the Gladdies had a very good day week one in trying conditions, and put in a remarkably similar performance to our previous game at Beaman earlier this season.
AJ Jnr did what stand in captains do best, and won the toss and elected to bat on a day, where, according to the media, standing on the surface of the sun would have been more comfortable than being outdoors in NSW. Runs were hard to come by early, with Kunal and Rob putting in some hard yards to get us to 3/80 after 25. Thereafter it seems a range of Gladstones used the solid start to build the run rate, with a few cameos here and there, not least Marty’s 33 not out accompanying Kunal’s excellent 69… (Editor’s note: he he, he he) Stop it, Jimbo, you’re being as juvenile as I am, to get us to 8/202 at stumps. Sounds like a top effort to me, and one we should back up with a strong defence week two.
Well, if we’re not good at anything, where certainly good at painting ourselves into a corner. One match to go, and we HAVE to win it to make the finals. In 3rds.
Week two was another tough day at the office for the Gladdies, with Marty’s first wicket the only one to fall in the first 26 overs, while the Trundlers put on 145 runs. A flurry fell thereafter, but a few more hefty heaves into the outfield meant they cruised to victory with 10 overs and 5 wickets to spare. Once again, solid performances from most players, but just not enough to get us over the line.