West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 9 day 1

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Jan 142018

Elliot Opie and Lucas Froude have engineered one of Kensington’s more significant innings recoveries, steering the Browns towards a defensible total from what had been a ruinous start.

As gathering weather threatened some favourable conditions for bowling on a green-top, Tea Tree Gully captain Matthew Weaver elected to field before sweeping showers, heavy at times, delayed the start by more than two hours and saw an early lunch taken. Players stayed sharp with a solid session of P-I-G circle kicking, making use of a verandah area to inject a degree of rebound difficulty. 

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Wind and emerging sunshine saw Pertaringa Oval fit for play from 1.15pm but opening bowler Ben Atkinson proved an immediate handful from the northern top end – he clai

med the first seven wickets in a 12-over spell of 7/23, as slip catches and lbw and bat-pad decisions saw the Browns slide to 7/39 before Opie (83) joined Froude (58no) for some methodical rescue. The pair each posted their highest 1st Grade score as they compiled 138 for the ninth wicket, first negotiating the hour to tea (7/59) after which Opie and later Froude scored increasingly freely.

 Joshua Macey’s lbw dismissal of Opie, also from the northern end, has removed any chance of Atkinson joining the select few to have taken 10 wickets in innings. Froude and David Grant (15no) safely navigated the closing overs to 6.55pm stumps at 8/202. Play will resume half an hour early this Saturday to make up remaining overs lost to the weather.

Saturday’s play capped a remarkable week for the Browns and some of its leading players – Lloyd Pope was in the starting XI for the Australia Under 19s World Cup warm-up win in New Zealand over Sri Lanka, John Dalton and David Grant both featured for a Cricket Australia XI in a warm-up win for the touring England one-day side in Sydney, Dan Worrall took 2/25 in his season-first BBL hit-out for the Melbourne Stars and Alex Ross scored 27 off 19 for the Brisbane Heat before being controversially dismissed for obstructing for the field when even non-geometers could have reasonably concluded he’d avoided injury and wilfully obstructed nobody.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 7 full report

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Dec 262017

The Browns have wrapped up first innings points on day one and set up the chance of an outright win next Saturday, in an eventful day that saw 22 wickets fall for 310 runs.

Skipper Jake Brown sent Northern Districts in to bat on a wicket promising some assistance for the bowlers – supported by some good catching in slips and elsewhere, the bowlers capitalised to see the home team 4/35 after the first hour, 6/75 at lunch and all out for 92 just 30 minutes after the break. New-ballers Elliot Opie (3/23) and Scott Aufderheide (4/29) led the way. Nick Palmer snared 2/12 after battling his way to Salisbury Oval, helped by a phone call to his dad after the only apparent local he’d felt comfortable asking for directions, a BMW driver, turned out to be similarly out-of-area and lost.

We did make a shaky start to the run chase. Being rattled by the demoralising day unfolding at the WACA for their national side presumably doing nothing to help, both of our Poms were back in the sheds inside of the first over and before a run had been posted. John Dalton (34) and Hugh Cranendonk (22) steadied things but there was still work to do when Dalts was dismissed at 6/76. The seventh fell at 86 but Sam Williams (16) and Palmer saw the win secured with three in hand.

The dismissal of Williams triggered an entertaining apparent battle for deserving ownership of the number 9 position between Palmer (43 off 40) and Daniel Burns (28 off 23 including four sixes off one Cameron Williams over). The eventual total of 171 meant a 79-run lead with 18 overs to have a crack before stumps, Opie (2/14) making the inroads to have the home team two down and still 32 runs in arrears heading into day two.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 5

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Nov 272017

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 4

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Nov 132017

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 3

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Nov 062017

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 2

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1ST Grade This Week

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Dec 152016
Hi All,

With both 2nd grade teams not able to make the Grand Final, the 1st Grade stand alone this week. A tough weekend last week as both 2nd Grade teams battled a lack of numbers. Both had only 7 for the 1st game with the 2nd game no better. Unfortunately the lack of numbers told with the Browns losing in the 19th Over against Northern with only 7 players. Interestingly only a month ago we loaned Northern's fielders when they were short in the 40 Over game. No reciprocation last week.

1ST Grade V Southern Districts at Park 25 #3 on SATURDAY 17TH DECEMBER. Game starts at 11:50. Ready for warm ups by 11:00. Southern Districts are the home team.

Amy Wiseman (C), Jordan Doecke, Rachel Church, Kelly Armstrong, Hannah Armstrong, Eliza Doddridge, Sarah J Jameson, Emily Jones, Shae Daly, Sophi-Rose Green, Maeve Edwards

CONGRATULATIONS to Maeve Edwards and Sophi-Rose Green on their 1st Grade debuts this week. We wish you both well. Good Luck

Ditts, Andy and Kevin