Green Shield vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 1 - 2015/16
The 2015/16 Greenies kicked off their campaign against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale. Rosedale Oval is so big it could easily be confused with Warwick Farm racecourse which is right next door.
Three boundaries all day, and all on the short side, only emphasised that no one in U16 can hit a ball that far.
The boys take the field to defend their total
Congratulations to Brady and Dermott; obviously plenty of time in the gym has paid off!
We won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket where you couldn't be confident you made the right decision. Wickets fell regularly and opener, Nick Astridge was the only top order batsman to provide any resistance, still there at 3/39 and 4/69 before falling for 35 with the team in trouble at 5/75.
The boys reflect on one wicket and form their plans for the next
A much needed partnership of 35 between Dermott Beattie (23) and Dan Alleyn (29) saw the Stags post 154. A lower total than what we were hoping for, however, we were still confident that we could defend it.
Unfortunately like the batting, our bowling and fielding were not at the level we wanted. We were able to bowl well from one end but rarely both and also put down some catches which proved costly.
Despite this we were never out of the game and it wasn't until the 49th over before we were beaten. Prashan Seneviratne was easily the pick of the bowers with 3/18 off 10 and was the reason why we were still in contention late in the game with a stunning second spell.
Rosedale Oval is a big place, and the boys were confident to defend their score
Sam Braham also bowled well with 1/23 off his 10 and was unlucky not to have taken more.
Although beaten on the day, so was half the competition.
The boys are still confident of a strong season ahead and are looking forward to our next match against Sydney Uni on Sunday at Killara.