Tuesday , October 3 2023

Round 3 Day 1 Wrap Up – Young Guns Impress in All Plateau 3rds Match

1st Grade
1sts got off to a good start against Cromer thanks to 57 from Rob Minnett and 45 from Kav Moorthi. Things were looking rosy at 3/149 before things went south for our 1st Graders, losing their remaining 7 wickets for just 41, including the last 5 wickets for 10, to finish on 190. They have a big job ahead of them with the ball next Saturday to hopefully defend their total.

2nd Grade
Struggling for numbers, Plateau 2nds had a tough day at Melwood against Wakehurst but fought really hard. Fill in captain Matt Richards won the toss with only 8 players and chose to bat. Obviously with only 7 wickets in hand to start the innings and with players returning the following week, 2nds looked to bat time. The team managed to reach 154 with Col Huxley putting in a huge effort with 45 for the team, backed up by Nick Johnson with a solid 30 and opener Conrad Meulman with 25 who batted for a time frame of more than 20 overs. Also special mentions to Adrian Caproni aged 15 and on 2nd Grade debut who was chucked in the deep end as Conrad’s fellow opener, who also batted close to 15 overs for 14 and really gritted it out for the team with a sore hip.

In reply, Wakehurst had 8 overs left in the day to bat. With a lack of fielders 2nds struggled to keep down the runs, Matt Richards taking the only wicket to leave the opposition 1/40 at stumps. Hopefully with players back next week, Plateau can look to put the pressure right on!

3rd Grade Gold and Blue
Plateau 3rds Gold and Blue faced each other up a Plateau Park on Saturday in a great derby and day for club! The first day of the game saw some exceptional individual performances from both sides. Plateau Blue could be potentially questioning their decision to send Gold into bat, with the young Gold’s side dishing out the hurt declaring after 60 overs 5/305. The innings was lead by none other than defending Shearer recipient Pat Koch, making one of the all time great innings for the club and falling 6 runs short of the equal highest total by a Collaroy Plateau batsman, out for 171. The innings was also made even more impressive considering Koch was playing with broken ribs! He would have been in no doubt for player of the day at the Builders if he could have attended.

However from their tough day in the field, Blue had their own candidate for Player of the Day. Short for numbers, one of the players son’s Raja Ganeshraj from Plateau U14s juniors filled in for the side. Remarkably bowling his spin, Raja picked up 4 of the 5 wickets blue took in an incredible display, earning him the Player of the Day mug, filled with Lemon Lime and Bitters of course! Blue were left 6 overs at the end of the day to bat, and were 24 without loss at stumps.

Development Team (4th Grade)
In their 3rd round clash against Cromer at Nolans 3, 4th grade won the toss and chose the bat. In 67 overs, the boys managed 151 runs in what could only be assumed as tough scoring conditions. It was generally an all-round effort from the team with the bat, no one going on with their start. Mark Eady top scored with 24, U15 development player Corey Calvert also reached the 20s along with opener Norris Waters. Hopefully the boys can defend their over night score next week.

Results to come next week!

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