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Axel Cahlin third youngest Gordon player to make first grade debut

Axel Cahlin third youngest Gordon player to make first grade debut

Following his 295 runs in the first two rounds of the second grade and a batsman unavailability in firsts, Axel Cahlin has been selected to play First Grade against Manly over the next two weeks at Chatswood Oval.

Axel in action last Saturday at Chatswood

Axel who turned 16 in March this year will now fall within an elite group of the youngest players to play first grade for Gordon. The youngest was Ken Eastwood at 15 years and 11 months followed by Brian Taber at 16 years and 5 months. Axel at 16 years and 7 months will slip in just ahead of Sid Carrol who made his debut at the age of 16 years and 11 months.

Axel played his first game with Gordon as a 14 year old in Colts on October 6 2012 and scored 74 runs in his debut after being recommended to the club to take advantage of our Academy program. Combining his school cricket and study, he played with our Green Shield team and intermittent games in fourth and fifth grade finishing the year in the successful fifth grade premiership team. In his first game in fourth grade, ironically against Manly, he scored 59 not out in a 128 run partnership for the 8th wicket with Shayne Lin to win the match.

Last season Axel captained our Green Shield team and played a masterful innings in our final round match scoring 148 not out with 17 fours and 3 sixes off 156 balls. In total he scored 786 runs for the season including several solid innings in 5th, 4th and 3rd grade.  

Over the off season Axel, has worked tirelessly on his technique and fitness, taking advantage of Mark O’Neill’s tutoring and the result was selection in second grade as well as the club’s Twenty20 team over the last two Sundays. Axel is also in the NSW Under 17 squad and naturally is hopeful of selection in the NSW team for the Australian Under 17 Championships in January.

As mentioned earlier Axel has joined an elite group of Gordon cricketers to have made their debut before turning 17. The following are brief summaries of our youngest first graders.

Ken Eastwood

Ken played one Test for Australia and 42 matches for Victoria after seven seasons of grade cricket with Gordon and 22 seasons with Footscray in Melbourne.  He was an outstanding teenage cricketer commencing in Third Grade in 1949-50 at the age of 13 and in First Grade at 15.

Ken is most famously known for the fact he played 5 seasons of Green Shield starting as a 12 year old and finished his last season in Green Shield in 1951/52 with the unsurpassed figures of 949 runs in 9 games at an average of 118 including a highest score of 320 in a 60 over match. In the same Green Shield season he took 58 wickets out of the 90 to fall with the best figures of 9 for 47.

Ken went on to play 42 first class matches scoring 2227 runs at an average of 42. In his only Test he replaced Bill Lawry, who was dropped altogether despite being the captain due to a dispute with the Australian Cricket Board. He failed with the bat, scoring five and a duck, but took 1/21 with his left arm unorthodox spin.

Ken’s left arm spin bowling has since been recognised as being in the same class as Michael Falk having passed on his expertise to the younger Michael. Ken who is now in his 79th year recently visited Chatswood Oval on a trip to Sydney and presented the club with his club blazer which is now proudly hanging in the Trumper Pavilion. 

Brian Taber

As a book on the career of “Tabsie” has just been published it is not possible to describe in a few words about the career of Brian at Gordon. His career started at Gordon when he played as a 15 year old in our Poidevin Gray team during the 1955 Christmas holidays, made his first grade debut at 16 and played a total of six seasons in the PG team.

Of course Brian went on to play 16 Tests as a keeper and 129 first class games as well as captaining Gordon First Grade for many seasons during his career from 1955 to 1978. Brian took 216 catches and 117 stumpings during his career at Gordon as well as scoring 4137 runs with 4 centuries at an average of 26.

For anything you need to know about Brian can I suggest you purchase his book “It’s not about me” written by Ronald Cardwell and Davis Jenkins and published by the Cricket Publishing company this year.

