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Fourth grade match report vs Easts

ahmedFourth grade match report vs Easts

Day One

Shayne Lin proceeded to have a toss and again found himself losing it on what looked like a great pitch to bat on. This assessment proved correct as the East's bats got off to a good start with some flashing of the blade and handy assistance from Tim Fulton.

(An Iqbal Ahmed special shot during his 70)

Fourths were again the team Dylan Connell was placed in to aide his hamstring recovery and this time we were more than happy to see him use his hands for more than penning scores in the scoresheet. He managed to pick up one wicket in his short opening spell. Congratulations on your 1st 4th grade wicket Dylan.

The sessions before tea were an even affair with some of Easts bats putting some reasonable scores on the board. However Dave Millar, Bangers (Charlie Bangs) and ul haq (Iqbal Ahmed) all bowled well to keep East to the modest and evenly poised score of 5-200. Sir Inzi and yours truly were in fine form in the catching department.

After eating some little boys thanks to Iqbal and hearing another captain's predictable speech about the importance of lifting our standards, having more energy in the field, bowling dot balls and fielding better etc. we entered the field.  This time it seemed that Shayne's speech had more people listening as we put Easts away with roughly 30 more added to their score. Ul haq was bowling tremendously landing his bombs and making Adam Cubbage proud on the sidelines. Inzi managed to dismiss 4 batsmen and was the pick of the bowlers but not the fielders. The other bowlers picked up a few wickets here and there and we entered the sheds with a total of 233 to chase. 

fultonMitch Kleem got the innings off to a real flyer, going hard and hitting most balls in the middle of the bat. Michael Dalrymple departed early once again playing and missing what would have been a glorious straight drive and watched as Hugo played well looking confident before getting out cheapish. He was then followed by Tjaard Tait who seemed more interested with the pommy girl on the sidelines.

(Tim Fulton in action against Easts)

The day finished with the score on 4-120 odd with Mitch Wilson and Shayne 'the magnificent' Lin in the middle topping off a good day for Gordon.

Day Two

Mitch and Shayne seemed comfortable out in the middle facing the East's bowlers with relative ease. However both skied the ball to give East's easy catches and a look in with the game at 6 for 141. Shayne had made a good 47 and tried to make that 51 with some poor scoresheet work. Enter Inzamam and Dave 'the ZZZZZZ' Millar. Ahmed was seeing the ball like watermelons and playing wonderful drives to score boundary after boundary. The amount of times he ran between wickets could be counted on one hand. Dave was battling along, having micro sleeps between balls but playing an absolutely vital role sticking around to support Ahmed.

Eventually Insi was dismissed for 70 leaving the score at 7-220 with big Dylan entering the field. Connell tried his best to get out however East's were keen to see him hit a clean 6 before deciding they should dismiss him. By this stage the Stags had passed the total of 233 and with some good hitting from Bangers and Mash and attempted hitting from Tim Fulton were able to push to 260 odd.

East's were sent back out to bat with Dylan coming in off full run up. Unfortunately he could only grab one wicket and spilt no blood. Consequently after 20 overs the match was finished with Gordon winning on first innings. The song was sang with much gusto and a big well done goes to Ul haq, Kleemy and the fearless captain Shayno.

Michael Dalrymple


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