Five wins out of six against Campbelltown-Camden with two bonus point is a good round, but a win in firsts would have really topped off the day. With 90 Club Championship points we are certainly starting to head in the right direction. Seconds had a big win after only scoring 201, while thirds got up with a big bonus point win. Fourths put on too big a score, fifths bowled very well and to finish the Colts batted and bowled well to win against Penrith.
A great stumping by Ash Doolan in firsts
There were many good performances with Harry Evans scoring 88 and now accumulating 579 runs at an average of 72. His innings today was first class.
Dillon Amjad continued his great form in Colts scoring 73 while taking 4 for 25, including a double wicket maiden. In seconds Scotty O’Brien lead played a great hand in scoring 54 and also taking 4 for 15, while Tom Hamblin scored 66 and Manus Chauhan 56 not out in fourths.
Similarly, Naba Haider followed his great score last week with 65 not out in fifths along with Hugh Sherwood who is back in form with 54 not out in a 100-run partnership with Naba. Matt Keevers also had the excellent figures of 4 for 19 off 10 overs in thirds to help.
The thirds were back at Chatswood to watch firsts after their early win at KIllara
After the loss of an early wicket First grade started on fire with Harry Evans putting on a master class of batting scoring at will to all parts of the ground. When Axel was dismissed for 48 after batting very well with Harry, the score was 2 for 135 off 25 overs. The score increased to 2 for 154 off 30 and when you apply the age-old formula in one-day cricket of doubling your score after 30 overs if you have wickets in hand a score of 300 was a big chance.
Harry put on a master class at Chatswood
But something went wrong, either they bowled well or we lost our way, but after Harry went caught on the boundary for 88, the wickets started to fall. There were contributions of 30 and 31 from Elliot Richtor and Tym Crawford, but by the end of our 50 overs we were only 8 for 243 and a long way short of the runs needed against a strong batting side like Campbelltown Camden.
After a quick start by Campbelltown, the bowlers got us back in the hunt with two wickets and with the score at 2 for 54 off 12, we just needed to take a couple more to put on the pressure. The problem was Phillip Wells was the opposing bat and with over 15 first grade centuries it was going to be hard. The difficulty was the Philip had good support from Oliver Pope and a partnership of 156 was too good to give us a chance. We kept at them putting on a lot of pressure but the runs were scored in the 47th over. Unfortunately, not enough runs.
Elliot Richtor and Axel Cahlin at Chatswood
First Grade Scores
Gordon 8 for 243 (Harry Evans 88, Axel Cahlin 48, Elliot Richtor 31, Tym Crawford 30) were defeated by Campbelltown-Camden 4 for 249 (Elliot Richtor 2 for 40)
Gordon lost the toss and batted first on a green wicket. We were in early trouble at 2 for 4 before Scott O'Brien (54) and Dom Thomson (48) combined for an 80 run partnership. Some middle order stutters didn't help the cause however late-overs contributions from Michael Roberts (25), Max Newman (33*) and James Kennedy (15) saw the team reach 8 for 201 at the end of the 50 overs.
Campbelltown came out of the blocks racing and flayed their way to 1 for 55 off the first 8 overs. However wickets fell steadily, led by Nick Miller (2/26 off 10) and Scott O'Brien (4/15 off 9) who dominated the middle overs. In the end Campbelltown finished well short of our target, all out for 156. A solid team performance supported by some excellent catching. Good to be back in the winners' circle!
Second Grade Scores
Gordon 8 for 201 (Scott O’Brien 54, Dom Thomson 48, Max Newman 33no, Michael Roberts 25) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 156 (Scott O’Brien 4 for 15, Chris Searle 3 for 41, Nick Miller 2 for 26)
A close one for Dan Stickland at Killara
Finally, a hard-earned victory for the Third Graders. From over 1, it was on. Having been asked to bowl on a pitch that looked like it would do a bit early, the third grade bowlers were on the money. Matt Keevers and Dan Stickland both bowled an excellent line and length, and were backed up in the field. Dan captured one in the first over, and from there the procession began.
Corbin Edgar hits out at Killara
The opposition batsmen struggled under the onslaught, and with the three main pace bowlers rotating the work, there was no relent. Wicket after wicket fell, with Matt getting four and Dan managing two crucial ones. Change bowlers Pat Effeney and Tim Ferrero both maintained the quality, grabbing two each to have Campbelltown dismissed for just 67.
