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Fourth Grade Match Reports 09/10

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

Points for all wins go to the club championship.

For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures

Fourth Grade match reports for 2009/10 season are provided below:

4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13

4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13

effeneyGordon lines up the Whales

Gordon 4th Grade proved too strong for Mosman in the round 13 clash at Rawson Oval.

Pat Effeney takes 7 wickets in the second dig

Captain Shayne Lin won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions on Day 1. People often question the role these conditions play, and for some reason the general consensus is low cloud activity means moisture in the air causing the ball to swing.

In a nutshell Mosman began unsteadily, with little confidence in their batting. They were rolled over for the paltry score of 82, however small scores are never easy to chase.

Star of the show was Tim Fulton claiming 6/26 in a brilliant display of swing bowling. The score could have even been less, except for the 6 dropped catches that were littered throughout the innings.

Kleem and this year's new recruit Hugo Anderson opened the batting. Kleem was aggressive early on dispatching deliveries to all parts of the ground but was dismissed for 29 with Tait also being dismissed on the same score after looking very solid. A big one is due for Kleem shortly ' this author is convinced!

Hugo noodled his way to a handy 39 given the context of the game, and it was common knowledge that we would have to ram home the advantage and put the Whales out of the game. At the end of Day 1 the Stags were 4/105 and were satisfied with the day's effort.

The start of Day 2 was a relaxing affair for those who batted and bowled the previous week, with the assumption that greater things would have to take place later in the day. Anthony Sherman made a well compiled 41 bringing the Stags' innings of 8/202 declared to a conclusion.

Mosman proved a little more stubborn in their 2nd innings, on a much better day for batting, posting a total of 248. Pat Effeney continued his impressive year with the Stags collecting 7/49 which was a marvellous effort.

Unfortunately the Stags had just 8 overs to chase down 120 runs. The innings started swiftly with Kleem taking 18 off the 1st over but the mission proved too difficult with fielders scattered all along the boundary.

It is now that the Stags must take care of the Saints if we are to play a part in this season's finals. Stay tuned!

Mitchell Kleem

4th Grade Report v Manly - Round 9

4th Grade Report v Manly - Round 9

Shayne Lin4th Grade retain the Mal Hall trophy  

With the Mall Hall trophy up for grabs it was all to play for as Gordon met Manly on a hot day at Killara. The deck was hard with a tinge of green, a perfect day for batting. The day could have started a lot better with Tim Fulton rolling his ankle during the warm up. Shayne lost the toss and we were sent into the field. Throughout the day the bowlers did their job, their lines were good and the fielding was tight. We knew that today was all about patience, if we didn't crack the wickets would fall.

Skipper Shayne Lin pounds one over the fence

Josh 'Pom' Poysden provided the first two scalps and found himself on a hatrick, Manly were 2-60. The Manly batsman had to work hard for their runs for the remainder of the day as the bowlers kept them in check. A star studded bowling line up of James 'Billy the' Kidd, Tim 'one ankle' Fulton, Nick Medcalf, Pom, Iqbal Ahmed and Tjaard Tait kept the beach boys at bay and only allowed them to score 251. Special mention goes to Tim for bowling with a completely screwed up ankle. He was rewarded for his efforts with 2 scalps. The story of the day however goes to the Pom, picking up his first '5fa' for the season, and a great way to start the New Year.

Unfortunately for myself and Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn, Josh's final wicket in the 77th over meant that we would have to go out to face the music for an over. The over was faced out with ease and the Stags found themselves 0/1 chasing 252 at the end of the days play. A good effort by the lads to keep Manly to 251 on such a good deck, the only disappointing factor of the day was the spread provided by our boys, which consisted solely of chips and lollies.

Tjaard TaitDay 2 saw early wickets fall and the Stags at 3-70 at the second drinks break. A steady partnership was needed to rectify the situation. Medcalf joined the list soon and the skipper Lin was joined by Tait at the crease. The steadily growing partnership was ended as Shayne (24) departed. Enter Clem 'We'll call you Brom, because Clem is an old man's name' Bromwich. Brom joined Taity needing 5-6 runs an over for victory. Brom's luck came early, having bunted one straight back to the bowler, the opposition didn't appeal, this allowed the young feller to cut loose and he compiled a quick fire 80* while bombing 6 sixes.

