Thanks to everyone who made it week 1. We’re not in what you’d call a very strong position, but we’re a damn sight better off than if we’d only had 8 or 9 players.
Victorious Secret were a little short of numbers early, so we elected to bat on what would prove to be an at times very warm morning. Despite a couple gaps in the field, the Secret’s bowled and fielded fairly well, with only Gus really able to score freely. He racked up a brutal 46 before falling to Oshanka, who bowled a Bilkey-esque spell of 12 overs straight, bowling 5 maidens and taking 6-19.
By the time he came off we were in a spot of bother, but at no point did we give up batting sensibly to reach 117, and importantly batting enough time to make sure the Secret’s had very little chance to get the runs on day one. They batted pretty well off the 10 overs they had to face though, and are already 50 runs on the way to our total. That said, they may have even fewer players on deck next week it seems, which means the game will be far from over even if they manage to secure first innings points.
We started a bit sloppy against Victorious Secret week 2, and they needed just 11 overs to score the 70 odd required to pass our first innings score of 117, without loss. But they decided we should all attempt to get our money’s worth, and so batted on for a bit. At which point we obviously sensed their vulnerability, and took 3/14 to at least show a bit of fight, with debutant Liam picking up a brace.
They then made an incredibly sporting declaration just 37 runs ahead. Dan and Tim went in to make sure we got those runs to avoid outright, and batted well in unpleasantly hot conditions and with quality bowlers making life difficult. But got there they did, and at the seconds drinks break, we all agreed we’d had enough for 2019 and called it quits. So not a win, but at least we played some good cricket after an ordinary start, and some beers were had at the Southern Cross afterwards.
An absolutely outstanding batting display on Saturday put the Gladdies in a very strong position to notch up another win. Led by a fantastic, and yet not quite big enough 92 from Dan, the Gladdies rattled up 325, with a fiddy to Banjo, a not quite fiddy to Simon and solid contributions down the order. MP 4 has some pretty small boundaries, but some solid bowling and fielding should see us there or thereabouts come Saturday.
What is it with trying to defend 325 on fast dusty outfields that the Gladdies have such problems with??? Sadly, our best score for a while was succeeded by our highest conceded run chase for a while, as the Scott Mullers rattled up a relatively comfortable win with x balls to spare.
The Gladdies started the defence well, with Rookie bowling a solid ten over spell to start with, but wickets in hand, a fast outfield and some tiring legs put them in the box seat. A rolled ankle to the unlucky Centejas left us with just 10 men, and we were quite up against it at the second drinks break, as they’d got the required rate to a run a ball, with x wickets in hand.
But the Gladdies were certainly not giving up, and a spray of wickets had us right back in it, leading to a tense finish that ultimately fell their way. Better luck next time boys.
A pretty good performance on Saturday have the Gladdies in an excellent position to take another win this round.
A couple of early wickets had us on top, before a slow but steady recovery got the Spartans to 3/150 at the second break, and on a bone-dry and lightning fast Tempe 2, poised to set a big total. But a celebrity appearance from AJ Snr with partner and child brought the wickets, and they steadily fell until the Gladdies knocked them all over for 212. Not an easy chase, but if it stays dry this week, certainly doable.
And do it we did! The Gladdies got home in a thrilling finish with 3 wickets in hand. Solid contributions throughout the scorecard, but particularly solid contributions at the end from Christian and Brendan “they might catch this over on Tempe 1” Wilson to get us home when that was by no means a certainty. Congrats guys!
They bat, and bat,
and bat and bat and bat…,
bat bat bat, bat bat bat,
The Funky and Rookie show!
(honourable mentions to Dan and Christian who batted us out of trouble before Funky and Rookie took over. Well done boys!)
Four more wickets to Jamie to give him eleven for the season… great work dude!
Fun 55-run win.
I don’t have any details at the moment, but I understand the Gladdies went down in a close one.
Editor’s note: we did… it was miserable to lose this one. Learning from the day: it turns out you can dan a bowling innings with comments like “so… outright?” when they’re two down in the fourth over of the day, the same way you can dan a teammate with a “gee [Gladstone batsman]’s looking good today.”
Great batting in tough conditions from everyone, and well bowled again Jamie, but ouch, really let this one slip.
