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First Grade Report vs Saints

packmanFirst Grade Report vs Saints  

The 1st graders turned up to Hurstville on a warm Saturday morning expecting a tough game against strong opposition who have won back to back premierships. This was definitely going to be a test for this young side.  First on the agenda was to welcome Hamish Angus into the side and he was presented with his cap by Mark O'Neill.

(James Packman at Hurstville)

The wicket looked a little green and when St George won the toss they had no hesitation in sending us in especially with the likes of Hazlewood, Copeland and Henriques.

Out went one of the most inexperienced 1st grade opening combinations of Hamish Angus and Blair 'Bear' Lindsey against a very strong attack. We didn't get off to a great start by losing 4 wickets before the first drinks break. Two more wickets fell in the next hour and at lunch we were 6 ' 70, however Packman and McDonald was still there.

After lunch Packman and Bmac went about building a partnership and just as they started to get going Bmac fell and so did the rest of the tail. We were all out for a mere 98. Packman was left stranded on 32 not out. He batted very well and showed us all that to be successful on that wicket you had to be patient. Another mention must go to the St George bowlers as they bowled in good areas and every wicket was either caught behind or lbw. It was a good lesson for our bowlers too.

mcdonaldWe went out to bowl and knew that we had to bowl very well and take all our chances to have a chance of reducing saints to under our score. JK got the first wicket with the score on 13 and then Dylan bowled an excellent over, picking up two wickets including that of Henriques who has seemed to dominate Gordon attacks in recent years. At 3-23 we were still in the game.  However a few dropped catches seemed to be costly. St George strolled past 98 four wickets down. They continued to bat for the rest of the day and finished on 6-188. Dyl ended up taking 2 wickets, JK 3 and Macca 1.

(Brendan McDonald at Hurstville)

We turned up on day 2 knowing that Saints were without their 'big 3' but had some handy replacements. There was concern the run up at one end of the wicket was a little wet from the rain overnight but no time was lost. Saints declared overnight and decided to put us under the pump again.

Our second innings didn't start well with 2 early wickets falling with the score on 2. Blair Lindsey and James Packman batted well to get the score to 47, but then they both fell just before lunch.

After lunch it was up to the lower order to show some fight and bat for extended periods. Beverly and Richtor were going along nicely before Richtor was run out. Beverly then decided to go on the attack playing his famous 'wrench' and bombing Zammit for 3 sixes. However this was also his downfall as he went for one too many and skied an easy catch for square leg. He was out for 32.

connellJK joined macca and this proved to be our best partnership for the game.  They batted together for well over an hour. This was a good partnership and showed the other batsmen how they should have batted on this wicket. Both batsmen played with positive intent and played some quality shots. When Macca fell on 29, JK (36) soon followed and then Campbell decided to walk down to Zammit and was stumped. We were bowled out for 175. Saints needed 86 for outright victory in 22 overs. The target proved to be no problem for them. They achieved it 1 down in the 20th over.

(Dylan Connell at Hurstville)

Overall this was a poor performance from the stags and more consistency is needed at this level. In terms of the batting we need to be putting more value on our wicket and need go on and make a big score once we get to 20. It was however a good experience for the young guys to come up against such quality opposition. One game to go against another strong team Sydney University, and hopefully we can finish the season strongly and take momentum into next year.

Elliot Richtor


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