Kieran Ferns Archive
Another glorious spring day was upon us. Jimmy Muller and his third grade team had ventured out to Phillip to play Weston Creek. After one of the most intense warm ups in Ginninderra Cricket Clubs history, it was clear to our fearless leader that the team had turned up to play. Jimmy full of confidence, went out for the coin toss and with one swift flick the mighty tigers had been sent into bat.
The Tigers got off to a flying start with Darryl “Grover” Rosco and Kieran “Fernmister” Ferns putting on an opening partnership of over 100. Grover was the first to go trying to play a lofting cut over point. The Veteran made a respectable score of 46. Kieran was the next to go trying to pull a yorker. The talented young man hit his first half-century for the club with 51. With a bating line up that never ended the tiggers were in good stead to post a massive score. Contributions came from every batter to come with the skip hitting over 30, Hansel smashing 28 and Dom “widesy” Bunyan taking his time to hit a well earned 20. For the first time this season the Third side had batted out the 50 over’s finishing up with 263 a dominating score.
After a fantastic lunch supplied by Grover the Tigers were ready to have a chuck. Jimmy handed the new rock to the always faithful Rob McPherson. It was clear early that Rob had brought the heat shaking up the opening pair with a flurry of vicious deliveries. Dom “widesy” Bunyan opened at the other end. It was not long before the Widsy took the first wicket with a rip snorter of a delivery taking off stump. The mighty tigers had them three down before drinks. After some very enjoyable refreshments we where ready to go again. Enter Rowan Carle, the big man was intimidating from ball one with a short delivery putting the batsman in all sorts. It was not long before the big man had taken a wicket and as they say one brought two and two brought three. Rowan finished up with an impressive 3/40 off 10. On came the best leggie in the club Dan Eade. After a less then brilliant first over Eade started hitting his lines and finished up with 3/40 off 10. The Tigers ended up bowing the Western Creek alumni out for 188 a 75 run victory. All and all it was great victory to the club and a fantastic first win to our sensational rookie captain Jimmy.
GCC 263/6, WC 189
Kieren Ferns 51, Darryl Roscoe 46, Rohan Carle 3/40 off 10, Daniel Eade 3/40 off 10
GCC won by 75 runs
The anticipated 38 degree heat was surprisingly only one of the extremities the Tigers had to face as they took to the field against the informed Tuggeranong, currently at the top of the table. Captain Nick McClintock, consistent as always, didn’t let us down and lost the toss (again!). The Tigers were forced to get their kit on and spend some time out in the field.
The air smelt like bacon as our human skin was acclimatizing to the rising temperatures on the ground. The Tigers were keen for a good start and were hoping the several cracks in the pitch and the strong winds could help favor our chances for early wickets.
Showing faith in his bowling attack McClintock took the new pill running down with the wind. The Tigers got an early wicket with Nick’s hooping 2nd ball delivery bamboozling the opener as he missed the ball completely. Michael Cainero opened up from the other end and found it tough early on. It became apparent that his impression of the running man was mistaken for his inability to run against the wind.
A couple of early wickets and the Tigers were looking good. Craig Hocking took a near-castration catch with his hands no where to be seen. The opposition got back on top with former Comets player and some hard hitting Pommie bloke both knocking up a quick 50 odd.
A bit of Marvin Gaye sexual healing was in need from the visitors and Muller did not disappoint. Muller retrofitting the pudding hatch with a sharp heroic 2 fingered slips catch. The catch did not go unnoticed by Justin Benn who provided some interesting wisdom in the versatility of an extra finger.
Wickets started to fall and the Tigers were starting to get back on top. Darryl ‘The Cougar’ Roscoe over committed commando roles was on show. Some say this unexpected commitment may have been caused by an allergic reaction from chemicals used to clean his toxicant cricket clothes from last week. Nevertheless, ‘The Cougar’ lives on.
