TWIC – ROUND 3
With day 1 washed out due to inclement weather, second grade were fixtured their 2nd 120 over day in 3 rounds with an away game at Lindfield. Not renowned for its state of the art facilities, consistent pitch, and carpet outfield, the boys were quick to suggest better things they could be doing at 8am that didn’t involve warming up for a 10 hour day of cricket.
In a game that saw me collect my first ever hat-trick after I won the toss for a third consecutive game, I had no hesitation in bowling first in the long 1-day format. Bezer and Rhys took the new pill and were pretty quick to get the ball into some good spots causing some discomfort for the Lindifeld openers. Manchester City claimed our first pill when he pitched one short outside leg, the ball then taking a thick edge as it hit the chest guard with the batsman some way towards square leg the umpire had no hesitation in putting the finger up, LBW. Rhys claimed his second from a pretty good opening spell a couple of overs later, with a genuine jaffer straightening and clipping top-of-off. Beez made it 3 for not many with his victim falling victim to the old pad away a very full very straight ball shouldering arms, LBW.
With Lindfield’s largest players coming to the crease, he preceeded to middle his first 5 balls to the boundary, with it coming the standard average chat that terrible cricketers always come to regret;
- “Don’t mind seeing that” Beez says as fat-bat middles another slow full toss to the cow-corner boundary
- “We’ll run him out soon” Ols says, not realising that the batsmen really has no need to run when half of the fielders were looking for the ball in the carpark
- “Back on the spot and you’ll have your man” I say. The batsmen safely blocks a straight ball after taking 20 from the first 5 balls.
- “Where’s the helmet mate, don’t you think we are fast enough?” Ols questions, before seeing a short ball barely reach his knee roll and end up behind the pavilion
The next 40 overs belonged to Lindfield as the above player continued to take advantage of inconsistent bowling punishing the bad balls and comfortably playing the balls that resembled good deliveries. As a bowling unit we really needed to focus on drying up the runs and forcing pressure which we were not able to do. In the process the fat-bat hit me for a six into 2016 bringing in the New-Year early on his way to what was, in all fairness, a very good ton.
Rhys burgled another wicket with a full-toss finding the only fielder on the leg side, and with Pat Francis taking another pole that does nothing to pipe him down about his own bowling credentials Lindfield subsequently declared with the score 6-280.
Our chase started well with Ols and Shane rotating the strike well, punishing the bad balls and taking advantage of the quick outfield. At the tea break, we were sitting pretty at 0-80 with enough time to force what would be a fantastic win.
After tea however Ols forgot how to bat and got out, Shane middle a full toss to gully, and we then lost 5-not many to have us reeling at 5 for about 100.
Cox smashed a few boundaries putting on a nice little stand with Jimmy Greaves (who batted pretty well for 28), before being fired after a ball hit his belly-button. I joined Greavesy at the crease, and after hitting my second ball over the bowlers head for a 1-bounce 4, I worked out how quick Coxy get his kit off. He had enough time to walk off, complain about the dismissal, take his kit off, sit down and commentate on my 2nd ball (please don’t go for six, please don’t go for six). Lindfield wrapped up the tail fairly quickly from there, with Rhys and Bezer almost stripping down and jelly wrestling after being angry at each other for something to do with a run-out.
Big improvements needed on batting and bowling in partnerships.
3 Points- Ols
2 Points- Greavesy
1 Point- Rhys
Round 3 saw Lane Cove Third Grade take on Lindfield at home on Longueville Oval. Lindfield won the toss and sent us in to bat. Several early wickets saw us slump to 5/55, but a solid lower order partnership of A Lidbury (43) and J Camarsh steadied the ship with 7/146. Joe making a much needed half-century (53). Lane Cove finished all out for 157, a reasonable total given the batting conditions. However it wasn’t enough to take first innings points, as some loose bowling from us, and two half-centuries from Lindfield saw them make 297. J Luke took 3 wickets with the rest being shared among the other bowlers. Highlights, if they may be called highlights, were the half dozen massive bombs into the neighbour’s yards bringing back painful memories of a Fat Cheeks feeding frenzy.
However not disheartened by a first innings loss, the Lane Cove team fought hard to deny Lindfield a outright win on the second day, having to see off 38 overs. Finishing the day at 6/115 withs top scores of 36 a piece from both L Hume and K Crayn, the Lane Cove boys restricted Lindfield to first innings points only.