The Gladdies cemented their spot in the third grade finals with a solid win over Scott Muller. We elected to bat on a sodden MP4, and runs were not easy to come by, with a very slow outfield and sultry conditions. The Gladdies did their best, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, wickets were fairly regular and mostly caught, given the inability to score along the ground. There were solid contributions up and down the order, particularly Jimmy D’s 27 and Rookie and Kunal’s pair of 23s. 9/140 felt like a good score, but not a certainty at the break.
Scott Muller found the going tough from the outset, with Flossy and Rookie making life difficult for the openers. Rookie got one, before Simon and Jamie put in some sustained pressure, with Simon grabbing another two. A double wicket maiden in Lach’s first over effectively killed the contest, and the Gladdies were in control from there, cruising to a 30 run win. Special mention to Johnny B, playing his first fixture in 6 years, who popped his shoulder half way through his second over, but said f.ck it and bowled picking up a wicket for his troubles.