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29th January 2011 – 3rd Grade v Weston Creek


Turning up on what would become the day of Dave, the Tigers knew a win would take them into the semis. Having given Weston Creek a touch up in the two-dayer the boys were confident of keeping Weston Creek at the bottom of the ladder.

After Dave ‘won’ the toss, Matt B and Phil opened the batting. The openers soon realised they were in for a battle, as the Weston Creek openers brought the heat. Having been dropped from 2nd grade, the Weston Creek opening bowler knocked over both openers and Carl at number 3.

It was then up to Dave and Lachie to get the innings back on track. Having seen off the strong opening spells, the partnership flourished due to the lack of depth in the Creek attack.

Grover joined Dave at the crease when Lachie fell trying to lift the run rate. At 4/90 with just over 20 overs to go, the Tigers had recovered from a poor start. The experienced heads built the total smartly. As the Tigers were on track to a nice total, Dave and Grover fell in quick succession. Dave finally breaking through for a half century after a run of scores between 30 and 50.

It was left to the lower order to drag the toal over the 200 mark. Getting through the 50 overs the Tigers set Weston Creek a total of 205 to win.

A lack of consistence with the ball has plagued the team in recent games, giving up over 50 wides in the previous two games. The inconsistency again found its way into the bowling. While the bowlers were not at their best, they were good enough to take wickets at regular intervals.

As Weston Creek were starting to settle into their innings, Dave brought himself on to tie down an end, not only keeping the runs down, he picked up two vital wickets, to put the Tigers right on top.

As the run rate required steadily rose to a run-a-ball, Phil Cox was able to take two wickets to all but seal the win. Shae then came on to bowl at the death and picked up two wickets for himself.

While the result was clinical, the preformance, still hasn’t reached the standard set by the boys earlier in the season. Heading into the finals the Tigers will be keen to put in a strong team effort, with everyone contributing.

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22nd January 2011 – 3rd Grade vs Tuggeranong

Dave looks around as he thinks to take a dump

For the first time this season the boys would finally be able to compete in a full 50 over, one-day match. Tuggeranong won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a flat deck.

The tigers started strongly with a good opening spell from Rohan Carle grabbing two early scalps, he was assisted with strong aggresion from the other end by  Lucas Kiel.

Haivng bowled his 10 overs in one spell, Rohan got the team off to a good start. Adam O’Connor replaced Lucas and was soon in the wicket column as Ish took a ‘confident’ catch to remove another Tuggeranong batsman.

However, the hot day began to take its toll, as a few errors slipped into the preformance of the tigers. Wides and fielding errors eased the pressure on Tuggeranong. Chris Schimizzi in only his 3rd appearance for 3rd grade, claimed the teams best figures for the season, with a well deserved haul of 6 wickets. Schimizzi was aided by a few strong catches, and amazing shining of the ball.

Tuggeranong were only able to reach 171, a total the Tigers were confident in chasing down. After a poor preformance with the bat last match a new look opening pair of Ish and Grover began the run chase.

 Ish departed and was soon followed by Shae and Grover, both falling due to lack of execution. Dave Wilcox came in and soon faced the demons that were emerging on the Kippax pitch. After facing a ball which flew past his ears, from a good length, then followed by one on a similar length that shot along the ground, Dave threw caution out the window and smashed the bowler over the off side for six, easily one of the shots of the day.

Co-captains Dave and Lachie toiled away and brought the Tigers into a position of strength. But a constant flow of wickets kpet Tuggers interested.

JC and Lachie were able to bring the required runs to 7 as Lachie fell victim to the pitch dismissed for 42. With only two wickets remaining Tuggers mounted pressure, which JC fell to throwing his wicket away trying to take a quick single.

Leaving Adam O’Connor and Liam Holmes to hot the remaining 5 runs. When Adam edged one through the slips a certain 3 runs was on offer, three runs would have drawn the scores level, yet somehow the batsman managed to get in each others away, only getting two runs. Thankfully this did not cost the Tigers the match getting home by one win.

