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4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Gaynor GDCCWith a poor start to the new year a big turnaround was dearly needed. It was established early in the morning by the inspirational skipper, Shayne ‘Rin’ Lin, that our attitude was simply not good enough. With that in mind the lads took to the warm up with intensity that looked like a winning outfit. 

Stan Gaynor... this shot was similar to his first for Gordon, down at Balmoral. The webmaster dropped him in his fantasy team immediately 

Due to our dismal batting display on our last hit at Killara, Shayne was a bit unsure whether to bat or bowl on what looked like a good batting deck. Fortunately Shayne didn’t have to make a decision, as is the trend this season he lost the toss and the opposition elected to bat. 

Sam Watts was absolutely terrific with the ball opening up. 2 wickets in three balls gave us more to cheer about than we have since the New Year. This was essential in setting the tone in our fielding effort. Sam was practically unplayable in his first spell and was well supported by Matt. 

KleemThis set a perfect platform for the young Dylan Hood on debut in 4's to execute his skills and continue the pressure created by the opening bowlers. Generally pressure and tightening up runs leads to wickets. This was no exception but not without some magic. Iqbal "magic fingers" Ahmed was the wizard that executed one of the catches of the season. 

Kleem, without the trademark red helmet, but in a good vein of form 

A thick edge raced to the big man, with a slight movement to the left he stuck out his right hand and he never looked like dropping it. This shifted momentum on our side and throughout our entire innings we were exceptional in the field; lead by Lez "pineapple head" Leighton. 

Ben deserves plenty of credit for Gordons energy and talk in the field. Ben and Iqbal bowled very well in patnerships managing to keep the runs down. Randy-Petes were tracking towards a total below 200, however some fine power hitting from one of their youngsters threatened to build a total far greater than that. 

Watts GDCCFortunately Sam Watts couldn't put a foot wrong at the death and managed to pick up more wickets and keep the runs down. Sam ended up with a 5 for and deservedly so.

Gordon were set a total of 212 and with our recent run of things we thought 212 could be a competitive total. However all of us were wrong.

Sam Watts sets his side up for the win 

212 was far too little for the class of Gordons top 3 (as that’s all it took). Mitch Kleem was clearly excited about his recent texts from a new friend he made in the Philippines. She/He would be very proud as he smoked his way to 41 and laid an excellent platform. Unfortunately whilst thinking about the photo “they” sent, Stan took a run that was a bit too risky and he was run out. 

The fall of wicket bought Saahil to the crease. The pair capitalised on the great start and took the game away from the opposition. Both played some excellent shots and made it look far too easy. 

Stan and Saahil batted till the end and scored 75* and 68*. It was a wonderful all round performance. Let’s take this momentum to the next match and see where the season takes us!

Corbin Edgar

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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Read all about it below and make a booking for a hole sponsorship, a group or by yourself.

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.

More information about the auction items will be provided well before the event.

 
 

 

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5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

5th Grade were out to get their season back on track after some disappointing performances since Christmas, and we were doing this by playing a Randwick Petersham team sitting 6 points above us on the ladder.

Cooper pleads with the umpire for an LBW... perhaps it was one of the 10 on the day? 

Playing at Kensington Oval, Randwick won the toss and chose to bat first on a good looking deck. The morning started slowly with missed opportunities and wides costing us, but the breakthrough was never too far off with Pat Rice getting our first wicket soon after he was brought into the attack. 

When Toddy started bowling the runs dried up. The pressure built on the Randwick pair until a rash shot gave Toddy a wicket and saw them two down just before drinks. 

At 2/95 the game was starting to drift away from us before BANG BANG ! Crofts had 2 in 2 balls and was on a hat trick at the start of his next over. With our tails up Tristan joined the party with a wicket of his own. Croftsy didn’t get the hat trick, but got another wicket with his next ball to have 3 in 4 balls! 

With 4 wickets falling in the space of 10 balls Gordon was now well on top with Randwick 6/98. 

Aaron CroftsWith not a lot in the pitch we knew we had to bowl at the stumps. Coops chipped in with one more, before ‘Pic’ Sherman polished off the innings taking 3/9 - all LBW’s. The bowling unit was excellent combining tight overs and wicket taking balls to bowl Randwick out for 135 in 38 overs.

