Tough day in the week one sun for the Gladdies. Certainly a toss we would rather have won, as we started without a regular keeper, and a man down because Parramates are the most disorganised group since… well, us, a lot of the time. So we bowled. Gus was FAST and Dan, Jimbo and Lach all bowled well early to keep the runs down for the first 34 overs. But unfortunately we grassed a few chances and they really, really made us pay, with one guy getting a ton and another a 50. Simon did a great job standing in behind the stumps and the effort was great around the field, but a lot of shots just trickled over the boundary and a lot of skied shots fell right between players. They used their wickets in hand well, and despite some great death bowling by Brendan, the final score of 238 was a pretty disappointing outcome given the efforts we made. Anyway, plenty of runs out there week two.
Amazing scenes at Jellicoe week two as the Gladdies got the Spartans hoodoo off our back by scoring more than 160 odd against them for the first time in 12 months. The fact that we fell a solid 60 runs short of victory is neither here nor there. Gus took out the trash early, hitting the only 6 of the day, before Jimmy and Dan had a solid 60 run stand to have us right in the game. As usual, Dan ruined it for everyone, top scoring for the innings with 42 but sparking the collapse that put us out of touch. Classic Dan. A few others got starts, but 238 was a lot to chase at Jellicoe, and 180 was the final score. Solid effort, but a loss we had to have.