Creak Shield Vs Inner West Harbour 28/10/18
Round 2 - IWH 41 def. by SEJCA 5/42
After a first up loss, the boys came into our clash with Inner West hungry to get their season off the mark. Our opponents won the toss and chose to bat.
Tim Molnar (0/2 off 4) and Aston Weir (0/10 off 4) were tight to start; perhaps a touch too short but the swing and pace made you both hard to get away. Even though the wickets didn't come early, it was impressive to see the energy in the field never drop and our patience was eventually rewarded. Arlo Brazier and Noah Gaussen (2/3 off 4) were relentless, bowling stump to stump and building tremendous pressure, with IW going from 0/14 to 5/18.
Will Livissianis (2/9 off 8) and Alex Greenhill(1/2 off 4) continued to apply the blowtorch. Alex was reliable as ever, bowling a tight off stump line. Will got into a fantastic rhythm, bowling his 8 overs with consistency to complement his flight, dip and turn. His second wicket courtesy of a phenomenal piece of work from Angus Royal behind the stumps. Ben van Dam also bowled 2 well controlled overs.
It's fantastic to see the boys learn from last week, not only did we bowl much better, but we never took our foot off the gas, which is easy to do when you're on top. Our effort in the field was sustained for the entire innings and our bowlers were patient.
I have one small criticism with our fielding. We gifted them a few easy runs with some lazy misfields. Fortunately we weren't made to pay for them, but better teams will make us pay. Having said that, bowling any team out for 41 is a quality effort and the boys should be proud. Well done to our wicketkeepers as well, who have let in a combined total of 5 byes in almost 70 overs of cricket this season; an amazing stat.
Obviously it was a team effort to bowl IW out for such a low total, but it'd be remiss of me not to highlight an incredible individual achievement from Arlo Brazier, who finished with figures of 5/9 off 7 overs. Well deserved; rewarded for consistently bowling a full length and always keeping the stumps in the game. Congratulations mate, well done!!
We did it the hard way with the bat. IW had a quality opening bowler, but the rest got away with a lot of short pitched bowling. Tough school here, but the key to chasing small totals is a positive start and bad balls need to be punished; they weren't, as such a few of us went too hard at balls that probably weren't there to hit. We'll continue to work on this at training. I have no doubt we'll be better next week as the skill and potential in our top order is undeniable.
Peter Sklavos and Aston Weir put together a crucial partnership. It was the counter attack we needed through simple and positive cricket. Aston producing the shot of the day with a beautiful drive through mid on. Tim Molnar came in and finished the game in style. The intent shown here was fantastic.
Congratulations boys. A very solid performance, with a few areas that we could and will definitely improve on.
Cawsey Shield v Inner West Harbour 28/10/18
Loss of toss and bowling first
The boys were looking to improve on last weeks performance with the ball and restrict as many runs as possible in the first 16 overs. We didn’t find our lengths last week but this week there was a huge improvement and its showed on the scoreboard with 2 early wickets from Pat Hield. All bowlers following kept up the same intensity and were backed up very well in the field.
Our fielding got a bit untidy here and there but general placements and attacking of the ball was getting back to where we left off last season. With 2 run outs from the field and 2 spectacular catches at slip ( Ben W ) and Mid off ( Josh L ) we managed to restrict them 7 for 114.
Stats show we bowled 14 maidens today signs we getting our field sets and bowling lengths right, very pleasing boys great work.
Batting again is about getting a start and forming partnerships to tackle the task ahead. Unfortunately we lost both openers in the first 2 overs to really good seeds but we know we bat deep and never need to panic. We needed to make sure we didn’t stall in the middle overs this week and mange to keep a run rate ticking over. No one was to leave the job to the next bloke and our No 3 No 4 took full advantage of their time in the middle with outstanding innings to get us to about 2 /80 at the 20 over drinks break. Toby ( 42 ) and Kieren ( 60no ) played above their years and gave no chances in their 79 run partnership picking up easy singles as well as hitting the bad balls to the boundary. We managed the total still 3 down which is very pleasing and still had lots of overs to spare.
This week we have a format change in 2 T20s and need to train according so hope to see you all on Wednesday.
Thanks to the scorers and supporters on the day we appreciate it.
Thanks to IWH for hosting and putting on another great spread.
Thanks to Andrew Vassey for Umpiring.
Gee Shield vs Inner West Harbour 28/10/18
South Eastern won the toss and elected to bat at Coral Sea. The outfield was quick in parts, and was on show with South Eastern taking 7 from the first over. This was to be the only time South Eastern were on top for the remainder of the day, with a wicket falling in the second over, followed by an outright batting collapse. Full credit must go to Inner West, who bowled very consistently, set great attacking fields and fielded outstandingly, with some excellent ground fielding and outfield catching. Inner West took their first 4 wickets steadily, having South Eastern at 4/29, only for that to become 8/29, followed by all out for 70. Old Rouse (19*) and Old Patterson (12) offered the only reprieve at number 10 and 11, putting on 30 for the last wicket.