Tait plays yet another 'supporting' role to get the Stags across the line

Taity supported him well at the other end and accumulated 64*. This 120 run partnership saw us through to the end, 5 wickets down with two overs to spare. 

The Mal Hall Trophy safely in our possession, having proudly never left, we headed down to the Chelsea Bar to reflect on the game and our former clubman.

A top start to 2010 and something we will definitely be looking to continue. Quick learners, the boys noted the mistakes of day one's spread and the standard was lifted. This is a trend that should continue in the coming games. Bring on the Hawks!

Mark Fonseka

 Tim Fulton James Kidd

Bowling combination Tim Fulton and James 'Billy' Kidd doing some damage

4th Grade Report vs Wests - Round 8

4th Grade Report vs Wests - Round 8

kidd4th Grade doesn't get the gift they wanted

4th Grade entered the round against Western Suburbs at Beauchamp with high hopes of cementing a place in the top 6, and entering the Christmas break in a strong position. However, two Saturdays of poor application and concentration meant that 4th Grade lost to a side which we should really have beaten.

James 'Billy' Kidd celebrates taking a bag full of wickets against Wests

The game didn't start well with Lin losing the toss on a belter. However, it was not long before Wests were in trouble at 5-27 after great bowling from the openers James Kidd (4 wickets) and Dan Lake (2 wickets), who were then backed up by the Pom Josh Poysden (3 wickets). However some poor fielding and a loss of intensity meant that Wests were able to fight back. They reached 6-170 before Kidd swiftly finished off the tail to see Wests bowled out for 194. Though we would have taken this result on such a flat wicket at the beginning of the day, in reality we should have bowled them out for much less.

The Gordon bats were left with 16 over to face out, however with 2-37 the game was left very much in the balance for the second week. With the resumption of play on the second day 4th Grade were almost immediately on the back foot with the loss of 4 wickets within the first ten overs. For those new to Beauchamp, there is generally some life in the deck for the first hour, before it turns into a batsman's paradise. It is here we needed the application.

The batsmen continued to fight hard and it was the lower order who showed those further up the order how it is done. Iqbal Ahmed batted with much maturity despite only celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday. He played aggressively and was well supported by Hugh Smith (18) and Dan Lake. Dan Lake (20 not out) and James Kidd (21) then backed up their heroics with the ball to push us closer to the Wests target. However after a last stand of 40 we were bowled out for 170. This was really a poor effort on such a good batting wicket, and the job of reaching the total should not have been left to the last 4 batsmen. There is no excuse and if we want to feature in finals cricket our batting needs to improve and back up the efforts of the bowlers.

Hugo Anderson

Fourth grade match report vs Easts

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

4th Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 4

4th Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 4

fulton4th Grade perform well on docile new deck 

Was it worth it?

I can tell you that "yes it was".

And no I am not talking about Mitchell Kleem's 2nd publication in the Inside Cricket magazine. (This plug for Mitchell Kleem was not, I repeat not assisted by Mitchell Kleem or any Mitchell Kleem affiliates).

I am in fact talking about the 2nd weekend against the Sydney Tigers.

Let me lay the scene for you from the first week.

Timmy Fulton picks up 5-for - after running a half-marathon!

The Tigers ended the day at 7-279 off 83 overs. What the score doesn't tell you is that Adam Cubbage broke the pinky finger on his right hand (His bowling hand, amongst other things, returning the ball to the bowler!!) and that we were carrying an injured 1st grade bowler in Dylan Connell, so for 20 odd overs we had the evergreen James Catlin running around in the field, after borrowing Anthony Sherman's spare whites. Anthony was more than accomodating and happy to lend the set to Catts without hesitation.

Anyway back to the Saturday just passed. We arrived promptly at the ground to find that Cats had been replaced (probably by the selectors) by David Millar's father Tom. So we had our 11 and took the field keen to take the last 3 Tiger wickets quickly.

As it turned out we bowled 6 overs and took 2 wickets for 30 runs and thus the Tigers declared at 9-304, a gettable target, especially at Killara.