Another good win for the boys, but still much improvement required. Ill discipline with bat and bowl continuning to plague the team. On a more positive note, a terrific preformance from youngster Chris Schimizzi and a return to runs for Lachie McLennan.

I hope this report satisfies Dave, for a little while at least.

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18th December 2010 – 3rd Grade vs ANU

Woj cutting balls in his sleep

Lochie gets an unlucky bounce

Bubba murdering the white ball

Liam hits the winning runs with a 4

After missing the first two weeks of the One-Dayers, it looked like we would finally get stuck into our first One-Dayer of the season. Due to early morning rain, the covers were out in the middle. However, the rain had cleared and the toss was done on time, the Tigers winning and sending ANU into bat.

Continuing the dreadful start to the season, as the boys went to remove the covers from the field, so play could begin, it began to drizzle, which soon turned into a steady fall of rain.

Due to rain getting underneath the covers play was to begin at 1:40, with the game reduced to 35 overs a side. The 1st grade game started close to on time and had only lost a few overs. The 3rd grade boys were able to watch as the 1st graders as they took 3 early wickets to have ANU in trouble.

When the match finally began Rohan Carle had one of the ANU openers wishing the rain would come back. Tidy bowling from both Rohan and Adam created a lot of pressure for the ANU batsmen. This pressure soon resulted in wickets as Patty Jackson replaced Rohan and quickly snared a couple of wickets to have ANU in trouble.

The steady flow of wickets continued as ANU crawled their way to a below par score. However, the rain forced the covers back on, and this brief pause in play was enough for ANU to take to momentum away from the Tigers and put some late runs on the board. The innings ended in the final over as Carl Wenke was rewarded for tight bowling with a few late wickets.

Chasing 139 from their 35 overs the Tigers were soon in trouble as Carl edged one that shot off the pitch, while Lachie recieved one that didn’t bounce. After two overs two wickets had fallen. Ferris came out and looked in good touch as he cut one away for four, but also fell victim to the pitch, as one jagged back into his pads, and was harshly given out LBW.

As Woj and JP began to form a partnership the scoreboard began to tick over. But on a pitch that nobody was ever safe on, both Woj and JP fell after strong resistence. As the overs were quickly passing, and Grover was dismissed the Tigers had only socred half the required runs.

Liam joined Bubba in the middle, and the two started ticking over the socreboard with singles to get their respective innings going. With a simple plan of hitting over the in-field early in the over and then pushing singles for the rest of the innings the two were scoring easily faster than a run-a-ball.

Needing 10 off the final three overs, Bubba was finally dismissed for a potentially match-saving 42. However, the game was not yet won. JC joined Liam at the crease. Liam however, was not concerned about the dismissal of Bubba and continued his innings of wonderful timing and placement. Hitting a boundary off the first ball of the second last over to win the game for the Tigers.

Delighted with maintaining their unbeaten start to the season the 3rd Grade boys, moved across to support the 1st graders, who also claimed a thrilling victory.

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18th December 2010 – 3rd Grade vs ANU – Photo Highlights

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27th November 2010 – 3rd Grade v Weston Creek

Carlos in action

No its a Panther

The King of Spin

"Tigerland" winners are grinners

On a perfect batting day, on a pitch that looked like it might offer something for the bowlers, but should favour the batsman, the Tigers lost the toss and were sent into the hot field.

Adam O’Connor took the new ball with Patty Jackson, with both bowlers taking advantage of the new ball by picking up early wickets. The opening bowling was backed up with equally impressive spells from Jak Wilcox and Lucas Kiel.

 As the bowlers executed their plans perfectly, the Weston Creek batsman played irresponsibly and were all out before the tea break for 65.

Woj and Carl set about hunting down the total before the break. With easy runs being picked up through quick singles. They had moved the total to 20 before Woj was on the wrong end of a rip-snorter and ws sent packing for 13.

After the break Ferris and Carl chased down the runs with ease, through patience and elegant stroke play, two things which were missing from the Weston Creek innings.

The Tigers passed the toal with only one wicket down. They then tunred their attention to setting up a substanial lead. Carl and Ferris both reached the thirties before being removed. Lucas Kiel and Dave Wilcox then went out there and swung the willow, the ball disappearing numerous times from both of their bats.

