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Team of the week

Team of the week

The club is pleased to announce we will be publishing a team of the week on the website after each match for the rest of the season.The idea was put forward by former club coach, selector and club legend Ed Howitt. Ed will be the sole selector of the team and at the end of the season he will also select a Merit XI that will be announced at the annual club presentation night.

Team of the week captain - Ash Doolan

The rules for the team are fairly simple. They are:

  • The team is selected by Ed Howitt
  • No correspondence in regard to selections will be accepted
  • The team will consist of in most cases of 6 bats, a keeper and 4 bowlers unless Ed feels a different team balance warrants selection. 
  • The selections will be based on grade and Colts player performance on a week by week basis and not include T20 Cup Green Shield or Poidevin Gray matches.
  • There is no bias given to higher grades

The team will be posted on the website and linked via our team app during the week between rounds.

The team will be sponsored by a different Gold sponsor each week, to enable our great club sponsors to get more exposure.

To start, therefore, Ed has selected his team of the week from the Grade Round 5 vs Manly and the Colts Round 6 against Mosman.

The team of the week is:


The team with performances:

  1. Axel Cahlin (116)
  2. Mitch O’Donnell (41 & 108)
  3. Chris Spratt (82)
  4. Brady Morrison (28 & 67*)
  5. Nick Andreou (101 & 2 dismissals
  6. Ash Doolan (84* & 3 dismissals) - Captain
  7. Nick Miller 73, 22 and  1/56
  8. Dillon Amjad 5/18 & 28*
  9. Shivraj Rana (3/48 & 2/3)
  10.  Charlie Booth (4/34)
  11.  Matt Parkinson (5/156)

The team of the week is sponsored by Savills -Servicing your real estate needs in Kuringhai. Call 94982388. 

Paul Stephenson


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A win for the ages in first grade as Axel and Ash pull off the impossible

A win for the ages in first grade as Axel and Ash pull off the impossible

Last weekend the Gordon and Manly clubs commemorated their 14 players who lost their lives in World War 1. The two clubs, while opponents on the field, were united in their respect for their past players who gave the ultimate sacrifice. That closeness of the two teams continued on with the cricket that was played and ended in one of the most exciting finishes ever seen at Chatswood.

Never give in, a Gordon cricket value that Ash executed perfectly

While there is no comparison between war and a game of cricket, the Gordon players showed the ultimate respect in their own way by simply keeping going against all odds and coming up victors. The Manly team had played the perfect tactical game, leaving a tantalising target to reach while never not believing they would take the 10 wickets needed for victory. In the end it was one player; Ash Doolan and his dogged resolve not to be beaten that won the day for Gordon after being given the opportunity to win by some excellent earlier batting by Axel Cahlin, supported by Harry Evans and Reagan Klemt.

Axel's second first grade century and first one at Chatswood

I simply can’t recall a victory of this type in my days following Gordon, so I asked my son Julian if he could recall a victory like that before. His reply was quick: Yes, a few times…but against us…

Unfortunately, other than first grade and Colts and a first innings tie to fourth grade, the cupboard was bare in regard to points gained, but there was were some fine performances mixed in with the results and maybe the lower grades can look at the way First Grade played and decide they can play that way as well. The strong Premier club players find ways not to get out in their 20’s and how to bowl down the leg side when a tight over is needed. While we have taken steps to be considered a strong club in recent years, a swallow doesn’t make a summer and our lower grade players will have to dig deep and find a way to keep concentrating the whole time and show what we know they are capable of.

A fine gesture by Manly captain Chris Green who presented his Thunder jersey to our No. Supporter Marcus Faulkner

There were some strong performances on the second day lead by Axel Cahlin with a fine century in first grade and Ash Doolan with 84 not out. They were assisted by Reagan Klemt with 51, Harry Evans with 49 and Matt Parkinson with 5 for 156 off 43 overs. In fifths, Nick Andreou continued his innings from last week to also score a fine century while Mitch O’Donnell also collected 108 not out in Colts.

In seconds, Nick Miller (73) and Dom Thompson (68) tried to stop the outright defeat with some resolute batting while Chris Spratt made a fine 82 in fourths to give us a look at an outright win.

Congratulations also to Nick Miller who will make his first grade debut on Sunday against St. George in the T20 Cup at Hurstville. A well deserved promotion after some fine all round performances in second grade and Poidevin Gray. Nick is a classic case of a cricketer wanting to succeed by working hard at his game, having started in Green Shield and working his way up the grades. Good luck Nick.

