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Green Shield Report 6

Green Shield Report vs Sydney Uni

(Report courtesy Alec Brown, photos courtesy Prue Sinclair)

The Gordon lads went in to this game striving to continue along the road to perfection. We felt it was a fairly achievable task, given the opposition's record, but still knew it would be a tough game. The day was, to say the least, a tad warm. After an extended warm up, Uni put themselves in on a decent track.

(New reporter Alec Brown and Harry Evans)

Our bowling line-up was strengthened with the return of quickie Paul Campbell, however Rob 'Junior' Edwards was still feeling the effects of a bad back, so was rested. Tom Drake bowled very well holding great line and length to a batsman who seemed incapable of hitting the ball. He also clean bowled a batsman later in the innings. Seth Tulloch bowled a tight spell, moving the ball back in consistently, also got a key wicket, caught behind.

Tim Fragogianis came on, and bowled nothing less that typical 'frago'. Nothing loose, making them do the work. An admirable spell, including a wicket in weather that, by now, most of us had started to realise was getting fairly toasty. Charlie 'soggy' Sayers then came on, and bowled beautifully, keeping the runs down, and earning two all-important wickets.Then we unleashed our secret weapon. Paul Campbell played his first game since the trial game, due to an elbow injury. This was the first time he had bowled in a long time. He came on, and hit the deck at a very decent pace. It was a very promising spell, and all look forward to seeing what will no doubt be some very fiery spells next week. Then, our other secret weapon: Hamish Angus came on to bowl what can only be described as heat. He swung the ball, making use of the moisture in the air, and kept the runs down while getting through the overs quickly, in order to get us closer to the landmark that is lunch.

(Seth Tulloch at Beauchamp)

As B-Mac lay shirtless, baking in the sun, Henry Cooper bowled with great flight and control, using his wicket ball to bamboozle their number 4, who was starting to look settled. Richard 'Penguin' Pengilly came on, bowled really well and threatened the wickets all the time, somehow now getting one.

Our ground fielding was a noticeable improvement, with both Hamish and Henry picking up skilful run outs. However, there were numerous fines dealt out for mistakes, leaving Benny Cannon a little short of pocket, not to mention various others. Sydney Uni finished up with 8-174 off their 60 overs.

We were reasonably happy with this target, a bit under 3 an over. Our batting campaign got underway well, with Ben '2 big ones' Cannon off to a flyer. He took apart the openers to end up with a quick fire 33. Angus Sinclair once again proved himself as the rock of the batting line-up, scoring 52* off 160 balls. His innings was critical to the run-chase, and he kept his composure throughout the now sweltering heat.

(B-Mac and Jules Stephenson enjoy the cricket)

Harry Evans came in, and did his usual thing, scoring heavily with class and flair. He got to 48, before falling to a catch in the outfield, after keeping the scoreboard ticking over with regularity. Hamish Angus then came in to finish it off, with an unbeaten 24, including a 6 over the long boundary.I'd like to give a special mention to the mothers for what was easily the best tea of the season. I'm sure the whole team appreciated the effort put in. Overall, it was a solid performance, with some improvements needed to be made before we are ready for finals next week. Tomorrow we return to Beauchamp Park to play UTS Balmain and look forward to a good contest, and a chance to end the preliminary rounds with a perfect record of 6-0.

Alec Brown


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