As Lucas was fired for 18, Lachlan McLennan joined Dave. The combination of big hits and quick running built the total to 5/174 at the end of the day.

The Tigers declared over the week and were keen to get stuck into Weston Creek. The Tigers were confident and this confidence quickly increased as the Weston Creek Captain again was sent packing early with another ill-advised stroke.

However, the Tigers were unable to get back to the quality of the 1st innings, as the Weston Creek batters dug in. Weston Creek eventually passed the Tigers 1st innings total, and with no interest in posting a toal for the Tigers to chase, the match came to a close.

The Tigers claiming another win, remaining undefeated for the season, and move to the top of the 3rd Grade ladder.

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27 November 2010 – 3rd Grade Vs Weston Creek – Photo Highlights

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13th November 2010 – 3rd Grade v Tuggeranong

Michael Wojtaszak makes another 50

Michael Wojtaszak makes another 50

Tom Ffrench in action on his way to his 50

Tom Ffrench in action on his way to his 50

1st grade looking on

1st grade looking on

John Colley at play

John Colley at play

3rd grade shake hands after win

3rd grade shake hands after win

The tigers resumed their innings at 2/14. As Carl and Grover strode out to the crease, the boys were more than confident they could chase down the Tuggeranong total of 188.

The weather was proving to be better than expected, and in no time the sun was shining, a good sign for things to come. Carl and Grover were looking good until Grover heard the death rattle and was sent packing. Carl was joined by the in form batsman Woj who was looking to add to a sizeable run tally.

The two pushed on to drinks with little hassle. As the case has been in every team I have played in, the dreaded drinks break brought about another wicket as Carl departed for a solid 31.

JP was next to the crease, as he and Woj dispatched the Tuggeranong spinners to all parts of Kippax 1 the required runs slipped well below 100. JP soon recieved a ball that pitched short of a length a shot back towards the stumps, shouldering arms JP was given out LBW; I think it will be one of the last times we see JP leave one this season.

Punter who has been enjoying some success with the ball decided to turn his form into runs. He and Woj put together a strong patnership that took the Tigers to the tea break needing 41 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Coming back from the break Woj brought up a well deserved 50, celebrated by raising the bat a few times just to make sure a good photo was taken.

With 28 runs still to get, Woj departed for 54. Punter was joined by JC, by this stage the wind was out of the Tuggeranong sails and their only hope was to distract the batsmen with some shocking sledging. Amazingly this tactics didn’t pay off and the Tigers went past the required runs with ease.

In order to see Punter through to his 50 Lachie kept the Tuggeranong fielders out there for a few extra overs; Punter brought up his 50 with the shot of the day which brought great applause from the small crowd.

Another good win for the Tigers, this win taking them into a clear 2nd place on the ladder. Hopefully this form will continue into the coming matches.

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6th November 2010 – 3rd Grade vs Tuggeranong

3rd grade in the outfield

An overcast, windy day greeted the Tigers for their 3rd round clash against Tuggeranong. Winning the toss Ginninderra decided to send in Tuggeranong to test their batting in the good conditions.

Lucas Kiel and Punter opened the bowling for the Tigers, both using the conditions to good effect, getting a lot of movement through the air. Lucas produced a jaffa to earn an early scalp.

Matt Bosustow or Grizzly Adams

I can't quite see but I swear that's Grizzly Adams

With some very ‘patient’ batting the Tuggeranong top order were able to put together a few good partnerships. Just before the tea break Tuggers were in a commanding position at 2/112, until a terrific spell of bowling from Punter grabbed two wickets in two balls, and then another on the last ball before the break to leave Tuggeranong stunned at 5/115 at the break.

The Tigers were keen to keep up their momentum and Punter picked up another wicket with his first ball after the break to be on a hat-trick for the second time in the match. Punter was well supported by tight bowling at the other end by Carl and JP. JP bowling spin instead of his lethal quickies, bowled a spell of 17 overs which included a wicket, and a brillant run-out off his own bowling.

