Anthony Lark Archive
After a long hiatus it’s good to be back reporting on some GCC cricket. And what quality cricket I was blessed with witnessing by this (mostly) young Tigers second grade side kick off the new calendar year in style!
In full coloured kits the Tigers took to the field first, and it was up to a couple of young pups in Aditya ‘The Ditch’ Thumma and Jak ‘Better than my Dad’ Willcox to get the ball rolling…or massively hooping in Jak’s case.
With some early pressure, some smart skippery by Garry ‘The Cat’ Stephenson, playing on the openers patience (or lack thereof), and Jak placing the ball on a dime time and time again, it wasn’t a surprise when he managed to snare an early breakthrough, with the opener trying to hit him out of the park and missing altogether…his frustration could be heard for miles when he got back to the sheds!
At the other end Ditch was making the other opener look like a chump. I lost count of the amount of times he beat the edge, in another display of tight controlled bowling.
With age restriction rules coming into effect to halt the opening spells, Tom ‘Punter’ Ffrench and ‘Postman’ Pat Jackson came into the attack. Punter started his spell a little inconsistently, mixing a couple of wides with some absolutely unplayable jaffa’s, and it was one of those which brought about the important wicket of the Northies number 3, with the middle peg knocked back. At the other end Postman Pat was taking a little while to get into his spell (ask him about how he managed to go for 9 off one ball…a special effort!), but after the drinks break he settled into a great spell of bowling, picking up a couple of wickets, including bowling the opposition skipper for a very handy first 2nd grade scalp.
By this stage Punter had settled into a groove at the other end and was working his way through a fantastic spell, and being the only one of the opening four quicks over 15 (and therefore allowed to bowl more than a 6 over spell) he ended up bowling his 10 straight, picking up another wicket along the way, and unlucky not to grab a couple more.
At the other end Cat had introduced himself and immediately kept things quiet, which also led to wickets. Bowling with good flight and drop he bamboozled 4 Northies in total to claim the great figures of 4/20odd off his full quota. All he needs now is Warney to put in a good word for him, and we may see him donning a baggy green come August.
Jak came back into the attack after Punter had finished his spell and bowled well, again hitting great areas and making scoring difficult. Coxy also rolled the arm over and picked up a scalp as a result of some tight and deceptive tweakers.
All in all is was a great display in the field by the Tigers, including a run-out by the returning Kieren ‘Sonic’ Ferns, and they managed to bowl out the opposition for 187, a very gettable target at Kippax 2!
After enjoying the spread put on by Mr.’s Wood and Coate, the Tigers were keen for a good start to the chase, and Woj and Chris Nicoladis got them off to an absolute cracker. Chris crunched the first ball he faced over the bowlers head for 4, and Woj was putting away all the bad balls at the other end as well. They were 25 after 2, and continued in fine form to be about 70 after 10, still no wickets down, with Chris looking like he was trying to hit the leather of the ball, and Woj happy placing the ball superbly, including taking one ball from well outside off to hit a boundary to a vacant fine-leg.
Chris eventually fell for a well made 36, which brought Clunesy to the crease. He played some nice shots, particularly a couple of boundaries off his pads, before falling to a screamer of a catch at cover when he had crunched a drive.
At the other end Woj was having an interesting battle with one of the Northies spinners. The bowler was seeing how much flight he could put on the ball in an attempt to get Woj to hit straight, as Woj seemed to be testing out how fine he could he hit it…and he was willing to try either side of the wicket with paddles, and reverse paddles and some other shots no-one else has ever witnessed. He managed to pass 50, for, I think, the third time this season, and was forming a good partnership with his skipper, who had replaced Clunesy at the other end, before he eventually fell for an excellent 64.
It didn’t take long for Cat to find his timing, and with the help of a quick outfield and some good support from Anthony ‘Polo’ Lark, he had the Tigers racing along at a good rate, and closing in on the total with a bonus point in mind. After playing a couple of glorious cover drives Gaz eventually fell for a vital 42 as he tried to moose one into his parent’s back yard chasing the bonus point.
His dismissal gave Fernsey the chance to come to the crease and hit the winning runs, well within 40 overs bringing not only the 6points for a win, but a bonus point as well, making the victory, and the song, even sweeter!
