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First Grade report vs easts at Waverley

soperFirst Grade report vs Easts at Waverley 

After gaining our first victory of the season, the 1st XI was eager to continue playing good cricket against the more formidable opponents in the Eastern Suburbs Dolphins. After chasing 290 the week before, we confident we could keep scoring runs, so when the coin fell in our favor, Buzz decided to bat on a flat, hard wicket.

(Chad Soper on day 1 at Waverley)

Buzz and Coll started confidently and were able to see off the Dolphins openers with about 30 on the board. Unfortunately we were unable to capitalise on this start and proceeded to lose 7 for 30. Poor shot selection and tight bowling was the main contributors to this downfall. The top order can only learn from these mistakes and we are all very positive this will happen.

After lunch Gun Sculls (Bevo) and Midnight continued to bat with patience, slowly ticking the scoreboard over and trying to put together a partnership. They did this for a while until Bev was adjudged LBW. Young Chad Soper joined Midnight with the plan to bat as long as possible. Old mate Zelma had other ideas, clean bowling Stephenson not long after.

cassonEnter The Praying Mantis, Pro Mantis, The Mantos, Mantos Bagdatos. The last pair for the Stags and the two youngest blokes in the team showed experience beyond their age in putting together a 60 run partnership, trading lusty blows with daft singles, which gave us something to bowl at. Chad ended up 50no and Mantos 30. With 25 overs left in the day, we needed early wickets to give ourselves a chance. This was not the case with the Dolphins ending the day 0-92.

(Beau Casson in action on day 2)

The plans for day 2 were simple. Enjoy yourselves, enjoy playing with your mates and anything might happen. Even though at the end of the day we were well beaten, I feel as though we achieved a lot as a team. We bowled well on a flat wicket, with our two spinners bowling the majority of the overs. Our fielding was better than other weeks and we all seemed to enjoy each others company.

As a batting unit we can learn a lot from Pete Neville's innings of 149no. He showed a great deal of patience by keeping the good balls out and putting the bad one's away.

Good luck to everyone next week against the Lion's and lets get another win on the board.

Go Marcos

Jules Stephenson


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