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All's square in rain and shine

All's square in rain and shine

A shortened wrap this week, with rain giving grades one, three and five an opportunity to watch Steve SOK it to the Indians in Pune. For our seconds and fourths at Bensons Lane, it was listening to the carnage on the radio on the way home after relatively even days in both grades. Here's the action from the weekend:

Anand Verma who took 3 wickets in seconds

First Grade

No play possible due to rain

Second Grade

Gordon lost the toss and bowled first at a surprisingly dryish day at Bensons lane. The first hour saw a bit of rain fall, which made it difficult for the Gordon bowlers to grip the ball, but not enough to make the pitch get up to any tricks.

An early wicket to Chad Soper was followed by a solid partnership, but when Scott threatened to break the game open with a couple of wickets, and it was looking. good for the Stags. This was backed up by further wickets to Nick Miller, Chad and a brilliant direct hit run out from Josh Doyle.

6/90 then turned into 6/131 before Anand Verma took 3 wickets in 7 balls. Some lower order hitting from the Hawks, including a handy half century to their number 8, took them to 170 all out, with all 7 bowlers brilliant.

     
Chad Soper, Dan Stickland and Scott O'Brien in action at Owen Earle

In reply Dom (25) and Scott started well to get us to 46 before we lost 3/2. A few batsmen walked from the wicket disappointed, then Scott fell leaving Newman and Reagan the task of trying to make it to stumps. Max (15) fell a couple of overs before the close with the Hawks putting plenty of pressure on.

Reagan played well to finish 28* and Chad held up to finish at 0*. Second Grade sit 5/92 with a fair bit still to do to keep our season alive. Game on next week!

Gordon 5/92 (Reagan Klemt 28*, Dom Thomson 25) in reply to Hawkesbury 170 (Anand Verma 3/27, Scott O'Brien 2/43, Chad Soper 2/15)

Third Grade

No play possible due to rain

Fourth Grade

Fours won the toss and chose to bat on a drizzly day in the North West of Sydney (yes Chris De Kretser, I said North West). The Hawks were threatening and bowled tightly, but Steve Bristow (87) and Matt Wright (66) put the Staggies  into a really strong position, all out for 243 off just 63.1 overs. The two played great knocks, and it was good to see big Steve back to his bullying best.

 
A great partnership between Steve Bristow (top) and Matt Wright (Bottom) enabled 4's to post a good score

Will Calov and Sam Watts then took one each to have the Hawks at 2/33 off the 14 overs we bowled in reply. The Fours take plenty of confidence in to next week, believing they can get the job done.

Gordon 243 (Steve Bristow 87, Matt Wright 66) lead Hawkesbury 2/33 (Will Calov and Sam Watts 1 wicket each)

Fifth Grade

No play possible due to rain

Colts

No play possible due to rain

Pat Effeney

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Photos courtesy of Paul Stickland and Jim Wright
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4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

With 4’s finals hopes on the line, it was important that they come out of this game with a big win too ensure their chances in the finals run. The day started well with skip Stu Bromley winning the toss sending them in to bowl. 

Rare as hens' teeth. The Mitch Kleem forward defensive 

The weather forecast showed that there was going to be some severe rain in the afternoon but at this point the sun was out and the deck was flat and hard. Mitch Kleem and Tom Hamblin got the ball rolling for the stags smoking the ball to all areas of the outfield before Tom was fired by the ump for not many. This bought to the crease youngster Matt Wright. With his patience and Mitch’s brut force, the pair were able to compile a terrific partnership bringing the Stags to 101 before Matt was dismissed. 

In Mitch’s defence, I as well as the rest of the 4th Grade side had never seen him block so many balls in his innings of 65. There was a job to be done and he did it extremely well, hats off to him. Once Matt and Mitch were dismissed, run became hard to come by and the middle order were finding it very difficult to pierce the gaps through the off and on side, so Spratty took it upon himself to take the aerial route to bump up the run rate. 

