1st Grade – Covies stay top as Hairy and Mandleberg shine
Premiers elect Lane Cove gained another valuable win at home against Roseville to maintain top spot. On a wicket that looked flat and an outfield that looked quick, there was no hesitation in Damian Naughton looking to bat first. It wasn’t to be, as the pitch provided ample assistance to the bowlers and the outfield was impenetrable. The covies were struggling as the run rate was under two an over with the loss of three wickets. Blood, Malik and Rixon and falling for single figures. Naughton came and went as Mandleberg steadied the ship. Along with Galek, they took the score well past 50 until Galek holed out to the only man on the fence for a classy 25. Mandleberg carried on and along with Dodds they found scoring opportunities. Mandleberg was unlucky to be bowled for 49 but he had put in a shift. Jenkins and Dodds both posted scores of 25 and 20 respectively and a late cameo from the diminishing Scarcella saw the covies post 172 all out.
With 5 overs left in the day O’Hare and Scarcella opened up with immediate success. O’Hare who is getting better with age (resembling a 2007 Gaja Barberesco) took the edge and should have had another but for a drop in the slips. Scarcella also had one dropped. An evenly poised second day to come.
Typically the opening bowlers came back on day two and were fired up. A lot of work was put in the the process of slips and keeper and came to fruition as Dodds took a neat catch to start with. Jenkins and Cornelius were uncharacteristically under par although Jenkins still managed to pick up two key wickets and two brilliant snares at gully. Malik took two in an over and suddenly Roseville were on the brink. O’Hare came back on and cleaned up the tail, not before Mandleberg dropped his 15th catch of the season. O’Hare finished with five wickets and the covies were home. Naughton shook hands with Lenehan at tea and the game was up. Lane Cove collected six more points and with three tricky games to come, they need to keep their momentum firmly on keeping top spot theirs.
2nd Grade – the one with the 22m pitch. Oh.. and Tommy picks up a ton; and ManCity pick up his first Michelle!
Lane Cove 2s traveled to Roseville Roseville for a must win game to keep finals hopes alive against a fellow top 6 contender. With a fairly balanced team favouring our bowling attack we were sent to take the field upon losing the toss, an option we weren’t too concerned with. We started with Man City bending them both ways and bowling great areas. At the other end Kiran was struggling with his length, looking like a 6 year old being asked to bowl from the big boys crease at the family bbq. To keep him from crying, old mate offered a chance and a leg side catch was taken. Rhys continued his bowling picking up a couple of LBWs, and showing that this pitch was a beauty. 4/40 and then a few partnerships developed, Roseville taking advantage of the slow deck and fast outfield. Wickets fell regularly, preventing Roseville from getting on top, highlight being Kuchey high fiving everyone, including the ball for a run out coming back for the second. I would usually say an easy 2 but old mate was found around 4m short of his crease in a badly judged attempt. Man City was again bought back to slice through the middle order and pickup his maiden Michelle for the season, going on to show that the further away he is, the better he gets. Great bowling mate!
Pirra came back on for a 1 ball Tait to end the innings. $2
Our innings started with Pirra enjoying another Tait spell followed by a few cheap wickets to be 3/37 before Captain Blood and Tommy B played out the remaining overs to be 3/70 odd at stumps. Day 2 started with a few quick runs by both before Captain B eyeing a few more runs for a 50 odd lost his cool, 4/101. Nick arrived at the crease and decided that he had also had enough and put a few over the fence to help 2s pass the score 4 down. More gentle cricket ensued and a couple of Kuchey blasts to dec 8/269 at tea.
We decided to test the bowlers again and sent them back in with only 3 wkts being taken with Pirra bowling a sharp and unlucky opening spell to return 2 in his wickets column.
Overall a great win by a balanced lineup.
Oh, and Tommy B got a hundred off 130 odd rocks.
Tommy Bristow was outstanding with the bat guiding us to the 6 points and then going on to score his maiden Covie ton. T Brist was well supported by Kelland with 53 including a handful of large maximums. P Blood continued his good run with the bat also chipping in with 34. Nirmalendran grabbed 2 poles in Roseville’s second innings.
