pretty good plan. A few lucky hacks did not do his figures justice. On any other day, he would’ve collected his usual 4-fa not many.

Some poor fielding and too many boundary balls pushed the score up past 200. Nevertheless, the end score of 209 was well under par and we were confident of chasing it down with plenty of wickets in the tank.

Mason Crane in superb form rolling into the new year.  

By now the pitch offered the bowlers nothing, but it still offered more than a Tym Crawford snapchat story.

Axel looked good at the crease, and provided a great support role for Tym who was smashing the Sharks bowlers to all parts of the ground. It was particularly pleasing to see Tym dominate the short ball after he forgot to bring his pull shot to Howell Oval. 

At Axel’s dismissal, the ten thousand strong Chatswood crowd understandably decided to head home. However, one person (who we’ll call Ruth) stayed to watch until the end. 

While all the batsmen did their part to support Tym and edge us closer towards our target, we weren’t able to show enough ruthlessness and kept letting Sutherland back into the game.

Tym guided the Stags home in style. 

At 6-149 and still 60 runs behind, the game was edging towards an exciting finish. Fortunately, Dools came to the crease and assessed the situation perfectly. He took the time to get himself in, adjust to the speed of the wicket, and cash in later. 

Mason hit the winning runs because, well, it’s Mason. 

At last the budgies have got us a win. 

Dan Smith

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1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 2 - 2016/17

If there was ever a grudge match in pre-game touch footy, this was it. With the Balds winning 8 consecutive matches, the Hairs had plenty to prove. 

But as the saying goes, “I’d rather be bald, than have beautiful flowing hair”. The Balds were to strong once again for the easy beat Hairs. 

Chad Soper performs strongly back in Oz 

The game was over very early, after the Balds crossed for 3 tries within the first minute of play. 

So much has been made of the mid season transfer of Max”sop” Papworth from Bald to Hair, that the Hairs forgot what was most important, TEAM! 

The game was ended halfway through due to the new ”mercy rule” in place. 

33-0 BALDS WIN!

As the warm up changed from low standard touch footy to intense “factory” drill, the Stags had a real feel that we could steal the show from the opposition. Just like our big opening bowler Charlie Stobo had nearly done during the week for NSW on debut. 

Temperatures were set to rise all day. The Stags knew it was going to be a case of fighting hard and drying the runs to create chances. With a batter friendly wicket first up, the opening bat from Penrith “ filled his boots” for 40 runs. 

This was until young Mason "closet bald" Crane came and bamboozled him with a top spinner skied to the ever safe hands of Chad Soper. From here the Stags halted the run scoring and started to gain some momentum from the Panthers. 

With Crane knocking over another bat for not many, the next batsmen strutted to the crease and was met with some great encouragement from the Stags. After Mason bowled what seemed to be a certain top edge from the first ball faced, the men were very excited to have another wicket and get a crack at the middle order. But this was not to be. 

On Day 1, Crawford looked to support Colley, Cahlin and crew 

Once again we learned there are two things we cannot control, the weather and good fortune. From here the Penrith batsmen dug in and controlled the innings to push on to our total. All the bowlers toiled really hard all day, and did an amazing job to push the game as far as it went. 

With only 3 wickets falling all day, the general feel was that the opposition batsmen had been kissed on the flute by a fairy. ln fact, we were out played in all facets. 

More runs in the first innings and our bowlers would of came out on top. But it was not to be. 

The trip down the highway was not all doom and gloom. We played touch footy on an NRL ground, ate some of the best chicken burgers grade cricket has to offer and Elliot had another ”GFD” to his name.

We also knew that next week Sutherland would be a great board to spring into Xmas off and get the gravy train back on the tracks before the break. 

Up the stags! 

Ash Doolan

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 1 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 1 - 2016/17

The Ones ventured to Penrith’s Howell oval with an e-Tag full of cash and a tank full of petrol. Pressure was on for the Balds to secure another win in front of a packed crowd at Penrith stadium. As the ref blew his whistle, you always sensed that this game was going to get ugly. 

Higher honours await for Axel Cahlin as he again passes 50 

The first play saw a bustling run from Papua New Guinea international Chad Soper. 

The ball was played, Eccles ran up the field to through a gaping hole in the defence. Only to be stopped by the touch judge, who had called play back for a massive bust up in back play. 

