U14 Gold - Round 9 vs Mosman Sixers
Gold Shine With Bat
This was Gordon Gold's second 60 over matcth and it was a marked improvement in a number of ways.
Secondly, the last time Gold played Mosman they were skittled for just 27 runs.
Mosman batted first and as before, Gold took early wickets but couldn't keep up the pressure and allowed the opposition to build big partnerships at crucial times. The catching by Gordon in the warm up had been outstanding from all players. Unfortunately during the game the catching proved to be outstandingly bad with a number of sitters dropped at key moments.
As the innings wore on, fatigue and despair set in, with most bowlers going for more runs than we would care to share with our readership.
Declaring on 7 for 267 with 22 overs left to face, Mosman were feeling confident when Gordon came in to bat. Openers Tim Bacon and Oliver Gilhooly started well against quality bowling, seeing out the first 11 overs, with a stand of 41 (highest of the season) before Gilhooly was bowled.
Bacon looked good at the crease and put another good stand (31) with Max Russell, stumps beckoning at 2 for 81.
At this point, Gordon would have been very happy with their batting, their best display of the season, thanks to Bacon primarily. However they slumped from 2 for 81 to 4 for 88 at the close.
The slide continued in the second day's play, with Gordon closing on 116, the last eight wickets falling for 36.
Tim Bacon finished agonisingly short of a maiden 50 on 46, but should be proud of his efforts and his continuing improvement into a top quality batsman.
Following on, Gordon lost early wickets and an innings defeat was on everyone's mind. However, the day belonged to Max Russell who grew in stature to make an outstanding 59 runs. As the innings progressed Russell become very confident and his judgement on which balls to hit and which ones to leave, with 40 runs coming from boundaries. Support from others was also key, notably Tyler Arndt (15) who put on 42 with Russell but perhaps got a little overconfident, getting out to a ball not worthy of his wicket.
Cameron Stocks also batted very well, 17 not out at the close of the innings, against good bowlers in a pressurised situation.
Gordon finished all out for 168, forcing Mosman to bat again, needing 19 runs in 6 overs. This was acheived in a single over, at the cost of one wicket, the less said the better.
Overall, Gold's best batting performance of the year, with one of their more indifferent displays in the field. Batting was the area where we fell down earlier in the season, but the team has now passed 100 three times in succession which is real progress.
Man of the match has to be Max Russell who played a special innings which drew praise from all sides, including the opposition coaches. Let's hope he builds on this and inspires his teammates to similar feats!
Man of the Match Max Russell