Also thanks to the groundsman for laying out a 22m pitch which suited our sleepy middle order and feisty opening bowler. Unfortunately its back to 22 yards next week.
After a disappointing result against SDs in regional NSW last week, the boys were back at home against near cellar dwellers Roseville Roseville. It was 11th v 12th on the ladder, two titans ready to go at it that was sure to produce highlights that would live long in the memory.
The sun was out and the pitch looked fantastic, the toss was of vital importance. David has a tossing technique unlike most, which seemed to confuse Roseville’s captain into calling incorrectly. We’ll have a bat thanks. Moral victory to Lane Cove.
We started strongly, racing to 1/55 off 13, losing Arun for 19 fluent runs. But upon entering the Lane Cove danger zone our signature move of losing wickets in clumps reared it’s ugly head. We lost 3 for 9, leaving us on the back foot at 4/64. We needed a solid partnership to get us back on track. Unfortunately, we couldn’t manage it. Dave was bowled a straight one after looking promising, Kensell departed after 5 balls, although impressively he managed to add 10 runs in that time. Santosh and Phil had a mid-pitch agreement to build a partnership that would finally get us back on track. 3 balls later Phil ran out Santosh. On the stroke of tea, Phil threw his wicket away against the poxy “off spinner” to give him his 5th wicket. Some would say a gritty 53, others would probably agree. But every dog has their day. 8/120 at tea.
It must be said that there was a lot of pre-game hype over David’s pepper chicken offering. Well it was certainly a crowd pleaser. Most were sceptical that in the 33-degree heat and in the middle of a game of cricket that a spicy Indian dish would be a hit. But it was certainly delicious and probably the highlight of the first half of our day. From what I’m told, Auburn CC have requested the recipe.
Back to the cricket, it was Earl Houze Musik Grey Vernon Philanderer that showed us how to bat, displaying patience and skill to compile 22 important runs in the lower order. The newly promoted Harry Shaw also chipped in with 11 valuable runs to get the total to 162 and 29 overs to bowl.
Unfortunately, Roseville came out swinging. Their opener, “Buckets”, who I can only assume enjoys wearing KFC buckets on his head, possibly after eating a few first, batted brilliantly. He took the game away from us in the space of 15 overs. In all honesty our bowling probably wasn’t to our best standard, but we weren’t horrible either. Buckets smoked 64 before he holed out. We picked up 2 more before the close of play, but at 3/127 chasing 162, we always knew we were going to be up against it day two.
Day two greeted us with a juicy green top. I believe the Australia Day public holiday meant the pitch was covered for 48 hours and uncut. Earl got us off to the perfect start getting the first wicket with the addition of only 1 run. Santosh was on form, constantly beating the bat. It was pleasing that we were much improved in the field in the morning session, but the task was too much for us. At 6/189 Roseville declared with 63 overs to play and with a lead of 27. Arun with 2/35 being the pick of the bowlers. In reality, we were about 40-50 runs short. With scoreboard pressure on the second morning and a green top, we would have been in it up to our eye balls.
The batting was much like our first innings, we couldn’t manage to build a meaningful partnership together. David was our best, compiling a strong 31. Angus also chipped in with a swift 22. Paddy O’Kane, on debut as a 15-year-old, looked as good as anyone batting for 10 overs. His dismissal was unlucky, absolutely smashing a cut shot straight to point. We managed to scrape together 146 leaving Roses 120 to win off 16 overs.
And we lost… that’s all I have to say about that.
With Fat Skip smashing some white powder on the slopes in Canada, it was with a sense of enthusiasm the 4’s approached this round at Roseville. Despite only filling our 11th spot late on Friday, Fat Skip Mk II was armed with a potent bowling attack and solid batting line-up to go in to battle with.
Under an already scorching sun, we lost the top and were given the opportunity to bowl first on a dry wicket. Kieran and Sajid opened up getting some variable bounce and movement. With a lush, slow outfield, aggressive bowling and neither opener looking to score, exciting cricket was not in the Roseville playbook.