Sid Carroll

Sid is Gordon’s highest First Grade run scorer with a total of 11,314 runs at an average of 35.36 during his 27 seasons with Gordon.  Sid was a stylish opening batsman, and was one of the greatest players that ever played for our Club.  Known to his mates as Uncle, he played his whole career from 1939 to 1967 with Gordon. He was captain of the First Grade team from 1950 until 1966.

Sid was unfortunate to be overlooked by the selectors for the Australian teams which toured England in 1953 and 1956.  Most cricket followers thought he would be picked and many were thoroughly disappointed at his omission.

Sid played 46 first class matches, scoring 2,811 runs at an average of 39.59, with six 100s and fourteen 50s.  He captained NSW on 13 occasions losing only one game.  His ability to nurture young players was well recognised and two great international players who blossomed under his leadership and guidance were Gordon Rorke and Norm O’Neill.

Axel Cahlin is therefore in exulted company in being the third youngest player to don a first grade cap for Gordon. While his career lay ahead of him, there is no point as yet to make any comparisons, but it is important to state that Axel is an extremely level headed, courteous and team centred young man who will humbly accept his promotion and do his best for his team. Axel's parents should be very proud of his efforts and we wish him well.

Team Selections

In regard to team selections for this round against Manly, all I can say is that with 16 unavailabilities it is impossible to re-create the path needed to be taken by the selectors to get 5 teams on the park. The good news is that we always knew the next two rounds would be difficult following pre-season notifications and I am sure all teams will make a very good account of themselves against the strong Manly Club.

To assist our supporters the following is a run-down on our new players starting in fifth grade for this round:

Nick Fagan comes from the Nelson Bay and last 2 years played for Newcastle 1st grade. He is a top order bat and off spinner from Kings and was recommended to us by Rod Hokin having now moved to Sydney.

Nick Kelland is an 18yo top order bat and keeper from Grammar who scored 235no against Brisbane Grammar. Nick played in our recent Academy game against against Shore.

Ben Parker is a 15yo bowling all rounder from Mt Colah who just missed out on our Greenies squad and is a very promising youngster.

Other notables are the promotions of Darren Jayasekera for his debut in second grade as well as the return to seconds of Adam Cubbage and Blaize Irving-Holliday.Matt Keevers and Scott O'Brien will also make their debuts in thirds.

One player we must welcome back after missing the first two rounds is James Campbell who will start in thirds and no doubt strengthen the batting with his stylish play. He might bowl some overs as well.

In addition our Poidevin Gray team plays its first game on Sunday against Easts at Waverley and this team is also listed below. Congratulations to Charlie Stobo for his selection as captain.

The teams are as follows:

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Chatswood Oval

Manly Oval

Killara Oval

Start 10:30 am

Start 10:30 am

Start 12:15 pm

Harry Evans ©

Max Newman ©

Tjaard Tait ©

Iain Beverley

Adam Cubbage

James Campbell

Reece Bombas

Jack Colley

Tom Carruthers

Axel Cahlin

Kris Colley

Matt Chamberlain

Steve Colley

Darren Jayasekera

Tom Colverd

Tym Crawford

Blaize Irving-Holliday

Andrew Crosland

James Kennedy

Liam McElduff

Matt Keevers

Josh Poysden

Jack Skilbeck

Reagan Klemt

Elliot Richtor

Chris Spratt

Scott O'Brien

Daniel Smith

Charlie Stobo

Max Papworth

Chad Soper

Anand Verma

Dan Stickland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report

Match Report

Match Report

Tym Crawford

Jack Colley

Matt Chamberlain

 

 

 