This victory gives this second grade side a 2 from 2 record in the one-dayers, and they’ll be keen to continue that form to secure a finals birth to go along with their 20/20 final in a couple of weeks, and considering a bunch of players that were missing today, the depth and skill on display today indicates that a finals spot is a realistic goal and well within reach.
Overall it was a great performance, and a pleasure to watch.
Until next time,
House of Hounds
A cool morning greeted both Ginninderra and ANU at the revamped Kippaz 2 for the start of the 1st grade 2 day competition for season 2007/08.
Whispers of disbelief floated about Canberra like stink off roadkill in regards to Kippax 2 being used as a first grade ground. These fears however would have been allayed when cars were seen using it in the early morning as a main thoroughfare to and from the busy metropolis that is the Kippax Centre. Once cordoned off, groundsmen Wood and Simpson marked it up and drilled in the stumps. Still not convinced, ANU captain Randall Starr won the toss and sent the Tigers in.
This proved to be good news for new Tiger Mick Delaney who was a couple of hours away having missed the turn off at Yass. Seeing the surf of Wollongong proved to be a bit of a giveaway that he may have in fact gone too far. Batting at 9 he was told to take his time, take in the sites/wineries such was the confidence of the Tiges.
Openers Tim Clunes and Stephenson battled away for just under an hour before Stephenson was bowled by Godara for the sake of quicker scoring when the total was on 26. Clunes soon followed to leave the Tigers at 2/30 at drinks. Carmichael came in and hit a few boundaries, then decided to go over the top but was caught at mid-on (might need to eat more beans young fella!).
This bought about a very handy partnership between skipper Brett Knowles and Anthony Lark (one of four debutants) taking the Tigers to about 3/100 at lunch.
In the second session both batsmen continued on their merry way taking the total past 150 before Lark was caught for 38. Josh Kentwell hung around for a while to make a rock solid 1 before being adjudged LBW. Tim Reardon (or Corndog to his mates) then put on another enterprising partnership with Knowles who bought up his hundred just before tea to rapturous applause from the Ginninderra faithful, including 3rd grade … (see match report). 5/220.
After Tea the ante was upped with Knowles steaming past 150, Reardon in the process making a brisk 41, Warren ‘Wags’ Clunes with 20, Delaney with a belly full of Tapas said well done to BK then was out and Ricey clubbed a few fours before Knowles was out for a club record 176, a brilliant knock. The innings was closed at 9/335 with Kiley denied again to show off THAT cover-drive.
ANU negotiated the tricky 6 overs that opening batsmen just love to do at that time of day to finish 0/15.
The Kippax 2 wicket giving off a glacial type glare would have given the students confidence going into the run chase with Sheridan and Rego taking the score to about 40 before Rego’s innings expired at the hands of Kentwell getting a feather down the leg side to a short ball. Former Tiger (there is plenty around) Clarke looked solid and took the score to 60 odd before Delaney ripped one past his head getting a glove behind and removing his nasal hairs in the process. Sheridan looking dangerous tickled one behind off the bowling of Lark to leave ANU 3/96 at lunch.
With the ANU side stacked with Comets, the partnership between Cameron and Starr was the big one. It proved to be so, with Starr taking his time to settle in while Cameron opened up after making a half century. The partnership yielded 115 before Cameron was beaten by lack of pace, turn and talent on the bowlers behalf (Stephenson) to walk off with 83. ANU went in to tea in the box seat at 4/225.
Apparently someone had said to Starr that if he finished it an just under an hour before stumps he’d be whisked away to catch the last flight to Perth to catch up with his twin brother Ryan Campbell (changed his name when he came to Canberra to avoid the confusion). So he did! A flurry of boundaries came from his bat as he racked up 113 before being caught at deep mid on off Kiley, well great knock and a good example on how to pace an innings in a big run chase. Bennett also impressed with 60 odd not out to see ANU home by 5 wickets.
An entertaining game and one of many that are sure to follow for this season at Kippax 2.
GCC 340/9 dec, ANU 341/5
Michael Delaney 1/36
GCC lost by 8 wickets