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5th Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

The Stags arrived at Beauchamp where the team efficiently removed the covers, with the effort of the Bankstown side still fresh in their minds.
Underneath was a very solid batting deck ripe for runs. 

After being quizzed on his HSC, Ryan was asked about how transformers have changed today’s society. Clearly puzzled, JOF reminded him it was a good decision in not taking chemistry.

Day 2 saw Nick Prell in good form, hitting some classy shots 

After losing the toss, the Stags hoped that the pitch would transform into a good bowling deck. However, that was not the case. Dave Monaghan struck early via a catch on the fine leg boundary, before taking another quick-fire wicket caught behind. The Saints then started to make the Stags work hard, with their veteran remaining opener standing firm. 

In a masterstroke, captain JOF brought himself onto bowl, and jagged a wicket off a full toss. A brilliant piece of captaincy, and an even better delivery!

The score now sat at 3-41, and after a period of tight bowling, Lauchie Stewart got the prize wicket of the Saints captain, caught behind to an attempted cut shot to a short and wide ball. With the score at 4-65, the match was in the balance. The opener kept the score ticking over by nudging the ball into gaps, and smashing the rare bad balls to the boundary. With the score now onto 108, Matt Wright got his first in what would be a very eventful day for him.

An 80 run partnership then ensued, and with a few tough chances going to ground, it looked like it would take something special to get the breakthrough. A rank full toss was the special delivery that claimed their set opener for 69 in the first shot he hit off the ground all day. 

With the score now at 186, the floodgates opened, with Matt Wright taking 2 wickets in an over, and then repeating his feat with the score on 193. Matt Wright finished off the Saints innings with his fifth and the score on 201. 

Jack Doolan did what Jack Doolan does hitting back to back boundaries off the first two balls of the innings. After a solid start, Matt Wright walked to the crease, after Jack toed a ball to mid- off. 

The other opener, Ryan Tulia eventually faced his first ball 8 over into the innings. After Matt got out for a well- made 27, night watchmen Sam Watts (9) and Ryan (5) saw out the rest of the day’s play, with the score overnight at 2/64.

The Stags turned up on Saturday ready for play, and hungry for 6 points. A huge thankyou must be given to Tim Cubbage for the terrific work he did on the covers on Wednesday night, without which there would’ve been no play.

The Stags started bright, even after the dismissal of Watts with the score on 69. Ryan and Lachlan took the score to 105 in quick fashion before the former was dismissed for a well-crafted 25.

Ryan batted very well in his patient innings, showing the great maturity that he has displayed throughout the season. 

Lachie was well caught for 38. Matt Chamberlain was dismissed after looking comfortable at the crease to leave the score at 6/142.

Nick Prell hit some classy shots, and together with Nick Andreou, scored 11 off the last over before tea.

Gordon looked comfortable after a fantastic spread, and the Stags batsman looked in control, punishing the bad ball to the boundary.

As reported, Andreou notches up red ink at the end of the game 

Nick Prell was caught after a mistimed shot for 29, and in came JOF (11 no) to close off the innings with Nick Andreou (28 no) and the Stags took all 6 points. Through the positive cricket displayed through the match, the game finished 10 overs after tea. 

A very good win against the toughest opposition faced so far. Hopefully the good form can continue into next week and the match against Sydney Uni.

Nick Andreou
A.K.A Andrea as per the team app live updates


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