This was short live as he and Tim Ferrero were dismissed within 3 overs of each other. Luckily for the 4th grade side we had depth and strength in our batting line up leave Charlie Booth and Oli Zannino to showcase some powerful hitting to get us to the 200 run mark by 50 overs.
The pitch had flattened out over the lunch break due to the heat and sun, but little to ND’s know there was a big storm brewing, and fast. Sammy Watts and Matt Keever’s were tight in their opening spells bowling continuous line and length, drying the run rate up which would end up costing ND’s in the long run of the game. With the dark clouds moving over our heads, we knew rain was coming, and had to get 25 overs completed to have it be classified a game, so on came the spinners. 

Charlies Booth and Matt Wright were excellent in ‘bowling to the field’ and the ND’s batsmen were short on ways to score runs causing their top order to crumble due to the pressure of trying to increase the run rate. The lightning and rain began to set in and when all was said and done, the hail stones the size of our hands and the swimming pool on the edge of the square were still not enough for the umpires to call it. 

We waited another 90 minutes before the second batch of rain hit before the two captains agreed no more play was going to happen. 

Not the outcome we had quite expected but still 6 points for the Stags none the less keeping their finals hopes alive. 

Carn 'Em.

Tim Ferrero 

Some silent auction items still available for sale

Some silent auction items still available for sale

After the finalisation of the silent auction at the GDCC Charity Dinner last Thursday, there were three items still available for sale. For those who were not able to make it, or couldn't decide on the night, we are giving you the opportunity to make a further bid for each item. 

Legends Lunch – 9 Gordon Test players

The Gordon Legends lunch was set at selling 10 tickets to a lunch with the Gordon Legends shown below at a minimum price of $250 a ticket. On the night surprisingly there were 7 tickets sold with therefore 3 remaining. This is fantastic opportunity for a Gordon supporter to join us for the lunch. All you need do is send an email to paulscricket@gmail.com and place a bid and the first three above the $250 mark will be accepted. Send in your email now!

To remind everyone the prize is as follows:

The lunch will be attended by Neil Harvey, Brian Taber, Ken Eastwood, Ian Davis, Graeme Watson, Matt Nicholson, Beau Casson, Trevor Chappell and Phil Emery and will be held in a CBA function room in their city offices.   We are running this offer a bit differently, making it possible for any Gordon supporter to attend. The item will be in the silent auction and the highest bidders for tickets will attend with a minimum of $250 per ticket. You can put a group together if you like and make an offer. The rules will be in order of the highest per individual bid and if some are equal the same the first ones on the sheet. There is a maximum of 10 tickets available.

 

Bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion

The fantastic 1986 bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion is also available before it is returned to its temperature controlled room or drunk by one of the committee. The last sale for this wine was US$800, so this is a bargain at $500. The item is shown below.

Vintage wine from Hilton Chapman – Chateau Haut-Brion. Starting bid $500
 

The final item not sold were the three framed photographs as per below. These would look great anywhere in your house or office. This is a bargain not to be missed. McLean's photos sell for over $1,000 each and the frames cost more than $600.

Triptech (3 like framed photos) of original McLean Stephenson works. Award winning photographer. Starting Bid $600 for all three

 
So if you want one or more of these items just email paulscricket@gmail.com and they are yours.

GDCC Charity Day Committee

 





5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

Coming off the back of some good wins and confidence high, the stags were set to take it to a traditionally strong NDs 5th grade side. Batting first on what was a typically flat Beauchamp track, the sun was shining and it was all set to be a good day of hard cricket. 

David Burk was fantastic with the ball, despite the side's disappointing performance 

Jack Doolan did his usual thing getting us off to a quick start hitting the ball to all parts over and through the thick outfield. However this was not to last as the Stags lost consistent wickets with no real partnerships to steady the ship. Despite some lusty hitting from several batsmen keeping the run rate above five an over, there was no longevity on display from any member of the team. Gordon we bowled out for 140 in the 26th over. 

With a point to prove and an underwhelming total to defend, the Stags needed to come out and bowl in the right areas and put the batsmen under pressure from the outset. Unfortunately some wayward bowling early meant that this initial pressure was not evident. 

