With an outright win in fifths, draws in firsts and thirds and losses in seconds and fourths, the matches didn’t finish with the promise they showed at the end of last weekend. There were some excellent performances however with Aaron Crofts taking 6 for 35 in fifths, Steve Colley scoring 90 in firsts, Reagan Klemt 93 and Dom Thomson 82 not out in seconds, the world’s best fifth grader 72 not out and Michael Fletcher 59 in fifths.
Aaron Crofts with his six wicket ball
*Please note there is a dispute in regard to the number of runs scored by Northern Districts in their innings and until this is resolved there is no comment to make on the relevant circumstances.
After a delay of 2 hours due to a wet pitch, play commenced with only 5 overs lost, however it was the 21 overs lost last week that had the biggest impact.
Gordon accelerated with some delightful drives from Harry Evans who finished up with 68 and Steve Colley was caught for 90, missing a well-deserved century.
Steve Colley during his 90 against ND's
Steve Colley made a sensible declaration with the score at 5 for 329, with 78 overs for 10 wickets to be taken or Northern Districts to score the runs (or neither of those).
Gordon started well and 2 wickets to Charlie Stobo had the home team on the back foot. The bowlers all bowled good lines early and kept the run rate under the required rate. However, a partnership developed and despite two quick wickets from our new English leggie Matt Parkinson, one a great caught down leg by Ash Doolan,
Matt Parkinson made a solid debut for Gordon
ND’s slowly increased their run rate to the required rate. Another good partnership between Henry Hunt and Daniel Anderson took the game away from us. Despite a late flurry of wickets to Parky and Matt Junk, ND’s appeared to win the game with 1 ball remaining. It was a brilliant innings by Henry Hunt and in the end he steered his team across the line.
Charlie Stobo took two early wickets
Gordon fought hard all day, but a good batting wicket and the inability to accelerate last week made it difficult for us to secure the win.
The final published score however is that Northern Districts finished on 7 for 327 which is two runs short of the target. The result based on this score is a draw.
First Grade Scores
Gordon 5 dec for 329 (Steve Colley 90, Axel Cahlin 86, Harry Evans 68, Cam Eccles 51) drew with Northern Districts 7 for 327 (Matt Parkinson 3 for 115, Matt Junk 2 for 60, Charlie Stobo 2 for 78)
After a dominant first day, NDs asked us to bat again with a lead of 65 and 120 overs ahead. Scott and Dom started cautiously on a wicket that offered a bit of early movement. When Scott (31) was run out with the score past 50, Max Papworth combined with Dom who was looking really solid.
Dom Thomson was in the runs at Chatswood
They put on another 50+ partnership before Max was out for 40. Reagan then joined Dom and continued on his great early season form. The pair were together at lunch then batted through almost the entire middle session. Dom was eventually out to a brilliant catch for an important, match-saving 82.
Shortly afterwards Reagan was out for 93 having played another excellent innings. Reagan now has an imposing 320 runs from three rounds at an average of 80. At tea we were 4/250 and with no prospect of a further result for either side the teams decided to end the day there.
A fantastic, gritty effort from the batters who have restored a lot of confidence and respectability after a disappointing Day 1.
Another fine innings by Reagan Klemt
Second Grade Scores
Gordon 96 (Nick Miller 42 not out) and 4 for 251 (Reagan Klemt 93, Dom Thomspm 82, Max Papworth 40, Scott O’Brien 31) lost to Northern District 4 dec for 161
It’s fair to say that thirds deserved a win, but in some ways we didn’t quite execute well enough to get it. After piling on 300 in the first week, there were more than enough runs on the board.
A promising start with the ball saw Matt Keevers knock over the opener in his first over, but some solid batting meant we had to wait for the change bowlers before more wickets.
Chris De Kretser, Chris Searle and Matt Wright in action for thirds
Things were tight with runs hard to come by. Everyone bowled straight, but a little bit of inconsistency in length hurt us. Pat Effeney snagged two wickets, and Chris de Kretser one, before a partnership of 150 threatened to take the game away from the Stags. The two batsman showed good resolve, but restricting the scoring meant they had to accelerate at some point.
Matt Keevers took an early wicket
When they tried, Chris Searle broke the partnership, and wickets tumbled. We had 6 overs to take the final one in the end, but couldn’t quite get enough balls in the right area to convert into a win.
A game we dominated from start to finish, but only managed a draw.
Third Grade Scores
Gordon 305 Oli Zannino 97, Jamie Bekis 81, Ryan Tullia 39) drew with Northern Districts 9 for 262 (Chris De Kretser 3 for 49, Pat Effeney 2 for 43, Chris Searle 2 for 53, Matt Keevers 1 for 34, Matt Wright 1 for 68)
The Fourth graders were confident of chasing down a total of 192 but the loss of four early wickets didn't help the cause.
Stand in skipper Mitch Kleem
There was some hope with a good partnership building between Nick Andreou and Liam Windel 28 but when this was broken, things slipped away again.
Some good fighting efforts by Matt Keane 30 and will Calov (27 not out) at the end, however we fell about 40 runs short.
The side has played some good teams so far and now understand that the effort is going to have to be better if we are going to be a force at end of season.
Fourth Grade Score
Northern Districts 192 (Matt Keane 4 for 54, Danusha Seneviratne 3 for 38) defeated Gordon 151 Matt Keane 30, Liam Windel 28, Will Calov 27 no)
Tom Hamblin at Killara
5th grade won outright in a tense last session to claim 10 points. Declaring at 8 for 256 after the worlds best fifth grader made a fine 72 not out and ‘Michael Fletcher and excellent 59. With a short cameo from of 21 from David Burk the declaration was made.
From there a very resilient ND’s team made a fight of it and at 1 for 60 they looked set to reach the target and force the day to end early.
However, Aaron Crofts with 6 for 35 and Dylan Hood with 2 for 37, making inroads into the ND’s batting, the momentum changed putting us in a strong position to get the 10 points. Dylan also took two fine catches to go with his support bowling and complimented Aaron who bowled excellent lengths and direction to finish with six wickets.
The final wicket fell with 4 overs left to play after a tense final session and fifths secured a well-deserved outright win.
Fifth Grade Scores
Northern Districts 97 (Vikrant Nehru 6 for 8 of 7 overs,) and 149 (Aaron Crofts 6 for 35, Dave Monaghan 2 for 6, Dylan Hood 2 for 37) were defeated outright by Gordon 8 for 256 (Dave Monaghan 72 not out, Michael Fletcher 59)
The Colts continued batting from their overnight score of 4 for 318 and decided to declare at 8 for 398 from 76 overs, leaving 68 to bowl. James and Lachlan started the bowling off well but failed to make an impact with a wicket.
Dillon was the best of the pace bowlers coming on at first change and picking up two quick wickets. Shiv and Naba both bowled well but couldn’t get the wickets rolling. Matt Todd eventually got the breakthrough but we couldn’t get the last two wickets.
Dillon Amjad, James Reynolds and Oli Williams in action for Colts
The bowlers tried hard but didn’t have the sting of previous matches, while the fielding wasn’t the greatest with a few over throws and dropped catches. Colts scores Gordon 8 for 398 off 76 overs (Dillon Amjad 131, Naba Haider 72, Ayush Joshi 55, Lachlan Burrows 31 Oliver Williams 28) drew with Warringah 8 for 232