Matt (funk) Junk had coat hangered his own player, Mason (closet bald) Crane. Apparently there had been chat during the week that Mason was going to take Matt’s spot in the upcoming Tri-Nations, so Matt had decided he would make the decision easy for the skipper. 

Crane was stretched off the stadium, and Matt was given his marching orders. The crowd, 40 thousand strong, than witnessed another massacre by the Balds. The score ended up at 35 to nil. Well done Balds, mission accomplished.

Come match time, everyone was warmed up and ready for the day’s cricket ahead. 

Steve won the toss and batting was the mode everyone switched to. Axel and Campbell [sic] opened the innings steadily, until Cam was mysteriously caught down leg side by a poor man’s Cummings.

Colley is watchful in defence 

This allowed the skipper to enter the game. Axel once again passed 50 for the season. Another outstanding knock against quality bowler Josh Lalor. Higher honors are just around the corner.

Steve went on to crunch 75 valuable runs, the skipper has definitely struck some form and will no doubt finish the season with 2 or 3 match winning hundreds to his name. The middle order then struggled to make a dentist in the scorers’ books. Elliot, Ash and Max all struggled to score. 

As like the previous matches, the tail showed what grit and determination is all about. Mason dug in for a while which allowed the ball to soften and his team mates the opportunity to cash in at the end of the day. 

Rich man’s Dan Smith once again showed us he is more than a bowler who bats a bit, smacking 40 runs . Matt Junk chipped in with a well compiled 19 as well. And Chad ‘Ramp’ Soper stuck around to help the score push to 265 at the end of play.

Once again the Stags showed plenty of ticker to stick out the day. 

All is prepared and the time to rock and roll the Panthers will soon be upon us. 

Ash Doolan

Twenty20 Cup vs Newcastle - 2016/17

Twenty20 Cup vs Newcastle - 2016/17

Sunday’s 20/20 saw the mighty Stags venture north up the M1 to Newcastle for the early match against one of the competition’s newer sides, Newcastle DCA. As part of the 12 team “Sixers pool”, we were looking for a win to set up the following week at home at Chatswood.

Despite some runs from "Patches" Doolan and Cahlin in the middle, it wasn't their day 

With new surrounding's greeting the players we decided to change our team selection for the warm up from “Balds” and “Hairs” to “Beach bods” vs “Dad bods”.

Unfortunately with only Junky and Crawford in the Beach bods team we resorted back to the usual which, to nobody's surprise, the Hairs won 8-1 in another dominant display leaving the Balds without a pre game warm up win.

Unlucky boys.

Steve won the toss and without hesitation batted. A good start by "da boys" saw the score reach 32 before a couple of quick wickets fell. No panic from da boys though, as the score hit 2-38 with the leading run scorer for Gordon and all round nice guy El Richtor strutting to the middle.

Unfortunately it wasn't his day, getting trapped plum in front first ball. 

A good partnership between “Patches” Doolan and Axel Cahlin pushed the score along, but some good bowling from the Newcastle outfit and a steady fall of wickets left the Stags 9-127 at the end of innings. 

Knowing that a good bowling performance and a few tight overs to start would set us in a good way to winning, a blistering start by the Newcastle openers was not ideal. However, a few wickets eventually slowed the run rate and tight overs from Mason Crane and Els brought us right back in the game.

Axel’s constant sledging from deep mid-wicket was clearly rattling the batsmen, as we took it to the final over. 

Unfortunately they reached the target with 4 balls to go. 

A shattered group of Stags made their way back into the change room, where captain grumpy gave us all a serve which seemed to last an age. Looking for a motivational pick me up we turned to our overseas pro, Mason, who replied "just bat me higher." 

A good effort by "da boys" but unlucky not to get the chocolates.

Matt Junk

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2016/17

The second week against the alumni had a different feel about it. The tension was there between the Balds and the Hairs, with many Africanis expletives and shoulders thrown in like the current international arena. The Balds were silenced once again this week and I only have Virat Kohli to blame. 

Junk and Crane stroll off after a masterclass down the order. 
So... is JK getting moved down to #11? 

The Stags began to go through their normal warm up routine, taking in the sights and sounds of Chatswood Oval. At times you can be distracted and not for the reasons that Coogee or Manly often deliver. You can sometimes get trapped in the vibe and unfortunately for one of our many pre match entertainers their zen was interrupted. 


