TWIC – Round 1 2017/18

TWIC RD 1 First Grade

Our season started in familiar territory, with a lost toss but for once we got what we wanted anyway. Mac Uni chose to bat first in overcast conditions with the promise of a 30 degree afternoon… our bowlers were stoked. Joey had ball in hand and season 2017/18 was officially underway. Joey and Hairy started well but a debatably disallowed LBW, an uncharacteristic dropped catch by Naughto at first slip, a tough chance put down by Robbie at point and a missed run out chance by Corn Dog threatened to let Uni get through the most troubling part of the day. We knew it would only take one to get us on a roll though and that’s exactly what happened. Joey removed one of their openers, breaking off peg in the process, allowing Eddie to get involved in the game even it was only to remove the end of the stump out of the pitch. Not to be outdone, at the other end Hairy had their number 3 out for a duck snicking off to get new boy Maxy off the mark for Covie dismissals. Not long after The Slug produced one of his gems to de-peg the other opener with Corny coming on to replace Baron Joey and getting a pole in his first over, a nice gentle edge to Maxy. The Corn Dog then had Mac Uni’s skipper shouldering arms to an in-swinger clipping top of off that broke the bail, with Hairy picking up his 3rd leaving Uni reeling at 6/50. A little partnership then developed but the skipper turning to our Sri Lankan all-rounder proving too hot to handle, taking leg stump out. Crazy came on and started grinding away but another little partnership was threatening to make us chase a much bigger score than we would have liked. Choco finally managed to pick a ball up cleanly and that was a sign of the tide turning again. Not long after Maxy selfishly parried a snick off Devola to Naughto at first gripper to let him make up for his earlier dropped dolly. Some clean hitting from their number 8 on a flattened out pitch got him to his 50 but not before Corny decided to drop him in fear of hitting the fence. Crazy was still toiling away though and had himself his second with the full toss change up. Dindy coming on to get the number 11 in his second over to leave us chasing 155 for the win.

After all but one of the covies had had their lunch, Robbie and Pira strode out to the middle. A great start by our openers got us through the new ball and first 4 bowlers in smart fashion. First ball of their leggie was a half tracker and with all of the leg side to aim at, Robbie decided to give catching practice to their square leg and was back in the sheds for 22. Out came Naughto and after restraining himself for a couple of overs to get himself in, the switch was flicked and the bonus point was the target. 60 quick runs later including eight 4s, two 6s and temporarily lost ball on the other side of Epping Road and Naughto finally miss hit one to a fielder. We were in striking distance of that seventh point. Eddie never really got going, out caught to their leggie for his second. Choco and Pira went about ticking off the remaining runs but Pira was run out, cramping for 25 overs finally getting the better of him. Doddsy was told to wait for his 1s debut with the stick and out strode Crazy Joe to get the job done. A 20 run partnership later and some very smart and composed batting saw us get the bonus point with 2 balls to spare. After some confusion with the scorebook, it was confirmed that our First Grade covies were off to a flyer. With everyone chipping in and doing a job we will take a lot of confidence into Souths away.

Second Grade:

After failing to live up to expectations last season, the side was eager to start well and become a genuine threat in the finals campaign come march. After losing the toss, lane cove was sent in on a typical early season grassy wicket which looked as if it could ‘do a bit early’.

The openers began well, with Rixon pouncing on the short ball on his way to a quickfire 43 whilst Southcott grinded out what would become a well-made 55. The majority of the batsmen which followed managed starts, with handy contributions from Blood (22), Hume (22) and Rigon (48). A special mention to Josh who looked in fine form, taking full advantage of the charity offered up by the tiring Uni bowlers. The final overs involved some selfless hitting and running between the wickets by Hipkin (15) and Basavegowda (11) to help us post a formidable score of 244.

After a surprisingly great spread, encompassing more than pizza shapes and Tim Tams, the side was excited to get out in the field and make it is difficult as possible for the Uni batsmen. Manchester and Basavegowda opened up, bowling tight lines on a very lifeless wicket, but were only able to pick up the lone breakthrough. Rhys was the pick of the bowlers, bowling his 10 straight with great pace and consistency and was unlucky to not pick up a few poles for his efforts, but also found out the costly nature of blow-ups at anyone unable to replicate his fielding prowess.  Despite showing some early season cobwebs, Raja largely bowled nice ‘liiness’ in his 2/41 and also showed some moments of fielding brilliance (off his own bowling). However, lane cove was unable to capture regular wickets and the Uni batsmen batted well within their limitations to ultimately reach the target with 6 wickets in hand.

Lane cove will be looking to bounce back next week and compile a complete performance against souths, and begin to edge out these close games.

