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We’re just wild about Harry

We’re just wild about Harry

A magnificent 155 not out from first grade skipper Harry Evans has propelled his side to a commanding win against Northern Districts in the SCA Rivalry Round on Saturday. Harry’s effort of scoring 155 off 142 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes was one of the best seen at Chatswood since Sid Carroll. I wasn’t there to watch Sid Carroll bat but Jim Cattlin was and he said so. For the older Gordon wrap readers, I am sure they will say this is very high praise and well deserved for Harry.

Harry acknowledges the Chatswood crowd

Harry now has a pre-Christmas total of 556 runs at an incredible average of 111.20 and maybe it is an omen but in the 1956/57 season Sid Carroll scored a combined 1307 runs at 54.47 for NSW and Gordon in the one season which included a score of 150 at Chatswood. Sid finished with 11,686 runs for Gordon. This knock was the 8th highest in 1st Grade Limited Overs history and takes Harry's aggregate past 3,000 1st Grade runs. All the comparison needs now is the nod from the NSW selectors.

Harry’s innings allowed Gordon to reach 281 for 5 and they then bowled out ND’s for 195 in the 49th over.

The Evans innings - with controlled shots around the ground..and over

Thirds had a good win while fifths had an absolute nail biter winning on the last ball of the match by 1 run. Seconds lost after bowling out ND’s for 189 and being 1 for 102 in reply but losing the rest of their batting for 70 runs while fourths also lost after not getting quite enough runs and losing a bowler to injury after only three balls.

The overall results leave firsts in 7th spot with 22 points, seconds in 19th, thirds in second spot, fourths 15th and fifths 4th for the Christmas break.

In addition to Harry’s score our new recruit for South Africa Michael Strauss had an excellent debut for his new club with 91 at Beauchamp to in the end give the team enough runs for their dramatic victory.

Michael Strauss on debut for Gordon after arriving from South Africa

Axel Cahlin continued his good form after returning from a successful campaign for the NSW Under 17 team scoring 69 to lay the platform for seconds which they couldn’t capitalise on. Axel goes into the break with 407 runs at 58.

In fourths Sahill Turki scored 66 while the only bowler to take 4 wickets was Elliot Richtor in firsts with 4 for 26.

1st Grade

Gordon were surprisingly sent in on a good Chatswood deck.  A wicket fell early but Steve Colley and Harry Evans batted very sensibly, putting away the loose ball while also running between the wickets well to take the score to 108 before Steve was dismissed.  Elliott Richtor looked excellent before being unfortunately run out.  Tym Crawford was also effective until out for 16. 

Last week's hero Chad Soper congratulates Elliot Richtor on his 4th and match winning wicket

Another wicket fell but Harry was still there and batting imperiously.  Iain Beverley came in at No.7 and, with Harry, added 113 from the final 15 overs – a great effort.  Bevo made a great 36 not out from 40 balls but the day belonged to Harry.  What do you say about an innings of 155 not out from 142, except superb!!  The final total of 5 for 281 from the allotted 50 overs was most competitive and, with a good bowling effort, a strong win was on the cards.

The Stags openers responded well.  Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo, playing his debut First Grade game after the late withdrawal of James Kennedy with a leg injury, kept the pressure on the early batsmen.  Dan Smith dismissed the dangerous Daniel Hughes and Charlie removed the other opener.  He bowled his ten overs straight through, finishing with the most impressive figures of 1 for 22 which included 7 off one over! 

Iain Beverley, Steve Colley and Chad Soper against the Rangers

The score of 2 for 36 then became 4 for 68 after 25 overs as Chad Soper and Josh Poysden continued the good work.  A handy partnership of 46 followed but Josh struck again and Harry Evans also chimed in and it was 6 for 116.  Elliott Richtor then took the game completely away from ND’s with a stellar spell.  He took the final 4 wickets and, while the Stags were unable to achieve a bonus point, they go into the break with a most convincing victory to chew their Christmas turkey over.

1st Grade scores

Gordon 5 for 281 (Harry Evans 155 not out, Iain Beverley 36 not out, Steve Colley 36) defeated Northern Districts 195 (Elliott Richtor 4 for 28, Josh Poysden 2 for 44).