4th Grade

5th Grade

Poidevin Gray

Graham Reserve

Beauchamp Park

Waverley Oval vs Easts

Start 12:15 pm

Start 12:15 pm

Start 10.am

Shayne Lin ©

Tristan Cooper ©

Charlie Stobo ©

Iqbal Ahmed

Richard Armour

Axel Cahlin

Rob Barker

Jack Clinton

Jack Colley

Will Calov

Andrew Coleman

Darren Jayasekera

Aaron Crofts

Nick Fagan

Reagan Klemt

Stan Gaynor

Nick Kelland

Ben Leighton

Mitchell Kleem

Dante Otto

Liam McElduff

Ben Leighton

Ben Parker

Max Papworth

Harry Middlebrook

Patrick Rice

Jack Skilbeck

John O'Neill-Fuller

Matt Todd

Chris Spratt

Saahil Turki

Sam Watts

Dan Stickland

 

 

Tom Carruthers (12th)

 

 

Matt Keevers (13th)

Match Report

Match Report

Match Report

Rob Barker

Jack Clinton

Darren Jayasekera

 

 

 

Unavailable:  Liam Cole, Adrian Craig, Cameron Eccles, Corbin Edgar, Pat Effeney, Jordan Farrell, Tim Fulton, Matt Keane, Damon Livermore, Lachie Mactier, Nick McMurray, Nick Miller, Anthony Sherman, Lachlan Stewart, Michael Strauss, Dom Thomson
Unavailable for Poidevin Gray: Nick Miller 

Paul Stephenson

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Match report duties are usually easy to unload in the second grade post-match court session. However, this week the system failed. Not even Spratty was fined. Alas, I am left to write my first match report for the club in over two years. Here goes…

The stags arrived at Chatswood oval looking to get their season rolling after a slow start in round one. The team was confident due to the return of Anand Verma, although he refused to offer any chat during the warm up, simply claiming, “I don’t speak to lower graders”. Good bloke. 

Max won the toss and chose to bat. The wicket was green, but we all know that if you can get through the first session at Chatswood, the runs will come thick and fast later in the day. Sadly, we didn’t quite make it to ‘later in the day’. 

Our innings started horribly, losing a wicket on the first ball. It didn’t get much better as we struggled our way to 4 for 13. Credit must be given to the strong St. George bowling line up who rarely deviated from a good line and length, forcing our top order batsman to play a shot just about every ball. You know a team is bowling well if they can dismiss the superstar Axel Cahlin before he raises the bat.

Sixteen year old Axel Cahlin made his maiden ton for the Stags 

There was a strong fight back from the stags, led by Jack Colley. Jack showed how damaging he could be on his way to a well made 40, but was unlucky not to go on with his innings after missing a straight one (shock me!). 

Again, wickets began to tumble and it looked as though we would be skittled for fewer than 100. Enter Max Newman. Max started his innings cautiously, showing us all how to play on a deck that is doing a bit. He played the ball late, under his eyes, and put away the booming cover drive in order to grind his way though the tough stages. Max also batted brilliantly with the tail by scoring consistent boundaries and taking control of the strike. His 77 was a great captains knock that got our team total to a somewhat respectable 156, a score that seemed unreachable earlier in the morning. 

Stobes

The Gordon quicks started the bowling innings well, finding their line and lengths much quicker than they did in round one. Two early wickets had St. George 2 for 23 and it looked as though we could make a game of it.

Charlie Stobo was the pick of the bunch, bowling with good pace and accuracy to snag both of the poles. 

However, from then on, the St. George batsman did well to dig in. They refused to play a loose shot and waited for the pitch to flatten out, and that’s’ exactly what happened after tea. Despite the bowlers’ best efforts, St. George slowly chipped away at the total, eventually knocking it off 3 down with a couple of overs left in the day. 

A confident declaration from the St. George captain followed, and the Gordon openers had an ugly 3 overs to see out in fading light. Credit to Kris and Chris, who denied the saints attack and saw out the day out unharmed. 

With first innings points already lost, the goal for day two was to use the second innings as batting practice to get some much needed form under the belt. However, in what has become a bad habit this season, we slumped to 3 for 24 and an outright victory looked on the cards for the saints. 

