This Saturday we take on Gordon in another series of One Day Limited Overs matches starting at 10 am in all grades. Gordon are going OK this season so this will be another tough round for us. It was a shocker last week with our A W Green Shield missing the finals by just 3 wickets, our PG’s missing out by one run to make the semis and 1st Grade going down to Mosman by only 4 runs. Add to that the losses by 2nd and 4th grades and it was a poor week for us tempered only by two great wins by 3rds and 5ths.
Club Championship: I can’t remember us ever being 366 points from the lead in the CC but that’s where we are! Mosman went ahead of us last week after their three wins and we are now 11th. And while Mosman is just 5 points ahead of us, Gordon is 24 points up in 9th spot.
1st Grade is Coogee: Last week’s shock defeat has put us out of business in terms of the Limited Overs competition for this season. And while we only dropped from 3rd to 4th in the Belvidere Cup comp. we need a win this weekend to hold our place. Gordon is 7th but just 2 points behind us. Gordon is running 5th in the Limited Overs competition and need the win against us to cement a place in the final series so they’ll be keen. Congratulations to Adam Semple who plays his 150th 1st Grade game and it is to be hoped he celebrates the occasion with a win! He is our most capped 1st Grade player. And a good one at that!
2nd Grade is at Chatswood: Mosman brought up only their second win against us in 12 tries last weekend and we don’t want Gordon to improve on their 3 to 6 win ratio against us this weekend. Two of their wins however, have come in the past three matches including last season when they scored 366 at this venue after bowling us out for 244. We are 16th on 18 and they are 19th on 12.
3rd Grade is at Petersham: Captain Rod Stafford lines up for his 200th game this weekend and becomes just the fourth player to do so. Gordon is 3rd on 37 points and we are 14th on 15. They have beaten us 5 times and we have won 4 times but in 2009-10 we won outright. The boys will be on a high after last week’s great win.
4th Grade is at Killara: Conceding 54 extras last week to go down with four balls to spare didn’t do much for the side’s confidence. However, Gordon are struggling as well this season with just the two wins—the same as us. They are 18th and we are 19th. Great maiden century by Ben Stares to carry his bat through the innings for 101 not out. They lead us narrowly on the win ratio table over the years by 7 to 6. We won at this ground last season 6-272 to 270.
Ben Stares is a happy camper after compiling 101 not out vs Mosman at Balmoral Oval
5th Grade is at Kensington: Last week’s giant killers knocking over the competition leaders. We are now 9th on 30 points but only one point from 3rd place which is ND’s on 31. We are also just 6 points or one win from 2nd! Gordon are 13th on 24. Over the years we have won 7 to their 5 but last year they inflicted on us our worst ever loss in this grade going down by an innings and 59 runs. This is a great opportunity to get even!! Wonderful maiden Grade century to Stuart Parsons last weekend who like Ben Stares in 4th Grade, batted through the innings for 105 not out and steered the side home!
Metropolitan Cup: This week’s matches are one dayers with Green taking on the young Fairfield team at Marrickville. The experienced Greens performed below expectations last round and lost the opportunity of sneaking into the top four. A much tougher batting performance will be required and an opening is there as the teams ahead of them on the ladder play each other. The top order definitely need to get some lead in their pencil or the Greens will stumble again as the enthusiastic Fairfield boys will be putting in big time. At the other end of the spectrum, the Gold team showed what it takes last week with a fighting win again Mosman chasing down a big total. Youngster Tyzac Bailey put together a fighting 93 to lead the Golds but there were solid contributions from skipper Fernando, versatile Ed House and unpronounceable Karthi Balasubramaniam. Gold take on the unpredictable Wests at Alexandria Park and the bookies can’t split them.
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