James Coate Archive
A tale of two very different days
I can’t really say it’s a pleasure to make the trek across the border, but for the sake of reporting on cricket I was willing to make the journey.
What I saw in the Round 6 2nd grade match between the Tiges and QDCC was a game of two very contrasting days…and so I’ll report on them separately.
Overnight rain meant that the toss could be vital, and so the Tiges were happy when skipper Roweth won the toss and elected to bowl on a slightly damp pitch. Aditya Thumma and Adam O’Connor both had tight opening spells, and were unlucky not to grab an early breakthrough. Aditya in particular (whose opening spell of 6 overs went for only 8 runs) was unlucky to see a chance go down in the cordon…one which would later prove costly.
The introduction of Jak Wilcox was the spark that started the wickets falling. His combination of lots of movement and impressive control brought about the downfall of Queanbeyan’s top 4, three of which had their castle shattered by the young Tiger.
With all the wickets falling from Jak’s end Brendo decided he’d take matters into his own hands from the other end, and so he brought himself on…and he was also able to produce some magic moments, picking up three wickets of his own, with some varying pace and away movement working in his favour.
Tight lines and lengths all day helped the Tigers to make it difficult for the QDCC batsmen to get into any sort of rhythm.
After one short rain delay, the players were permanently sent to the sheds just before tea with QDCC struggling 7-120, with no further play being possible on day one.
‘Catches win matches’ is a cliché for a good reason…it’s true! If not for dropping one of the QDCC openers twice early, a player who went on to score 82 out of the overnight score of 120, the young Tiges may have had bats in hand before the rain hit. Hopefully it’s a lesson learned.
As I’ve already reported, day 2 was very different. The first difference was the line-up. Missing a whole stack of the team to the national 15’s, the Tigers were unfortunately only able to field 9 players for day 2 of the match. Amongst those 9 were a couple of returning long term absentees and some talent from the lower grades.
Heading back into the field GCC were keen to wrap up the tail as quickly as possible, but, despite some quality bowling, unfortunately a combination of some decent batting, extra gaps in the field, and some bad luck, allowed QDCC to reach 206. Muzz helped plug the gaps for a big chunk of the morning, which was greatly appreciated!
Unfortunately, with bats finally in hand, the Tigers lost their 8 wickets for only 58 runs the first time around, and were sent back in to have a second crack. In the second dig they showed some better ticker, and managed to avoid an outright loss by one wicket. Despite the scoreboard, there were some good positives to take out of day 2.
Firstly the return to cricket of Queanbeyan local James ‘Moobies’ Coate. His 23 in the first innings was pure class, and he bowled some quality leggies too. Hopefully it reignited some passion in the big man!
John Colley was sensational! He got a promotion, not only up the grades, but up the order as well, and handled it exceptionally well, particularly in the second innings. Batting at three on a tough pitch against some quality bowling he managed to score 30odd, but it was the way he scored them as much as the amount he got which was impressive. He proved that he could be a major asset at the top of order for 3s come finals time!
Chris Nicoladis was very impressive in playing a mature innings of 74 in the second innings. He spread the field by hitting early boundaries, before taking advantage of the gaps by picking up singles, before firing up again when some pie-chuckers came on, making the most of some slow fullies. Hopefully he can build a few more innings in a similar fashion in the future.
Jake Provan and Adam O’Connor were impressive in getting in behind the ball and surviving 5 or so overs together as the last wicket stand to help avoid outright defeat.
It was also good to have Adam Clunes join his twin back in the Tiger colours, and his constant chatter was amusing, even if sometimes concerning!
Until next time, when I hope I have a better result to report on,
House of Hounds
ACTCA Round 7 : Tuggeranong vs Ginninderra @ Chisholm 1
A brisk morning slapped me in the face as I sat at the Kingston rail station waiting to board my train for the arduous journey down to Tuggeranong Valley. I of course drew the short straw to cover the game in the south and could have easily found myself at Majura but these are some of the sacrifices that need to be made to make it to the top within the Brindabella Bugle ( a more credible newspaper than the CT which has made a hash of local cricketers names over this season, also Ray Pointing is currently the Australian captain…apparently, I digress).
Unfortunately as sometimes happens with travel, I managed to dose off and ended up waking up in Albury (just past Conder) and thought I might as well keep going and cover some Melbourne cricket. So according to my slack-jawed yokel Bugle colleague, Tuggies won the toss and sent the Tigers in on a green seamer. A few bats got fired and Ginninderra made it to 8/200 at stumps on day 1 with fighting contributions from James Coate (25), Anthony Diggnan(46), Jason Brown(43), now known as Jamie and Josh Kentwell (37n.o.).