Aaron "Bang Bang" Crofts turns the tables for the Stags 

135 could have been one of those tricky totals to chase down especially with our recent batting form, but openers Pic and Dom Thompson got off to steady start of 0/40 to make Gordon always look in control. 

Dom eventually went LBW for 22 looking to increase the scoring rate. A run out and some rash shots saw wickets start to tumble, with Pic falling on 45, just shy of a half century in his man of the match effort. 

Lucky enough we weren’t chasing a bigger score, and we got there 8 down in the 42 over.

I’m not sure what it says about the wicket, or was it the batting, or maybe the lack of Channel 9’s full blown technological innovations – but, out of the 18 wickets that fell on the day, no less than 10 went LBW.

A much needed result for the Stags - our first win since round 7, getting our season back on track as we push towards the finals.

Adrian Craig

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

BlaizeDespite a solid dusting up at the hands of Sydney Uni the previous week, the 2s were nevertheless confident ahead of our game against Randy-Petes. 

We welcomed back Cubby (or ‘Andrew’, as he is known to former-teacher-turned-umpire Gary) from his extended Christmas break and he brought with him tales of African safaris, wine-tasting and street muggings.

Blaize tries to get the boys across the line after earlier bowling well 

The opposition skipper won the toss and elected to bat on a flat-ish looking wicket that had a good covering of grass. We were happy to bowl first; we’ve done so in each of our one-dayers this year and taken 10 wickets on all but one occasion (we took 8 wickets at NDs).

The openers got RPs off to a good start, batting positively despite the early swing. Attention soon turned skywards in search of some relief from the punishing morning heat. ‘Spot-the-cloud’ has become a popular pastime on the field in recent weeks. Anand alleges he found one at Sydney Uni, but the wispy creature must have evaporated before anyone else in the team could spot it. Anyhow, we were playing beneath a solid blue canvas for the third week running – quite remarkable considering how much mid-week rain there has been since Christmas.

Tom CarruthersThe introduction of Jack Skilbeck brought immediate success. His first spell of seven overs changed the game, picking up 3 wickets with some fine outswing bowling. He would later return to claim a 4th scalp. Skilly was ably supported by Anand who bowled a disciplined line and was rewarded with the wicket of their attacking opener. 

Carruthers looks to put a dent in the Randy-Petes total 

Also of note, Liam doubled his season tally of catches within about 20 minutes, taking the first three catches in three different fielding positions!

The Stags were on top for the rest of Randwick’s innings. Catches were held, balls were stopped, good balls were bowled, wides were not. We knocked them over for 170 in the 48th over, clearly a below-par total despite the at times unpredictable nature of the wicket. 

As has been our undoing throughout the season, we struggled with the bat. Some poor shots were played against a disciplined Petersham attack, and a loss was inevitable. 

SkilbeckBlaize, ably supported by Cubby and the Verm, got us remarkably close to the target with his enigmatic yet effective style at the crease. In the end we fell 7 runs short, but the bowlers certainly can’t be blamed for not getting us over the line. 

Skilly changes the game with his first spell, and ends up with 4 

It was the top order’s responsibility to lay a strong platform for this average-sized chase and bring the team a deserved win.

The boys know that application at the crease and understanding the match situation is paramount, and it is something that all the batsmen are working on in their first season of higher-grades cricket. With determination and concentration, we will see an improvement in this department, and we have another chance to do so next weekend against another lower-table side.

Full credit to the bowlers though, they were outstanding on Saturday and did all they could to get us a win.

Max Newman

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Harry has a record to be proud of

Harry has a record to be proud of

It was noted in the wrap following the match against Northern Districts that Harry Evans had now reached 3000 first grade runs. Obviously this is a great achievement in itself as he is now 16th on the list of first grade runs scorers, However when delving deeper into his performances some additional stats on his average is now worth another mention.

After last weekend’s match against Randwick Petersham Harry now has 3220 runs in first grade at an average of 44. Having passed the legendary Ginty Lush he is now only 22 runs short of Michael Falk’s first grade runs (3242). Michael of course with his cameo attendance in fifths against Norths is into his 6th decade of representing Gordon.

The statistic that is the more outstanding however is that Harry’s average of 44 is in fact the third highest average in first grade (minimum 3,000 runs) behind only Charles Kelleway at 45.18 and Charlie Macartney at 48.10.

This is a momentous achievement in the history of our club and warrants particular congratulations.

