1st Grade Archive
It was with great pleasure that the Ginninderra CC accepted the Brindabella Bugle to make the journey down with the team to cover the last of the preliminary rounds of the Konica T20 competition. Ginninderra looking to give themselves some chance of progressing through to the next round (with a win, tie and loss so far), a win in this instance, a must.
The trip down to the Riverina on Saturday night went without much fuss. I did manage however to learn new advances in culinary techniques at a stop off at the food court. ‘Food’ a loose way to describe what was devoured en masse, simply face-planting into your meal and eating your way out only coming up for air as often as blue whale seemed to serve the purpose of getting the job done quickly whilst also entertaining the other patrons.
Sunday morning the Tigers set off to Robertson Oval where it started to heat up pretty early. The Tigers led by Assad Vala stepping up to skipper for star bat and regular skipper Jeremy Bray who was at a gas-up in Sydney (part of the amazing 150 Yr celebration of St George Cricket Club) won the toss and elected to bat. New Tiger James Shannon opened up with Daniel Upward who went first over. Vala then came to the crease to put on 30 odd before Vala went for 15. Wagga bowlers Bartlett and Bloomfield getting the ball to swing around early. Shannon was next to go looking to force the pace departing for 17. Some very handy contributions from Nick Owen who pinned the middle overs together with 48, Tim Clunes with 15, Cameron Suidguest with a handy 20 and Jack Vare making running between the wickets too easy with 18. Tigers in the end making 8/137 from their 20 Overs.
The Tigers then got off to a great start with both Lochie Christen and Suidguest picking up early wickets with Christen picking up 3 and Suidguest 1. Tigers continued to bowl tightly and up the asking rate with Vare in the field a special taking 3 tricky catches and making them look easy. Shane Getkate came on a took a few poles bowling good lines (although did get hit for the biggest six – the QBN boys who arrived before their game scattering in the outer like they were getting shelled by a tank). Getkate also picked up a superb direct run out as did Shannon to finish a tidy effort by the Tigers to bowl Wagga out for 78.
Despite only being the shortest of formats the Tigers were fairly tired on the trip home, only springing into action to show their displeasure of an ill conceived overtaking move by one truck trying to overtake another on one mother of a hill. Summoning all their strength (young keeper Chris Jansen leading the way) everyone was able to give a collective moon to the offending truck driver (litres of windex will be needed to take care of the smudges). To the surprise of everyone the driver was in fact former Tiger Daniel Poidiven who seemed to indicate the moon was a 1 out of ten before we waved and sped off.
A good well rounded performance by Ginninderra and we’ll see if it’s enough to get them through the next round of the 1st grade T20 comp.
I’ll be filling in for our sports-editor at large Dick Hertz over the next few weeks while he covers the lobster racing in Mt Druitt so hope to be around the sunny traps of Kippax 2 shortly to cover the One-dayers in the lead up to Christmas.
Also any other games you’d like covered, get in touch with your requests to our Bugle front desk with Kay Runch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll see how we can continue to sully this newspapers’ reputation.
Having eventually made my way from the Brindabella Bugle to Kippax 2 (the snow drifts had played havoc with the morning traffic along Southern Cross/Redneck Dr – thankfully Mr Plow and The Plow King were able to work in tandem to clear the way) for day 1 of a cricket match between The Ginninderra Tigers and Tuggeranong CC. A match that saw Ginninderra looking to post its first win for the two day comp and for Tuggeranong to continue a fairly good start to season 2010/11.
Tuggeranong called correctly and sent the Tigers into bat. Two of the new recruits to Tigerland Assad Vala and Jack Vare opened up and first ball Assad survived a very big shout to have the dressing room/treehouse a little nervous. Jack prolonged the nail biting by escaping with 2 chances in the first two overs before making the opposition pay by getting fired LBW a few overs later. Tim Reardon (30) steadied the ship with a 60 run partnership before trying to pull a half-volley and getting castled. Dan Upward showed some nice touches down the ground before attempting a rushed pull shot and getting caught with Tigers 3/80. Skipper Jeremy Bray strode to the wicket to put on another good partnership with Assad who was growing in confidence to take the score to 150.
However a little wobble started when Assad (88), Bray (29) and Getkate all went within 5 runs leaving the tigers 6/155. The tiger tail managed to wag and put on another 100 for the last 4 wickets, Cameron Suidguest (20), Tristian Du Toit (28) and Andrew Kiley digging his claws in for a fluent 12 not out. Special mention to Lochie Christian who cut one of the trees down and dragged it out to the middle to use as a bat, took guard half way down the wicket and then spooned a slow ball from Adam Ritchard to be C&B. He’s the kind of guy this seasoned reporter loves to go and watch, you never know what you’ll get but it’ll be entertaining. In fairness to the Tigers, tricky batting in the blizzard like conditions early on but 250 was always going to be hard work to defend with the Tuggeranong bowlers of Ritchard, Kellar, Wescombe and Devoy showing great discipline. The Tigers were able to extract a few Tuggeranong bats before stumps with Tristan Du Toit claiming two to leave Tuggeranong 2/58 chasing 254.
Day 2 and the weather was more accustomed to what we expect for this time of year, hopefully we’ve seen the last of rare West Belconnen polar bears going through garbage cans in the streets for at least another six months. Tuggeranong were able to build a few early partnerships at a fair clip with the Tigers bowlers punished for any width. Kiley and Reardon the pick of the bowlers sticking with quality lines on a flat track that only Rove McManus could dream of. At one stage Tuggers were 4/210 with contributions from Thornton, Wescombe, Matt Floros and Russo taking them closer to the score. The Tigers showed some persistence and were able to take a run of 4 wickets with 15 still to get (including some sharp catches by Bray, Jack Vare and Assad Vala with the latter also picking up a direct hit to remove Matt Floros). Lochie Christian picking up 3 wickets, some fine reward for bending his back. Devoy was able to steady the lower order to get Tuggeranong across the line with two wickets left in the hutch. Play was then called around tea so the both teams could gorge themselves on the feast they were presented without worry of getting a stitch post break.
A tight match in the end and one that I’ll enjoy on the return down at Chisholm where the press get the luxury of eating half a tub of ice-cream while watching Foxtel and reporting on the cricket. Bye bye belt!
My trusty intern Richard Smoka will be covering the next Ginninderra first grade match down at Stirling against Weston Creek for the Brindabella Bugle.