Still living it up at the Crown I had to rely on my very credible spy for info on day two. The Tigers continued their innings with Kentwell reaching a gutsy 50 before being the last batsmen dismissed to leave the total at 216, Adam Ritchard the pick of the Tuggies bowlers with the impressive figures of 5/46.
With the wicket being flatter than Paris Hilton, Tuggeranong managed to attain the target just after tea, 3 wickets down. Ashton May was the star for Tuggies with 94, scratchy early with the inside edge of the blade taking a caning before settling in and being a little unlucky to miss out on his hundred. The replay on the big screen of the electronic scoreboard (which has been recently added to Chisholm Oval to compliment the Pavilion) indicated the ball might have just hit the top of off but it was good reward for Andrew “Raptor’ Kiley’s second spell. Kentwell had earlier taken the first two wickets.
Despite tensions being relatively high throughout the day, both teams were able to cool off with shed-loads of ice-cream while having a dash of the roulette table that’s has been a welcome addition to the Tuggeranong Palace, losing teams more than happy to donate some hard earned that will no doubt be directed to the installation of a new trophy cabinet by seasons end.
Now back in the tree lined streets of the north, I’m looking forward to the slap and giggle of 20/20 for the up-coming weekend.
(For interest sake, Carlton defeated Collingwood down in Melbourne by 4 wickets, perhaps a sign of the up coming AFL season??)
GCC 200/8, TVCC 217/3 dec
Josh Kentwell 51, Josh Kentwell 2/50
GCC lost first innings
Ginninderra v Northern Riverina @ Manuka Oval
The Tigers were greeted with fine conditions at Manuka and were feeling fresh from their first two-day victory against Norths the previous day. With former Tiger great Jack Masters over-seeing the beauty of the new age cricketers from the grand stands, skipper Knowles called correctly and elected to bat.
Paul ‘Furton’ Horton and Ryan ‘Poo’ Carmichael opened up and before anyone had a chance to sit down and get their first scratch for the day away Horton was walking back to the hutch after a marathon three balls at the crease, obviously still feeling the effects of the previous night’s celebration he promptly grabbed his captain snooze bed-cap and kipped it up for the next 30 overs in the cavernous Manuka change rooms.
Skipper Brett Knowles came in and started to get things moving with Carmichael until the latter was caught behind for breezy 20. James Coate strode to the crease sporting a new haircut that you could set your watch to and put on a very handy partnership to take the total into the 90’s. After Coates’ dismissal for 18, Knowles pushed past his fifty in the oven like conditions combining with Daniel Poidevin, Josh ‘Bentwell’ Kentwell and Ash ‘Dartwell’ Brettell before holing out in the deep for a well made 80. Brettell and Stephenson then put on a 120 run partnership (Brettell scoring about 90 of them and extras 29) to take the total to 296 and in the process Brettell scoring his maiden first grade hundred. Both players going the big vom on the wicket before they walked off at the completion of the innings and in so doing, giving the Tigers bowlers something to aim at. Brettell’s innings was full of plenty of reverse blocking (as it’s now commonly known) depositing the ball to all parts of Manuka Oval, with all the years of hard slogging in the nets paying dividends, his 105 coming off just 75 balls, outstanding.
After a few ales at the lunch break the Tigers took to the field like a great white shark does to a boogie-boarder (or abalone diver if we want to be topical) knowing they had a big total to defend didn’t waist any time ripping into the batting line-up.
Andrew Kiley was the wicket taking maestro claiming five wickets, maintaining a nagging length with abundance of swing and seam, cunningly using the pile of carrot, corn and acid ravaged chicken snitz that the ground staff were unable to remove from the wicket, proving too hot to handle. Maaaawtin ‘Bubble’ Rice proved virtually unplayable this whole weekend adding another wicket to his tally along-side the 73 plays and misses. Young buck Leigh ‘Pidgeon‘ Sherman claimed his first wicket in first grade while Coate and Knowles chipped in to mop up the tail, Horton taking on the keeping duties pulling off an amazing leg-side stumping in the process, one for the powers of Red Bull and Lucozade. Young Dom ‘Foot’ Bunyan had a great time in the field pouching a couple of catches to top off a well rounded emphatic victory for Ginninderra. The Tigers finishing with two wins from four matches.
