1st Grade v MOSMAN: won by 46 runs at Coogee Oval - 203 & 2-131 to 157
Sent in under sunny skies the Whales seamers struck early with our first five bats producing scores of 0,2,4,0 and 0 to have us reeling at five wickets for six runs! Youngsters Daniel Sams and Shaun Eaton settled things down and got the score to 36 when Eaton fell for 13. This brought 19 years old Jake Scicluna to the crease in an unfamiliar role, number 8 was a far cry from batting number 1 as he had done for most of his cricket life. With the score on 75 Sams departed for a well-made 41 off 87 balls and shortly after, Soumil Chhibber was run out for a duck to see the total tottering at 8 - 79. Nathan Ellis, another young player also just 19 years old joined Scicluna and the pair did well to get to tea at 8 - 104. Immediately after the break however, Ellis edged one to the 'keeper for 12. The scoreline read 9 - 110 with Scicluna 35 off 96 balls.
The next 76 minutes saw history in the making and an innings which can properly be described as 'career defining' for Jake Scicluna. Jake Wilson joined him and blocked 28 of the first 29 balls he received enabling the youngster to attack the bowling firstly getting to 50 then going on in a spectacular display of strokemaking and deft placement as he posted his first Grade Cricket century. The pair continued on taking the score to 203 and the partnership to 93 (a new record for 1st Grade, beating the previous record set this season by Jake Wilson and Daniel Sams who put on 85 against Northern Districts) before Scicluna was caught on the fence for 119 off 181 balls in a tick over 3 hours. His last 68 had come up in just 57 balls. Wilson, equally the hero, finished with 7 not out off 43 balls.
In the run chase, as he has done so often, Jake Wilson removed an opener in his first over. The 'star' of the batting line-up Mark Cosgrove
from Tasmania then failed to handle the swing of Wilson and Anthony Sams picked him up behind the stumps for just 4. Nick Stapleton gave Sams another catch when he enticed an edge off RPC capped player number 60 Ash Doolan. Skipper Adam Semple's turn at the crease resulted in a fantastic catch by Soumil Chhibber off danger-man Matt Day to see Mosman finish the day at 4 - 59.
Day 2 saw a bit of a rally until Chhibber removed Pisel for 36 and Wilson, reintroduced into the attack, claimed two lbw's for a scoreline of 7 - 124. Another wicket to Chhibber at 145 and two to Stapleton, both caught behind, saw Mosman's season at an end to be all out for 157, 46 behind a score where the first five bats contributed 6 runs and the next five 197! Wilson finished with 4 - 30 off 17 overs while Stapleton claimed 3 - 17 off 11.4. An amazing game which took the team to the top of the ladder among the four teams contesting the Semi-Finals. Half centuries were scored by Rish Shah (53n.o.) and Nathan Price (65n.o.) in the second dig before play was called to a halt after 38 overs.
The win sees the side secure a home semi final against Sydney University at Coogee Oval this weekend.
5th Grade v PENRITH: won outright by 7 wkts at Bill Ball Oval - 170 & 3-92 to 121 & 137
Batting first as Minor Premiers on their home turf the Panthers were soon in trouble as Nick Saady, Rehaan Nawaz and Brandon McLean cut a swathe through the top order to have them on the ropes at 6 - 34. Brandon McLean then cleaned up the remaining four wickets to take the honours with 5 - 32. Saady finished with 3 - 19 off 14 overs while Nawaz took 2 - 12 off six.
The run chase against the meagre target of 121 was not ideal with Neale Crawford, Jason McLean and Mitch Selwood all back in the shed with just 13 runs on the board. But a timely 32 by Ash Burton in a partnership with Brandon McLean who went on to make 79, put the goodies in front. A handy 30 from Saady added to the Penrith pain and they were left with a deficit of 49 as they attempted to rescue something in the second innings. But the bowling was too tight to allow any big-hitting and after Saady and Cooper Smith took an early wicket it was left to the two spinners Brandon McLean (5 - 30 off 14.4 overs) and Cam Fowler (3 - 38 off 12) to bring the innings to an end for only 137. With a target of 89 for a huge victory, just 33.5 overs later RPC had its first ever outright victory in a final series match with Brandon McLean (30n.o.) and Ash Burton (26) steering the side home. Apart from the massive team win it was also record breaking stuff for Brandon McLean as he became the first RP player to take 10 wickets in a match in 5th Grade. He finished with 10 - 62.
The win sees the side move into the semi finals, taking on Manly at Mike Pawley this weekend.
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