First Grade

As predicted the Manly innings continued at the start of play and some aggressive hitting saw their score rise to 8 dec. for 339, leaving Gordon 340 runs to win in 86 overs. Matt Parkinson took one of those wickets to give him 5 for the innings from a marathon 43 overs. With Charlie Stobo chosen for a Futures League game on Monday, NSW cricket deemed he couldn’t play the second day and this meant Matt Junk, after being a late withdrawal last week, was able to take his place.

Harry Evans and Reagan Klemt played important roles against Manly

The innings didn’t start well with Cam Eccles and skipper Steve Colley back in the Pavillion with the score on 11 and it was a case of backs to the wall defence to make sure a collapse didn’t put us out of the game. Axel Cahlin and Harry Evans batted sensibly before Harry was out for 49 with the score on 124.

Axel was joined by Reagan Klemt who, clearly understanding the need to increase the run rate played some excellent shots to put Manly on the back foot. They put on 106 before Reagan was out for 51 with 110 runs needed. During this partnership Axel reached his faultless century with shots to all parts of the ground. The innings was an interesting comparison to the rock that was provided by Adam Crosthwaite, who had scored 113 off 237 balls.

Ash Doolan played the innings of his life

The innings then stalled with Axel being dismissed by a fine catch by Crosthwaite himself for 116 off 212 balls. He was followed not long after by Tym Crawford, Ryan Meppem and Matt Parkinson to put us at 8 for 263 needing 77 runs off the final 6 overs. According to everyone at the ground the time was to shut up shop and try and make sure of a draw. The everyone, however, didn’t include Ash Doolan who wasn’t going to defend just to have the satisfaction of not letting the other team win. That is simply not the way Ash plays his cricket and he wasn’t going to let a couple of top flight spinners in Chris Green and Ahillen Beadle spoil his party.

After a couple of defensive blocks and the arrival of a very crowded field, he decided the boundary was the only safe place for the ball to be sent. Eleven of the next 17 deliveries bowled to Ash were hit for boundaries including 4 of them for six. Alex Patterson who had joined Ash also added a couple of important 4’s and with one over to go we somehow only needed 7 to win.The prior 5 overs had gone for an average of 14 runs per over.

The club song is belted out by First Grade

The first ball was hit by Ash for an apparent single but a misfield meant a second run was a chance but Alex was run out at the non-stricker’s end. This meant 5 balls and 6 runs needed, but there now could be no mistake with our last pair at the crease. It wasn’t that Ash didn’t have faith in Matt Junk, as Matt and Mason Crane hold the club record for the highest 10th wicket partnership. For Ash there was no other way and the well-flighted ball from Beadle sailed onto Orchard Road, probably never to be seen again as Ash and his mates celebrated a miraculous win.

As mentioned earlier Manly had every right to win the match, they held their nerve when wickets didn’t fall and then put on the pressure when our innings looked like collapsing. They didn’t lose the match through any poor play, they were simply confronted with an innings that could only happen one out of 100 times.

The 120 men from Gordon and Manly who went to the First World War to uphold our way of life would be proud of both teams. They played the match in great spirit and contributed to a game for the ages.

First Grade Scores

Manly 8 dec for 339 (Matt Parkinson 5 for 156, Alex Patterson 2 for 50) were defeated by Gordon Gordon 9 for 340 (Axel Cahlin 116, Ash Doolan 84 no, Reagan Klemt 51, Harry Evans 49)

Second Grade

After finishing last week on 6 for 31 chasing 321, the hope was there for a recovery to give the players some pride in their work. This wasn’t to be with the team bowled out for 57 with Nick Miller contributing 22 of these. The side was sent back in to bat a second time and at 2 for 7, it didn’t look like things would improve. They did however with a fine defensive knock by Dom Thompson who finished with 68, while Nick Miller continued his form with 73 to go with his 22 in the first innings.

Nick Miller, Dom Thomson and  Matt Wright at Manly Oval 

Avoiding the outright loss wasn’t possible, however, with the team bowled out for 253 in the second innings. Some better performances with the bat in the second innings, but some soul searching needed by the second grade bats.

