3rd GRADE match reports 2015-16.
Round 1: Wests vs Parramatta at Blick Oval
Round 2: Sydney vs Wests
Round 3: Wests vs St George at Blick Oval
Round 4: Eastern Suburbs vs Wests:
Round 5: Manly vs Wests:
Wests v Manly R5 3rd Grade
The Magpies travelled north over the bridge for their Rd 5 encounter with last year’s premiers Manly. The Pies were looking for their second win on the trot after chasing down 307 the previous week against Easts. Barry won the toss and had no hesitation of bowling first on an under prepared wicket, thanks to the copious amount precipitation in the preceding week.
Thanks to the slow wicket and Fido and Friends Natural Fertilization of the outfield, scoring was going to be tough. Barry got the early breakthroughs and a long tight spell from Tommy O saw him rewarded with a pole. Flem used his guile to remove the mainstay of the Manly batting line up to have the host’s 5/80odd at tea.
After the break the Maggies tore through the Waratah lower stem, taking 5-1 to bowl Manly out for 93. Chook Fowles picked up a couple of wickets with his well-controlled leggies, Tommy O grabbed another two and Cheungy only needed two balls to finish the innings. A solid effort in the field by all.
It was always going to be a tricky little chase given the conditions. Loz went first and Tommy B unfortunately couldn’t repeat his heroics from the week prior. Joel Kelly, in his first game since Moses batted 6 for the Jews, nicked one and Tobes couldn’t get going either. At the other end, Alec Baldwin hung tough and make conditions look easy. Hollywood and Macca steadied the ship. Thanks to some enlightening chat from our hosts, these two managed to get the “Sh!ttest club in Sydney” to within striking distance of first innings points before Hollywood was dismissed for a vital 40. Macca and Chook soon followed. This left Barry and Cheungy to get the Pies over the line – which they did. 6 points in the pocket was huge given most other games didn’t get on due to the rain.
With first innings points in the pocket, the Maggies turned up to a wet ground with plenty of rain around. A delayed start was certain, if any start was possible at all. The Manly skipper was very keen to get on at any cost, obviously deeming that his side had nothing to lose, which was understandable. However, it was in the Pies interest to take as many overs out of the day as possible - to Manly’s astonishment - and let the hosts’ have the responsibility to try and set a game up with limited playing time. The Pies sensed a lack of respect for their ability, whether justified or not, from the hosts and were quietly keen to exploit this.
When play started after zero preparation of the wicket, the Pies were dismissed without adding to their overnight score. The Pies took to the field and in the 3rd over the ball was hit into one of the many gigantic puddles which surrounded the playing surface. The ball was cooked. Manly however played into the Magpies favour, throwing wicket away after wicket away, in soaking rain, desperate to try and set the Pies some sort of total. In the end the Tahs declared leaving the Mag’s 100 to get off 37 overs. Barry bowled at the stumps and finished with 6 wickets, Tommy O with 2 and JK with a direct hit run out.
The run chase got off to an ordinary start with Loz, Burty, Tobes and first innings hero AB falling to good bowling, to leave the Pies precariously placed at 4-19. This brought JK and Macca together. They batted superbly. They were controlled, played good cricket shots and waited for the Manly attack to feed their strengths. Proper cricket. JK was dismissed by a terrific catch with the score on 82, before Chook was knocked over soon after. To their credit, Manly never gave up but by now it was very dark and still raining and bordering on dangerous for everyone on the ground, but the end was in sight. Macca and Barry got the score to 94 before Barry was again brilliantly caught in the outfield. Enter Alex Cheung. A French cut from Macca and two smoked cover drives from the Cheung got the Pies home in atrocious conditions with 5 overs to spare. Three times the Pies have won chasing this year and three times Cheungy has been at the crease the see it home - the iceman. 10 points to the Pies.
Hopefully this game, and even the round v Manly, has taught everyone a valuable lesson. That is, regardless of last years’ results, and this years’ standings – always respect your opposition. The Magpies getting the club champo points over last years’ club champions.
High five to Rob Fowles, scorer and Pete Cheung for their unconditional support under trying conditions.
For some, life is simply black and white.
Round 6: Wests vs UNSW
The Maggies returned to their spiritual home, to take on competition front runners UNSW. The Bumblebees were good friends of the Pies with both clubs playing for the O’Neil/Richardson trophy, named after two club legends who passed away all too soon.
The day started well with Barry winning the toss....unfortunately that was the highlight of the day for the Pies, who were coming off an outright win the previous week. Jourdie was back in the side after a study sabbatical however the hyphen was a tad unlucky to be given out caught behind in the second over of the day. A steady procession of wickets followed with JK and Loz running themselves out and Burty nicking a good one. Macca chopped one on before troubling the scorers and the Pies were 5/21 and in a real hole. The wicket with the new ball was doing plenty, however it was poor cricket that got us into this position than any gremlins in the deck.
Baldy and Barry put on 50 for the 6th wicket before Alecc got knocked over. Barry followed in the next over and the Pies were really cooked when Hammo – on debut in 3’s – and Cheungy fell cheaply. Flem and Tommy O entertained with some quality hitting and lower order extravagance to add 46 for the last wicket and give the Pies at least something to bowl at.