70 was never going to be enough, but South Eastern put up an early fight, having Inner West 2/5 and 3/19. The fourth wicket proved unbreakable for South Eastern, with Inner West getting home comfortably in the 17th over and with 7 wickets to spare. Lesson: MORE RUNS ON THE BOARD!
Moore Shield vs Inner West Harbour 28/10/18
South Eastern won the toss and elected to bat first. Inner West bowled and fielded very well for the first session and restricted South Eastern to 2/33 off 18 0vers. Hugo Walsh and Matthew Hield put on a 35 run partnership to get the score to 3/80 at the second drinks break (36 overs). After the second drinks break there was regular loss of wickets chasing quick runs. Maxim Brooks batted really aggressively and managed to hit a number of boundaries. Maxim ended up with 29 not out. Hugo Walsh top-scored for South Eastern with 33 runs
Some aggressive batting by Inner West coupled with some poor bowling allowed Inner West to score easily in the first ten overs. Our spinners, Sarthak and Eddie bowled really well to get South Eastern back into the game by taking quick wickets. However, Inner West middle-order steadied their innings and passed our score with six wickets in hand and three overs to go. Sarthak 2/18 off 10 overs and Eddie 1/21 off 6 overs.
Weblin Shield vs Inner West Harbour 28/10/18
Inner West 4/177 def SEJCA 4/176
Our first home game of the season at the picturesque Petersham Oval. Unfortunately the grounds keeper’s weather app was tuned to Sidney Ohio and not Sydney Australia, and thinking covers were not required, as a result, overnight rain rendered the pitch unplayable. Our coach Mark “Patto” Patterson quickly did the ring around, finding a suitable replacement in Pioneers Park (synthetic pitch), some would argue even more serene venue than Petersham Oval. So in convoy we made the trek to Malabar. On our arrival, the weather conditions were sunny although a little windy (40 knots), which is surprising for this part of the world. Given the early morning chaos, the umpires reduced the match to 45 overs per innings and for a delayed start at 10.30am.
Asher Learmonth returned to the team after some visa issues stopping him from playing in the first game, he assumed the captaincy, and smartly won the toss and elected to bat. He and Rohan Sharma, opened and got off to a flying start, despite the blustery conditions, with Rohan hitting a four and then a six in the first few overs, he went again and was caught at fine leg for 10, with the score at 1 for 19. Olli White came in at No 3 as Inner West tightened their bowling, hitting good line and length, which saw the scoring slow. Olli was subsequently bowled off a sharp in swinger, SEJCA now 2 for 30 after 9 overs. Ed Walker came in next, and with our poor batting performance the previous week, was keen to dig in. The bowling was of good quality, especially given the tough conditions, he and Asher set about building a partnership, they put on 54 runs, until Asher fell LBW on 35. SEJCA now 3 for 84. No. 5 Ned Patterson continued the intensity, taking some good quick singles and putting on a 57 run partnership with Ed. He hit numerous fours square of the wicket, until he also fell LBW on 27 runs, the score now 3 for 141, with 8 overs to go. Brodie Masnick was next in, and he and Ed Walker batted out the remaining overs, hitting some good boundaries. The innings ended at 4 for 176. Ed Walker achieving his first 50 in Rep cricket, 54 not out, while Brodie was not out on 14.
On what was a fast outfield, 176 still looked a good score, and very defendable if the boys bowled and fielded well. Angus Hayman and Ed opened the bowling, the wind still blowing a gale, with Angus bowling into the wind, he was hooping the ball around, although was struggling to control the swing. Charlie Marwedel came into the attack and second ball had a wicket, caught at 1st slip by Asher, Inner West now 1 for 31. Ned Patterson started his spell into the wind, also claiming a wicket (clean bowled) in his first over, now 2 for 32. Charlie bowled very well with the wind, his first four overs going for only 8 runs. Jasper Hogarth-Scott was introduced into the attack and again the new bowler claimed a wicket in his first over caught at mid on, with Charlie M taking a great running catch. The score now 3 for 62 after 17 overs. The game finely balanced. The story from here was not pretty, the bowlers lost their line and length, and as the Inner West batsmen started to up the run rate we were slow in reacting and protecting the boundaries on what was a lightning fast outfield. Josh Durkin and Patrick Hoggart bowled tirelessly into the wind, with Patrick bowling his left arm swing taking a wicket late in the piece to finish with figures of 1 for 21, however the damaged had been done, and Inner West knocked off the total with six overs to spare, with their opening batsmen (Sharp), scoring 102 not out, in a fine innings.
The plan next week; to bring both our bowling and batting A games. Next week will see us host a home game versus Illawarra at Kensington Oval.
Thanks to Ed White for scoring all 90 overs and to all the parents who organised a great lunch.