The Stags welcomed the Magpies to the mighty Chatswood Oval and Glenn really turned it on with a pitch worthy of a futures game and an outfield worthy of an Indian Turps league match. Anyway it was always going to be a tough slog for the poor old bowlers but finally some reprieve for the batsmen in a bowler dominated game.
I think we lost the toss as we received the signal from the captain that we would all be donning the dark cream tops and standard cream trousers. West’s star studded opening partnership that included the star of ‘30 Rock’ and the mind behind ‘The Elements of Thought’ coupled with some trash bowling got off to a commanding start with no wicket in the first session and 134 runs being hit to all areas of the ground.
Going into lunch the feeling was that a long day was ahead of us and a usually calm and collected skipper got stuck in. The verbal barrage seemed to do the trick (as well as a reversing ball) after lunch and Chuck got into his work.
Charlie 'Chuck' Stobo takes 6 -74
First wicket was as brilliant catch from Dools and the very next ball was a late inswinger that brushed the top of off. Sohan was visibly upset with having a reversing ball and decided to bowl a hip height full toss that was dispatched over the stand.
Even a search party that included 15 sniffer dogs, 25 police officers, 11 cricketers and 1 Apache helicopter couldn’t find the location of the valuable reverse swinging ball. Quote from batsmen ‘I’ve never seen so many people search for a ball’.
The loss of ball didn’t affect the outcome of the day as we quickly had the new ball reversing as well as some terrible cricket shots that resemble the colour contrast between the Magpies shirts and trousers and the innings was done after 66 overs and 241 runs. 6 wickets to Chuck really showing how good that lad is. Well below par at Chatswood.
Axe and I had 28 overs to get through for the rest of the day. A tall ask and this brought out some village shouts from the young Wests side. ‘Big Friday for them next week’, ‘Can leave his kit in the car next Saturday’ really got our knees shaking and you could tell by the scorecard with easily getting to 58 before I didn’t pick the wrong un.
Harry 'Harold' Evans is back where he left off, scoring 100s!
Unfortunately Axe also fell just before the end of the day and Patto, the best night watchman this side of Military Road, was called apon. Col and Patto saw out the remaining couple of overs and set up the Stags for Day Two.
The team really turned up next week and you could see how quickly we wanted to get the runs. I needed some brownie points at home and needed to get to Kirsts brother’s wedding and Harry needed to get to a bucks party.
After Patto fell early in the morning after hitting some glorious strokes and brought the man of the day to the crease, Harold. As a wise man once said ‘he only scores runs at Chatswood….. and in Tasmania….. and wherever really, he’s pretty good’.
Harold tried hard to get to his bucks party on time by kicking a straight one but the umpire hadn’t travelled from Parramatta to watch the rest of us battlers bat so he decided to let him keep playing, and playing he did do. Col also raised the thumb with a well compiled 55 before trying to hit one into Westfields and missing it. Tym (74) scored runs too but I didn’t see it as I left to collect my brownie points so not sure if that actually happened. Also I didn’t see H actually get to his 100 so I would like to see video evidence of this.
Song was sung (I believe) well done Mens.