TWIC Round 1 – Lindfield

1st Grade

The 1s boys headed to Lindfield Oval to kick off the season, which was surprisingly in decent nick considering it normally has more divots than a Jarrod Rixon round of 18. Thankfully though the toilets and showers were as per usual so we were in familiar territory.
Skipper Naughton lost the toss and we were sent in on a greenish deck with Lindfield confident of early poles. The hosts got what they were after with El SecretarioMagneto and Freddie all departing early, leaving us in trouble at 3/27. Naughto and Chocolate steadied the ship well, with Choc looking in good touch before an unlucky dismissal left us at 4/80 with the game in the balance. Our fearless leader was the rock in the middle order, but straight after tea he fell for 55 after a sharp catch at first slip off the spinner. Although we weren’t able to get a big partnership going, the lower order all chipped in with DevonMaxyDindyCorny and Joey all showing good signs for the season and helping us to a good total of 240.
We had 9 overs at the Lindfield boys before stumps and we were keen to rip in, with the target of three poles by stumps. Despite some loose bowling, a dropped catch off a no-ball and some sloppy fielding, we managed to take 3/40 with Joey Scarcella leading the way in the absence of his strike partner Slug.
Despite being in a good position to take 6 points on day 2, we were never a chance to get any overs in on Saturday as Lindfield didn’t bother to put covers down on Wednesday. Onwards and upwards to next week with a big game against defending premiers SDs.

2nd Grade

Ah the opening round of the cricket season. A brief period of anticipation and excitement before the inevitable self doubting and dread sets in. A strong second team, including a few new faces, Andy ‘Robbo’ Robertson, Ben ‘Greavesy’ Greaves and Ollie Lee Young, rocked up at a luscious home of cricket to play Lindfield.
After a rusty display with ground admin and a one sided warm up (5-0 to batters in HPL) PB lost the toss and we were sent in.
Dowie and Fletch started soundly against the new ball. Angus in particular hitting some nice drives but consistently finding the fielders. With the score on 7, Rhys decided to run himself out and we were one down. Debutant Ollie was in at three and looked a bit scratchy to begin with but he eventually found his feet and started to look comfortable. Meanwhile, Dowie chipped one to mid wicket and Pete was in. The pair began to build a decent partnership, both looking solid. Pete rode his luck a few times, offering what should have been routine catching practice, but eventually his luck ran out as he dollied up a simple caught and bowled and was out for 21.
Pete’s wicked initiated a middle order collapse as Kelland (11), Hume (1), Arun (0) all departed cheaply, and the score went from 43-3 to 78-6. Into the tail now, but Hipkin strode out with a spring in his step after being promoted to 8 and he quickly set about showing the middle order how it was done. Young and Hipkin put on a vital partnership of 30 odd to steady the ship, Ollie reaching his 50 in the process. Charlie made his way to 16 before being unluckily bowled off his gloves and then Ollie was out not long after, leaving us on 130-8. Greaves and Robocop struck some lusty blows including a big dinger from Robbo and eventually we were all out for 169.
We were challenged with 13 overs left in the day to take a couple of Lindfield poles and the openers of Charlie and Robocop set about the task. The gusty wind made the bowling conditions difficult but after having a man put down at fine leg, Hipkin got the first one, snicking off the opener to a simple catch behind. The number three came in and looked nervous and it wasn’t long before he was sent packing as Raja bowled him with a quicker ball. A decent effort in the field left Lindfield 35-2 and all to play for next weekend.
Following a week of biblical rainfall, the expected Saturday of pretending to the wives and girlfriends that cricket was still on was not to be. Miraculously, Tanty was in playable condition with only a few puddles on the outfield. A few laps with the super sopper after the covers had been removed and by 1:15 we were heading out in search of the remaining 8 Lindfield poles.
In front of a bumper crowd at the home of cricket, the day started well, with Charlie snicking off the opener to a simple catch behind. Unfortunately for the Covies, a few simple dropped catches meant that Lindfield began to build a decent partnership over the next hour and by drinks, things were a bit flat in the field. After being perked up by a sound mix of lime cooler, the second session went a bit better. Robocop got his first wicket for the club, removing Watts who had reached 35 and that started a mini collapse as the next two wickets fell in quick succession, both stumped off the bowling of Raja. The dangerman, Blamey, was still in and quickly after lunch he fell for 56, caught behind off Raja thanks to a sharp take from Humey, a 6fer for him. By now the Covie tails were up and with the momentum we could sense an opening day victory. We needed three more wickets but only a handful of runs were required.
Unfortunately, only one more wicket was to fall, giving Raja a Michelle and eventually, Lindfield edged over the line to win by 8 wickets.
A great effort from the lads and leaving us feeling optimistic that we can get a result against SDs next weekend. #COYC

3rd Grade

The day started pretty good with the last covie to the ground arriving in the first increment. Conditions at Acron Oval was a bit wet due to the rain earlier in the week and the umpires pushed back the start time to 11:45.
After Walksi lost the toss a theme for all the captains through the grades we were sent in to bat on a deck that was a bit wet. Schaafs and Kensell opened and conditions were a bit difficult with some balls jagging off the deck and some getting through with tennis balls bounces. This didn’t stop Kensell getting going scoring a quick 22 before gloving one. This brought Walksi to the crease determined to get off the mark after his golden globe in the trial game, he also started to find form early hitting gaps for two’s but was caught in similar fashion as Kensell gloving one to be caught behind.
Next to the crease was Fini making his 3rd grade dabut, sporting new whites fresh from the tailors where the hems were brought up the knees for nice length Fini was keen to show the young kids how its done after reminiscing of Fat Skips 50 odd runs at the ground last season. Unfortunately this was not to be as he was fired third ball with a ball hitting his thigh pad – needless to say he was not a happy man out for 0. Phoelix was next in but was also outdone with some crafty bowling also out for 0. Rossie was in next and together eith Schaafs they steadied the ship seeing out some much needed overs and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Rossie was the next to go caught in front LBW. Dogra was next in but missed a straight one out for 0. Samant next in playing some crafy wristy shots for a well made 14. Earl came in next in what is familiar scenes trying to see the team out till tea -which he did but couldn’t hang in there for long only managing 9. Crayne was next in and next to go caught for 3 and last out was Schaafs the athlete, he was caught after making a very patient and enduring 22 to help carry the team to a reasonable total to defend.
The bowling attack: Hou5emuzic took the new ball and got settled in the straight away producing 3 maidens in a row. He finally got a wicket in his 6th over getting the number 4 out lbw. He fished a spell of 13 overs 1-22 including 6 maidens.
Crayne took the new ball at the other end and after a shaky start and trying to find some rhythem he got a breakthrough in his 4th, and then two more in his 5th. He finished a great spell of 10 overs 3-17.
Haz Shaw took the end from Crayne and produced results immediately taking a wicket in his first over. Although there was a few more runs in his spell he finished his spell of 5 overs 2-26. Walksi taking Earls end had a bit of toil with a tait spell of two overs 0-9. Fini took us home with another tait spell.of one over almost getting a scalp on the second to last ball with Rossie just missing a stumping.
The boys were feeling good and we were well poised for a close  needing 3 more wickets. Lindfield were 7-83 chasing our 113. Too bad the weather rained us out the second week but the boys came together as a team and are looking forward to round 3 at home. COYC