2nd Grade

Gordon were in the field at Waitara but the bowlers responded well and, with Blaize Irving-Holliday striking early, things looked good.  The early introduction of Anand Verma paid dividends and Districts were struggling at 5 for 75.

Axel Cahlin during his 69 at Mark Taylor Oval

A couple of small partnerships ensued but the bowling was tight, as was the fielding.  Adam Cubbage took a couple, and, with Anand, Blaize, Jack Skilbeck and Dan Stickland all bowling well, Northern Districts were dismissed for a very gettable 185.

Gordon started well, with Tom Carruthers and Liam McElduff putting on 33 for the first wicket.  At Tom’s dismissal, Axel Cahlin joined Liam and they took the score to 103.  Unfortunately, at this point, the wheels fell off.  Liam was out for a gritty 17 and wickets fell rapidly. 

Anand Verma during his 3 wicket haul

Axel scored a fine 69 but the middle order were swamped as they slumped to 9-156.  Blaize made every effort to resurrect the situation with an aggressive 30 not our but the final wicket fell 12 runs short – a disappointing result after getting into such a good position.

2nd Grade scores

Gordon 173 (Axel Cahlin 69, Blaize Irving-Holliday 30*, Tom Carruthers 20, Liam McElduff 17) lost to Northern Districts 185 (Anand Verma 3 for 32, Adam Cubbage 2 for 46).

3rd Grade

Gordon lost the toss and bowled first at Killara.  The Northern Districts openers put on 27 before Nick Miller broke the partnership.  As the total moved up, Rob Barker and Harry Middlebrook bowled intelligent spells and took a couple of wickets each.  Scott O’Brien also was most impressive and Districts finished on a below par 159.  The Gordon bowling overall was very good and they didn’t allow any decent partnerships to develop.

Nick Miller is supported in the field while skipper Damon Livermore shows his call at Killara

Kris Colley and Damon Livermore started briskly and then Jack Colley also looked quite sound.  The score moved quite quickly to 3 for 80 when Damon was dismissed for a very solid 37 and the win was not yet clear cut.  Chris Spratt came in and played his shots from the outset.  He had a bit of fortune but the score mounted quickly as the game moved away from the Districts.  He was out for a vital 46 with the score at 135 and it was left to Reagan Klemt and Nick McMurray to complete the excellent win.  A really strong team performance!

Chris Spratt, Reagan Klemt and Nick McMurray at Killara

3rd Grade scores

Gordon 4 for 160 (Chris Spratt 46, Damon Livermore 37, Reagan Klemt 28*, Nick McMurray 16*) defeated Northern Districts 159 (Scott O’Brien 3 for 18, Rob Barker 3 for 35, Harry Middlebrook 2 for 23, Nick Miller 1 for 29).

4th Grade

Gordon won the toss at Asquith and batted first.  Early wickets fell as Gordon slumped to 3 for 23.  Saahil Turki and Matt Chamberlain then got together and shared an excellent partnership.  The outfield was very slow but they put Gordon in with a show.  Saahil’s 66 was a good responsible effort and Gordon’s final total of 8 for 172 was competitive.

Saahil Turki during his 66 at Asquith

Districts started carefully and at 2 for 44 from 16 overs, the game was evenly poised.  Unfortunately Tim Fulton had to leave the field after only three deliveries through injury and from there it became very hard work as the batsmen dug in and pushed the score up.  Only one more wicket was taken as the Gordon total was passed in the 48th over.  The Stags were a credit the way they fought hard to the finish but probably not good enough on the day.

4th Grade scores

Gordon 8 for 172 (Saahil Turki 66, Matt Chamberlain 30) lost to Northern Districts 3 for 174 (Tjaard Tait 2 for 44).

5th Grade

Gordon batted first on an excellent wicket at Beauchamp.

Dave Monaghan bowls that final delivery of the match. What a finish!

Early wickets fell and the score moved to 4 for 63 with the Stags in trouble.  New club member, Michael Strauss, playing his first game for Gordon having just completed school in South Africa, came to the crease, making his presence felt immediately with some powerful strokes.  With Jack Clinton, he added 49, bringing up a powerful half century.  He continued to smash the bowling, adding 69 with the ever-reliable Dave Monaghan.  He was finally dismissed for a fantastic 91, having rescued the Gordon situation remarkably.  When the final wicket fell at 221 - Dave Monaghan falling for 26 and thus robbing Matt Todd of a possible half-century (not out 5) – the Stags had amassed a competitive total despite only batting for 38 overs!