The batting was largely the same story. Ryan Tullia got a good ball early, and Max Papworth may have been a little unlucky, but Corbin Edgar decided dispatching the ball to all parts was the best way to chase down a small total, which we managed to do in under 20 overs. Corbins cameo included five fours in row. (Shades of Bruce!). A superb performance from the Stags, which brings them right back into contention on the ladder.
Third Grade scores
Campbelltown-Camden 67 (Matt Keevers 4 for 19, Tim Ferrero 2 for 12, Dan Stickland 2 for 14, Pat Effeney 2 for 17) defeated by Gordon 3 for 68 (Corbin Edgar 39)
Matt Keevers during his 4 wickets at Killara. I seem to recall another fast bowler who put up his finger with a wicket! Keep the tradition going Matt.
A very solid effort by 4s out at Raby 2.
Stags were unexpectedly sent in by the Ghosts and with Kleem (11) and New (0) out early on a pitch which was holding up, it was looking like a good decision. But as the new ball calmed down, Tom Hamblin, assisted by Niranjan 25, Hayes 14 and Fletcher 5 pushed the score along to 132. With a solid base, Bromley, who finally found some form, and Hamblin, took the score from 132 to 190 before Hamblin was caught for 66. With 7 overs left, Bromley was caught soon after on the 38, with the score on 209. Not finished yet, Chauhen 56 and Calov 24 went on the blast boundaries, taking us to a very strong 283.
The Ghosts never really looked like they had intentions of chasing down our large total, playing extremely defensive right from the start. All bowlers were tight and even though we weren't able to take all of the wickets, we still managed to pick up a valuable bonus point by keeping them under 60% from the whole 50 overs. Standouts with the ball this week were Will Calov 3/41 off 10 and Vikrant Nehru 1/18 off 10.
Hopefully this win acts as a base to launch into the back half of the season.
Fourth Grade Scores
9 for 283 (Tom Hambil 66, Manus Chauhan 56*, Stu Bromley 38) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 7 for 165 (Will Calov 3 for 41)
Campbelltown won the toss on an overcast morning at Beauchamp where the wicket was dry and locked pleasant to bat on. Gordon’s opening bowler Dylan Hood bowled very tightly in his first 7 overs as well as taking a wicket. However, the Ghosts slowly moved the score along before both Aaron Crofts and Rahul Krishna made a break through to have the Ghosts in trouble.
Naba Haider and Hugh Sherwood at Beauchamp
The Ghosts got to 6 for 105 before some excellent fielding from Naba Haider and Rahul Krishna saw two run outs which stopped any revival. With some further tight bowling we were able to keep them to 9 for 155 on a brilliant Beauchamp wicket.
Despite the loss of 3 early wickets, the chase always looked in control. Sherwood 54 not out and Haider 64 not out punished anything loose and too us to a 7-wicket victory with a bonus point.
When a fifth grader hits a ball into the drain near Beauchamp...who do you call...Drain Busters. Trevor Chappel uses his childhood skills to recover the ball.
Fifth Grade Scores
Campbelltown-Camden 9 for 155 (Rahul Krishna 3 for 21, Dylan Hood 2 for 26) defeated by Gordon 3 for 156 (Naba Haider 65 no, Hugh Sherwood 54no)
An excellenty win by Colts against last year's finalists Penrith. Penrith started their innings with an early wicket to Ayush followed by another to Dillon with the score on 35. The Penrith bats then staged a comeback until Ayush was ablew to get another one with the score on 90. Wickets then started to fall regularly as Gordon put on the pressure. With score on 7 for 185, Dillon decided he wanted it to end soon and bowled a double wicket maiden. In the end Penrith reached 9 for 199 off their 50 overs.
Gordon lost couple of earely wickets, however Dillon Amjad and Fraser Wilson put togther a good partnership to take the score to 3 for 116 when Dillon was dismissed. The fall of the couple of wickets put us in some danger, however Jay Naganayagam and Harry Vale got us home with some excellent batting.
Dillon Amjad, Fraser Wilson and Jay Naganayagam in action for Colts
Penrith 9/199 off 50 (Dillon Amjad 4 for 25, James Brown 2 for 44) def by Gordon 6 for 201 off 34 (Dillon Amjad 73, Jay Naganayagam 35 no, Fraser Wilson 35, Harry Vale 31