Well, if we wanted a good indication of the difference between the top of 2nd grade and the bottom of 3rd grade, we sure got one on day one. I wouldn’t say we batted, bowled or fielded especially badly – but I would say they bowled, fielded, and, particularly, batted especially well and showed a little consistency, and being outrageously talented with the bat, can make a big difference.
We lost the toss and were sent in in oppressively muggy conditions. Their openers were sharp, if not express, and there were runs to be had, with patience. Sadly, patience has long gone unrecognised in the list of Gladstones virtues, so while most of us got starts, no-one went on with it. They bowled at the stumps and held their catches, and all out for 69 was a fair reflection of the respective performances. As Jimbo noted, the clock just hadn’t ticked over from 10:30 to 12 midday, so we did have to bowl 19 overs to finish out the days play. They didn’t have to score at 8 an over… but they did. Without really working too hard. We held a few catches and managed to get them 4 down, but post game analysis concluded that we should not be surprised if we are sent in to bat again from ball one this Saturday. So, let’s get our match saving games on and get to it.
Well, if day one was about being comprehensively outclassed, day two was about still bein dere, still doin it, and havin a bewdie.
Foolishly, East Sydney kicked off proceedings by rubbing salt into the wounds of our performance last week by batting on. Cause leading by 80 was never enough against a team skittled for 69 last week. Anyway, they did add 50 odd in short time, punctuated only by Brendan’s catch in knee deep water in Cow Corner.
But then the Gladdies showed some genuine resilience and resolutely gave East Sydney a bit of an FU for the rest of the day. TJ and Kunal showed excellent patience and some actual some batsmanship in guiding us through the early overs chancelessly, having us 0/39 after 23. TJ eventually went, but Rob came in, put the hammer down, and took the score well past last week’s effort, and essentially out of danger. Kunal was (eventually) out for an excellent 31 and picked up the player points, and a fair few sledges to go with them.
So, all in all, an excellent 2nd week performance, marred only by the first week. Something to work on.