Dave Burk came on to provide some pressure, displaying excellent control to take four vital wickets at a restrictive run rate. If there was a highlight of this disappointing performance, Dave's performance would certainly be it. 

Gordon seemed to drift through the inning never really showing the grit and mongrel necessary despite being in the game on a number of occasions. 

5th Grade will look to get back to their dominant winning ways next round against Hawkesbury heading into finals.

Lachie Stewart

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Reunion for our 89/90 and 90/91 premiership teams

Reunion for our 89/90 and 90/91 premiership teams

With the “homecoming” of Adam Gilchrist for our Charity Dinner and Golf Day, it was on opportunity to have a reunion of both the 1989/90 and 1990/91 Premiership winning teams. Adam played for Gordon in those two years and 10 of the players were able to make the dinner while 4 more were able to make a dinner at the home of Michael Cant on Friday night. 

Adam Gilchrist at Killara Oval during his playing days at Gordon

The team over the two years was very similar with a core of NSW representative players and a future Test player recognised now as the best wicket keeper batsman in the history of the game.

While it was important to have the high profile players, the premierships couldn’t have been won without an outstanding group of young players who came into the side when the State players were away. This was very evident in both seasons.

The 1989/90 team broke a drought of 42 years to bring the First Grade premiership flag back to Gordon. The performances of the young players as mentioned was exceptional.  Kevin Roberts, only 17, scored 625 runs at 78.13 while Warwick Adlam, 18, headed the bowling averages with 29 wickets at 15.79. Adam Gilchrist was only 18 and in the first of two seasons with Gordon, was second in the batting averages scoring 297 runs at 49.50.  The other runs scorers were Michael Cant with 512, Steve Day with 400 and Ross Toohey with 323. 

 
The 1989/90 Premiership team

The bowling was also first class with the main wicket takers being Richard Stobo with 32 and Warwick Adlam with 29. John Davison, Ross Toohey, Mark O’Neill and Geoff Hickman also played their parts well during the season.

Geoff Hickman in 1989

It would be remiss of me not to mention one particular innings from our erstwhile President Geoff Hickman. The match was against Mosman at Killara and with the score at 8 for 173, the number 10, Geoff Hickman arrived at the crease to share an 84 run partnership with Mark Aldridge who as batting at No.9. With Mark’s dismissal for his highest score for the club of 73, Geoff continued with Richard Stobo for a further 54 run partnership. Geoff was eventually out for 69, also his highest score for the club, leaving Richard not out on 21. Stobs of course claimed that Geoff robbed him of a century. It is not often you get two “lower order batsman” all record the best scores for the club in the one match as well as the number 11 nearly scoring a century. 

     
Phil Emery, Michael Cant and Steve Day

With all three days of the final being washed out, the semi-final against Northern Districts became the defining game with Mark O’Neill and Phil Emery playing in the victorious NSW team final against Queensland.

With only a draw needed the plan was to bat as long as possible and the innings of Michael Cant with 54 in 3 hours 54 minutes allowed Gordon to score a match winning total of 330. Adam Gilchrist scored 86 (in slightly quicker time) with Peter Rowley-Bates making 53. ND’s were bowled out for 210. 

 
The 1990/91 Premiership team
The 1990-91 season saw the addition of Steve Liggins from Northern Districts and Michael Cant took over the captaincy at the age of 22. 

Richard Stobo during his first playing career

The main run scorers were Michael Cant with 612 and a great score of 151 not out, Phil Emery with 415 at an average of 103.75, Adam Gilchrist with 518 and a high score of 96, Steve Day with 467, and Paul McLean with 423 and a high score of 101. 

The bowling was dominated by Richard Stobo who took 64 wickets at 16.77 from a mammoth 399 overs which included 96 maidens. 

Phil Emery and Mark O’Neill were playing for the victorious NSW team against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield final when Gordon tackled the minor premiers, Balmain, in the semi-final at Drummoyne Oval. 

