While we follow with great interest the performances, both here and overseas, of our current and recent Gordon players, spare a thought for a few of the ‘more senior’ former Gordon players who are still playing with great enthusiasm and skill.
John Dedman, representing Australia against England - Test Cap #50
Many of our older members will remember John Dedman, a young fast bowler in the early 70’s, who played in the First Grade final against Western Suburbs in 1971-72 at the age of 19 (the unfortunate match where the great Gary Gilmour almost single-handedly demolished the Stags).
John then suffered a serious shoulder injury which put paid to a most promising bowling career. However, several years later he fought his way back into First Grade as an opening batsman where he performed admirably. He was also the captain of the last Gordon team to win the Poidevin-Gray Shield, in 1974-75.
John and his family have lived in Bega for many years now but he has continued to play and administer cricket in the area (he has been the President of the Bega Cricket Association for quite a while).
Over the past two years, he has also been a member of the Australian Over 60’s cricket team and has toured England and New Zealand. At present, he is in England playing against many of the County Over 60’s teams as well as a series of ‘Tests’ against England. In the ‘Test’ series, the score is 1-1, with the decider to be played this weekend.
John Dedman sits along side the Gordon president in the 1974/75 PG's photo shoot.
Check out some of the other famous names in this team, including the scorer!
Australia’s win in the second game was their first ever win against the English side (there are a huge number of English players who continue playing well after most Australians have thrown away their bats and boots and have developed the ability to talk a good game, rather than play it).
John has established himself as one of the outstanding members of the Australian team, being the regular no.3 batsman. Let’s hope the Aussies are successful in the final match (NB. The English team is captained by the father of former England spinner, Graham Swann).
Well done, Dedders.
STOP PRESS - Australia defeat England to clinch the Test Series 2-1 - The following with apologies to the English website www.60cc.co.uk
After winning to toss and sending England out into the field, Australia’s openers Ian Pethcrick and Pat Logue survived the England seam attack. After 10 overs, the score was 30/0 and it wasn't until the 16th over that the first wicket fell. Petherick smashed one hard to square leg and England held a difficult chance. Soon after, Logue on 47 was run out after misjudging his partner’s call.
By this time, England’s spinners were exerting a stronghold and at lunch England had bowled a remarkable 45 overs in 2 hours 15 minutes, with Australia 126/3. The very dangerous Phil Drescher was England’s main worry and he had already hit 2 ‘sighter’ fours when he attempted to one over the mid wicket boundary. He got about 85 yards there but was dismissed to a fine tumbling catch. Greg Quinn departed and left the score at 163/5 in 52.
John Dedman stood his ground on a caught behind and received a free Test Match sledging from an infuriated Swann, but the very next ball, Dedman smashed it back at the Northants player who warmly showed him the way to the pavilion.
At the crease now were Rex Bennett and Jimmy Quinn and with hindsight now batted very sensibly, although the England team were very content there were so many dot balls. These two put on 44 in 16 overs to take the score to 220 in over 72 when Martin skied one and Bennett, 44 off 72, was finally stumped. Australia were dismissed for 263, leaving England 80 overs to chase it down.
The Australian and English sides before the second test
First ball, Rex Bennett bounced Nigel Bloch who nearly hit it straight down fine leg throat. But it was 4-0. Bennett’s pace and variation was causing both batsmen immeasurable problems, but they pluckily kept hooking and cutting. Anything slightly off line was being despatched to the ropes. In over 10, a massive straight six off skipper Cooke caused a lost ball and the replacement provided, unknown to the England skipper, was a brand new Kookaburra.
Caunce continued attacking; however, having blasted 78 in 52 balls, he top edged spinner Jimmy Martin to fly slip, and from that moment onwards the game changed. Gordon spies have relayed that Caunce was dismissed for 0, but the keeper, Quinn, called him back, unsure of whether the ball bounced. What a great sport!
Phil Drescher removed Bloch and Swann in three balls, the latter to a superb slip catch by Dedman off an expansive drive. We Gordon folk can only imagine that Dedman would have restrained from a similar sendoff he received from Swann.
When Martin removed Steve Lynch trying to hit him over long on, caught Drescher at short third man, the game had changed beyond all recognition. England were 117-4 in 25 overs, but worse was to come for the hosts. Bennett then completely wrecked England’s hopes with Elder caught and bowled off a leading edge off the splice, Pearse lbw and Andrew lbw. 3 wickets in 8 balls.
Ivill departed to another stunning slip overhead catch by Dedman. Plowman was bowled by a wicket keeper/seamer/spinner/fitness coach Greg Quinn, and it was all over bar the shouting.
England finally perished in the 51st over, with Kenyon lbw to Scott and Australia celebrated wildly as they had every right to do.
So England’s dominance of 10 wins and 1 tie, before last week’s defeat at Middleton and the decider at Sunbury, was finally over and a new era begins, as always happens in sport!
In October 2016, England 60 have been invited back to Australia. Australia played effectively 20 matches in 26 days, incredible when you think about it for 60+ years old. Much, much fitter and conditioned than before, they have set a benchmark the England Selectors will be carefully looking at for the future. Quinn had them out warming up thoroughly and warming down---in every game---and this is something that has all but disappeared in 60’s cricket.
Congratulations to Colin Cooke and his very likeable team, too good in the decider, but beware a wounded Pom!!