1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15
After a month of 2 day games, it was back into one day mode for the 1st Graders. This would be our last game at Chatswood Oval for the season and the last game before Josh (JP) Poysden headed back to the motherland.
A glorious late cut by the skipper, Harry Evans
The football warm up game would see different teams turn out due to the transfer market opening during the week. The top 5 were happy with their purchase of Tym Crawford (Crunchy Nut) whilst the bottom 6 reclaimed Iain Beverley (Bevo).
The dewy conditions would allow the ball to skid on more than usual which would disadvantage the bottom 6 with their style of play, booting the ball up field and hoping for the best, it has however come off for them more often than not this season.
The top 5 showed a lot of skill, determination and control to put one past JP, the goalkeeper. You could really tell the bottom 6 were rattled and in the end were not able to get an equaliser in which they only had 31% of possession. An overdue but well-deserved victory to the top 5.
Now to the serious stuff. Harry won the toss on what looked to be a good wicket, and chose to bat. Cam Eccles and Steve Colley got us off to a good start, posting 50 for the first stand until Cam was caught behind. Steve soon followed. Harry Evans and Elliot Richtor put on 50 more before Harry was bowled with the score on 115.
Cam Eccles nails a hook shot early in his innings, before being caught behind the wicket
As has been our downfall this season, we lost wickets again in clumps and were struggling at 5/118. Bevo and Els Richtor put on 50 before Iain was out LBW. Chad came in and continued his good form from last week putting on another 50 run partnership, before Els was bowled for 84 with 2 overs to go. Chad and JP were able to pick up valuable runs in the last 2 overs to get us to a total of 234. Par score would have been around 260, but if we bowled well we were definitely in with a chance.
Our bowlers didn’t get off to the best start and Penrith’s opening batsmen came out swinging. They were scoring at 8 an over before Dan Smith, as he has done so often this year, got the breakthrough. Penrith’s batsmen continued to score freely until Chad got the dangerous DiBartolo out caught by Reece “trench foot” Bombas.
From there Penrith batsmen accumulated and got closer to the required total. A flurry of wickets at the end wasn’t enough to stop Penrith winning the game by 4 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
Steve Colley looks down the ground for runs against the Panthers
It was a disappointing day for the Stags. We simply didn’t post enough runs, and our bowling started poorly which allowed the opposition to get a big portion of the runs in the first 15 overs.
One more game to go against Campbelltown. Hopefully we can forget about this game and put in a big performance to finish the season on a high.
The many facets of Elliot Richtor's game
We would like to thank JP for coming back to the Stags this season. Everyone has enjoyed playing with him and he has been a great clubman off the field.
The self-proclaimed “best dj” in the team (let’s see your mixing skills), most (not all) enjoyed the variety of cheese he played in the change rooms. All the best for your upcoming UK season and hopefully see you back here in September.
Elliot “ERIC” Richtor