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4th Grade report Round 2

4th Grade Match Report Gordon Vs Blacktown 

The trip to Blacktown was an interesting one. After ripping the directions from where is and discovering that a major road into Whalan was out of commission the trip took a terrible turn for the worse' An hour later this seasoned traveller arrived at a field that should have its own post code.

(The boys settle into Whalan)

For all the trees in the world there was nothing to shield us from this hot day. Thankfully for a trip of this distance the field was in good shape and the track 'looked' to be solid as well. The toss was made and Gordon decided to bat. The openers were advised the deck would be either bouncy or low. It proved to be the latter and as Dave Parfett found out in his dismissal it was also extremely slow. Dave coughed one up to the well positioned short cover of a military medium pacer and Parf was less than impressed as he walked from the field. Gordon were 1-12 on a scary pitch. Ben Garratt walked to the crease and played a couple of vintage shots before being trapped stone cold in front for 4 off a ball that got no higher than the knee.

This brought Leon to the crease and he in combination with Justin Waller got the score ticking along to 53 before Justin was dismissed for 17, caught LBW. Brand came and went bowled around his legs after walking across his stumps. Elliot Richtor succumbed to a full toss and the score was looking grim at 5 for 68. Tim Roarty came to the crease and looked good before being caught for 19 which was disappointing as he was just hitting his straps, 6/109. Chris Lee soon followed being bowled around his legs off a leggy. Gulaptis skied a ball and was also caught for 42 after surviving and battling a touch deck. It was unfortunate he could not get to fifty.

(Ben Garratt in action)

Enter Icky. The man can play. He showed every one up the order how to bat and with Wiesy in support we were cruising nicely. The lunch interval came and we were 8-137 and showing signs of a rear guard action. Straight after lunch Wiesy got one that bounced viciously striking him just above the ankle and giving Bill (The umpire) no choice but to send him on his way, 9-137. Josh came out and for mine played the most important role in the whole of our innings. He showed composure and resolve in supporting Icky as the pair put on 40 for the last wicket Josh being the last to go leaving Icky on a well constructed 29 no.

We came out charged and ready to do some damage on a deck that offered little but slowness and variable bounce, two key characteristics that would pave the way for the destruction that was. In the essence of time, Blacktown all out for 78 avoiding the follow on by 1 run. Star of the inning Josh Ling with a great spell bowling into the wind 5-32 off 17. The skip was amazed he doesn't normally bowl into the wind as his control was first class and the lines impeccable. We dropped a few catches and that did hurt us as Blacktown limped to avoid the follow on. Chris Lee ably supported and Ben Garrett took three catches in the innings in close.

(Leon Gulatpis during his 42)

We finished the Blacktown boys off about 2 hours into the second day and then went on the offensive for quick runs. The top 3 contributed with Parfett scoring 21, B Garratt run out in the chase for quick runs on 36 and J Waller not out on 24. The home side was set 190 off 35, not an unattainable total.

The second innings was very different to the first with Blacktown coming at us hard. We got hit around a touch but that man again J ling came to the for with two handy wickets which eventually became 5 for the second innings giving him a match haul of 10 wickets. Josh had great support from all bowlers who bowled very consistent lines on a tough afternoon. Icky bowled well if not a little unlucky to only come out with 3 wickets. He got us back in the game and then it was up to Josh to finish off the tail. In the last over we needed to wickets.

Blinga was confident he would do it for us. No wickets off 4 balls and I thought it was all over. The fifth delivery was taken well in close by Chris Lee setting up a last ball thriller. Josh came in and thundered the ball towards the stumps only to be denied by an outside edge which trickled along the ground. Josh's performance in this game was nothing short of superb.

We had a chance to win this game and put up a competitive total in the first innings. Unfortunately we grassed way too many catches in out fielding efforts and this unfortunately cost us. Catches win matches and we did not do this well. The outcome was a ot more promising than the first week and a further improvement should see us in with a big shot against Parramatta next Saturday.

(Justin Waller at Whalan)

Congratulations to all other grades on a whitewash long weekend for the Stags.

Stuart Brand


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