Saturday, October 31, 2009

Results v West Tamworth, 31st October

Two up, two down but pretty predictable after the first week. As it looked after last week's play, it was the odd teams - 1st and 3rds - who recorded first inings wins and the evens - 2nds and 4ths who lost. What was unpredictable was the outright loss in 2nds.

1st Grade
This was a game that almost slipped away and at 7-107 , with an injured Ross Steyn waiting in the wings to bat only if required, it may well have had it not been for Cameron Pyne and Tom Wilson who combined for a 43 run 8th wicket partnership which just about saw us home. In the end, the Skipper had that honour, greatly aided by four byes which secured first innings points. Bonus points in Wests second innings which included two wickets to Flaherty and sixes of consecutive balls from Harriott - proof positive of his keeping ability.
Wests 161 (Tom Wilson 3-26, Nathan Whale 2-22, Brendon Reynolds 2-29) and 5-138 (Aaron Flaherty 2-26) lost to City 9 dec for 167 (Aaron Flaherty 46, Cameron Pyne 36, Nathan Whale 28, Tom Wilson 20x)on the first innings.

2nd Grade
No matter how you cut this game apart, it was a bad loss which focused on two poor team innings, despite good work by our bowlers. Ben Semmler was again the outstanding performer with the ball but he was hardly alone. For a period on both days, heads may have dropped, as did catches but these things can be cured on the training paddock, which is where we need to see the 2nds this and following weeks. It can only be up from here. Let's lift for Fish's last game.
Wests 170 (Chris Langston 3-29, Doug Cederblad 2-28, Jay Sippel 2-40) and 135 (Ben Semmler 5-21, Anthony Cashman 3-26) defeated City 122 (Ben Semmler 34) and 54 (Anthony Dutton 22) outright.

3rd Grade
Another good win from a team with many contributors, even if it became a bit sticky towards the end of the second day. Wests fought hard over the first innings points and were denied when within reach when City took the last three wickets for three runs, courtesy of Ryan and Batley. Batting a second time, City were always in trouble, despite some excellent strokeplay from Orenstein and Calcott and some taile wagging from Ryan, Pryor and Lawrence. Wests may have won and got close enough to do just that, but again, Batley and Lawrence bowled well to slow their progress.
City 241 (Cory Calcott 65, Pierre Steyn 44, Ryan Sippel 40, Michael Bellamy 36) and 122 (Claude Orenstein 25, Cory Calcott 23) defeated Wests 233 (Glenn Ryan 2-17, Josh Allen 2-19, Jack Mitchell 2-35, Hamish Batley 2-48) and 6-122 (Hamish Batley 3-18) on the first innings.

4th Grade
A tough game for the team(s) but again, some good indicators including the batting of Tim Hunt in both innings and a return to form from Phil Cook with the bat and a gutsy effort from all of the young bowlers. Having to chase leather across burr ridden grounds is definitely an exercise for the young at heart and our boys did just that for a long time on the second day, before being offered another bat. Everyone bowled but Hunt was the best of them. Second time around, there was a lot of spirit shown in making Wests wait until five to six to secure the outright. Well played lads.
City 125 (Tim Hunt 27, Simon Bellamy 25) and 136 (Phil Cook 30, Tim Hunt 27, Steve Johnston 16, Simon Bellamy 15, Ryan Hanson 14) lost to Wests 340 (Tim Hunt 3-51, John Kennedy 2-12) outright.

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