The crowds were already filtering out of the turnstiles to go watch an exciting lawn bowls encounter when Kieran struck in the 9th over, one of the openers poking at a ball and dabbing it towards point. Ben Sykes took a good catch diving forward and we had our breakthrough. 2 overs later, The Crayn Plane brushed the top of the leg bail of the number 3 and he was walking back to the pavvy too (did you see how much that cut in?).
The remaining opener was busy trying to tell the umpires how to do their job when he edged a ripper delivery from Sajid to Ryan Devine at gully. The Roseville skipper came and went quickly (despite standing around after being given out) edging a Sykes floater to Srini behind the stumps.
4/43 and we had been here before. To keep the intensity up, Robbie Seymour put on a show of fantastic bowling and put both hands on the trophy for “Unluckiest Bowler in Lane Cove”. The dropped catches by the keeper and a couple of dead plum LBWs denied.
It was left to Billy “Emilio” Keall to come on and bowl some left arm liquorice all sorts that kept the batsmen guessing. One kept low and thumped into the pads, and finally a successful LBW appeal. I don’t remember how jubiliant Robbie was in that celebration…
5/70 odd at tea and we had the pressure on Roseville. A sub-par spread left the boys keen for more wickets, so Fat Skip Mk II tossed the ball back to Crayn to do some damage. With the number 4 riding his luck and showing us a straight bat, Kieran managed to pick up the 6th wicket with a short, wide ball that the batsmen chose to poke straight up in the air to Sajid at cover.
The off-spin of Ryan Devine quickly claimed another victim caught by Fat Skip Mk II at slip. There was an air of expectation as the ball was tossed to 13-year-old Angus Gill. A few minutes later, 18 or so of the 21 other blokes playing were in disbelief at seeing a fella half their height (and less than half their age) bowl faster and better lines and lengths than they do. Gus ended up with 2/5 from 5 overs, including removing the stubborn No.4.
Fat Skip Mk II came on to claim the last wicket with a ripping leg break that drew a great catch out of Sykes at 1st slip. Roseville out for 135.
We strode off the field proud of the job we had done, very aware that another job was to come.
Calamity ensued. We opened with Anthony Gill and Jaged. The Shagger fell in the first over given LBW after smashing one into his pads. Anthony went the next over trying to pull one that kept lo and hit him in front. An over later, Sykes fell for a golden and we were 3/5. Fat Skip Mk II joined Srini at the wicket and we steadied the ship a little. That was until Srini defended one that trickled back and feathered his off stump. It wouldn’t have dislodged a bail, but the bails had been removed because they kept blowing off in the wind, so Srini faced the long walk back.
Ryan and Fat Skip Mk II saw out the rest of our 19 overs to finish the day at 4/34.
We returned a week later to a completely different pitch. What had been a brown crumbling deck was now covered in a layer of grass. Fat Skip Mk II and Ryan looked solid early until Fat Skip Mk II was shown the finger on a rather dubious LBW – out for 24.
Billy Keall and Ryan built a 34-run partnership with some solid batting. Billy was finally given LBW for 20 to a shooter that trapped him in front. Ryan kept soldiering on and was joined by Robbie Seymour. It was at this stage the Roseville skipper thought he would keep it classy and go off his head at 14-year-old Ryan Devine (who was hitting him beautifully through the covers) when Ryan stepped away after the skipper started running in. Very classy.
We went to tea at 6/96. Another poor spread had the lads hungry for a big finish – Ryan and Robbie looking settled against a lacklustre attack.
Ryan was eventually given out for a well-made 33 after being hit in the pad by a ball pitching well outside leg. 7/105. Kieron was bowled by a good pill. 8/105. Sajid absolutely belted one into his pads, out LBW. 9/105. Angus and Robbie gave some resistance for a few overs before Robbie chopped on.
All out for 111. An incredibly disappointing result against a team we were certainly on top of for most of the game. Apologies from the umpires after the game “We may have got one or two of them wrong…” really did not help my temperament. Add to that the attitude displayed by most of the Roseville team following the example of the skipper… and we’re are dying for another crack at them next season!