From then on it was the Axel Cahlin show. What can be said...the kid’s a gun. Axel dispatched the ball all over Chatswood oval and the St. George bowlers quickly realised that there is nowhere you can bowl when Axel is in the mood. He ended up with a cheeky 137 not out (red ink!!), more runs than I have scored in aggregate in my 53 matches for the club. I agree with Spratty, Axel is also my favourite person. Axel was well supported by both Jack Colley and Nick McMurray and the Stags finally proved that they could bat for long periods of time. 

At teatime, Max made a sporting declaration at 6 for 237, leaving the Saints a tantalising chase for 10 points. The Gordon quicks once again set about their business, starting well to keep the run rate down. However, in the middle overs the saints batsman gave the target a red hot crack and looked as though they could get the required 7 or 8 runs an over to win the match. Anand Verma came into the attack and bowled brilliantly to initially keep the runs down, and later take two wickets. His spell was crucial in denying the saints any chance of the outright victory. Eventually the game petered out as the saints ended up 5 for 155. 

Axel Cahlin
The Axel Cahlin masterclass

Overall, it was a positive fight back from the young second grade team, who arguably took day two honours from a strong St. George line up. However, points are not awarded for simply winning days of cricket and we will need to start scoring big totals in the first innings if we are to open the account for the season. 

Jack Skilbeck

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Having negotiated the carpark that was the Princes Highway, we arrived at the picturesque Harold Fraser Reserve. Tom Colverd was particularly pleased to see a flat and green outfield and was overjoyed at seeing a ball actually roll along the grass for the first time on these shores. A sharp warm up, which was unfortunately missing Crosland’s (in)famous catching circle, ensured the boys were ready for a traditionally hard days work against the Saints. 

Despite Patrick Effeney’s best attempt to jinx the skipper’s perfect tossing record, Cubby won the toss and elected to bat on a hard wicket with a little grass that looked picture perfect for batting on. 

Adam Cubbage batted well with Andrew Crosland

Losing both openers early, Darren “stags are male deers right?” Jayasekera and Matt Chamberlain combined well to move the score to 51. Both Darren and Matt looked strong off their pads, and punished any wayward bowling before Matt was dismissed. Reagan “friendzone” Klemt then joined Darren and the two batted very sensibly, knocking singles, picking off twos and punishing anything loose in a 61-run partnership. 

Darren played a fluent innings full of boundaries around the ground before edging to slip just shy of his half century for 46. Gordon were 4/112 and Andrew Crosland picked up where Darren left off, punishing any bad deliveries and keeping the score ticking over at a good rate. Reagan fell for 34 on the stroke of tea and you could sense honours were slightly in favour of St George with the score on 5/134. 

The scorebook will reflect a number of starts for our middle order, without them cashing in. Despite a solid run rate, wickets seemed to fall regularly and at the wrong times, leaving the tailenders (particularly Blaize) visualizing their potential innings later on in the day. 

Adam Cubbage and Crosland batted well into the evening session, and looked to have abated the tailender’s fears, before Cubby was unfortunately bowled for 25, with the score on 181. Papworth joined Crosland and the two took us to 232 in a 51-run partnership that took advantage of some tiring bowlers.

Cross collage
Andrew Crosland scored a fine 68

When Papworth was dismissed for 25, it sparked a mini-collapse that saw Gordon lose 3 wickets for no runs. Crosland was out in the next over looking to perhaps hit one too many for 68, and when Blaize chipped to mid off it was looking like the Stags would struggle to make 250. That left Dan Stickland and Pat Effeney at the crease and it looked like Gordon were going to have a little dig at the Saints. Fortunately Dan Stickland and Pat Effeney showed determination and grit, which belied their status as number 10 and 11. The two combined in a sensible 35-run partnership which not only took the score to 267, but featured both batsman's first ever sixes in grade cricket! 