Third Grade:

Tough start for the covies losing the toss on a green soft deck at longy. Lost some early poles to be 3/19 early days. A small partnership between VC David Fagan and C Nick Mytkowski (Walski) saw out the opening bowlers and the early seam to get us to 4/58. After two unfortunate dismissals to Walski (smoking a full toss back to the bowler) and Felix Barbelar (top edge to a full toss down legside) the covies where in strife at 6/71. Welcome to the crease two new members to the club Ben Sykes and Isaac Kensell who put on a game winning partnership of 84 runs seeing Isaac get to 54 and ben putting up a flawless 68*. Kieran Cryan came in with 5 overs getting a cheeky 20 runs getting us to a total for 8-226 before the 50 overs where up.
Earl and Kieran opening the bowling got the thirsty thirds into phenomenal position of 4/37 collecting 2 poles a piece. Some great batting from the Mac Uni number 4 and 7, both posting 68 and 54 respectively saw them right back into the game at 5/170 at the 35th over. With the game on the line Earl and Walsk came back on after drinks. With Earl locking down the batsmen at 1 end, Walski was able to burgle 3 poles while Early cleaned up the inform bat. Having both bowled out it was down to the other opener Kieran Crayn and the Shires legend Brian Scott to see us home. With crayn hitting a good length at speed, Brian was able to play mind games with the batsmen to see Mac Uni all out in the 45th over for 209 seeing a 6 points for 3rd grade. Special mention to the entire team who were flawless in the field, which proved to be the difference at the death, with Sykes getting his mits around an absolute screamer early days, Earl chasing every ball to the death who single handedly saved 20 runs and Felix who was all over anything on the leg side.

Fourth Grade:

It was with great excitement that the Lane Cove Fourth Grade took to Ross Gwilian for the first round to take on the students. With a mix of old stalwarts and fresh new faces, hopes were high for a solid performance from the boys and after a unusually low key rev up speech from Fat Skip, the boys took the field after winning the toss and bowling on an overcast day. Even though we only numbered 10, as Google Maps had not managed to use Google Maps effectively to find the ground, we started well with Harry Shaw and Taylor Swift opening the bowling. Harry bowled beautify to take two early poles and Taylor very unlucky to not get some adjacent LB shouts.

After toiling away with Old Poppa Shaw and young Billy the Kid in the middle overs, The students managed to form a solid partnership with their number 4 and 5 which was aided strongly by some dropped catches from fat Skip with the gloves and Google Maps once he found the ground It was not till Fat Skip threw the ball to new recruit Rob Seymour and the returning Jimmy Ephraums that things started to turn back for the Covie Boys. An half-tracker that did not get above ankle height from the chinamen of Jimmy was required to break the partnership and this was followed quickly by an exceptional caught and bowled. Meanwhile from the other end, Robbie was moving the old ball in well and picked up two poles himself even as the students were hitting out.

Led by a very nice 82 by their tall number 5, and aided well by 4 dropped catches (2 from Fat Skip who loves cricket, see later) too many wides and some occasional sloppy fielding, the students managed a respectable 224 that Covies were keen to chase on a fairly warm afternoon.

Harping back to Under 10s, Taylor swift marched out to opening the batting after also opening the bowling and looked solid with new opening partner Jags. Both looked solid until Jags was given out Thigh Pad Before wicket and Taylor had his castle skittled. Julian Luke then looked rather solid upon his return to higher order batting, until playing across the line to a straight one. After losing Jimmy and Rob cheaply, things started looking eerily familiar of last year’s batting collapses at 5/48 but like a thief in the night Billy the kid and Marc “the Mexican professional gripper” Fini, steady the ship and put on a nice little partnership to see off the openers. Both looked very solid, until Marc went off prematurely while caught in the groin of first slip. Billy played the anchor role as Google was feeling lucky and hit out until smashing a half tracker to mid-wicket.

Out walked Fat Skip, looking to get to be the older, wiser cool head needed to help Billy get from 40 to his first senior 50. After some wise words from Fat Skip about knuckling down, not playing silly shots and lets use this as a good chance to get some time in the middle, he then spooned a rank full toss straight to cover first ball. I LOVE CRICKET!

Harry Shaw and Billy went on to move our score to 145 before Billy fell 5 agonising runs short of a maiden 50. Old Man Time was then made to run for a bit with his son until being trapped in front with our total at 168.

All in all this was an encouraging performance by the 4s boys. In the end, 4 dropped catches, too many wides and some sloppy fielding probably cost us the win in the first round. Our batting was much improved from last year and if the Skipper could contribute anything apart from 2 dropped catches, a few byes and a golden, a win is surely around the corner!


Fat Skip