Day 1,The 3rd grade lost the toss and bowled first on a nice wicket at colonel waite. We started off well but leaked a few runs, a back injury to Adam Clements meant he was heavily restricted and struggled to gather much pace as a result. He lasted four overs before been given a rest and never came back on. That meant we were a seam bowler down.
James Cleggett took our first wicket in a strange fashion, bowling their opening with a back of the hand slower ball full toss, dipping late beautifully onto the base of the stumps, with glenelg’s opening left clueless about what just happened. Glenelg 1/32.
Unfortunately it took a while before our next wicket and they were moving along at a fast rate. The ball was thrown to the man with the golden arm, Tom MacKenzie, who struck soon after, trapping their opener LBW.
Wickets were starting to come more consistently when Cleggett took his second, this time with a big shout for LBW, and T-Mac took two in two balls, and all of a sudden we were on top again with the score of 5-89.
Glenelg’s batters kept fighting on, targeting the short boundary to make their way to 136 before T-Mac was able to snag his fourth caught at first slip.
T-Mac continued his demolition of Glenelg, picking up the very handy of their set batsman caught behind trying to cut. When he picked up his sixth we were well and truly on top.
What followed was some of the most frustrating cricket we’ve seen in the C grade for a while, with balls flying into the pond, multiple dropped catches where it looked harder to drop than to catch, some players were even trying to run away from the catch at one point. To top it off, at the end of one of T-Mac’s over, he decided to throw the ball to Frosty behind the stumps, but a horrendous throw resulted in four runs and the ball almost into the creak, but we’ll forgive him because he took 6 wickets.
Eventually our go-to express wicket taker, Liam Scanlon, was able to save us from seeing anymore scratchy cricket from both sides with two lovely wickets, both bowled, to finish off their innings. All out for 240.
In what seemed a tricky patch for our openers, Michael Cotsios and Liam, we survived comfortably with some perfectly executed shots to be 0/48 after 13, putting us in with a really good chance of chasing down 240 next week.