In response, Northern Districts began particularly well.  The openers moved to 78 before the first wicket fell.  Another wicket fell immediately but another good partnership followed.  However, the overs were being churned through and, with the very slow outfield, it was game on.  Gordon then took a couple more wickets and it looked like the pendulum had swung to the home team.  Then there were a couple of poor overs with sloppy bowling and fielding resulting in the score rising very quickly.  Just when Ladbrokes started to receive some sizeable wagers on Northern Districts, some slogs resulted in wickets and the equation got to 24 from three overs.

Tristan Cooper and Pat Rice in action near the finish of the innings

This went to 19 from the final two overs which wasn’t too bad until the last ball of the penultimate over disappeared over the sightscreen to leave 9 from the last over.  Dave Monaghan (who else?) was left to bowl the final over.  Five balls saw 7 runs so it was one to tie and two to win for ND’s from the last ball.

Good ball, beats the bat, Andrew Coleman calmly collects, runs up to the stumps and takes the bails off, batsman well out, comfortable win by one run!

So, six points going into the break, Fifths now into second place on the ladder, but some definite work needed on FIELDING!  Well done.

5th Grade scores

Gordon 221 (Michael Strauss 91, Dave Monaghan 26, Andrew Coleman 24) defeated Northern Districts 9-220 (Tristan Cooper 3 for 50, Michael Strauss 1 for 25, Pat Rice 1 for 38, Anthony Sherman 1 for 44).

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Gordon Cricket & Mortgageport 'Charity Golf Day and Dinner' – February 19, 2015

Gordon Cricket & Mortgageport 'Charity Golf Day and Dinner' – February 19, 2015

Gordon Cricket is pleased to announce the legendary, Jim Maxwell, Stirling Mortlock and Paul Gow will be our special guests at the golf day and dinner on Thursday 19th February, 2015. The club will again be donating to the "Dream Cricket", the special program managed by the Movement Disorder Foundation which is a fantastic program to provide cricket for disabled children.

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This is an important event for the Gordon District Cricket Club and we urge all players and supporters to become involved. Non-golfers are most welcome to join us for the dinner.

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Gordon Go Two For Two With Another Convincing Green Shield Win

Gordon Go Two For Two With Another Convincing Green Shield Win

UNSW won the toss and had no hesitation in batting at the Village Green.  They started well and it was not until the introduction of spin that Gordon really got into the game.  Dermott Beattie, Ryan McElduff and Harry Wallace all bowled well and kept UNSW contained on a great deck.  A bit of aggressive batting near the end got the score to 171 but it didn’t look like it was going to be enough.

Oliver Zannino in action at Village Green

The Gordon openers, Ryan Tullia and Jake O’Donnell, began very sensibly.  While not trying to overplay their hand, they added 66 for the first wicket and the perfect platform had been laid.  Unfortunately three wickets fell quickly but for the second time, Oliver Zannino and Harry Wallace came together and they played brilliantly. 

Dermott Beattie, Ryan McElduff and Tim Ferrero in action against UNSW

They were calm and organized and knew exactly what was required.  They shared an unbroken partnership of exactly 100 – much better than their partnership on Thursday (99) – and Gordon cruised past the required total in the 43rd over.

Ryan Tullia, Harry Wallace and Jake O'Donnell against UNSW

So, two wins from two games and some really thoughtful and mature cricket played, once again. Now it’s on to Waverley Oval on Tuesday to play Easts before the Christmas break.

Green Shield Scores

Gordon 3-172 (Oliver Zannino 50*, Harry Wallace 35*, Jake O’Donnell 35, Ryan Tullia 24) defeated UNSW 171 (Ryan McElduff 3-25 off 10 overs, Josh Hayes 2-28 off 7 overs, Dermott Beattie 2-30 off 10 overs, Harry Wallace 1-25 off 10 overs).

MIchael Falk scribe and Tony Wilson photgrapher

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

Anand2nd Grade rocked up to Blacktown after the hour’s drive west to get to the ground. It’s undoubtedly the case that some of our younger, more sheltered, team members were surprised to find that people actually live further west than Newtown. 

