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3rd Grade Report Round 14 day 2


Gordon 3's arrived at North Sydney No.2 on Day 1 of our Rd.14 clash with the Bears and were greeted by a wicket that should have suited a batting line up that successfully chased 360 the previous week. During the warm-up Captain Kelly advised the team that during his usual pre-match research of our opponents, he had noticed that the Bears third grade side had been beaten outright more times than any other side in the entire grade cricket competition this year and hence we should consider ourselves favourites, and given the inter-club rivalry, must ensure that we obtain 6 points from this round.

(Jordan Holmes at North Sydney)

Our side on paper looked solid ' with all except one having played 2nds either this season or the season past and a number of those also with 1st grade experience. Things started well with the win of the toss and the skipper electing to bat. Kells and Grommet Waller looked good, putting away the odd boundary and rotating the strike well during the first hour. The score progressed to 0-72 at drinks and the Stags appeared to be in a commanding position.

Not long after drinks a rather strange dismissal occurred (certainly never experienced by the writer in his 14 odd seasons of grade cricket). Grommet Waller attempted a pull shot from what was a rank long hop from the leggie and was beaten, the keeper fumbled, Waller looked behind him saw the fumble and thought the ball had beaten everything and as such decided to take off for a run ' the keeper being a rather rotund fellow, proceed to remove the ball from his guts and took the bails off ' Waller Run Out for a well made 32. Despite a rather concerning misinterpretation by both umpires at tea (where they both claimed that Waller was stumped) ' Run Out remains the mode of dismissal in our score book after animated discussions on the laws of cricket between Goldsmith and one of the black and whites.

(Skipper Kelly during his 49) 

This brought a swinging Brad Rasool to the crease, who smoked a couple of well hit boundaries early off the spinner and medium pacer at the other end. He lost his partner Kelly soon after and was joined by Goldsmith ' what followed was an interesting decision of caught at slip off the ground and then a major collapse by the Gordon middle order. Rassol, Goldsmith, Richtor, Makepeace, Medcalf and Michael all fell relatively cheaply, with the score going from 0-72 to 8-140 odd within an hour and a half of play. This collapse was inexcusable on what was a very good deck against a rather mediocre attack. Fortunately the lower order provided some quality swinging in the form of 'Bruiser' Lee (33) and J.Ling (23) and the score progressed to 184 before we were bowled out with a bit over an hour of play remaining. I'm sure Tony Wilson would agree that in the 'CONTEXT' of the game this was not an acceptable batting performance.

Blinger and Chris Lee opened up the attack with Jordy Holmes bowling first change, and all looked a class above the 2 Bears openers ' beating the bat on numerous occasions. Blinger struck first finding the edge of the Bears skipper ' 1 for not many. The bowling was solid to the end of play and we finished with the Bears 3 for 49 .

(The thirds slips cordon in waiting)

Day 2 started with an inspired spell by Jordy Holmes who grabbed a couple of early wickets with the Bears still a hundred odd behind and only 5 wickets remaining. It looked like we may have luck on our side and despite the ordinary batting performance, may be able to pull off a win. It was not to be however, with 5 sharp chances going down in the next couple of hours and 2 or 3 solid run-out chances not converted. Overall though I thought the bowling performance and the standard of fielding were high. Once again the Gordon 3's stuck to the task and almost pulled off a win but for the sixth time this season, the 6 points were missed by a mere 1 wicket. A frustrated Captain although disappointed applauded the efforts of the bowlers who all worked hard, with Jordy finishing with 3/61 (and always looking dangerous), Gonzo Medcalf claiming 2/18 (displaying his usual radar like line and length), and Dale  Michael also grabbing 2 for 27 (with a solid display of off spin bowling).

There was a notable incident during the Bears innings that deserves to be reported. This being the dismissal of the opener who got 65 after enjoying a significant amount of luck ' caught by Rasool off Michael. Dale pitched the ball on a good length, and whilst trying to turn the ball to the leg side, a leading edge resulted and the ball flew up between Rasool and Ling. Both the big man Ling and small man Rasool called for the ball and ran towards each other looking for the catch.

(David Michael at North Sydney) 

Although Ling claims he pulled out, a collision resulted and despite the big hit applied by Blinger, Brad managed to hold onto the ball and claimed the catch and 10 player of the year points. He also claimed a rather nice cut above 1 ear and on his cheek courtesy of Josh's sunglasses and his own 4 carat diamond earing. Lingy suggested later that he was becoming gun shy of North Sydney No.2 as he had been smashed in almost the same position on the field during last year's rugby season. Razzle was happy that he had a couple of good scars to show off to the ladies later that evening. Regardless the wicket was taken.

UNSW next week ' let's hope we can finish the season on a high with a win against the students.

Dean Goldsmith


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