Another enjoyable day of good cricket, cup snakes and a sea of VB bottles in the outer to round out a big weekend of victories for this Tigers outfit.
GCC 298/6, Northern Riverina 85
Ashley Brettell 105*, Brett Knowles 80, Garry Stephenson 22*, Andrew Kiley 5/25
GCC won by 213 runs
Under the haze from yet another debauched xmas party at the Bugle I managed to slug my way over to Jamison Oval for the round 8 clash between the Western Districts ‘Lions’ and the Ginninderra Tigers. With the temperature expected to hover in the mid 30’s the Ginninderra Tigers had a different approach to a ‘warm up’ and hit the slides at Jammo Pool, pushing small kiddies out of the way and crushing the ones who were stupid enough to cut in line on the Kamikaze, the Tiger chain building momentum aplenty with Coate, Stephenson and Poidevin(who wasn’t even playing this match) anchoring like true luge professionals. Kentwell and Horton showing the big difference between hemispheres, Josh mistaken regularly for a lifesaver while on the other hand Horts was mistaken for a bit of whitebait floundering in an estuary. After a few whippersnappers were taken to hospital it was decided to head back and get ready.
Western Districts skipper Darren Richards won the toss and elected to bat. The Tigers took to the field full of enthusiasm, young pup Luke Donahoe still had one of his floaties on from the warm up, no doubt anticipating the dam burst of wickets that was hoped for the first session. However it was Wests that made the good start and were able to survive some close calls whilst playing an expansive game. Kentwell, Kiley, Brookes and Knowles all bending their backs in a bid to get the early breakthrough but both Richards and Gnanadurai got the opening partnership past drinks and into the 90’s. Some joy was given to the Tigers when skipper Knowles in the middle of a good spell induced a pull shot from Gnanadurai to have him caught and bowled for 42. Richards after surviving a few chances from the same bowler was trapped leg before for 45 and the Tigers were back in it. Kentwell was the other bowler to claim a wicket before lunch clean bowling Farrow to leave Wests 3 for 108 at the end of the first session.
After lunch Kentwell got straight to task and castled another one to have the Tigers back on top. The Ginninderra club never seem to be too far from the bizarre and this occurrence was no exception. In celebrating his wicket Kentwell was tossed into the air like a small child by Horton (who by this amazing display had shown how well his gym program had been working out) but on return to earth landed awkwardly on Horton’s foot and rolled his ankle thus ending his bowling stint for the day, also leaving the Tiges with a player down for the session.
This brought to bowling crease Jimmy Coate who extracted plenty of turn from the Jammo wicket and picked up the valuable wickets of Hatton, Lyon and Jess. Lyon the victim to some smart work by keeper Mellor had Jess brilliantly caught at deep fine leg by Kiley, team-mates displaying all confidence in the young fast bowler by collectively now having to sell their possessions to pay for their plunge on the catch being grassed.
With Wests in trouble, Jones and the steady Wheatley went about a rescue mission. Jones quite happy taking on the bowlers and offering medium pacer Horton some advice on how best to bowl the ball, Horton in kind responding with some sexual and grooming tips to the Wests’ allrounder. The pair going on to put on over a hundred, Wheatley eventually dismissed for 39 to the bowling of Kiley. The last few wickets falling quickly to the second new ball all to Kiley to leave him with a sneaky three and Wests all out for 260. Jones was the not out batsmen for a well made and entertaining 78, while Coate bagged three and Kentwell and Knowles both two (the latter unlucky not to have more) for the Tigers.
This left Ginninderra to face 10 overs to stumps and with Mellor’s music-box pumping out the tunes of ‘Tease me’ by Chuka Demus and Pliers and some James Blunt dribble that was all the incentive openers Brookes and Stephenson needed to stay out in the middle. The fact that both remained out there till well after successfully negotiating the final overs and that Mellor had left the ground was a good plan on how to approach the run chase next week, Carmichael suggesting the Tigers keeper bring in more hearty selections like Britany Spears’ last album, Pussycat Dolls and … say no more
Sports Editor, Brindabella Bugle
Wests 253, GCC 12/0
James Coate 3/35 of 19
Hello again Tiger faithfull. Sunday saw the offspring of the tigres of old do battle with the youth of Canberra cricket the ACT under 17′s.