Not sure if the photographers made it out there this week... so here is Anand earlier 

With the amount of rain that had poured down over the past couple of weeks we were surprised to see a wicket that didn’t look like you needed gum boots to walk on it. What we did see was a solid wicket, decent pace, decent bounce, no real demons, nothing the seamers would have been licking their lips over but certainly wouldn’t have been turning our noses up at it either.

In the words of my favourite cricket commentator, Danny Morrison: The Stags have won the toss…and they’re gonna have a boooowwwl.

Charlie and Jack started off the innings picking up a wicket each in their first spells, Charlie removing the left handed opener slashing outside off and Jack bowling the Cricket Superstar contestant after he tried to hoick him over mid on. With the score at 2/20, we were very much in the driver’s seat and things were looking good. Blaize took two quick wickets to have the score at 4/40 odd. 

CubbageWhat happened next was quite bizarre; Anand took four wickets (that’s not the bizarre bit), Cubby bowled very tightly for his 5 overs and two run outs occurred in short succession to have Blacktown all out for 81 in 34 overs. 

Cubby performed with bat and ball 

Looking at the score you would think that the bowlers bowled the house down, this was not the case. Everyone bowled well without being spectacular just every chance that was given to us we took, every loose shot they played either found an edge which found someone behind the stumps or found their way to a fieldsman.

We went back into the sheds feeling confident as you would expect and thinking that an outright win was all but a formality. I’ve heard the phrase “you wouldn’t read about it” thrown around quite a bit recently but what happened next you really wouldn’t read about, not in a Sydney Grade Cricket scoresheet anyway. 

Barring Darren’s 24 I don’t think anyone else hit double figures; if they did, I certainly don’t think they’d be bragging about it. Like a trauma patient, I can’t quite recall what happened in detail but there was a top, middle and lower order collapse and we were bowled out for 50… chasing 80. 


Big bad Blaize tells it as he sees it 

It was certainly a combination of things, I think we went out over confident, one bowler had the spell of his life and before we knew what to do with ourselves we were 5 down. After the last wicket fell, the umpires called time due to impending thunder storms.

The next week we were to play 120 overs which meant we had to get there at 8:00. The day’s performance is still a bit raw so I’ll keep it short. Charlie picked up Cricket Superstar on the first ball of the day, two injuries occurred to their top order batsmen, the wicket was such that once a few overs had been bowled it was very hard for the seamers to get any solid footing on the front crease which meant the spinners did the bulk of the work which apart from the odd loose ball they bowled very tightly.

Anand picked up 4 wickets to end up with 8 for the match and Cubby picked up 2 but certainly deserved more. After 67 overs and a lot of luck Blacktown left us with 240 to chase in 53 overs. 

Very achievable on that wicket and with our batting line up. 

DarrenT’was not to be as we fell to 3/20, then 5/50 pretty much meant our chances of collecting 6 points were all but gone. We finished the day at 7/150, the two highlights of our innings was Darren’s 20 odd and Cubby’s 49. Both batted well, Darren, I thought, was unlucky to get out LBW and so was Cubby - the Umpire could have at least let him raise his bat first.

Darren has been in good form over the first part of the season 

I will say this, for a team that basically had us dead to rights for most of the game they played in a very unsportsmanlike manner. I’m all for sledging to either release built up tension or if it’s a tight game and you either need to fire yourself up or try and get underneath the oppositions skin, but to sledge the opposition when you’re dominating the game was just not necessary. There is a lot more I’d like to say on this matter but I’ll save it for when we play them next time.

To sum up this match in a word: Frustrating. 

Blaize Irving-Holliday

Great Start to Greenies’ Season

Great Start to Greenies’ Season

The Gordon Green Shield team began their campaign with a convincing win over Parramatta at Killara on Thursday.Batting first in bowler-friendly conditions, Gordon fought hard to gain the ascendancy.  Some gritty early batting, notably by Ryan McElduff, bore fruit as the middle order was able to get on top.

Harry Wallace congratulates Oliver Zannino on his 50

Oliver Zannino and Harry Wallace shared an aggressive partnership of 99, both batting with real class, while Connor Fahey and Tim Ferrero made excellent contributions.

