By Brodie Elliott
2nd Grade suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday after failing to chase Harbord’s set total of 181. Brodie Elliott lost his second consecutive toss, with Harbord electing to bat.
Half way through the innings, the game was in the balance with Harbord 3-50 at drinks. However, some dropped catches in the field allowed Harbord to tee off in the second half of their innings, reaching 181 all out within their 35 overs. Ryan Dunn was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-24 off his 7 overs followed by Matt Richards with figures of 3-34 off his five.
In reply to their total, 2nd grade was put under pressure by a looming run rate and good fielding from Harbord which ended up being the difference in the game. 9 out of 10 of Collaroy’s dismissals were from the result of catches. Again Ryan Dunn was the only batsman to stand up and lacked steady support throughout the innings, reaching his 2nd half century for the year finishing his caught for 56 after trying to increase run rate as wickets fell at the other end.
Despite a disappointing defeat, the game provides a timely reminder for the team that if they don’t turn up with their A game, games aren’t going to win themselves.
2nd Grade will have a chance to rectify their mistakes from the weekend as they return to the home of Northern Beaches Cricket ‘Plateau Park’ against Long Reef next week in a one dayer.