Last week's rain hasn't stopped the 1s 2s and 3s as they all get on the winners list for the first time together this season, whilst the 4ths and 5ths continue to still hunt for wins.
With a bowling attack that features Fitzpatrick, Mathieson and when fit Cam Alford, Shaun Kingwell can be sometimes forgotten about, not this week as Kingy showed us his talents in removing the City top order to put us well ahead in the game. Kingy picked up 4 early wickets as well as having a hand in a run out that seen City sitting at 5/71 off 20 overs. From there our guys were at their clinical best and reduced City to 9/156 from their 50. A total that was never going to be enough. Kingy finishing with 4/23 from his 10 overs.
With Curtly Balshaw and Sam Hall opening the batting, the score was ticking along nicely early. Sam fell and Vass didn't last long either giving City a slight glimpse of hope at 2/36. That's where their hope ended as Ferg and Curt all but got us home with some great running between wickets, and the occasional boundary as well. With 20 runs to get Curt would fall for a well compiled 47, another consistent innings from him, as debutant Tanner Bruhn made his way to the crease. From their Fergy finished off the job finishing 79* and the boys picking up a handy 7 wicket win.
Sunday Cricket doesn't usually occur in December, but our guys took it in their stride this week with a hard fought win. Bowling first City made things tough for our guys getting off to a good start. As has been the case this year the guys did begin to peg the score back mainly thanks to Mangos bowling. He picked up 3/35 as City finished up 8/163.
In reply our guys began well but the continuous loss of wickets was a worry. Blake Troy and Darcy Pearson came together at 4/41 and began to wrestle things in our favour. Darcy looked a class above before being adjudged lbw and leaving the job up to Blake and younger brother Nat. The 2 were up for it as they continued to chase down the runs, Nat fell leaving Tattsy and Blake to get the guys home with 1 over to spare. Blake finishing 47*.
In a low scoring contest Taylor's guys came away with their 3rd win in a row to get them back on level pegging for the year. Batting first on the usually fast Gardens ground our guys struggled their way to be bowled out for 111. The guys did start well with Col Millard 31 and Liam Blackford 18 as the score ticked past 40. However as has been the case so often in the 3s, a middle order collapse seen the guys fall to 7/95. Some late order resistance from Sam Mellington got the guys over the 100 and now it was the bowlers turn to once again win them the game.
And win the game they did. Sam Riseley and Tim Birch started things off as usual as the pair made it hard to score. Then it was a pair of teenagers in 15 year old Declan Clark and 14 year old Will Milsome that turned the game on its head. City went from 1/14 to all out for just 40. Will picking up 5/9 from his 6 overs and Deccy getting 3/11. Great signs for the future with 2 father-son prodigies getting the win for the young 3rds side.
The 4ths again put out a young side and again couldn't quite get the victory. After a positive start with the bat at 0/35 things turned sour quickly as skipper Horse fell for 20. His wicket started a collapse and soon enough it was 6/52. We would eventually be bowled out in the 31st over for 101.
With runs on the board the guys were still in the game and Brad Brown was going to do his best to try and get the guys over the line. His 9 overs went for just 15 runs as he grabbed 3 wickets. However, the back up bowlers couldn't help him out and City ran out victors in the 26th over with 5 wickets in hand.
Our 5ths couldn't get a win this week either. Playing out at Thomson against a fairly strong Thomson lower grade side our guys were all out for 106, with John Rhodes and Cael Fisher, the only contributors. In reply Thomson made hard work of the run chase before finally getting over the line with 4 wickets in hand.
We now look ahead to next week in what will be a huge clash for the club. East Belmont have been a GCA powerhouse for the best part of 15 years. In recent times the 1st XI clashes between the 2 of us have been great battles and with the sides sitting 1st and 2nd, this game shapes as another great contest.
Before then we have our last T20 game this Tuesday Night, due to our ground still being unavaliable (let's hope it's right for Saturday) Our last T20 game will be played away up at Joeys. The games kicks off at 5pm as usual and the side for that game is M Troy, C Balshaw, S Hall, L Szponar, B Szponar, M Tattersall, C Meehan, A Costello, T Mathieson, N Pearson, T Bruhn.
Lastly Christmas is just around the corner and Santa will be popping by to visit the kids Next Sunday 17th Dec. He also may make a special guest appearance the following Saturday Night as the Seniors have their Xmas Party on the 23rd. Plans are already in place for a busy start to 2018 with a not to be missed 'Night at North with Kerry O'Keefe and Dane Swan' tickets are selling fast and the night promises to be our biggest for the year. Don't Miss Out!!!!