First Grade - batted first on an interesting deck at Lindfield. Early on it was jagging all over the place but Hamish and Ned dug in, absorbing the pressure for an outstanding 45 run stand. We then lost 3 quick ones before Andrew Mahn and Tristan Rajah came together for our second important partnership of the game, a 93-run stand that was broken when Mahny was out for 51. Wickets fell quickly again after that leaving us at 6/145. However, Raj was creaming them and a pair of 50 plus run stands, first with Rupert (20) and then Newman (25), helped him steer us to a total of 291 all out. Along the way he chalked up a fine stroke-makers century, finishing the innings 133 n/o. With 6 overs left in the day, we set out to put some pressure on and snared two scalps (Tully and Rupert 1 each), leaving us in a good position at the end of day 1.
Second Grade - another solid day for 2nd grade with a good bowling performance on a Weldon wicket which wasn't offering much for the bowlers and the outfield resembling Curly beach. Sammy Carruthers started beautifully claiming a wicket off the first ball of the day and continued on, bowling 16 overs straight for a miserly 2/25. Will Denny got his mojo back and bowled with good wheels and control claiming 3/31 from 19 overs. The boys had Lindfield 4/88 at tea and after tea they looked like getting away slightly before the boys pegged it back and struck thanks to 4 poles from Timmy Bourke. In the end the lads rolled Lindfield for 168 in the 73rd over. Gravies also managed to claim his 400th wicket and is now 5th on the all-time leading wicket takers for the club, one behind the great Steven Doogie Ware. Kieran Nixon and Huw Griffiths safely negotiated the 4 overs at the end of the day as the greens finished 0/7 and will look to take the points next week.
Third Grade - had a delayed start due to water on the square and pitch. Losing the toss, WCC was asked to bat. After an early loss, Virdi 27, and Ruben Donato 38 played very well on a pitch that was soft. At 4 for 92 the innings could have gone either way. Enter Lachy Molyneux and Nathan Heath who put on a clinic with a 176-run partnership. Lachy with 79 and Nathan with a great 109. With the end of the day approaching, great little cameos from Jack Crombie 22 off 14 and a 47-run partnership from Riley Dunlop 36 off 20 balls and Jadon Wilson 17 off 10 saw us finish the day 7 for 347 off only 62 overs. Will be a big day in the field next Saturday to try and get the points.
Fourth Grade - won the toss on what looked to be a belter at Frank. Alas, there was a bit in it and we lost 4 quick ones to be 4-40 odd. Enter Cuz. He steadied the ship with patient knock with Bazza Bates solid at the other end. Baz got a rough one for a well grafted 20 odd. Blaney & Cuz took the boys to tea 5-110. They continued after tea with Cuz LBW for 73. Blaney continued for a while evading his fifty with a solid 46. Kev Davies had a little cameo at the end smacking a couple of quick boundaries, the total ended all out for 180 which in all honesty was a bit below par for Frank Gray. We had 16 overs at them and Cal McKay claimed them both. Looking for early wickets next week to get the point for the good guys.
Fifth Grade - lost the toss and had to bowl first on Mike Pawley. Josh Park and Evan Dunnachie opened very well and was backed up by a very good spell from Luke Morley but after losing Will Davidson early to injury, we were short a strike bowler to clean them up after the young guys had finished their restricted overs. We had them on the ropes at tea having them 7/95 but it got away a little and we ended up rolling them for 170. Still a good result on Mike Pawley Oval. Josh 4, Evan and Luke 2, Lochy and Ollie 1. In reply we had 19 overs to bat. Jack got a rough decision and was out for 20, Ollie and Oscar Greenwood are both around 20 no. each. MIG ended on 1/65.