The highlight so far was the 2 wickets, which fell, both Tim Fulton. Tim had 3 from the previous week, thus giving him his first 5 wicket haul for the club, not a bad effort considering he started with the Stags at the start of last season.

shermanAnyway now it was our chance with the willow in hand. Mitchell Kleem fresh from a week off and with the 2nd interview under his belt as well as the unwavering support that he had received from Anthony Sherman from the previous weekend set about destroying the Sydney attack.

In short Mitchell Kleem (86) was the 4th wicket to fall right on tea to leave us teetering at 4-149 off 26.4 overs.

Sherman does what he does best - destroys the opposition bowlers

Then after tea Anthony Sherman, deciding that his good mate Mitch was not to get all of the glory, took the game by the scruff of the neck (no pun intended) and with Tjaard Tait demolished the attack. Anthony was out for 90 with 40 runs needed off about 25 overs. This was managed easily by David Millar and Tait (49).

A big thank you to James Catlin, Tom Millar and Dylan Connell. All 3 were somewhat instrumental in helping out 4th grade get there second win of the summer.

Congratulations to Harry Evans and Steve Colley in 2's for a magnificent partnership and to the rest of the club for getting up in all 5 grades.

I look forward to playing with the all the young boys again next weekend (Note: this comment could possibly be taken out of context, and now probably will be.)

The people's champion -Inzi.

4th Grade Report vs Sutherland - Round 3

4th Grade Report vs Sutherland - Round 3

dalrympleFourth Grade fight back, but an unfortunate loss

After our almighty captain Shayne Lin continued his amazing form with the toss, which I might add he has never ever loss! The Stags decided to have a bat first on what looked like a very good Killara wicket.

Mr Hugo 'Weaving' Anderson and Michael "Miccy D's" Dalrymple cross for one

After witnessing the worst possible start, which saw us losing our two experience openers before you can blink your eyes, the team pulled together to score a modest 182-9. With Tjaard Tait(21), Hugo Anderson(33) and Michael Dalrymple(26) all getting starts but were dismissed as soon as they got themselves in which saw the Stags struggled to 119-8. Thanks to a very brave effort from the tail, especially by newcomer Hugh Smith. Hugh batted very sensibly and was supported well by the two quick's.

Timmy Fulton (the newly promoted number 10) supported Hugh well by rotating the strike until he got out playing a premeditated sweep shot which saw him lose all 3 of his stumps. Pat Effeney, the last man in, did his best to give Hugh as much strike as possible in the last few overs, in fact Pat did such a good job that he made sure he gets that number 10 position back, especially after Timmy 'Fools' terrible sweep shot. Hugh Smith played well for his average with a 41 not out to get us to 182-9 at the end of the 50th over. This seemed like a defendable score if the bowling and fielding was good.

The bowlers however, did not come to the party until after the first drinks break. The early Sutherland batsmen were given too many scoring opportunities and, at 152-2, with the opening batsman on the way to a century, the game was going to finish embarrassingly quickly. However, the Stags from last year are renowned for their fighting qualities and those last 30 runs proved to be very difficult to chase.

smithAll thanks to Shayne's mum showing up for some moral support giving Taity and the rest of the team a good luck wave after one of Shayne's big captaincy speeches at the drinks break. The team then started the fight back, led by a determined spell from Pat Effeney and some tight bowling from the no sightscreen end by Anthony Sherman (1-16), the Sutherland innings faltered, and runs became very hard to score.

Hugh Smith crafts an innings with the tail

At 178-8 it was anyone's game! With Pat just finishing a good spell, with figures of 31-4, Patty knocked over the Sutherland batsman with some good accurate bowling. The team continued the fight back with good fielding and tight bowling in the last few overs. Hugh(23-1) and Tim(45-1) bowled well in the end but unfortunately, the Sharks prevailed and Gordon was left to ponder what might have happened if there had been another 20-30 runs on the board.

The Stags are back at Killara next week with sightscreens on both sides against the Sydney Tigers. Now that we know what we capable of, we can take that fighting spirit into the next game and start playing to our full potential.


