First Grade Report T20 vs Campbelltown
|First Grade Report T20 vs Campbelltown
The First grade boys gained their first twenty20 victory on the weekend against a strong Campbelltown side at Chatswood.
(Iain Beverley hits one into Orchard Road at T20)
Arriving in sweltering conditions to the site of the PG boys continuing their winning streak, the boys in the top grade talked positive and cleared out excess rubbish (PG player bags) in the changerooms with Jammer (Packman) and B.G (Garrett) exchanging ideas on where they would rather be on a 42 degree day. (Cheeeeatsoood oval playing cricket ofcourse).
With the presentation of the hat to debutant James Campbell, the tradtional warm-up was underway. With the toss lost, The Staggy boys were sent out to bowl first on a wicket that Im sure left some scars from the previous day where G.Lambert scored more runs himself than the entire career runs a certain leggie that left us last season.
Nonetheless, the boys stayed positive and within 4 balls the return of big Dylan Connell brought the Gordon boys their first scalp. Clean bowling the Ghosts opener through the gate.
Was good to see the big man running in at Chatswood again with the new ball, showing us how it is done with 2-23 off his 4.
With the loss of Midnight (Stephenson) early with a niggling injury, all bowlers stuck to their plans with the spinners B-Mac (McDonald) and Buzzard (Casson) in particular bowling very well and making life hard for the westerners. McDonald (3 for 21 off his four) despite having the batsmen coming hard at him, used good flight and guile in the middle overs and with Soper (1-32 off 4) and Casson (1 for 23 off 4) slowed down the Ghosts run rate.
(Beau Casson hits out on Sunday)
Buzz bowled very well with confidence and kept the younger Ghost bats in check.The Stags fielded very well in the tough hot conditions with no dropped catches and a very good runout to B-Mac. Special mention to Brendan, always keen to help the younger/newer members of the team, when he swapped with the debutant J.C from cover to long off to 'take the pressure off' him. Mac, known for his cricketing brain and his know-how on anticipating in the field obviously knew what was to come.
The next ball went up in the air and landed safetly in the hands of the now not so under'pressure' James Campbell. God Bless Brendan MacDonald, he is such a charismatic player.
The Stags restricted the Ghosts to 9-154 off their 20 overs.
With the job not over the boys, rehydrated and reassessed. After his 83 last week and for owning the largest cannons in the club since M.Jones, Iain Beverley was sent to open the batting with Steve Colley and from the beginning overs the two little men, went on the attack. Steve showed us why he has been picked for higher honors by punishing anything loose through the covers and Bevo showed us his cannons by dispatching anything short, hitting high and long over the top for numerous boundaries.
At 0-82 after 8 we lost a few wickets with Bevo (48 off 32 balls), Steve (30 off 21 balls) and Packers out trying to keep the pace going.
Beau took the leading role in a partnership with Reece. With Reece running quick singles and Beau opting to sweep anything flighted over the boundary. Both played 'cricket' shots and soon the target score was reached in the 17th over. With Buzz finishing 41 off 23 balls and Reece (18 off 16) both looking in good touch.
(JC on debut at Chatswood)
A commanding first win in the twenty 20 competition for the Stags with lots of positives to take out of the match.
Congratulations to J.C on his debut in the top grade, very well deserved and hopefully more games and wickets to come for him. Well done boys, now lets get some momentum going our way for these next few weeks before Christmas and continue on improving our own games. Best wishes to J.K and Jules, hopefully see you back on the paddock ASAP.