The day started off great with good weather and a flat track although there was some unusual green stuff never before seen on the turf at the KCG. The lads without the use of the change rooms went bush cricket and set up camp on the edge of the oval, before getting stuck into their warm-ups. A nice brisk jog and strech before a game of feilding soccer that turned into a disaster with only half of the lads knowing what was going on. At this time stand in skipper Jame ‘Bats like a chump’ Coast headed off for the toss. Feeling rather confident he called heads and as usaul for a tigers skipper the coin came up tails, the lads were having a field. The bowlers set off for a trundle to get loose and the rest got into some catching a horendous throughing efforts, luckily Col Clunes father of Tim ‘ George ‘ Clunes was there to pick up the scraps. After everyone was changed the lads were ready to go and set off on their journey. Dean ‘loves to stare’ Ohlmus was thrown the new ball and told to pick an end, over joyed with excitement he passed up the oppertunity and gave Nick ‘Porridge’ Burridge the wind for the first spell. Both lads bowled well before ‘Loves to Stare’ let rip a wicked boucer that had the poor young lad waving his bat in fear only to get a faint edge and be sent on his way after a solid catch from Ben ‘I’m awake’ Bosworth. A few more overs passed before the next breakthrough after ‘I’m awake’ took a sharp diving catch down the leg side to remove the next young lad.
After both lads combined for a solid opening bowling partnership it was time for a change as Dean could hardly stand up and Porridge felt he needed a break. On came one of the local criminals Dom ‘did you see my six’ Bunyan and Cameron ‘Smiles alot’ Betts. Dom bowled good channels without much luck whilst ‘smiles alot’ picked up once again caught by Bosworth. This brought about drinks with the visitors at 3 for not many. A couple of overs passed after drinks with ‘did you see my six’ and ‘smiles alot’ bowling well. ‘Bats like a chump’ senseing something had to be done throwing Leigh ‘I felt like a BBQ’ Sherman the ball for instant sucess. First ball WICKET! caught Bunyan at short cover. ‘Bats like a chump’feeling pretty good about himself now. A few more overs passed before Sherman found another break through sending one young lad packing after ripping a deadly fast ball straight through to slam into middle only to have the bail barely fall off in what was a pretty funny site. After a few boring overs it was time of a change.
‘Bats like a chump’ soon became ‘Bowls like a chump’ as he took the ball for ‘smiles alot’ saving him for the later stages of the day. A few looseners came through followed but a rip-snorter for no event. Next ball: rank half tracker that was pulled straight down the throut of ‘loves to stare’ for a pretty solid catch in the end. A few more overs passed and Sherman being the young pup that he is was forced to come off after a very solid spell due to age restrictions. Bring on Matt ‘I dont like BBQ’s’ Purcell to get into the swing of things. Nothing much happened for a few overs before one silly little boy tried to moose the skip only to be decieved by a wrong-un. (or so he tells us).Poor little Matty bowled well for no result before being dragged in what looked to be a case of not letting youth out shine him by ‘bats, bowls and fields like a chiump’. On came the quicks Ohlmus and Burridge to finish the day. Some good tight bowling and solid fielding efforts from the lads in particular ‘I dont like BBQ’s’ in going for a runout from square leg he through the ball completely sideways a just about take out ‘did you see my six’ at midwicket. ‘Loves to stare’ let go a rapid bouncer to pim the top scorer for the 17′s in the ribs and leave one rather discusting bruise. Of course ‘Loves to Stare’ went down for a look, only to be heard whispering in the batsmans ear ” get up you weak prick or ill do it again”. After a few tears and a bit of time we were ready to go all over again. Dean in a true fast bowlers effort dug the next ball in only to hit once bounce over the fence. Shaking it off he let got the next delivery once again short test the young lad, and again the ball sent sailing once bounce into Humpy’s fence, 6 runs. Dean with a look of anger in his eye set off for the next ball, but like a young and wreckless fast bowler dug it in again. Same result sighed the skipper have to venture off over Humpy’s fence to retrieve the second six of the over.
It needed a change, on came Betts to slow things up and that he did the lads eventually bowling out the 17′s for 178. Sherman finished with 3, Porridge with onr, Betts two, ‘loves to stare’ and ‘Bats, Bowls, Fields, and captains like a chump’ with two. A few highlights were Bunyan in an effort to lift team morale and enjoyment, head-butted a whistleing ball throwing in by Keiran ‘whys he called Raptor’ Ferns. Then in an effort for a catch Michael ‘Keeps better than Bosworth’ Coate, not wanting his fellow criminal Dom to be to only one to headbutt the ball dove face first into the ground to trap the ball between his face and the turf that is the KCG.