4th Grade Report vs Bankstown - Round 2

4th Grade Report vs Bankstown - Round 2

Tom Bangs4th Grade gets washed out 

Day 1

After using up a get out of jail free card last week, 4th Grade arrived at Jenson Oval (well most of us) looking to improve on last week's performances - especially with the bat.

Shane 'I never lose a toss' Lin won the toss and put Bankstown in on what looked a very good wicket.

Tom Bangs just a week earlier in better cricket conditions

The Ef-mister ' Pat Effeney (0/30 off 8) and Tom 'She Bangs, She Bangs' Bangs (0/18 off 8) opened up with some tight lines and were both unlucky not to pick up a couple each and with 3rd slip putting down a dolly. From there the fast men toiled hard but were leaking runs due to some very average fielding.

Once Tait (0/21 off 7.4) was given the ball the runs dried up and chances started to come about. Hugh Smith (1/27 off 7) came on and bowled straight and was rewarded with a wicket. With the rain just around the corner, and tea fast approaching, the skipper injected Cubbage (1/6 off 4) into the game, and with success, picking up the opener he dropped earlier. An over later saw the umpires deem that the square was getting to wet from the consistent drizzle and called an early tea.

From then the drizzle did not stop and play was abandoned for the day with Bankstown 2/96 off 34.4 overs, which meant that Monday would be an early start and a long day.

Day 2

After the come down from the NRL Grand Final, a 24 hour bender and a festival, 4's arrived to find that water had seeped under the covers from the Saturday night downpour. At 9.30, after all the stories of the weekend had been told the umpires and captains decided that we could have our day off to enjoy. Match Drawn.

Even with a tame ending to the long weekend match we are able to get some thing out of the game. One major thing was our fielding had to pick up 200% if we are going to go one further from last year. Which, that being said, we will move on to next week which will see 4's return to Killara, for which I know for certain Pic is excited about.

Adam Cubbage

4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 1

4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 1

Tjaard TaitBowlers come through for 4th Grade

Gordon travelled out to Blacktown to start of the season looking to go one better than last year. We welcomed to the side a few fresh faces as well as some old ones coming back form last season. The pitch at Blacktown was flat as we won the toss and decided to have a bat with an idea that it would be a great day for batting and scoring plenty of runs. The only difficulty that we should encounter was the wind which was causing a lot of problems when trying to remain still at the crease.

Taity gets his castle re-arranged

We got off to a flyer with the first 2 over going for 30 with Pic(17) blasting boundaries and a little help from wides. However the early loss of Hugo for the first wicket sparked a major collapse losing the majority of the top order before the 1st drinks break as we were 5 for 70. Tom 'Ledge Jnr' Ledgerwood came in at number 7 and immediately went after the bowling and started the rescue mission. After a well made 59 he was dismissed and the Stags were all out for 166.

After the poor display with the bat we still knew that 166 runs on the board will be enough if we bowl well and hold our catches. Fulton and Effany took the new ball and applied the pressure which led to the first wicket via a run out to Hugo. Tim rolled through the top order taking 3 wickets in his first spell with a couple of dropped chances. Pat offered great support at the other end only going for 15 in his first 7 with an edge falling just short of the keeper. Ledge Jnr came on to bowl and did a good job keeping the wickets coming taking three himself.

Anthony Sherman - PicCubbage bowled very accurately all day in the difficult windy condition and only went for a very economical 29 off his 10 overs. With the score 7 for 79 we were completely outplaying Blacktown and wanted to finish of the game well. However a loss of concentration in the field led to a couple of dropped catches and a 50 run partnership that put the game in doubt. Hugh Smith came on and managed to break the partnership and take two wickets doing a great job when the game was in the balance. Tait, who claimed the last wicket and added to his 1 run for the day, may not have made a wise choice in naming himself the captain of his fantasy team.

'Pic' Sherman gets his side off to a flyer

The game didn't go as smoothly as we would have liked, but a win is a win with the batsmen clearly showing their rust and offering poor shot selection. The bowlers did a great job today bowling a good line and being patient. There is plenty of work to be done, but the 4th grade side is one that will go from strength to strength each week and play some exciting cricket this year. Well done to the club in taking 4 wins which is a great start to the year. Good luck to everyone next week and let's knock Bankstown off.

Shayne Lin


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