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Well I never... a thriller at Chatswood Oval!

Well I never... a thriller at Chatswood Oval!

Gordon played UNSW at Chatswood in the quarter-finals of the Limited-Overs Cup on Sunday. UNSW won the toss and batted on a good pitch. Tym Crawford took two early wickets but their BBL opening bat, Matthew Gilkes, was hitting them well and the score began to mount. He and Joe Byrnes (no, not the Queenslander) shared an excellent partnership in good time and the next wicket didn’t fall until the score had reached 198 – a partnership of 154. 

 Plenty of overs left. Scott O’Brien was the wicket taker and he proceeded to cut a swathe through the middle order. The last eight wickets fell for only 39 runs! A massive collapse, with Charlie Stobo and Matt Junk also chipping in. 

So, a total of 237 was certainly achievable for Gordon and Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin set about the task of chasing it down in great fashion. Cam was in brilliant touch while Axel pushed the ball around very sensibly. They added 74 in about 10 overs and it was all going very smoothly. Cam was out for a dashing 51 off only 37 balls, but even when Steve Colley fell with the score at 99, things were well under control. Harry Evans joined Axel and they took the score to 131 and it was plain sailing. 

Or not… 

Collapses aren’t uncommon in cricket. Six wickets for seven runs is a tad unusual. The Stags moved from 2-131 to 8-138 in no time at all. From a winning position to catastrophe! 

Glenn Winsor and Charlie Stobo came together but unfortunately, it appeared a bridge too far. Another 100 runs! They chipped away at the total – there were plenty of overs left – but… unlikely. 

But, they kept batting, running between the wickets very well and not taking any risks. Maybe they’ll get close… 

And get close they did. The score continued to rise with the two batsmen taking very few risks. Suddenly, an unlikely win was a possibility. Glenn hit the ball beautifully while Charlie found the gaps and showed his experience to keep things calm and organised. All of a sudden, with absolutely no fuss, there were about 30 needed from five overs. Ones and twos (and one good over) took it to 19 off three. A few more great shots and it was two overs and one ball to score 7. 

But fairytales always have a twist. Glenn gets out. His 60 from 61 balls was an absolute gem, an innings of immense maturity and common sense. 

So, two overs left. Charlie goes down the wicket to the new batsman, Matt Junk, to confer. “Sensible. We’ll get them in ones and twos.” Sage advice. 

First ball of the penultimate over, Charlie, from around off stump plays a RAMP SHOT down to a vacant fine leg. For four!! Lucky he hadn’t listened to his own advice. 

A single and Matt is on strike. A block, and then a perfectly controlled off glance for two (it went for four but the rules, sorry LAWS of cricket are silly) and Gordon had pulled off a magnificent win! 

A wonderful afternoon’s entertainment (a great group of ex-players on the hill to cheer them on) and the promise of more next Sunday in the semi-final. 


Gordon 9-238 (Glenn Winsor 60, Cam Eccles 51, Axel Cahlin 46, Charlie Stobo 39*) defeated UNSW 237 (Scott O’Brien 4-42, Tym Crawford 2-28, Charlie Stobo 2-38, Matt Junk 1-38).

Students too strong over two tough days

Students too strong over two tough days

There’s a reason that Sydney University were 333 points ahead of second place in the Club Championship going into this round just completed. They are having a terrific year and are very strong. So it proved for Gordon, with only the 4ths able to take points from them. They continued their good run while the Colts had a massive outright win against Mosman. 

1st Grade (over the week Syd Uni 316) 

Gordon started very well in their chase with Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin adding 73 before Axel was out. Cam and Harry Evans then took the score to 130 before Cam was dismissed for a solid 63. Steve Colley then joined Harry and the score moved to 2-172 with Gordon well in charge. 

Unfortunately, the game changed on its head with the next wicket. Harry was dismissed for 50 and the innings went south from that point. Wickets fell steadily and the tally had only reached 245 when the final batsman was dismissed. 

A most disappointing end after the Stags had got themselves into such a good position. 

Sydney University 316 defeated Gordon 245 (Cam Eccles 63, Harry Evans 50, Axel Cahlin 35, Steve Colley 32) on the first innings 

2nd Grade (over the week Gordon 196 vs Syd Uni 2-72) 

Ashwin Premkumar took an early wicket but it was always going to be tough, and so it proved with the Stags’ total being passed for the loss of four wickets. 

Gordon batted again immediately and Dom Thomson and Ryan Tullia again got them off to a good start, adding 49 before the latter was caught behind. Dom went on to a well made 73 (an excellent double for him following his 60 in the first innings) and, with Lachlan Barnsley adding 35*, the game was called at tea. 

Gordon 196 and 2-128 (Dom Thomson 73, Lachlan Barnsley 35*) lost to Sydney University 5dec 203 (Ashwin Premkumar 2-40) on the first innings. 