Trevor Ryan blew his horn with some consistent bowling which resulted in a string of wickets. Having trouble catching a ball all day, ‘The Cougar’ took on the challenge to keep to the stumps to Trevor bowling taking many balls to the gut. One of the most remarkable outs you would ever see would be off Trevor’s bowling. Trevor bowled a beauty which collected the inside edge of the bat, then would smash off ‘The Cougar’ knee (gloves nowhere in site) defecting into the 2nd slip region where a great was made. Despite Darryl ‘The Cougar’ Roscoe rolling around like a wounded pig, the Tigers were celebrating the wicket which put the Tigers on top.
Despite two batman making around 115 runs between them, the tigers were able to take the remaining 8 wickets for about 40 runs. Great effort by all!
The Tigers batting was consistently solid with most players making a good start. Sean McCaughan and Craig Hocking opened the Tigers attack. Sean got out for a couple but Craig and James Mueller continued to pile up the runs. Craig’s aggressive batting style had his teammate, Mueller, in all sorts as he smashed the ball right on Muellers left hand. Muller was force to retire coming off the ground with his hand swelling up into Watermelon size proportions.
Justin Benn played conservative cricket looking for the singles at any opportunity. Craig’s Kerry Saxby-Junna running style robbed him of his 50 falling short by 5 runs (45).
Justin got out just soon after with Darryl ‘The Cougar’ Roscoe making some quick runs. The Tigers where soon down to 5 wickets when Matt ‘Rocky Balboa’ Purcell jabbed a short pitched delivery to second slip. Michael Wojtaszak and Kieren Ferns steadied the ship with only 8 runs for victory with 5 wickets in hand.
TVCC 145, GCC 138/5
Nick McClintock 6/57, Trevor Ryan 4/41, Craig Hocking 45, James Mueller 35*
The Tiges second grade made there way to the ANU to take on the students. Just as the farmers needed rain…second grade needed some competition points…and thankfully the early threat of relief for the farmers never eventuated, allowing relief for the Tiges instead.
Skipper Humphries lost the toss and ANU sent in a Tigers batting outfit that was looking much stronger than the week before…with Justice dropping from 7 to the ‘professional scorers’ position of 12!!!
Once again Woj’s love for his camera took preference over his love for scoring runs, but his early dismissal meant the Poo strode to the crease in the first over. He then started smacking the students all over the park, with one square cut requiring special mention.
Ash played a nice cameo…including a sweetly timed six onto the hill…and when ‘Salt Lick’ joined the Poo, the scoreboard was ticking over at a rapid rate. Salt Lick’s running between wickets is always a pleasure to watch, and batting with Poo…who even got out of second gear on a few occasions… they turned dot balls into twos and singles into three!!! Unfortunately their keeness for the run that wasn’t really there meant that Poo was eventually run out for a well made 66. He was relieved to discover that he had actually passed the fifty mark, after his teammates had decided against clapping the minor milestone…from all reports it was Woj’s idea!!!
After mistaking Poo for a sausage and BBQing his team mate, the pressure was on Salt Lick to come through with the goods himself…and he too made his way to fifty.
After the great partnership between the two half-century makers, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the Tiges, and eventually the team were all out with a couple of overs to spare for a respectable 210.
Down a bowler or two from previous weeks the Tigers knew it’d be a closely fought battle, and that the fielding effort would have to be top-notch. Well…let me say one thing about this team…in all the years that I’ve been reporting on this great game, this would have to be the finest fielding outfit I’ve laid my eyes on. Due to illness last weekend I was unable to report on the fielding effort in Queenbeyan, with run-outs popping up all over the place…and that high standard in the field continued here. Salt Lick started things off with a great ‘diving’ catch in at shortish cover…although the dive was more for show that out of necessity. Fernsey saw how Nick had gone about it…and decided that a dive was needed for his great effort in the gully shortly after too…although his teammates were again unsure about how necessary the dive really was. Justice then destroyed some dudes stumps, with Bosy (of the bowling kind) letting the guy know his services were no longer required on the field. Burridge and Jusitce had decent opening spells, but as they had a breather Bunyan (who’s still talking about ‘that’ six) came into the attack and made the batsmen look like chumps…repeatedly going past the outside edge. The Skipper and Bosy (again of the bowling kind) both bowled well, and Ash was at his devastating best, claiming 3/38, although it could have been better for him if not for Bosy (of the keeping kind) making what would have to be his first mistake ever behind the stumps…Ash showed him how it was done taking a great caught and bowled…and the young keeper must have taken that on board, because a few overs later he had some other dude stumped off the Skippers bowling.