An early collapse meant we were only able to score 161 with John Davison top scoring with 39, however it was in the bowling that we showed our true worth on that day with perhaps the best performance by Richard Stobo (now known as Charlie’s father) in his career with the club.

Mark O'Neill

Richard took 6 for 64 to help dismiss Balmain for 151, however with Gordon having a lead of only 10 and 5 hours left to play the match was still in the balance. Gordon were soon in trouble in the second innings and only an excellent 50 from Gilchrist got us to 122 and a lead of 132.

Richard however came to the fore again with figures of 4 for 28 and Balmain couldn’t get the required runs. Richard finished with match figures of 10 for 92. That doesn’t happen often in a semi-final.

The final against Mosman was again a very tense affair with the first of the three days being washed out. Gordon batted first and only scored 177 with Adam Gilchrist again scoring runs with 61. Greg Rowell from Mosman took 5 for 73. The Mosman innings was moving steadily ahead to a victory, however a bowling partnership was needed to slow the run rate and put pressure on the bastman. This was provided by the unlikely pair of Warwick Adlam and Mark O’Neill who not only took the last 5 wickets for 33 runs, however completely stopped the scoring with figures of 5 for 45 off 23.4 for Warwick and 3 for 10 off 17 overs for Mark. Not known as well for his bowling than his obvious batting talent, Mark showed that when the chips were down his leg spinners would be good enough in any situation. Mosman were dismissed for 159. 

Warwick Adlam

It is very important for the club to keep reminding ourselves of the past and continuing to build on the great culture we have created over 112 years and the fact that 90% of the players from 27 years ago were able to make the dinner was a testament to the depth of tradition in the club. Having Adam Gilchrist with us on the day was also a reflection on how our club has also produced so many great NSW and Australian cricketers who in every case also remember where their roots were.

Gilly you are welcome back any time. 

Paul Stephenson

 
Members of the premiership teams at the dinner were Left to right, Phil Emery, Steve Day, Paul McLean, Adam Gilchrist, Warwick Adlam, Mark Aldridge, Geoff Hickman, Mark O'Neill. Michael Cant and Richard Stobo.
The current first grade team are not the only ones to give the stag salute! 
Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

On Sunday, the leader-leading Gordon Colts came up against a strong 4th placed Sydney Uni outfit. The team was full of confidence considering our position on the ladder arriving at Beauchamp Oval. 

There were good batting conditions out there on Sunday in a big clash against Sydney Uni 

Due to the heavy storm the night before it took a big effort prior to the game to remove the covers with all the water on them, ensuring no water finds its self on the wicket. 

Eventually when it came to the toss, Captain Crofts won the toss and decided to bat. 

Openers Brady and Andrew got us off to a steady start before Brady was dismissed with the score on 21. Some good bowling from the Sydney Uni attack counteracted by some strong bating in the middle overs from Aaron and Oli got the score to 76 before both fell to good bowling. 

That's some lovely placement there by Danusha 

A small collapse followed but resistance from Sahil (27) and Danusha (32) lead to a defendable score of 148, no easy chase against a strong bowling attack on a slow outfield. 

How about these indiviudal displays of brilliance!

After a good lunch Danusha and Aaron took the new ball and two tight opening spells followed which restricted the opening bats from Sydney Uni and their scoring options. Dylan then came on and bowled in a good partnership with Manus who got the breakthrough with the score on 28. 

Plenty of pressure on the Sydney Uni batsmen as the Colts line up for the kill 

Wickets quickly followed with Danusha taking two in successive balls, twice throughout his 10 overs leaving him with 4 for the match and easily the pick of the bowlers. Some missed chances from Gordon gave Sydney Uni a sniff at the win coming down to the last wicket needing only a handful of runs to secure the win. 

With only 4 runs needed to win, the Sydney Uni number 11 came back for a 2nd run but great fielding from the skipper Aaron Crofts saw a direct hit run out from mid on to win the game. 

The close win secures Gordon’s place at the top of the table with a couple of games left before finals. 

James Brown

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