The Pies started well with the ball, knowing early wickets were the key to creating a bit of pressure. Barry jagged an LBW and the Bees were 1fa not many. The students then gave the Pies a lesson in how to see off the new rock - leaving well, playing straight and…well….just not getting run out. The score moved to 67 before Tommy Two Shoes picked up the opener leg before. Barry got his second soon after and the Pies had two new bats to work on, but only a handful of runs to play with.
The Bees played it safe and with time running out, resisted the temptation to get quick runs and secure 6 points on day 1. This left the door ever so slightly ajar for the Pies on day two. All in all, a poor day for the Maggies who couldn’t recover from an ordinary start after being completely outplayed in the first session.
The Pies needed early wickets if they were to stand any chance of first innings points against the table topping Bees. Unfortunately this didn’t happen and the first 30 mins was poor….again. Flem bowled well creating chances which were not taken. This meant the Bees passed the Pies total of 112 only 3 down and took control of the game from there. Understandably UNSW batted on in search of quick runs, eager to have a dip at the Pies batting later in the day. Tommy O bowled well again and was rewarded with a pole. Flem got reward for his efforts with a wicket and Hammo took his opportunity with ball, bowling good gas and snaring two scalps in two balls. The Bees declared 9 down with a lead of 141.
The Pies had 41 overs to bat, and things got off to an ordinary start with Hollywood trapped thigh before wicket….deadset the ball would have passed over the sightscreen it was that high. Anyway, Barry got promoted to 3, so the middle order didn’t have to shuffle around too much with the leg injury to the keg on legs Joel Kelly meaning he couldn’t bat. Jourdie and Barry saw off the new ball against some pretty decent bowling at times. Jourdie unfortunately nicked one after doing all the hard stuff, which brought Burty to the crease. The two B’s consolidated and took the game beyond doubt with patient batting, but still capitalising on the bad ball. Barry and Loz were the last guys out before the game was called, with the Pies wiping out the deficit with the loss of 4 wickets.
Unfortunately the poor starts to both days put the team behind the eight ball and the Bees were good enough not to let us back into the game. The Bees played the conditions well and were deserved winners.
It can be very difficult to get yourself back in the game after a poor start, so the focus next week must be to start well. Quite often in the lower grades it’s the team that gains the ascendancy first that goes on to win. We need to prepare better this week to ensure we start well next round.
Again high 5 to Pete Cheung and the family members who helped out and supported, and to the boys in 1’s who came up to Blick for a look during their lunch!
For some life is simply black and white.
Round 7: Sydney uni vs Wests
Round 8: Wests Vs North Sydney
1,232 games for the Club, 23,218 runs for the Club and 1,136 wickets for the Club rocked up to Blick on Saturday, hell bent on securing 6 points from the Greg Florimo-less North Sydney Bears.
The Pies won the toss and elected to bowl on a well grassed Blick Oval wicket, which has become the norm. Tommy O, in his 100th Grade game for the Pies, lead the lads out and chances were created from the get go. Barry started off the wicket procession with a nice half volley that was skyed to Lachie Swan at mid-off. Tommy O got some hoop from the other end and got a well deserved strangle down the leg side, nicely pouched by Johny Rush, in for his first game in 3’s. Tommy O would pick up another LBW in his second spell to finish with 2 for the milestone match. Barry nicked off a couple more and the Bears were in a spot of bother. Lachie Swan, returning from an overuse injury of the groin, bowled with good gas and aggression during the middle overs and kept the wicket procession rollicking along, ending with 2 wickets for himself. Dutchy toiled away hard, up hill into the wind, for 8 overs straight, giving nothing away and ended with a well-earned rest and 2 fa. The last wicket for the Bears put on 27 or 31% of their end total, mainly thanks to some decent hitting and sloppy catching from the Pies. Chook Fowles only needed one rock to finish the innings, Tommy Burt snavelling one at long on, for the Bears to be all out for 87.
The run chase got off to a shaky start with Ayush and Barbs falling cheaply, quickly followed by Burty. At 3-11, Burks joined Macca at the crease and the pair set about consolidating the innings with patient batting and great running, picking up singles at will. The bad balls then started to come as the Bears searched for wickets, however the class of Burks and Macca was evident as they dealt with the loose bowling accordingly. The pair put on an unbroken 77 to steer the Pies home in 18 overs, ensuring the win came with a bonus point.
In all a very pleasing day. We did drop a number of chances in the field, however the quality we had with the ball was enough to cover the slip ups. The experience we had with the bat in the middle also provided a great lesson to the young blokes in how to go about starting an innings under pressure.
The win leaves the Pies in 12th position on the ladder, however only 1 point off 6th.
High 5 to Rob Fowles for scoring and to the supporters who called in at stages throughout the day.
With 4 of the 5 Grades getting up and plenty of positive’s to take out of 1’s, PG’s and Greenies tight losses, it was just the round we needed to start the progression up the Club Champos in the New Year. It was great to celebrate with a few bevvies back at Wests Ashfield, again a big high 5 to Rick, Maggsy and the board for organising the drinks and nibbles.
For some life is simply black and white.