Second Grade Scores

Manly 321 (Sam Baker 3 for 38, Chris Searle 2 for 66, Scott O’Brien 2 for 91 defeated Gordon 57 and 253 (Nick Miller 73, Dom Thomson 68, Matt Wright 26 not out) outright

Third Grade

At 0-44 it was looking food for the thirds to chase down Manly’s 206. But four quick wickets changed the complexion of the game drastically. We never really recovered from a good spell from the Manly openers and their first change bowler.

Wickets fell regularly and Manly were able to get on top of us. There was a mixture of some good bowling and disappointing shot making, and although six players got starts, no one was able to capitalise on that and go on to win the game for us.

Cam New, Michael Roberts and Tim Ferrero at Killara

A disappointing day with the bat, and plenty to work on for next week.

Third Grade scores

Manly 206 (Charlie Booth 4 for 34, Matt Keevers 2 for 36, Pat Effeney 2 for 40, Chris De Kretser 2 for 72 defeated Gordon 156 (Michael Roberts 39, Tim Ferrero 36)

Sorry Tim, too good a shot to leave out. Courtesy of Tony Wilson

Fourth Grade

Fourths started the day with 3 points from the tie last week and unfortunately finished with only 2 after losing outright. The skipper Stu Bromley was confident his team could bowl out Manly again given we scored some runs.

Chris Spratt in action (archives)

The runs came as requested with some fine batting from Chris Spratt who returned to form with an excellent 92. Chris showed some real fight to get into his innings and then flourished like we know he can. He scored ruins all around the wicket and with the assistance of Tom Hamblin (45 not out) gave us a lead of 158 when Stu declared with 29 overs left to bowl.

The required run rate of 5.4 was chance for both sides with our bowlers keen to display their skills like last week. Manly took risks in their innings and they came off scoring 3 for 163 off 27 overs to win with two overs to spare.

Danusha Seneviratne was our best bowler with 2 for 38. Now we can get runs on the board the fourths are ready to make a run with some victories ahead.

Fourth Grade Scores

Manly 88 (M. Chauhan 3 for 8. Danusha Seneviratne 2 for 14, Matt Keane 2 for 23) and 3 for 163 Danusha Seneviratne 2 for 38) defeated Gordon 88 and 5 dec for 158 (Chris Spratt 82, Tom Hamblin 45 not out)

Fifth Grade

In what was a tight and very competitive match from start to finish, 5th grade were left with their first loss of the season. After putting on another 40 runs and Nick Andreou scoring a magnificent 108 not out, Gordon looked set to take 6 points with 68 overs remaining. However, the difference between the two sides was the bowling.

Gordon were inconsistent in comparison to other rounds and just couldn’t find any rhythm. Dylan Hood 3 for 54 off 17 was the pick of the bowlers who worked tirelessly. Nick Prell and Jordan Hayes also looked promising for much of the day.

Nick Andreou during his 108 no at Beauchamp

However, Manly were patient and dominant with the bat. Credit to both sides for a great game of cricket. Two evenly matched sides who will meet each other again around finals time no doubt. Some small things Gordon to adjust but a good game of cricket.

Fifth Grade Scores

Gordon 9 dec for 272 (Nick Andreou 101, Sam Watts 43 not out) were defeated by Manly 7 for 276 Dylan Hood 3 for 54)


The Colts started the day in a strong position having won last week on the first innings with a lead of 34. The Colts lost a couple of early wickets but Mitch O’Donnell and Brady Morrison got together to post an excellent partnership of about 150 before Brady was out for 67. Mitch continued batting well to eventually score a fine century with lots of spectators at Balmoral (some were watching). Stand in captain Brady Morrison declared at 3 for 254 leaving 37 overs to bowl for an outright win. Considering Mosman has scored 86 in the first innings this was certainly a challenging target for Mosman needing 7 runs an over for 37 overs.

Mitch O'Donnell at Balmoral

They must have been hiding some batsman from last week. All of the bowlers tried hard with Shiv Rana, Prashan Seneviratne, Dillon Amjad and Lachlan Burrows doing their best to bowl out Mosman. All showed showed good intent and proved to be worthy members for the team taking many vital wickets at vital stages of the game.

Brady Morrison during his 67 at Balmoral

Prashan although not taking a wicket, made it possible for his fellow bowlers to take wickets. Shiv Rana, the only spinner in the team, took 5 wickets in both innings combined and showed his resolve when hit for a few boundaries. Dillon was the most consistent with good pace, keeping batsmen in their crease and keeping the run rate down. In the end we couldn’t get Mosman out in the 37 overs and they finished on 6 for 146. Ovrall a good first innings win.  