Looking at the score sheet, looks like it was an excellent team effort in Rd 1. There were solid contributions from many with the bat, headlined by Christian with 24, Dan with 20 and Rookie with 18. Extras helped a little to get us to 135 off our 25 overs. The bowling was then very tight indeed, restricting Edgemasters to just 79, with 3 wickets a piece to Burchthree and Woolcott.
Well, I think we can all agree that cricket is a profoundly sh.t sport at a deeply, deeply personal level.
The Gladdies lost our grand final. As is customary against Edgemasters at Moore Park in sudden death finals, we started appallingly, slipping to 4/6 in the 5th over. Remarkably though, we then had back to back 50 stands, as Rob, Jimmy and Chris dug in and set about finding at least something to defend. We passed 100 in the 23rd over, but then scored a further 77 in the next 10 overs as Soli and Jamie let rip, before Rob came back to record a brilliant half century. 180 was probably never enough, but gee it was amazing given the start we had.
Unfortunately, Edgemasters were simply too good with the bat. We bowled and fielded pretty well, but they hit cleanly and through the gaps. We had a handful of chances that might have made a difference, but all were difficult, and it just wasn’t our day. In the end we got them 6 down, with 2 wickets to Simon and Lach and 1 a piece to Jamie and Jimbo. At least the beers were good at the Bavarian. Certainly a lot better than the cricket in England over the ensuing nights.
So anyway, cricket sucks, and I’m therefore cancelling all future formal Gladdies cricket fixtures.
That’s right, baby, we’re back!
The Gladdies bounced back with a very solid win to book a spot in the Grand Final.
We won the toss and batted first, and Dan and Kunal got us off to a solid start, before both fell for 30 odd. 78 at drinks was a little behind where we wanted to be, but fortunately, the boys really kicked up a gear after drinks, with Dave, Simon, and Rob really putting the foot down. With a pair of consecutive sixes, Christian joined the party, and all of a sudden we were cruising at 5, and then 6 an over. Rob’s 40 was brutal, but Dave’s first 50 for the Gladdies definitely a highlight. 7/226 was the final damage, thanks to some neat hitting at the end from Jimbo. A run rate of 8.6 for the last 16 overs… tidy. While we knew Supersonics were a strong batting side, we knew we had something to defend.
And they made us worry early, putting the bowlers under real pressure by peeling off 49 off the first 5 overs. But, as has become customary, the spin twins of Lach and Jimbo really put the screws on, and at 2/97 after 17, the match was evenly poised. They had two retirees, but their middle order really failed to capitalise, losing 6/26 to almost throw the match away. We certainly stepped up, with Hirak taking three amazing catches and Jimbo and Dave each taking extremely handy ones. When Jimbo and Rob snaffled out the two retirees with very little added to their 40s, we were pretty much home. We conspired to give a few chances, but Hirak deservingly got the last wicket with the Supersonics still 56 behind. Huge win.
The Gladdies did not triumph. If anything, we were kind of hammered.
Edgemasters won the toss and sent us in. A pretty good move, really, as we pretty much gave them catching practice in the first 14 overs, to be 4/42 pretty quickly. That practice didn’t really pay off too much though, as they proceeded to drop me at least 5 times, which was nice. Kunal was an absolute rock on the other hand, not needing any lucky chances to get his 40. The tail dug in a little, before another flurry of wickets around the 130 mark left Kunal absolutely everything to do. And he did a bloody good job, putting away the bad balls before finally getting bowled for a priceless 86 – a very solid contribution out of a score of just 179.
Given our start, 179 felt like a pretty good total, but it was not even close to enough. Edgemasters slammed 62 from the first 7 overs, and there wasn’t much of a contest left. Jimbo and Soli bowled quite tidy spells to delay the inevitable, and picked up a wicket each for their troubles, but Edgemasters plastered us all round the park and finished on 2/180 off just 27 overs. Ouch.
It sounds like the Gladdies put in a very brave effort in our third encounter with Coogee Bay, but unfortunately, they did get the better of us, ending our season in that grade. We put on a good show with the bat, with Jimmy knocking up another 50, with Banjo, Dave and Simon providing solid support. Even on MP6, 203 is nothing to be sneezed at. The bowlers also put in a solid effort, with Jimbo, Simon and Lach all getting wickets, and we managed to hold them out for an excellent 34 overs, but they did get there in end. Bad luck chaps.