A solid lunch break was on hand and big thanks go out to all the parents that helped ‘bats,bowl,fields,captains and looks like a chump’ to prepare a good hardy meal for all the lads involved.
As the boys got prepared to start thier batting innings one plan was agreed on by all, be the first tigers team to bat out the fifty. Oh and win for that matter . The opening partner ship of ‘George’ and ‘Keeps better than Bosworth’ set off to get the innings started. Both were looking very solid when in what looked to be an outburst of his younger brothers talent ‘keeps better than Bosworth’ lifted the gun quick of the junior program over gully in an amazing lofted cut shot that has not been seen before by this old reporter eyes (had to mention it). Not long after this ‘Keeps better than Bosworth’ was on his way after a sharp catch in the gully. Out strode the older and wiser of the two Jame to plant his dominance on the kiddies. A few over passed and nothing much to report, other than a smashing shot down the leg side from ‘George’ to only be caught then given NOT OUT in a strange twist of luck for the tigers. ‘ George unable to capitalise on his good fortune was sent packing after poping one up to short mid-wicket. Out came the inform first grade Luke ‘Michaelangelo’s David’ Donohoe, to make a start to his day. At this point the skipper decieded that it was time to make a start as he began blasting the ball to all parts of the ground. It was shortly later that ‘Michaelangelo’s David’ got his name as he posed in front of middle as the ball wrapped him on the pads and the umpire in a real Barry Thomas mode fired as quick as possible, but unlike Barry this was a plum as you would like. Next in line was ‘Did you see my six’ and he looked confident as he defended the next couple of balls to see off the over.
Jame was looking great and middleing everything before his bad luck continued as a ball shot through and jagged back like it can only do on the KCG, Jame Coast dismissed for a well made 9. This brought ‘whys he called raptor’ to the crease and together with ‘did you see my six’ saw the lads through to drinks. These two caressed the ball about the field for a while until Ferns was dismissed whilst I took up a spot in the stands near Charles and we dosed off together. In a suprise move Ben ‘Im awake’ Bosworth strode to the crease, he began smashing the ball to each corner of the square. Then in an even bigger suprise move he moose one over the infield and all the way to boundary. Feeling his feat was done we made his way back being dismissed in unknown ways for the first time this season. Go forth you Matt ‘ I dont like BBQ’s’ Purcell. Looking confident and ant like from a distance he got himself set for another tail wagging innings. It was at this point that Dom began to slog everything in sight includeding on huge six that would have made those that saw the feat of Dags’ Lightpole incedent proud. Onwards it saided into the once familiar territory of the West Belconnen Leagues club now a decelet wasteland inhabited by the strange folk of the ugly warrior tribe. Trying to emulate this feat a second time Dom was caught a long on but for the rest of the day could only be heard muttering the words “did you see my six”.
This brought Cammy ‘smiles alot’ Betts to the crease and he didnt do too much to trouble the scorers only ammasing about 5 to team total. This meant the young sloggeranaire ‘Porridge’ was on his way. And in his own unique style got things under way by mooseing a few balls around the park. It was here that another suprise came in the form of the ant like Matt Purcell smashing a ball over square leg to the long boundary in what was roumered to be his first boundary ever! Soon after this amazing feat Nick Burridge was on his way back to hill for a well made double digit score. After some agument it was time for ‘I felt like a BBQ’ to make his way to the crease and in a daring move, frouned apon by the skipper but loved by many Leigh Pranced down the wicket a launched a ball miles into the air for a graceful two runs. A few shots followed but in an effort to get on strike for the last ball of the day ‘I felt like a BBQ’ took off for a single leaving ‘ I dont like BBQ’s’ to be thrown over the fire and cooked to finish the day. This meant the tiges fell just short of the target of 50, having only managed 49.5.
In a post match interview Jame ‘Chump’ Coast was overall pleased with the day and despite the result, happy with the positives that came out of it. As he quotes “Despite the result, I happy with the day and there were quiet a few positives to come out of it.”
Until next time, keep living the dream tiger fans.