After crashing a number of boundaries through the covers, the 'Paddlepop Lion' Effeney rocked onto the backfoot and sent one over mid-on to cheers from the pavilion. Not to be outdone, Stickland then danced down the wicket and launched the legspinner for a larger six over long-on to cheers from the lads and screaming from his mother, who was in attendance for the first time this season. Stickland, perhaps in awe of his hit, missed one 3 balls later and was out LBW last ball of the day. A handy partnership that created a competitive score, but the Stags would need to bowl well to defend it. 

After a wet week, where the sun only really showed his face on Thursday we were excited at the prospect of a more assistive deck, and slower outfield to better defend our total, which was deemed to be just below par. Whilst the outfield was slower, the wicket was still hard but had better carry. Blaize and Dan Stickland took the new ball looking to utilise this extra assistance and put the pressure on early. Blaize “the chemist” Irving-Holliday did just that with 2 wickets in 3 balls in his second over. Stickland then chimed in, forcing a drag-on from the dangerous Vergopolos (who had scored 200 in the previous round) and at 3/41 we were in the box seat.

However the wicket then flattened out and wickets were hard to come by. Cubby in perhaps his best spell in recent memory, was toiling away at one end, bowling a 19 over spell for 36 runs. Whilst Cubbage didn’t cash in on the wickets column, he was the unsung hero of the bowling effort, drying the run rate up and forcing the St George batsmen to chance their arm later on, eventually leading to their downfall.

Blaise
A career best performance by Blaize

With the saints heading into tea at 3-117 Gordon were looking down the barrel and needed a hero. Enter Blaize Mackay Irving-Holliday. Taking a wicket first over after tea gave us the lift we so desperately needed, and put the saints on notice. Blaize made it look as if he was bowling on a different wicket and with Pat Effeney building sustained pressure from the other end we started to turn the screws. 

A small partnership developed, but when Blaize took his fourth wicket at 5/185 the saints realised that to win this match they need to score at 5 an over with only 15 overs left in the day. This sent the match into one-day mode and some brilliant bowling from Blaize, along with energetic fielding, Gordon took the last 6 wickets for only 47 runs. Blaize took 5 of those wickets to earn himself a career best 7-55 off 19 overs. 

A great win, the brilliance of Blaize was backed up superbly by the pressurised bowling of Cubby (0/48 off 21), Pat Effeney (1-57 off 18.1) and Stickland (1/54 off 15). It was great to see us dig in and fight when it looked as if St George were cruising to victory and I will remember this as one of many great victories I've enjoyed wearing the Gordon shirt.

Here's to many more, up Gordon, get fah you bah!

Dan Stickland

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Twenty20 Cup vs Sydney & Illawarra - 2014/15

Twenty20 Cup vs Sydney & Illawarra - 2014/15

Game 1 v Sydney JK

We won the toss and sent the Tigers in to bat on a good wicket. Charlie Stobo spearheaded us through the powerplay with some tight bowling, while James “Monty” Kennedy capitalized on the applied pressure, picking up three excellent wickets in his four overs. 

James Kennedy took 3 for 21 

The fielding was also excellent, led by Bombas and Richtor on the ground and Crawford and Soper with the catching. 

The less said about our batting the better. We gifted our wickets to Sydney and were never in any real danger of chasing down the required runs. The obvious standout was Steve “Grumps” Colley who batted superbly for his 68 runs. Mr. “Kurns” Kennedy continued on from his solid innings the day before to add 15 runs to the tally, but we were eventually bundled out for just 97 runs. 

Well done to Sydney. Your trucker caps were also pretty cool. 

T20 team

The 1st grade T20 team, accompanied by Paul Gow from our major sponsor Mortgageport

 

Game 2 v Illawarra

Another successful toss, but this time we decided to put the runs on the board first. Crawford was "tyming" them beautifully and raced away to 48 runs off just 21 balls. Supportive cameos from Evans, Richtor, and Soper at the end saw us post 142 runs, which was still probably under par given the ground and the start we had. 

