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Third Grade report vs Saints

howittThird Grade report vs Saints  

A really good win against a disciplined team sitting 2nd in the competition. Gordon 3rd grade's third visit in a row to Harold Fraser and 3rd win on the trot against the Dragons. All 3 games we have batted first and defended scores less than 200.Very satisfying!!

(Ed Howitt celebrates another bowled victim)

After the disaster the previous round, the thirsty 3rds were looking to atone for the disappointing batting performance and were asked to bat first on a flat, slow wicket. Saints theory, I suspect, was to use their best bowlers before they went up to 2nds the following week. Livermore (73) and Dalrymple (36) made a perfect start, albeit with Dalrymple offering a couple of simple chances which were not grasped.

Runs were difficult to come by against a patient attack, slow outfield and very defensive field. The plan was to bat the day and we succeeded in achieving this aim. Twenty's from Dowsley and Rosen, saw the total at the end of the day reach 4/197 (off 80). Hardly exhilarating cricket but cricket which would allow us to control the game and a relief after our dismal batting performance against Mosman. Reg batted extremely well and held the innings together. He occupied the crease for 70 overs and thwarted Saints plan to capitalise on our errors through unwavering concentration and patient shot selection. A batting lesson!!

After day 1, I read on the St George website that given the score we must have been playing for a 'respectable draw'. I am not sure of the scribe of these words, but their comments were duly noted by most at the club. The decision to declare overnight and win the game in the last over was most satisfying after reading the above comments. Oh'..and you don't get any points for a draw. You do get 6 for a win though!!!

Day 2 we turned up with the intention to bat for 5/6 overs and set Saints 220-230. Unfortunately the rain during the week (which Reg had forecast the previous Saturday) changed those plans. One end of the wicket was very wet, but to St George's credit they were very keen to play and produced 3 blowers to dry the pitch.

durieThese, together with a nice breeze and clear sky, saw the game commence 2.5 hours late, with 8 overs lost. The wicket was still a little soft, but would only make scoring difficult if we bowled well. The brains trust (Rosen/Dowsley/Livermore/Durie) were split as to whether to bat on or declare. The captain decided to declare and allow St George a very gettable total and nearly equal time. Saints batted slowly for the first half innings, losing 4 wickets in the process.

(Part of the brains trust Adair Durie in action at Harold Fraser) 

However, the opposition looked on top at 4/110 and it was at this time we saw the departure of selectors Wilson and Hickman. Faith gentleman!! We fought back through good bowling and pressure on new batsmen to play outstanding cricket shots to score 8 an over for the last 8 overs. The game ended in the last over with a run out and the Stags victors by just 3 runs. A good game of cricket and full credit to determined batting and excellent, straight bowling. Adair Durie, Alex Campbell, James Kidd and Charlie Bangs all bowled superbly and the victory  is greatly attributed to their ability to bowl at the stumps, bowl to the field set and be patient.

I would be quite happy to travel to Harold Fraser again next year. It is a good stomping ground for the Stags!!

Ed Howitt

 

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