Tuggeranong were able to put together some annoying partnerships towards the end, as tough chances were not taken. However, good bowling from JC and Matt B were able to dismiss Tuggeranong for 188.

Having to face a tricky half an hour, Lachie and Carl opened up for the Tigers. Lachie falling to a good catch, and Lucas to a tough umpiring decision left the Tigers at 2/14 at the end of the day, with Carl and Grover at the crease ready to pile on the runs next week.

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30th October 2010 – 3rd grade vs Eastlake

After rain ended the first day with Tigers taking the game by the balls, play kicked off half an hour early on day 2 of Ginninderra vs Eastlake at Deakin.

Straight away the tigers picked up exactly where they left off, taking wickets. Ben Newman and Adam O’Connor both chimed in early. Ben showed great pace that was well paired with Adam’s control over the ball.

Once again the Tigers were ferocious in the field stopping anything within reach. Carl Wenke proved exceptionally lithe in at short cover on numerous occasions. The Tigers built great pressure with accurate bowling and strong fielding.

The only resistance came in the form of some decisions not going the tigers way. Eventually tempers boiled over when John Colley enticed an Eastlake tail ender to smash the cover off the ball supplying Liam Holmes with an easy catch behind the stumps only to be told that the resounding noise we heard was from a “clicking handle” of the bat… but that’s cricket

Regardless of this set back we picked up the offending bats wicket with the next ball with a run out from Lachlan McLennan.

From there on it was a mere formality as Tom Ffrench brought the innings to a close with a nice spell picking up 1 for 2.

Having defended such a minimal target quickly put the Tigers in the box seat and keen to have a crack at an outright victory.

Once again Woj stood up in unconventional style with the bat falling just short of a second 50.  Good support was also given with Lachlan grinding out a supporting innings and John Prior blasting his way into the 20’s with little regard for the bowlers.

Our lead in the game was well in excess of 100 just after tea but unfortunately Eastlake were saved further humiliation as the heavens opened.

A strong victory to Ginninderra. We held all our catches and bowled well. We need to improve with the bat and take more pride in our wicket if we are to be any chance against Tuggeranong in the next round!

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30th October 2010 – 3rd grade vs Eastlake

Tom 'Punter' Ffrench guides one over gully

Who said you can't play this game with your eyes closed

Ginninderra needed 5 more wickets to claim 1st innings points with only 70 runs in hand at the start of day 2.  Both Adam O’Connor and Ben Newman got us started with good lines applying pressure back on the Eastlake batman.  Adam got a little more bounce hitting the glove of the Eastlake captain caught behind into the gloves of Liam Holmes.  6 down and another wicket followed with Ben knocking the pegs over through some weak defence to get the Tigers their 7th wicket.

Eastlake then put on a good partnership with a number of boundaries in quick succession.  It appeared at once stage the over aggression look to have resulted in one of the Eastlake batman pulling out his back.  He later confirmed that old age was the major factor into his back troubles.   Nevertheless, Eastlake required 36 runs with 3 wickets and looked to have swung the ascendancy back their way.   

Along came John Colley.  His left arm deliveries had great shape and resulted in a wicket in his first over.  He was very unlucky not to get another wicket to his name; however, a mix up between the batman and good fielding resulted in a run out a few balls later.  Punter finished it off with the final wicket caught in the outfield by Lachlan Mclennan.

Michael Wojtaszak looking for quick runs

Michael Wojtaszak looking for quick runs

Michael Wojtaszak (Woj) and Carl Wenke went out to face the Eastlake attack.  Woj continued his early form smashing a number of deliveries to the boundary.  Carl looked solid early on but got a bottom edge to the keeper.  Both Lachlan Mclennan and Woj put on a great partnership.  Lochie end up getting bowled for 17.  Woj later departed for 45 with the score at 3-68.  A cameo performance by Justice with 20 but another 3 more wickets fell before the heavens flooded the grounds.

GCC won 1st innings
GCC 127, Eastlake 98, GCC 6/105
Ben Newman 4/44 off 15 overs
Michael Wojtaszak 45

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