Bevo

Poysden opened up with the ball and immediately settled in to some good areas. However, the next five overs saw us offer up a few too many four balls. The Illawarra openers certainly made the most of the powerplay and were in the box seat heading in to the halfway point. Credit to Stobo who came back strongly and was rewarded with a wicket. Mr. “Snrub” Kennedy also got in on the act, picking up two wickets in consecutive deliveries. 

Iain Beverley (Bevo)

With one wicket to get, Axel “Rose” Cahlin was tossed the ball. The Illawarra tail clearly needed to "axe-elerate" the run rate and sent his second ball on to the train tracks. I love Axel’s attempt to try and get the crowds back to Sydney Grade Cricket. He eventually finished things off with a run out. Good on ya mate. It was the best of times. It was the blurst of times. 

Reece eventually found his keys in the covers at the end of the day. It’s always in the last place you left it… you idiot. 

Daniel Smith

Mortgageport
Outstanding individual performances not enough to stem the tide against the Saints

Outstanding individual performances not enough to stem the tide against the Saints

Three fantastic individual performances from Axel Cahlin, Blaize Irving-Holiday and Will Calov wasn’t enough to stop most of the spoils being taken by St. George to complete Round 2 of the 2014-15 season.

In the three seasons prior to this one, the 15 matches in all grades between Gordon and St. George has produced 11 Gordon wins, three to the Saints and one memorable tie in fourths at Beauchamp. 

Axel acknowledges his century at Chatswood

No doubt a win last Sunday for Gordon in the frist round of the T20 competition against Saints on their home ground was enough for them as they decided the balance had to be restored and while we collected good wins in thirds and fifths, firsts, seconds and fourths were well beaten by a very determined Saints Club.

However this won’t stop us celebrating three wonderful performances by Gordon players which were:

  • Axel Cahlin, first year out of Green Shield, in only his second game in Second Grade, scored a masterful 137* for his maiden grade century to help his side avoid outright defeat.  This follows on from his 64 and 94 in Round One!
  • Blaize Irving- Holliday bowled with great determination and pace to take 7-55 and steer Third Grade to a strong win.
  • Will Calov followed his 67 with the bat last week, where he helped rescue the Fifth Grade team from 7-96 to 204, with 5-8 at the bowling crease as St George fell for 100 (and another wicket in the second innings just to ice the cake).

Youngster Aaron Crofts also scored a fighting 70 in Fourth Grade, trying very hard to hold the innings together. 

 
Blaize during his fabulous 7 for 55 off 19 overs

First Grade

Cam Eccles and Iain Beverley took the overnight score of 0-28 to 0-54 in their quest for St George’s total of 335.  Both were then dismissed and for a little while Harry Evans and Steve Colley looked to have righted the ship.  However, they also fell and the middle order collapsed to have the Stags 8-141.  The final three batsmen, Chad Soper, James Kennedy (top scoring with 35*) and Josh Poysden showed good determination but the damage had been done and Gordon were dismissed for a disappointing 204. 

     
Steve Colley and Iain Beverley were in the runs at Hurstville while Harry Evans didn't enjoy this particular delivery

First Grade scores

St George 8 dec 355 and 1-40 (Chad Soper 1-14) defeated Gordon 203 (James Kennedy 35*, Steve Colley 34, Iain Beverley 30) on first innings.

Second Grade

After St George declared just past the Gordon score from Day 1, a gutsy batting display was needed to avert an outright defeat.  At 3-24, things did not look great as Jack Colley and Axel Cahlin set about remedying the situation.  Both hit the ball crisply but unfortunately Jack was dismissed for 30 to a loose shot.  Axel was joined by Nick McMurray and they batted very sensibly.  