Viva le Tige
Jose Buentes Sports guy Bridabella Bugle
ACT U17 178/10, GCC Colts 121/10
Dom Bunyan 37, Nick Burridge 23, Leigh Sherman 3/22
GCC Colts lost by 57 runs
Round four of the ACTCA 2-day competition brought us to Manuka Oval, where Queanbeyan and Ginninderra faced off. Not the best start, the players and media locked out of the ground with traffic snaking it’s way back to State Circle, Tiger’s leggie James Coate took it upon himself to throw some pine-cones on the Curator’s cottage which had the desired effect of waking the gatekeeper from his slumber and getting all and sundry into the ground. The players took time out to breathe in the history of this famous oval and gaze upon the stars of yesteryear up in the change rooms, like Graham ‘Grassy’ Grannel, Norman ‘One Nut’ Watkins and Sri-Lankan import Sumjerk Ramacar.
The oval was in tip top condition while the wicket had a little more grass on it that’d had been seen at the PM’s XI match ( where the Poms got a taste of things to come). The Tigers warmed up with a game of soccer this time and displayed a standard not too far removed from Belwest U-14’s Div 3 (hope the lads don’t expect to see scouts from Man U or the A League NZ Knights marching in to the ground with ill conceived enthusiasm for next weeks warm up).
Queanbeyan Captain Mark Higgs won the toss and elected to send the Tigers in. The Bluebags couldn’t have envisaged the ball moving as much as it did with opening bowlers Heading and Southwell having the Ginninderra top order in all sorts of trouble. Heading taking the first three wickets for just one run on the board; Coate caught behind, Paul Horton a little unlucky to be adjudged lbw while Skipper Brett Knowles copped a beauty that nipped back 3 feet to hit off stump. Daniel Poidevin came in and looked to be positive but got another beauty this time from Southwell that pitched on leg and clipped the top of off for 11.
Stephenson and Kentwell took it past drinks but with the score on 34 Stephenson was the 5th wicket to fall snicking one to first slip off ‘turncoat’ Chilko for 15. Tigers keeper Greg ‘Bender’ Meller and Kentwell looked to take it lunch but were unfortunately dismissed by Chilko for 8 and 16 respectively.
The Tiges lost Brookes after lunch to Heading leaving young debutant Luke ‘Sir Greg’ Donahoe and Cameron ‘Smiley’ Betts to put on about 30 odd runs to take the score to 80, Donahoe with fighting 22 and Betts for 14 being the final two wickets to fall leaving Andrew ‘Raptor’ Kiley as the not out batsman (another 50 nipped in the bud) and the total on 86. Heading finishing with 5/21.
The Tigers best chance was for early wickets with the new rock on a deck that had improved throughout the day. Kiley obviously fired up at his lack of time in the middle with the bat had the ball hooping around and managed to trap Queanbeyan opener Collier in front, the only problem being, he used his 4 and 1’4 blade on the ball and not the one that was in his hands. Coate in close offered to count them and when the total came to two the innings continued but for Collier he was skittled a couple of nuts later giving the Tigers the breakthrough they needed.
Enter Mark Higgs, this is where the game tended to change a bit. Heading started to open up his game and they both took the score to 60 at tea. After the break Queanbeyan upped the ante despite some troubles with Kiley who claimed Heading caught behind for 40. Higgs and the new batsman Colbourne then put on a massive partnership with Higgs smashing the bowling to all parts, his second fifty coming it seemed off about 10 balls. Even writing this report from the Bradman stand, I managed to take a few catches. The Bluebags skipper continued the onslaught after posting his hundred, the Tigers trying all manner of things to remove him; name calling, hiring a sniper in the Hawke stand, even bowling down a rubix cube which was nonchalantly despatched onto the Jack Fingleton scoreboard then bouncing back into the field of play with all the colours matching. That feat in itself receiving warm ripples of applause from around the ground including some left over spectators from the PM’s XI match who were still hooking into their cans of Tooheys Red. Not bad considering I could only do the cube by peeling off the colours and sticking them on correctly!( the rubix ‘link the rings’ was better. Ed)
Higgs was eventually dismissed for 132 off the bowling of Stephenson when the ball rolled off the top of the Bradman stand and the ever aware Jimmy Coate ran around and took the catch one hand leaning over the rope which is out, apparently, an old rule going back to a time where ducks and badgers were made to wear pants and nothing was what it seemed.
Queanbeyan maintained it’s free scoring despite losing wickets to the spin of brothers Coate and Stephenson to declare with 7/270, Colbourne not out 60 odd, leaving the Tigers to face four overs. Unfortunately Ginninderra lost the wicket of Coate off the bowling of Heading to have the Tiges at 1/10 in their second innings at stumps on day one still trailing by a few. Ginninderra having to bat all day next week to avoid an outright defeat.