Erriott (no typo) was going through his normal throw down routine with the random ball machine that is our current author. After my hundredth pitch, and mind wandering towards the dugout, a short and wide delivery was produced. Erriott decided to cut over the boundary. It took an age, like a slow motion scene in the Matrix. 

Erriott and I had time to say the clichés “feet” or “watch out” but it felt like there was a collective, why bother. The ball cascaded into the calf of one of our many switched on fans which brought a pause to the session. Max Papsmear was in stitches as the trance was broken and the confusion set in. 

The theme of the day was very much about superstition and if anything this probably did not appease the god(s).

Superstition is defined as “excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural” (Wikipedia et al). Yet the alpha Stags have been wondering why we don’t just live up to our Australian nature and just say “Stitious”. Wikipedia et al states that stition is an irrational belief usually founded on ignorance or fear and characterised by obsessive reverence for omens and charms. 

That definition reminds me a little of the drug that we know as cricket, and I probably should start talking about it or the editors will become quite partial to this “match report”.

Cameron ‘I need to go to three a day rig sessions for our budgie shoot’ Eccles has finally worked out why he has been batting so poorly of late. It is not because of the 'stition' that his girlfriend keeps coming to watch him bat, but arrives late just in time to see him walking off the field. He claims, in fact, to have corrected his technique - but only managed to do so after getting out for 2, in hindsight, how convenient. 

So the trend of wickets followed and unfortunately for Axel his supernatural lady luck was not on his side. Cutting a short and wide delivery in the air to the right of point caused a bit of “pre workout panic”. Axel had set off for a run but a diving save and a blinded throw at one stump caused him to be sent back. A direct hit and the in-form batsmen was short of his ground. 

A new record for the Stags - highest 10th wicket partnership!
The score was taken to 57 before the Malone Magic act was unveiled. I have never seen so many variations of leg spin bowling before, and it brought our top order undone before lunch. A taste of our own medicine one would say, as our season so far has been conducive for spin. 

The old saying “takes one to know one” was definitely on display throughout the second session with Crane and Junk handling the fizz. It wasn’t until half an hour away from tea and the score on 200 that the 'stitious' behaviours began. 

Wikipedia et al states that being stitious is a notion, act or ritual that derives from such belief. The belief being ‘can we win this nine down’ and the act of ‘no one is allowed to move from their seats’ followed. However, the superstitious belief of not saying, “we can win this” was held close to our chests to avoid displeasing the cricket god(s). 

'Mulcher' Crane and Matthew 'Funk' Junk were batting brilliantly and made it through to the delayed tea break. Both surpassed their 50 milestones earning them a thumbs up.

Mason top scoring with a well compiled 80 and Junk pulling his way to an entertaining 61 not out batting 11. For two of the newest members of the club they now go down in the record books for the highest Gordon 10th wicket partnership, formerly held by Shayne “my cat and I no longer have balls” Lin and Ben “I don’t know you anymore because you play for North Sydney” Leighton. 

Well done boys for your entertaining batting display and no doubt pushing me down to number 11, cheers. 

So who broke the stition? Who moved from their spot? It wasn’t Tym although his “tyming” was not great. 

I blame Kristy (no typo). Do you remember Cam’s girlfriend who showed up to watch him walk off the field. Not only did she stay after that, but she decided to leave just after tea, when the boys were on 249. 

The end result was a loss and overall the blame on Cameron.

James "JK" Kennedy

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2016/17

The day started out like no other. The fierce rivalry and banter between the Hairs and the Balds just continues to grow, unlike the follicles on some said scalps. 

However the Stags were once again facing a strong opposition, with many a scalp containing a full head of hair and a NSW contract to boot. 

Charlie Stobo, selected during the week for the Futures League clash, leads the bowling attack 

In years gone by, before the hairlines started to recede, this may have intimidated the premier Stags but, with a near perfect start to the season, we could take on the Aussie team and give them a run for their advanced hair pocket money.

Balds vs Hairs, Game 10, had a different feel for it. Not only was there a lack of cheating coming from the Balds but there was a sign of respect from the Hairs that has been lacking all season. Is it because the club has seen that this rivalry has gotten out of hand and are now participating in a tele health clinical trial for “non-threatening conditions”.

