4th Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17
4th grade showed up to the battle with the students with some confidence given two strong wins to start the season, however, with a couple of key players unavailable it was to be the first real test for The Stags.
Batting first, the two youngsters, Matt Wright and Hugh Sherwood, started the innings off steadily. Unfortunately Wright was the first to go for 13, and the Stags were 1/26, bringing Rahul Krishna to the crease.
Rahul and Hugh guiding the Stags with class early on.
Hugh and Rahul went about their business, showing maturity and patience and a real knack for capitalising on the bad ball. A 90-run stand between these two got 4s off to a great start, until Hugh was caught for a well made 58.
Rahul was the next to go, running past one from a turning leggie and being stumped for 47. Two well made contributions, and set the platform for the Stags to build on.
There was a slight collapse in the middle order, with Stewart, Prell and Rees all falling within 10 runs. The key for the Stags was 4s captain Stu Bromely still at the crease, and batting beautifully, nudging the ball around, and putting away the bad ball.
A bit of a wag from the tail, and supportive roles from Booth, Rice and Beattie, ensured that Stu would finish unbeaten on a well crafted 74.
The Stags were all out for 258, a target that was defendable, but early inroads would need to be made to put the students on the back foot.
A real captains knock by Stu Bromley lifting Gordon to 258.
The bowling effort from the Stags couldn't have started any better, with Prell claiming his first in the first over of the innings. Confident, and upbeat, The Stags were keen for more wickets, with everyone pumped and buzzing around the field.
Unfortunately, this was the only wicket to finish out the day, with the frustration of several edges through and over the slips teasing the Stags. The students finished the day on 1/89 and the Stags would need to bowl well and make early inroads next week to rattle the Bee's.
The second day, again, couldn't have started any better, with Pat Rice claiming an LBW wicket early on and boosting the Stags confidence.
Pat Rice struck again the next over, hitting the top of off and bowling perfect line and length and very good pace.
Prell claimed his second wicket a few overs later, and with the students losing 3 of their top 4 in the first 10 overs, some momentum was being gained by the Stags.
Pat had a superb day with the ball and in the field.
Pat Rice then claimed his 3rd and the students really had some work to do, at 5/113, with the bottom 5 needing to get 145 runs to claim victory.
Enter Sam Watts. Sam hit the timber 3 times bowling a nice full length. The Stags were well and truly on top at this stage, with the students in real trouble at 8/172.
Booth chipped in with a wicket of his own, after several overs of well flighted and threatening spin bowling, and thoroughly deserved his wicket.
Pat Rice was the man to end the show, with a run out that was given out with a questionable umpiring call, however that's just cricket!
Another solid performance from 4th grade, with contributions made by everyone with either bat, ball or both.
Given the absence of some key players, the depth 4s can produce at the moment is really satisfying to see, and I am sure will result in the good momentum continuing.