Harry also now has 4,744 runs in all grades and if maintained at around this level till the 5,000 mark will have the second highest average behind only Macartney. The nearest average now behind Macartney is Sid Carroll at 35.74.

Of course in referring to Charles Kelleway and Charlie Macartney we are not just talking about regular grade players.

Everyone of course will know of Charlie Macartney who entered the Australian Hall of Fame a few seasons back.  Charlie who played in Gordon’s first match at Chatswood Oval on 30 September 1905, has a special place in the Club’s history.  He was the first Gordon player to be selected in the NSW team, while a member of the Club, and the first to be selected in an Australian Test team.

Charlie with Don Bradman at Chatswood in 1932

Charlie played in 35 Tests between 1907 and 1926 and was known for his authoritative batting style and his flamboyant stroke play, which drew comparisons with his close friend and role model Victor Trumper, regarded as one of the most elegant batsmen in cricketing history. Sir Donald Bradman—generally regarded as the greatest batsman in history—cited Macartney's dynamic batting as an inspiration in his cricket career.

Charles Kelleway joined Gordon after the war in 1922 and played till 1934 retiring in the same year as Macartney. Kelleway played 26 Tests for Australia scoring 1422 runs at 37.42. Charles was an all-rounder who also took 52 Test wickets with his medium pacers. He also captained the Australian AIF team after the war as well as being an AIF captain throughout the war. Charles also played 132 first class matches scoring 6.389 runs and taking 339 wickets. For Gordon, Charles scored 3441 runs at 45.88 and took 220 wickets at 18.87. Interestingly while Harry’s runs are similar to Kelleways his bowling average of 19.97 is also very close and he also bowls medium pacers.

Kelleway Test career had started back in 1910 but like Macartney heard the famous call from Billy Hughes in 1914 when he said:

“As you have played the game in the past, so we ask you to play the greater game now. You are wanted in the trenches now far more than you were ever wanted in the football and cricket fields.”

Charles Kelleway in his AIF blazer and sweater in 1920.

When Kelleway joined Gordon he was 36 and played for 12 years until age 48. Like many others Charles was injured seriously on two occasions in the war and was troubled by ill heath after he returned until his death in 1944 at age 54. This makes his achievements even more meritorious.

Harry may not as yet have notched up a first class match but his record for Gordon puts him in a special class and one higher than the majority of first class players to have played for the club.

Well done Harry!

Paul Stephenson

Thanks to Matt Kelly for sending through a note recognising Harry’s achievement.

 

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Chad SoperTo be honest, without James Kennedy the “bottom six” looked lost in the AAFC (Anti - look for arguments sake I will let the reader fill in the blanks from here) derby at Coogee Oval. At times predictable and one dimensional, “long ball Kennedy” was missed purely for his ability to control the backfield. 

Chad Soper - 'cool heads, big hearts' 

Steve Colley had his best game for the top 5, managing to score two goals by remarkably dribbling the ball across the goal line twice without having a shot. Most improved this week went to the struggling Reece Bombas who in previous weeks has let panic take control of his game. One of the few sponsored athletes at the Gordon Club, Reece took full advantage of his new “KD” gear and attacked with purpose. 

As always, Captain Harold’s post-match football speech or pre-match cricket speech was measured, calm and direct. Harry outlined the plan for the day which always fills the side with confidence. Ed Howitt offered his insight which was crucial followed by an unusually large number of cliches from the rest of the playing group. 

Chad Soper was quoted as saying “cool heads, big hearts”. Charlie Stobo remarked “it will be a game of two halves” and Bombas followed with “it will be a game of two halves” in a remarkable echo of Stobo’s sentiments. We crossed immediately to Dan Smith for his reaction, the three words stayed with this reporter… “take it deep”.

BevoHow ironic, “take it deep” was the one thing the Gordon batsmen failed to do when chasing RP’s total of 263. 

The author is just itching for a chance 

Dan Smith opened the attack and bowled with good pace and shape. The wicket, whilst flat, was two paced, which required the quicks to hit a full length on their ‘reg’ deliveries. During his first spell, Smithy claimed the Stags first wicket, a good catch by Reece Bombas at first slip. Afterwards Reece announced that’s where he likes to catch them, low and to his right. 

