Winning the toss and batting at Port Reserve we started quickly with Henry Dall and Jake Brown punishing some loose bowling. Henry uncharacteristically searched for one too many and nicked one which brought Adam Hose to the crease. Both imposing figures (literally.. I feel sorry for the seams on their whites, especially with a thigh pad in) at the crease Jake and Adam put on 95 before losing Adam for 53 just before lunch.
A 105 partnership then followed with Jake and Alex Ross both looking a class above as Port struggled to find an answer. It is always bittersweet having Alex play for us as we know hes missing out on selection higher but today he put together as composed an innings as we’ve seen from him in grade land. Having lost Jake for 77 Euan and Alex put on 50 odd as Euan looked composed and comfortable at A grade level. No other word for it… a collapse.. came after that. Browns all out 285, disappointing as 350+ was achievable an hour earlier. Alex Ross with 105.
Having 12 overs to bowl the skipper set the task of getting 2 wickets before the day finished. That target was done and dusted in 7 balls. Elliot Opie getting a wicket 2nd ball and Scott Aufderheide with his first. Jake then asked for 3 wickets… next over… done. The bowling was good there after with a few half shouts but Port remained further unscathed and the game placed delicately with Port 3/27. A special mention to Euan Fletcher with a catch at gully and talking more in the field on debut than some players have done in their career!