3rd Grade (over the week Gordon 60 vs Syd Uni 6-159) 

Sydney Uni declared at their ‘over the week’ total and Gordon began their efforts to save the game. Three wickets fell quite quickly and, at 3-49, things were looking a bit grim. Liam McElduff was holding firm and, with Nick Andreou, the score rose slowly. They got to 88 before Nick was dismissed . Shortly after that, the wheels fell off completely. Liam was out for a very classy 57 and the innings imploded. The last five wickets fell for 8 runs as the Stags collapsed to all out 119. Uni scored the runs needed for the outright with little difficulty. 

Gordon 60 and 119 (Liam McElduff 57) lost to Sydney University 6dec 159 and 0-21 outright. 

4th Grade (over the week Gordon 4-63 vs Syd Uni 128) 

What loomed as a very tricky chase of Uni’s first innings score proved anything but as Tom Hamblin and Manus Chauhan batted exceptionally well to score the required runs for no further loss. Gordon batted on until tea when they declared with a lead of 84. Manus and Tom both compiled excellent half centuries while Chris Spratt smacked a powerful 42*. 

Uni batted again and there were hopes of an outright through the afternoon. However, they held on and finished at 7-112. 

A great win against the competition leaders with Manus getting top allrounder points for his 62* and six wickets for the game. 

Gordon 5 dec 212 (Tom Hamblin 68, Manus Chauhan 62*, Chris Spratt 42*) defeated Sydney University 128 and 7-112 (Dylan Hood 3-31, Manus Chauhan 2-36) on the first innings. 

5th Grade (over the week Gordon 116 vs Syd Uni 1-24) 

It was hard going at Castlecove as Gordon struggled to make deep inroads into the Uni batting. At 3-54 there was a glimmer but the middle order held firm and the Gordon total was passed at tea for the loss of six wickets. 

Gordon batted again and moved to 1-57, with Rahul Krishna scoring 32* before the game ended. 

Gordon 116 and 1-57 (Rahul Krishna 32*) lost to Sydney University 6dec 120 (Dave Monaghan 2-27) on the first innings. 

Colts (over the week Gordon 226 vs Mosman 0-10) 

The Colts began well on Day 2. And continued to do well, smashing through the Mosman batting order. Mosman were all out for 56 in 38 overs (Callum Bladen and Rohan Watson taking four each and Sam Braham two) and were immediately reinserted as Gordon strove for the outright. 

They were again immediately in trouble as wickets tumbled. It wasn’t long before they were all out again and Gordon had achieved a most convincing outright win. Well done, lads! 

Gordon 226 defeated Mosman 56 (Callum Bladen 4-8, Rohan Watson 4-15, Sam Braham 2-22) and 52 (Callum Bladen 3-11, Nathan Sequeira 2-3, Sam Braham 2-18) outright.

Michael Falk - Wrapmaster

Welcome to new sponsor Ratesetter

Welcome to new sponsor Ratesetter

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Green Shield Trials Application Form for 2019/20 season

Green Shield Trials Application Form for 2019/20 season

Applications to be part of the Gordon Green Shield squad for 2019/20 are now OPEN. To apply for the trials, please fill in the electronic application form below and you will receive a response shortly. 

The A.W. Green Shield is an under 16 competition and in the main we will be considering squad members from the under 15s and 16s. Younger players in the under 13s and 14s are welcome to apply if they feel their skill levels are sufficient for the Green Shield competition. Also please note COUNTRY PLAYERS should not apply unless selected on a case by case basis.

Please be advised Gordon District Cricket Club will be conducting Green Shield trials on the following days, Wednesday 13th March, 2019 and Wednesday 20th March, 2019 from 7 - 9pm at SCG Indoor Centre.

There will be an INVITE ONLY session conducted at Barker College on Sunday 24th March after the sessions at the SCG . Players invited to this session will be informed by email. 

Please complete the attached form by Monday 5th March 2019.

The club is expecting a strong performance on the field this season after reaching the preliminary finals in the 2018/19 season, with contributions to team victories coming from all players.

Please note that to be eligible, you must be able to attend training in Sydney and be under the age of 16 at 01 September 2019 (i.e. born on or after 01 September 2003).

We ARE NOT considering applications from overseas, unless you are moving to Sydney for the beginning of the program. If you are not, then please do not apply. 

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Important change of date and venue for GDCC charity golf day and dinner

Important change of date and venue for GDCC charity golf day and dinner

Due to the reconstruction of the golf course, we won’t be able to hold our 9th annual charity golf day next year at Killara Golf Club. Fortunately we have been able to secure the magnificent Avondale Golf Club for the event which will be held on Wednesday May  22 instead of the usual third week of February.

The format of the event will be the same with a guest speaker and the opportunity to secure a hole sponsorship and to attend both the golf day as well as the dinner including our well received charity auction.

The purpose of this notice is to allow you all to put the date in your 2019 diaries and start planning a group.

Specific details of the event will be sent out in the early months of next year.

We look forward to again gaining the support of our many supporters in what is traditionally a very enjoyable event and of course a very important one for the club.

Geoff Hickman



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