Pat Jackson Archive
A different looking (due to the returning rep players) Tigers third grade side rocked up to ANU South oval keen to get stuck into the students top order early, but their hopes were dampened by an unusually dampened outfield and pitch. Considering it hadn’t rained since Thursday, the drainage on that oval has to be as bad, if not worse, than the Kippax net area…calling it poor would be generous!
With the start of play delayed, the Tigers were able to practice their spectatoring, winding their way through the uni to North oval to watch a bit of first grade’s efforts. After a couple of trips back to the South oval to check on the state of the drying process, it was finally decided that play would get under way at 4.15pm.
With the outfield still fairly damp in some areas when play commenced, Bubba decided to give the Tiges something extra to play for by claiming he’d buy a schooner for anyone who pulled off a full belly dive in the outfield…an offer which was stored in the minds of a few of the boys for later in the day.
The students admitted that they were unlikely to chase the improbable target of 256 in a little over 40 overs, so only two results seemed possible…the Tigers needing some early wickets to have any chance of claiming the victory that would guarantee them top spot on the table and the chance of most likely hosting the students again next week in the semi.
Things started well for the Tiges. Benny Newman and ‘Postman’ Pat Jackson hit some good areas early. His extra pace and bounce aided ‘Big Ben” in claiming the breakthrough early on, with JP getting a grab at a short cover-pointish position. ‘Big Ben’ continued to rip some balls past the outside edge in his opening spell, but the batsmen weren’t good enough to get a nick on any of them, while ‘Postman’ was also getting a few past the edge at the other end…while they both also kept keeper Liam ‘Sherlock’ Holmes on his toes, who did well down the leg side on a couple of occasions.
Neither of the batters looked like scoring many runs, particularly the no.3…until JP came on for his first bowl since before Christmas. Justice wasn’t too happy about the batter wasting time in between balls, and let him know about it. The batter responded by hitting the next ball miles over long on for what was surely a six, despite the umpire only signalling a 4. Having heard about Adam O’Connor’s bowling and sledging episode in 2s the week before, where he asked a batsmen to “do it again” after being spanked, only to see the batsmen do just that and send the ball disappearing again next delivery, JP thought he’d see if he could have some more luck with the same taunt…and if not for someone in the cordon putting the next ball down he would have!
The lack of a quick follow up wicket led Bubba to bring himself on, and he immediately set about making both batsmen look like chumps!…but he couldn’t manage to get either of them out, although on a couple of occasions he did enough only to be let down by his team mates. The batsmen, particularly the no3, mightn’t have managed to hit Bubba for any runs, but he did manage to frustrate the hell out of him, which led to things getting entertainingly fiery at one point!
Adam O’Connor was on at the other end, and bowling really well, hitting great areas with some decent pace. A highlight was his intimidatory follow though and glare which had the batters on the back foot. He was unlucky that the Tiges were in desperate need of some quick wickets, and so his spell was cut short as Bubba took, what some might call, desperate measures by throwing the ball to Woj and Grover for some spin from both ends.
Both of these fellas have been working hard on their offies and leggies in the nets all season, and it showed as they finally got a chance and started landing the ball nicely. Both guys were loving having the ball in hand, and they were both unlucky not to pick up a wicket or two, particularly Grover who had a chance go down in the outfield after beating the batter in the air with his awesome flight. At the other end Woj was mixing up his pace nicely, but was coming up with nothing as reward.
It was during this bowling partnership that JP decided to earn the schooner that Bubba had placed on the line, but he was told that both of his full belly dives in the outfield were in the wrong part of the ground to receive the prize, and he never did get his drink!
After the second drinks break, the Tigers had one final burst, with ‘Big Ben’ returning to send down a few more thunderbolts. He too became frustrated at the lack of ability shown by the opposition sticks, and his lack of ability to get them out, letting out a roar or two in his short second spell.
With the students no-where near the runs, and the Tigers only managing the one early wicket, the teams called an early truce and the game was called a draw.
It was a frustrating day for the Tigers, but things may have been different if not for the five spilled chances. Heading into the finals next week, they’ll definitely be looking to lift their efforts in the field, with any errors potentially costly…but with an unbeaten record in the regular season, confidence will be high of claiming another victory at the home of cricket, Kippax, next week, to set up a crack at a title for the YELLOW and BLACKs! Hopefully they have lots of support from their clubmates, as they represent the club in the finals.
I can’t wait to bring you coverage of this third grade sides efforts in the finals, starting next week at Kippax 2…hope to see you there!
House of Hounds
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
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.
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.
The 2010/11 season kicked off with Norths winning the toss and electing to bat first. Initially this decision may have seemed unwise with great opening spells from Pat Jackson and Adam O’Connor. Both Pat and Adam bowled tight consistent lines and were rewarded with early wickets.
The momentum was with the Tigers but that began to swing and unfortunately the screws were loosened due to some sloppy change bowling and some equally disappointing fielding through the middle of the day.
At tea Norths had moved to 5/140 odd and the game was in the balance.
After tea the tigers clawed back into the game thanks to another great bowling display from Adam who finished with 5 well deserved scalps to his name.
A swashbuckling innings from a Norths tail ender took the opposition up to 257 before they were dismissed leaving the Tigers with 40 minutes left to bat the day out.
Nick McClintock and Michael Wojtaszak were faced with the challenge.
Nick was shortly dismissed LBW to a worm burner that pitched short of a length and Woj followed soon after to a ball that popped, hit high on the shoulder of the bat and was caught.
Ginninderra will resume day 2 at 2/32 with James Mueller and Lachlan McLennan at the crease.