Meanwhile, Stobo was coming to terms with the early swing the white kookaburra offered. It didn't take long for Charlie to settle in and adjust to the conditions. In this reporter’s opinion, it is always a good sign when an athlete can adjust to the conditions whilst in the contest. Charlie proceeded to bowl his 10 overs straight, picking up the valuable wicket of Price, fielding for the remainder of the innings like a gun, all without a migraine.

Harry EvansChad Soper followed Stobo from the ‘Goodger’ end. Harold set an attacking yet restrictive field and Soper delivered with his length and line. The middle overs were a point in the game the playing group identified needed to improve from last week. The bowling and fielding responded to the call, restricting the hosts to around the 110 mark at 30 overs.

What 1st Grade story is complete without a photo of Harry contributing 

Josh Poysden mixed his pace up from the beginning and contributed greatly to restricting RP’s through the middle session. JP’s final figures did not reflect the way he bowled. This season I’ve been in the box seat to watch the “evolution of the mulch”. I feel JP is maturing as a leg spinner; not as a bloke. Certainly last season, our much loved “Dobby” was all about consistent accuracy. At times JP had a tremendous amount of success waiting for batsmen to miss the ball. 

This season, first and foremost JP is turning the ball more. Josh is trying to be more proactive in creating ways to get batsmen out rather than skidding onto the pads. Some might argue that is why JP is not having the same amount of success as last season so far, whereas I believe JP is becoming a better bowler for it. 

Our final 15 overs was not pretty as RP’s finished with 263. Agreed across the group as 40-50 runs over what we expected to chase.

The lunch break offered a genuine half time show. The majority of the bowling unit plus selected “WAGS” opted for a “Melonhead” beach run. Upon our journey, Chad Soper was left feeling white as he passed 80-90 youngsters browner than him. The real action remained at Coogee Oval though. 

Controversy was sparked between Chad’s mates, when one 12 year old girl accused another 13 year old Caucasian girl of posting a photo on instagram #nofilter when clearly Valencia was used. The 13 year old responded by saying I use St Tropez fake tan and half tight lips, what would you know about taking a selfie? 

The argument escalated quickly. 

Josh PoysdenThe crowd gathered thick and fast on the boundary line. All of a sudden, 80-90 of Chad’s mates hurdled the fence and formed a giant fight circle. One guy was seen to be carrying a trident. The chant started from an older, less mature group of adults “feed-your-self, feed-your-self”, but it was no use.

“Fight, fight, fight” swiftly took over and it was on. From all reports the girls got right into it. Hair pulling, spitting, open handed slaps the lot. Law enforcement moved in quickly and the crowd dispersed.

Josh Poysden, his bowling dissected by the author in this report 

Great start by Eccles and Crawford with the stick. Admittedly it took them around 5 over to understand the surface and play shots accordingly. Tym hit some classic shots straight and over cover. He soon opened up the leg side scoring freely through mid-wicket and square leg. Cameron supported him well by ticking the strike over.

The opening platform had been set, we needed the middle order to fire. Steve made a good go if it, although not timing the ball as well as he would have liked, Colley tried his best and as usual his running between the wickets was first class.

Reece and Harry put on a decent partnership and got the chase within sight. Once again, Reece was positive with his footwork to the spinner, bringing back memories of his innings against Mosman in Round 1. The skipper is always up for a challenge and certainly tried his best to get the team in front on the board for the last 10 overs. 

As reported by the webmaster on Sunday, the bottom six batted as well as they played football in the warm up. 

Tym was the pick of the batters and it was absolutely the right decision for him to open the batting. If we were going to be any chance to chase 263 with large square boundaries we needed a solid start. The fact is our chase lost momentum each time we lost a wicket and by the time Reece and Harry were dismissed the lower order wasn't able to put up a fight as they usually do. 

We move on, that’s what cricket is. 

Back to the whites and a ball that “supposedly” doesn't swing, although across the competition the white ball run rate has been significantly slower than the two day. Food for thought. (Editor’s note: Unsure about this logic. Doesn't this prove the red ball isn't swinging, if they score quicker in the two day matches?) 

Special thanks to all the supporters who ventured out to Coogee. A glorious moment to see the young Abigail Howitt at a Gordon match. Marcus Baghdatis our resident “FOB” (Fresh Off the Boat) was again in fine form cheering the lads on. 

Thank you Marcos for being number 1.

Iain Beverley

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