Lyall’s Preview Preview Round 15 v UTS North Sydney & Metro Cup Round 14 v Hawkesbury and Warringah

This is the second-last round and we take on UTS North Sydney. 1st Grade play a Saturday / Sunday match at Coogee while the lowers and Metro play a one-day limited overs match on Saturday. We moved up a couple of places in the Club Championship last round from 16th to 14th. Fairfield-Liverpool is in front of us by just 17 points. We have them in our sights as the best we can finish is where they are now–13th. UTS Norths are running 10th and are 224 points ahead of us so we have it all to do. Time to finish off the season in style.

While only 2s, 3s and Metro Gold won with 4ths and Metro Green having a draw last round, there were some impressive performances recorded.

  • Angus McTaggart took 6-31 in 1st Grade. He currently holds the best 1st Grade figures of 7-35 jointly with Jon Lewis, an English Test player who was with us in 2003-04.
  • Anthony Sams took his season runs total to 600 when he made 20 in 1st Grade.
  • Ben Mitchell had a brilliant all-round performance in 2nd Grade’s big win, scoring 122 (13 fours; 2 sixes) while taking 4-90 off 25.3 overs.
  • The 9-314 scored by 2nd Grade was the team’s second highest against Blacktown after the 8-358 in 2010-11.
  • In his second match in 3rd Grade, pace bowler Rory Anderson took 6-14 and 1-18 for match figures of 7-32.
  • The 7-42 by Mark Tape (all wickets were caught) were the fourth-best figures in 4th Grade. He and Toby Mackenzie (3-49) took all 10 Blacktown wickets.
  • Mahsen Narvel (488), Ross Elliot (449) and Riley Ayre (435) are nearing the 500 runs season milestone.

Round 15 v UTS North Sydney:

1st Grade is @ North Sydney on Sat & Sun: Despite the loss to Blacktown, we are still a chance to make the finals. But we need to win both of the final 2 matches. We are 9th just 7 points from Wests (5th) and just 4 from Gordon (6th). Mosman and Fairfield-Liverpool are in-between. In the past 14 matches against Norths (which includes T20 matches) we have won 12 and need to maintain that record this round. UTS Norths are presently 16th on the ladder.

2nd Grade is @ Coogee: We have lost 4 of our last 5 matches against Norths who are running 13th this season. Last week’s gallant win will inspire our boys and they will prove hard to beat this weekend.

3rd Grade is @ Bon Andrews: A good win last week ut Norths will be tough. They are 7th and we are 14th. We have won 6 of the previous 7 matches.

4th Grade is @ Petersham: We are 15th and they are 11th. They have won the past 3 clashes.

5th Grade is @ Tunks: 8 losses and a draw from our past 9 games. We’re due. We are 14th and Norths 7th.


METROPOLITAN CUP: Next Saturday in a round of Limited Overs matches starting at 10 am, Metro Gold v Hawkesbury at Kensington and Green v Warringah at Mike Pawley. Gold is running 3rd on 52 points, just 4 from the leader Warringah. Hawkesbury is 17th. It would be handy if Green can beat Warringah.


Lyall Gardner OAM

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