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First Grade Report - Day 1 vs Randwick Petersham

bombasFirst Grade Report - Day 1 vs Randwick Petersham   

From the beginning of the season, it appeared, at least on paper, that the Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club was going to be a formidable opponent. Irregardless of the four missing state or national contracted players, the Stags entered into the Round 7 home fixture with an introverted approach, keen for improvement upon earlier performances.

(Reece Bombas acknowledges his maiden first grade century) 

A number of forced changes to the side saw youngsters Harry Evans, James Campbell and Rob Edwards (author, who hasn't played an away game since Round 2 against Bankstown) back into the side.

Given the recent streak of high scoring matches played out at Chatswood, as well as the sweltering morning, the bowling contingent were keen for Captain Casson to win the toss and leave the work to the batsmen in temperatures which saw the mercury pushing 36 degrees.

ecclesFortunately this was the case, leaving openers Cam Eccles and Ian Beverley to enjoy the early onslaught of Randwick, intimidating enough without Burt Cockley in the side. The opening bowlers employed a WACA-esq approach, mixing controlled aggression with short-ptiched bowling, perhaps somewhat deterred by the extra bounce offered by the Chatswood wicket, leaving opener Scott Coyte to comment 'you don't get this kind of carry out at Coogee.'

(Cam Eccles hits Scott Coyte for 4 through mid wicket)

Openers Eccles and Beverley did a fantastic job to survive the initial phase, taking the shine off the ball whilst simultaneously scoring runs at a reasonable 3 runs an over rate. The openers, along with number 3 Packman, were all dismissed in their 20's, all showing early promise to establish long stays at the crease.

Casson and Ben Garratt played important innings on what appeared to be a flattening Chatswood wicket post-lunch. The match was in the balance at this point in time, but the strong back-foot play of Casson and the silky-smooth drives of Garratt saw them post 53 and 45 respectively.

garrattBut the day belonged to Reece 'Trent' Bombas. Approaching the wicket with the score at 3 for 83, Reece applied himself appropriately to the task at hand, and the Gordon innings was moulded around an exceptional and chanceless 112 not out off 201 balls. Trent celebrated his maiden First-Grade century to the applause of his entire team, who all knew his first, of undoubtedly many, was a long time coming.

(The "silky-smooth" Ben Garratt) 

Of his own self-admission, Reece has been guilty of offering chances once he passes his half century, however on this day, he was not to be denied. He blasted 16 elegant boundaries all around the ground, rotated the strike expertly and held the middle and lower order of the Stags together.

McDonald (29 runs, probably about his age these days too???) was not short on providing entertainment value during his cameo innings, enjoying many slog-sweeps, deft late-cuts and innumerable moments of banter with opposition players. Quote Casson: 'He just knows someone from every team, doesn't he?'

The day ended with the Stags 9 for 354. The runs have been posted'Now the enjoyable task of bowling at Chatswood oval which has seen mixed weather during the week.

Congratulations Reece.

Rob Edwards


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