Axel shows his class at Chatswood

Once again Nick showed great fighting qualities as Axel hit the loose ball to the fence regularly.  Axel moved to 54* at lunch and they continued after the break, finally adding 97.  Another 49 run partnership with Max Newman took Gordon out of the range of an outright with Axel reaching his maiden grade century – a wonderful effort for a 16 year old!  He moved to 137* (22 fours and one six) before the innings was declared, leaving St George an unlikely chase of 235 off 32 overs.  They went at it hard for quite a while but the Gordon bowlers stuck to their task and the day finished with St George 5-155.  Another loss but the young team is continuing to learn.  A great day for Axel! 

   
Charlie Stobo and Nick McMurray in action against Saints

Second Grade scores

St George 3 dec 159 and 5-155 (Anand Verma 2-26) defeated Gordon 156 and 6 dec 237 (Axel Cahlin 137*, Jack Colley 30, Nick McMurray 30) on first innings.

Third Grade

267 runs on the board was a good start but Gordon needed to bowl well.  They started brilliantly, with Blaize Irving-Holliday taking two wickets immediately.  Dan Stickland took another to have St George 3-41 and in trouble.  

Gordon skipper Adam Cubbage kept the pressure on against Saints

Two excellent partnerships followed which got Saints right back in the match.  However, the bowling was good, with skipper Adam Cubbage completing a couple of terrific tight spells of high class leg spin.  While he didn’t cash in on the wickets, the pressure he exerted lifted the required run rate.  From 4-186 at the final drinks break, Blaize took control and the St George innings collapsed as they chased the win.  The final six wickets fell for 47 as he finished with the fine figures of 7-55.  Pat Effeney, Dan Stickland and Adam Cubbage gave great support as the 3rds completed their second win from two games.  Well done!

Third Grade scores

Gordon 267 defeated St George 233 (Blaize Irving- Holliday 7-55, Dan Stickland 1-54, Pat Effeney 1-57).

Fourth Grade

Gordon began their chase of the massive 6 dec 366 badly, losing two wickets straight away.  Stan Gaynor and Aaron Crofts then set about rebuilding the innings before a disastrous over where three wickets fell had the innings in tatters.  

Aaron Crofts fought hard at Killara

Batsmen found unlikely ways to be dismissed and only a partnership of 64 between Aaron and Iqbal Ahmed saved the innings from complete collapse.  Aaron’s innings of 70 was a very determined knock and this young player showed excellent resolve.

Gordon were given a second chance by St George and the three batsmen involved fared much better as they saw the day through.

Fourth Grade scores

St George 6 dec 366 defeated Gordon 157 (Aaron Crofts 70, Iqbal Ahmed 38, Stan Gaynor 27) and 1-79 (Tom Carruthers 36*, Stan Gaynor 23, Shayne Lin 17*) on first innings.

Fifth Grade

Although the 5ths had fought back brilliantly to post 205 last week after being 7-96, they would still need to bowl well to secure a win.  Will Calov, following his heroics with the bat, provided that spark, taking three wickets after the St George openers had added 21.  Wickets to Anthony Sherman and Matt Keane also assisted in ripping the top order apart and Saints slumped to 5-39.   

 
Will Calov during his 5 for 8

A bit of a partnership followed but the Gordon bowling was very tight and good pressure was maintained.  Ben Leighton bowled well and removed the dangerous skipper.  Another wicket to Ben and one to Adrian Craig saw St George go into tea at 8-100.  Straight after the break, Will Calov came back on and took the remaining two wickets immediately, finishing with the excellent figures of 5-8 from 8.2 overs.

Gordon had a second go, taking a couple of early wickets but the game finished as a convincing, determined win to the young Stags with Will’s contribution outstanding. 

 
A great catch to Andrew Coleman off Will Calov

Fifth Grade scores

Gordon 205 defeated St George 100 (Will Calov 5-8, Ben Leighton 2-25, Matt Keane 1-4, Adrian Craig 1-13, Anthony Sherman 1-36) and 3-31 on the first innings.

Michael Falk

 
Well bowled Will


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