This round we take on Mosman in a Sat / Sun game for 1st Grade and limited overs (50 overs) matches for the lower grades on Saturday.

It was a good round against Manly last weekend but we are still 11th in the Club Championship. In fact we have been 11th since 17 December! We can’t seem to shake the number. Mosman are ahead of us in 9th place on 799 points. We have 734. The leader is Northern District on 1,116—382 ahead of us. It’s the furthest we have been from the lead this season.

This round we take on Mosman in a Sat / Sun game for 1st Grade and limited overs (50 overs) matches for the lower grades on Saturday.

It was a good round against Manly last weekend but we are still 11th in the Club Championship. In fact we have been 11th since 17 December! We can’t seem to shake the number. Mosman are ahead of us in 9th place on 799 points. We have 734. The leader is Northern District on 1,116—382 ahead of us. It’s the furthest we have been from the lead this season.

But what about 4th Grade bowling out Manly last game for 57! It’s created some amazing statistics:

  • Manly lost 10-14 slumping from 0-43 to 57 all out.
  • After their first wicket loss they got to 1-51 before losing the next 9 wickets for 6 runs.
  • The 9 wickets for 6 runs were lost between over nos. 17 and 32—15 overs for 6 runs and 9 wickets!
  • The chief wicket-taker was pace bowler Matt Wallis who had 0-24 off 9.1 overs before taking 5-0 in the next 13 balls–four of which were caught by wicket-keeper Karl Schubert and the other lbw.
  • Wallis conceded a run on the third ball of his 13th over but had a wicket next ball to give him 6-1 in 21 balls. He finished with 6-26 off 14 overs after bowling a no-ball in his 13th over.
  • Gabe Budwee (2-27) took the first 2 wickets and Mac Jenkins (2-3) the last 2. Wallis had the middle 6!
  • There were 5 ducks and two bats who scored a single in the Manly line-up.
  • After losing a wicket to Matt Wallis second ball in their second innings (giving Wallis 7-2 after having 0-24) Manly fared much better finishing the day at 6-135 to avoid an outright defeat. We won the match on the first innings by 8 wickets.

1st GRADE is at Allan Border, Mosman: Last 11 matches: WWDWWLLWWLW: We are still the leading run-scorer in the competition with 3,280. We are 5th on 43 points just 6 from second placed Gordon. Sydney Uni. are out to 55 points and lead the comp. Our quotient is second only to them. Daniel Sams is the third highest wicket-taker with 33 following his great 5-45 last week while Adam Semple is 8th with 26. Anthony Sams is 5th in the batting with 708 although with his T20 runs and LO QF runs he has 845 for the season so far. Can he get the magic 1,000 in a season? You bet he can! Go Anthony!

1st Grade LIMITED OVERS CUP competition: We are in the semis after a great win over NDs last Sunday! We play HAWKESBURY at Coogee Oval on SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY (Sunday week) and we would like EVERYONE to be there to cheer on our boys as they attempt to win a place in the Grand Final on Sunday 26 February. PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE DAY AND BE THERE!

2nd GRADE is at Petersham Oval: Last 11 matches: LLDLWLWWWWL: Unfortunately last week’s 10 wicket loss was a new single innings loss record. The previous record was an 8 wickets loss to UTS Balmain in 2003-04—145 to 2-147. But 3rd Grade suffered a similar fate two matches back yet came out and won last week. This team can do the same! We are 13th on 30 points and Mosman are 6th on 42. This is when it gets interesting. Mosman have won our last two clashes although the 10 before that we won 9 with one drawn! James Tyson has 195 2nd Grade wickets—just 5 short of the magic 200!

3rd GRADE plays at Rawson: Last 11 matches: WLLLTLWWDLW: We are 13th in a close comp on 27 points and 14 out of 6th place which means it’s gonna be tough to make it. But all we can do is win and hope others ahead of us have a few blunders. Mosman have won 8 of 11 this season and are 2nd on 50 points. It don’t come tougher. But—as the saying goes: “when the going gets tough…….you know the rest! Go you giant killers! We have played Mosman 7 times in the past 10 years and they have beaten us once—in 2011-12.

4th GRADE is at Coogee: Last 11 matches: WWLLLLWWLWW: It was the win of the season last round and we are knocking on the door of a finals berth being on 38 points and just 6 behind 4th placed St George. Mosman are 15th on 18 points. BUT—we have LOST 6 of the past 7 clashes!!! Time to rectify that poor record. Congrats to Jackson Eldridge on his maiden Premier Cricket ton last week—105*. There are likely to be many more for this promising youngster.

5th GRADE plays at Balmoral: Last 11 matches: WWLL (LWO) (LWO) (WLO) WLLL: Despite three losses in a row (or four if you count the outright loss after leading on the first innings) our boys can still figure in the finals. They have now dropped to 9th but are only 3 points from 6th place. Mosman are 7th just 2 points ahead of us so this is an ideal opportunity to get back into the winners circle. We have won the last 5 matches against the Whales and 7 of the last 8. We are the dominant team of the two and now it’s time to keep that domination going! Nigil Singh has 448 RPC wickets—2 short of 450!

Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab:
These last four rounds in the Metropolitan Cup are leaving things delicately poised. The Golds got away with a draw after being put to the sword by the son of a cricketing luminary, and are hanging onto equal 4th place on the ladder (just behind on quotient). Their opponents are a familiar and vital one – Sydney University beat the Golds in Round 9 after Christmas and have been on a roll since, climbing from the bottom to be in contention of a finals berth. Kensington is the venue for this showdown, where the winner will have the opportunity to climb as high as 3rd place on the table. The Greens pulled off an impressive win against Blacktown to climb off the bottom of the table, but now have a return trip to the west to contend, with second place runner Penrith lying in wait for them. The Greens ran them perilously close back in October, and will be hoping to go one better now. Congratulations to Neale Crawford, who in bringing up 1,500 metro runs last game, is now the second leading Metropolitan Cup run-scorer for the club!

Lyall Gardner

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