As the game was getting down to the last few overs Dom came back into the attack, although a hamstring stain cut short his over allowing Woj to come into the attack for his first bowl in second grade in years…it was a great ball mate!!!
As the game got tense it was again the fielding of this team that turned the game their way and eventually got them the victory. Firstly Burridge uprooted a stump from square leg to run out some guy…then Salt Lick, after having earlier complained about an injury (he dead-set goes down easier than Ruud Van Nistelrooy this guy)…got airborne…and had some serious hang time…to pull down a candidate for catch of the season (the dive was necessary this time!!!)…and Poo again got drawn out of second gear to firstly keep a two to a single, and then to run out the last wicket, with only six runs required for victory. Special mention for the way Burridge had bowled the last over…with the game in the balance the students should have been able to get closer but his bowling forced them into going for a run that wasn’t there.
Despite a few extra’s that really shouldn’t be happening, it was a good bowling effort by everyone…a great batting effort by the middle order…and a brilliant fielding effort by the whole team!!!
More performances like this should see the second grade lads creeping into the finals…where anything is possible!!!
GCC 210, ANU 205
Ryan Carmichael 66, Nick Owen 50
Ashley Brettell 3/38, John Prior 3/35
GCC won by 5 runs
Arctic conditions greeted the Tigers at O’Connor oval for day one of the two day match against ANU. Stand in skipper Nick Mclintock continued the fine tradition set by his predecessor and called the toss incorrectly. The student’s skipper chose to bat first on a reasonably flat wicket. Deano (1/6) and the Shermanator (1/25) were given the new ball duties with both bowlers bowling tidy lines which enabled Deano to pick up a sharp caught and bowled to have ANU 1/6. A second wicket partnership of 62 had the students in a strong position before a run out got the Tigers back into the game. Tight bowling from both ends resulted in ANU losing a steady stream of wickets and were eventually bowled out for 145. The pick of the bowlers was Dom Bunyan with 2/11 off 8 overs. Other Bowling highlights included a tidy 2/12 from the oldest man in grade cricket Nick McClintock, an unlucky 0/30 from Matt “Say no to drugs” Bosustow and a very promising 1/33 from young leggie Matt Purcell. Also a special mention to Phil Blake who made a guest appearance in 3rd grade. The former king of the chip and chase bowled 6 overs of medium pace before leaving at the tea break and never being heard of again. Blakey was believed to be headed South in a taxi.
This left the Tigers with approximately 5 overs to bat to end day 1. Dom and Coater were the two men assigned with seeing off the ANU bowlers which they were able to do. The two openers managed to not run each other out and add 14 runs as well.
Day two began the same way day one finished with Dom and Coater attempting to run each other out at every opportunity. This entertainment continued until they took the score past 50 and Dom got an unplayable ball that swung both ways, seamed off the deck and cleaned up middle. Personally I thought he just missed it. At the sight of his good mate Dom leaving the crease, Coater decided it was time to play a bit of French cricket and chipped one back to the bowler to be out for 22. Next up was Tick Tock. With the skipper out of action and his nemesis Grover taking the soft option in 5th grade it was an excellent opportunity to take the lead in the bet. Nick strode to the crease like a man on a mission……….and quickly strode his way back for a well made 3. Ice was next up and it wasn’t long before he began peppering the car park with hook shots on his way to a well made 50. Ice was ably supported by Kieran who made a neat 14 in a partnership of 30. Ferris 13no and stand stand in captain the Bison 3no knocked off the remaining 15 runs for a solid Tiger victory.