The final total of 7-251 from their allotted 50 overs was going to be difficult to chase down and, despite some good early batting, the required run rate was always climbing.  A crucial wicket fell with the score 3-120 after 31 overs and, from there, it was all one way traffic.  Parramatta finished all out for 165 with James Rouse, Tim Ferrero and Charlie Sennitt all doing well.  Mention should also be made of Dermott Beattie whose miserly 0-25 from 10 overs was a good effort.

Oliver Zannino during his 64 on Thursday

A really promising effort first up.  Now, out to the Village Green to take on the young UNSW students on Sunday.

Harry Wallace at Killara

Green Shield Scores

Gordon 7-251 (Oliver Zannino 64, Harry Wallace 53, Tim Ferrero 27, Connor Fahey 26, Ryna McElduff 17) defeated Parramatta 165 (James Rowse 3-23, Tim Ferrero 3-27, Charlie Sennitt 2-35).

Michael Falk   

 Connor Fahey, James Rowse and Tim Ferrero in action against Parramatta
5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

CraigAfter the washout on the first day due to the previous night’s downpour, the Stags turned out bright and early for the long day’s cricket ahead, with the hopes of a full day’s play to make a push for the 6 points against the Blacktown Warriors.

Adrian Craig... 6 down the ground and over the sightscreen!

The ground showed two things: that it was a good deck that would offer little for the bowlers, and that the outfield would be extremely slow. 

There was a bit of a delay in the start however with the Blacktown captain wanting to wait in the change rooms for an extra 15 minutes before beginning play. The Warriors captain won the toss and we were batting on wicket that would provide the opportunity for plenty of runs.

The openers Adrian Craig and Andrew Coleman both strode out to the crease looking to get the Stags off to a good start. After a cautious beginning that didn't produce many runs due to a combination of both tight bowling and a slow outfield the shackles were broken and both batsmen were looking in good touch. 

Coleman's half century

Both openers played a number of powerful straight and leg side shots with Adrian striking a lusty blow onto the road over the side screen. They looked sharp and produced a solid platform before Adrian was out caught behind with the score on 69 for a well-played 26. 

Andrew Coleman acknowledges the boys after reaching 50 

Andrew Coleman continued to play in a solid fashion to pass his 50 with the support of Dante Otto and Tristan Cooper who both played some good shots before being dismissed. Looking to push on to a big total, Andrew Coleman was dismissed caught for a well-played 78 (may cost him a few dollars for a new bat.)

With a declaration looking likely, the Stags went after quick runs with Anthony Sherman and John O'Neill-Fuller playing aggressively before being dismissed. Unfortunately in the attempt for quick runs we lost a few wickets before Tristan decided to declare the innings at 8/201, a score that we could defend but could also be achieved with the wicket still looking good and the outfield becoming faster as the day progressed. We needed to bowl well.

Tim Fulton, Tristan Cooper and Harry Middlebrook contribute to their side's success 

We started the bowling effort in good fashion with Tim Fulton bowling some tight lines which saw him snag two early poles. With the introduction of Harry Middlebrook and a sharp catch behind the stumps resulting in another wicket, the Warriors were in trouble at 3/17. The Stags continued to bowl well at the opposition batsmen limiting there scoring options until Matt Todd struck trapping the batsmen right in front, an easy decision for the umpire. 

A small partnership followed with a couple of lusty blows going over the fence until the introduction of Tristan Cooper with a good catch in the deep from Harry Middlebrook broke the partnership getting out there most dangerous player.

Andrew ColemanTristan Cooper persevered with his off spin to collect his second, third and fourth in the space of a couple of overs to put the game beyond doubt and leave himself with the tidy figures of 4-9.With the score at 8-105, Matt Todd was then brought back on making up for dropping what was described by many as an absolute sitter by sneaking through the gap between bat and pad, rattling the pegs. 

The closure of the game. And what a great photo of Andrew Coleman's work! 

The game was finally finished off with a bit of good work from Tim Fulton and a tidy bit of keeping from Andrew Coleman resulting in the last wicket being a runout, crushing Tristan's chances of a five wicket haul. A solid all round performance achieving the 6 points, let's carry the momentum into next week.

Pat Rice

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