Time will tell whether any alopecia suffers, small man syndrome suffers or someone just having a bad flute day will take up the challenge.

Cricket, the 6 hours of life contemplation that takes place every Saturday will now be mentioned.

Mason "Mulcher Jr" Crane continues his strong performances on the field and maintains a strong following off the field 

The wicket was hard with an occasional ridge. Good all round conditions to chase leather and sniff a good length delivery every now and again. Larkin did manage to avoid the popping ball in the early session but succumbed to probably the worst ball of the morning, cutting (snicking) outside off on a slow last ball of the over. Cheers.

From there we watched 100 runs of Sheffield shield cricket, with the herd of Stags bowling well. 

‘Mulcher Jr’ (Mason Crane) trapped the prize wicket of Cowan in front of his stumps after lunch to raise the antlers to the herd for a Stag clap (patent pending). However with two head boys returning to the sheds, the men of Gordon had a tough, dry period leading into tea with the score trickling past 200 for the loss of two wickets.

Kennedy and Junk, opponents in the warm up, pair up to apply pressure to the Students 

By that time, the alumni of Gordon Cricket had started to roll in for the afternoon’s play. The annual wine tasting afternoon that is endorsed by club legend Adair Durie had grouped in the Matt Junk stand and started to create an atmosphere not too common at a premier cricket game.

Crane is attacting plenty of attention from film directors of martial arts blockbusters with this "Crane" pose 

Threats of flare’s and abuse were thrown over the railing with the question, are they here to support us or to clap all afternoon as Greg Mail brought up another grade cricket milestone; stop it! 

With Carters bringing up his well compiled hundred, there were rumours of a large total. However the Stags, aided by drunk hollering got on a roll as the pressure that we had slowly built up throughout the day began to pay dividends. 

Three run outs followed as the Students realised that the strike rate was dwindling late in the day. 

Pulling themselves together for this photo, the ex-Stags enjoy themselves and Adair's wines 

It was a well-executed fielding drill which saw the Stags walking off the field with one over to spare in the day and our heads still high. Although 340 is a good total, it’s Chatswood, so get behind the Stags run chase.

Special mention goes to Axel Cahlin for his unexpected and brilliant one handed catch to get Mail out. That will be remembered for some time to come.

Watch this space, the budgies have arrived. We are coming for you Stag bay.

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs St George - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs St George - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2016/17

After last week’s thumping, the Balds were very keen to make amends in this week’s touch rugby warm up. Even though they have to apply that little bit more suncream than the rest of us, the Balds were out early, throwing the ball around like they knew what they were doing.

Charlie Stobo deserved many more than his 2 against St George... the Futures League selectors agree with the author 

It was to no avail. 

Another drubbing followed. 

In the interest of team morale, I wont indulge into the delicacies of the game, but you should just know that it’s getting rather boring to watch a team capitulate so regularly. 

This 'Bald' Crawford clearly has better hands during the match than the warm up

Not only do I see it on a weekly basis in the warm ups, but I’m seeing it on the TV when I get home too.

I digress. 

A slow start to the morning’s play sparked into life, when an excellent bottom edged catch up to the stumps from gloveman Ash Doolan, from the bowling of Tym Crawford, sent the Saints skipper on his way. 

St George had all three of their big names back for Day 2, and they were the key. Patterson and Henriques joined the party at numbers 4 and 5, and put together a good partnership before Matt Junk had Patterson caught at mid off. Tym Crawford was next to take a big scalp, with an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss Moises Henriques.

This changed the game in Gordon’s favour. 

The Stags took the game by the throat and never let go from there. 

Mason Crane quickly dismissed Harry Finch and Trent Copeland, before Stobo got in on the act with a well deserved wicket of his own. 

Tony Wilson didn't need to wait long to snap four great shots of Mason's wickets 

A special mention must go to Charlie for his efforts on Saturday afternoon, he ran in hard all day for the Stags, and deserved much more than the 2 wickets he took. Crane knocked over the Number 10 and soon after ‘Mantos’ Kennedy rattled the stumps of the Number 11, completing a Stags win and making that 5 from 5. 

Crane finished with 4 wickets, Stobo and Crawford 2 a piece, and Junk and Kennedy both snared 1. Another great team performance. Gordon march on to Sydney Uni next week. 

Mason Crane

 

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