Still a pretty entertaining day, Higgs, Heading and Colbourne leading the way for Queanbeyan while there were some good efforts from Donahoe and Kiley for the Tigers. Looking forward to next week at the home of A.C.T. cricket, if we can get in.
Sports Editor Brindabella Bugle
GCC 85, QBN 270/7 dec
Garry Stephenson 4/46
GCC lost 1st innings
Its obvious that the tiges worked hard in the preseason with Slow down champion Jame ‘Gold’ Coast outrunning Josh ‘Purple Pills’ Kentwell to score the opening try of the day. Followed shortly be a devistating run from Martin ‘Special Fried’ Rice to finish off what was a solid game of tigers touch. Paul Horton also proving once again that poms cannot play touch footy to save themselves. A brisk stretch and they were into the cricket side of things, nothing could have been missed by the tiges and they were all set for what looked to be a positive day of cricket.
They game started well with Garry ‘the house cat’ Stephenson and Greg ‘Bindey’ Meller making good use of there time in the middle before Garry slashed outside off only to get the faintest of knicks to be dismissed for a well made 42. Out strode Bubbles looking as confident as ever before being trapped dead in front for golden duck to end the tigers innings. Greg Meller feeling very much like Andy Kiley would after being robbed of a fifty came off swearing to bleed anyone that leaves him stranded again. Good to see some aggresion in young Meller who was feared to be becomeing quiet the paunce.
In the field the tiges looked on song with Bubbles bowling five solid overs to start the day and making some dudes look like chumps in the meantime. Then the horrors started, Special fried going down in his sixth over with a major tear to his ACL as his season now looks in doubt. This brought about the change of Knowles from the southern end and Kentwell swung up the northern end for a few overs without much luck. Both Josh and Brett bowled well through out the day. Balls were heading to the boundry in rapid succession that would have barely crossed the one-day circle the week earlier that was until Jame Coast came on to replace the skipper BK. Balls were now flying over the boundary repeatedly and the run rate was soring. On come Garry Stephenson, Garry showed the young pups and his younger brother that bowling, like batting can be a slow and boring process as he went on to take the scalp of one Adam Rynehart through a long series of slow and painfully ‘bag’ like overs.
This brought about the lunch break. A few harsh but fair words were exchanged during the break leaving a few of the lads to ponder their games. The tiges came out firery as ever after the break and soon had Wade Irvine caught after some smart bowling from Daniel Poidevin. This was unfortunatly the last joy the lads had for the day with a chance going down which lead to a bowling change from the southern end. Bring on the import Horts. After a few good overs Horts called for the helmet with an evil smile on his face, Jame stepped up to plate and was soon leaving brown stains on the pitch as Horts decided to bowl a few fullies out side off stump which resulted in Jame being hit and breaking 4 bones in his hand and then leaping gracefully like a ballarina before calming down and getting back in there. In a post game interview Jame was heard to have said
“At least I didnt cry on camera” well, at least we all know thats a lie. There were a few bright moments through-out the day with young tige Deal Ohlmus feilding well for the injured Rice as well as Greg Meller actually taking a few balls down the leg-side. The tea break was skipped in an effort to finish off the game quickly and that it did the creek passing the tiges total two down shortly after the schedualed break.
Can the tiges bounch back and get their season off to a start, tune in next week for the next edition.
Until next time
Standing in for Matt Black, Jose Buentes Brindabella Bugle
GCC 238, WC 240/2
Garry Stephenson 42, Greg Meller 32* GCC lost by 8 wickets
For this round the Weston Creek Pedigree were playing host to the Ginninderra Tigers at Stirling Oval. Thousands of young cricketers gathered to welcome the players from both teams as they entered the ground, their little Kanga cricket bats being warmly signed by their heroes, young Daniel Poidevin proving to be the most popular Tiger, even after cussing a few of their parents for being too pushy. The Weston Creek lads dealing with this kind of popularity all the time had pre-ready autographed cards to hand out to the little ankle-biters, something that comes with the fuel cards they receive too.
The start to the game was delayed due to that rare occurrence called rane (it’s been that long, you can’t even spell it properly. Ed.). This didn’t stop the Tigers from putting in a solid two hour warm-up, displaying all manor of athletic ability and prowess, while the Creek played touch footy. Due to the start of both teams once play got under away, Tiger captain Brett Knowles was heard to mutter that touch might indeed be the warm-up next week and all cricket related exercises be dispensed with immediately!
The Tigers innings in trouble losing early wickets to the swing of Riverina product Davies and his opening bowling partner in crime with Coate ,Clunes and Knowles falling early leaving Paul Horton and Anthony Diggnan to try and steady the ship with a 30 run partnership. Hanna came on from the shed end and zipped one back to bowl Horton for 19, Horto obviously using a new bat thought it might break on that particular ball and decided to get it out of harms way, something his new flat-mate has given him some handy tips on.
Jason Brown strode to the crease and worked hard to reign in his free-stroking urges to help dig the Tigers out of trouble. Diggnan looking solid (with a fine zack to his name) was then caught in the cordon for 18, leaving the Tigers in a spot of bother at 5 for 50. Poidevin came in and got off the mark with a lovely on drive but was shortly snapped up to a diving catch in the slips off the bowling of Hanna (one of Poidevin’s younger fans leaving the Striling oval in tears), Creek right on top at this stage having Ginninderra 6/54.
Inform Batsman Josh Kentwell came in and under pressure put together a hard fought and well-paced partnership with Brown, the pair putting on 80 and helping the Tigers get back into the game. Brown falling a little after tea for a well made 49. Garry Stephenson then combined with Kentwell to put on another 50, which included Kentwell posting his own half century. Further on Creek took the second new ball and after a few overs got the break through, Davies picking up the wicket of Kentwell, LBW for 69…dude!
Keeper Greg Mellor took up where Kentwell left off with some enterprising batting to break Creek from the coma that the snail-like Stephenson had left them in, the pair adding 40 odd to take the Tigers to an improbable stumps score of 8/220, Weston Creek quick, Davies finishing with 4 wickets.
I’d imagine the Tigers will look to press on next week to post a bigger total for the Creek line-up to chase, especially with the big hitting Rice still to follow (some of the staff at the Brindabella Bugle claiming that Rice, indeed looks like Glasshouse comedian Will Anderson.). Food for thought.
Sports Editor, Brindabella Bugle
Josh Kentwell 69, Jason Brown 49, Garry Stephenson 37*
Lacklustre effort sees Tigers soundly beaten
Straight after the game against the ANU the Tigers jumped on a bus to head to Albury to play a Konica cup one day match against the ‘border straddlers’. The Tigers welcomed the young pups of Luke Donohue, Ben Bosworth and Keiren Fearns to the side for the trip, an opportunity for them to show off the talent the club knows that they have. After a delayed start the tigers lost the toss and were asked to bowl. JK and Knowles opened the bowling, but to be honest it wouldn’t of mattered who it was as Albury opener Darren Peterson went beserk hitting anything straighter then a foot outside off stump for 6 over mid wicket and anything wide for 4 through covers or over mid off, the Tigers took their first wicket in the 10th over, with the home side on 92 (!!) and the opener dismissed on only 15. Peterson continued on his merry way belting a ‘solid’ 131 off 99 balls.
After Albury were 2-184 (off 25 overs) the tigers staged a comeback through some great spin bowling from James Coate (3-50) and Garry Stephenson (1-50) to put the brakes on the Albury charge and take 4 vital wickets to have Albury 6-202 in the 28th over. The Albury batsmen just kept going though and made good use of the small boundaries and despite some good ‘death’ bowling from Poido (1-38), Brookes (2-45) and Knowles (2-60) to close the innings the home side finished on 341 all out (on the last ball of the innings).
The tigers came out to start the chase with the plan to steadily chip away at the Albury total and to use all of the allotted 50 overs, unfortunately our batting did not really match up with what we planned to do. The tigers didn’t just fall in a hole they dived head first and the combination of some poor batting and good bowling saw the side at 7/46 in the 15th over.
Eventually the tigers were dismissed for 104 thanks to some fine hitting from Greg Meller (37), (including one that got an unfortunate car that was driving past the oval) with Poido and Stepho being the only other batsmen to reach double figures. After the game the Tiges were all embarrassed with the performance and are well aware that a BIG improvement is needed in our approach to batting to ensure we are much more competitive in future Konica games. On the positive front, Kieren,
Luke and Ben all performed well in the field with Ben showing his keeping skills in tough conditions, I am sure that we will all see them play plenty of Konica and First grade games in the future. Greggy hitting the ball like he did when he first joined the Tiges was also good to see. AK again was robbed of a 50 finishing on 2 not out. There were also some ‘lighter’ sides to the trip but I will let the ‘touring tiger’ tell you all about those