Colts Scores

Gordon 120 (Mitch O’Donnell 41, Brady Morrison 28) and 3 for 254 (Mitch O’Donnell 108 no, Brady Morrison 67, Dillon Amjad 28 no) defeated Mosman 86 (Dillon Amjad 5 for 18, Lachlan Burrows 3 for 33, Shivraj Rana 2 for 3) and 6 for 146 (Shivraj Rana 3 for 48, Lachlan Burrows 1 for 12, Hugo McGurk (Gordon junior) 0 for 2 off 1)

Paul Stephenson

Thanks again to photographers Jennifer Williams, Catriona Coote, Damon Lesnie, Nick Wright and Tony Wilson 
First grade complete weekend with win over Saints in T20 Cup

First grade complete weekend with win over Saints in T20 Cup

Following on their brilliant exhibition yesterday against the then comp leaders Manly, in the long form game, our 1st grade side scored a comprehensive win in the T20 shortened version against the strong St George Club.

An excellent debut for Nick Miller

Saints won the toss and had no hesitation in batting at the beautiful Hurstville Oval. Our 5 bowlers did a magnificent job in containing the Saints side to 9 for 111 in their 20 overs.

What a dream debut for Nick Miller, bowling his 4 overs to take 3 for 18. Showing no outward signs of nervousness, he bowled the perfect line and length at a brisk speed. This young man is now injury free and has developed into the ultimate all-rounder.

Nick has scored 339 runs @ 57 (78 av in 2’s) and taken 15 wickets @ 20. He was ably supported in their 4 overs each by James Kennedy 2-25, Matt Junk 1-20, Matt Parkinson 1-21 and Alex Patterson 1-21.

Ash Doolan’s efforts must also be mentioned. He had 2 stumpings, 1 caught behind and an assisted run out. Coupled with yesterday’s efforts, Ash is a vital cog in this side and the consummate team man. Our bats did not disappoint and passed the Saints score in 14.1 overs.

 A big day out for Harry Evans

Axel Cahlin continued his sublime form in scoring 36 which included a magnificent 6 first ball onto the cycle track. He formed an opening partnership of 37 with Tym Crawford (17 off 15 balls), another 20 with Reagan Klemt (6 off 6 )and then enter one Harold Evans.

Harry scored 36no off 25 balls and never looked in any trouble whatsoever. He has to be in the best form of his magnificent career - 436 runs at 87.2 and surely now those NSW selectors cannot continue to ignore him.

Skipper Steve Colley assisted Harry to take the side home with a very polished 15 off 13 balls.

Ash Doolan collects a stumping off Nick Miller

The next big event is our T20 double header at Chatswood Oval on December 3. We play Norths at 10am and UNSW at 2:30pm.  


Saint George 9-111 off 20 overs (Nick Miller 3-18 off 4; James Kennedy 2-25 off 4; Matt Junk 1-20 off 4; Matt Parkinson 1-21 off 4; Alex Patterson 1-21 off 4); were defeated by Gordon 3–112 off 14.1 overs (Axel Cahlin 36; Harry Evans 36no; Tym Crawford 17; Steve Colley 15no).

Tony Wilson

 Axel Cahlin and Steve Colley at Hurstville

Thanks to Damon Lesnie for his excellent photos


Mark O’Neill “Squirrel” Bat grip now available to all cricketers

Mark O’Neill “Squirrel” Bat grip now available to all cricketers

It has taken some time determining the final design of the unique Mark O’Neill squirrel bat grip, but the wait has been worth it, with a design that will see many more runs scored by users of the grip.

Daniel Hughes with new grip 

An article in the Daily Telegraph before the recent NSW vs WA Shield game described how Test hopeful Daniel Hughes was using a quote: “rarely used piece of equipment that Hughes believes has helped revolutionise his ability to smash balls to the fence”. Unquote.

He was of course referring to the “Squirrel” grip which has now been commercially released through Mark O’Neill’s Simply Cricket Company and is available for purchase at the Greg Chappell Cricket Centre in Alexandria in Sydney. The Centre, at its new address of 106/35 Moody Street Alexandria, (phone 1800469928) have the tooling set up to apply the grip to any bat. 

In addition to Daniel, Australian Women’s Vice Captain Alex Blackwell uses the grip and has found it very helpful, as well as NSW mens squad member Jay Lenton. 

Alex Blackwell gives the thumbs up to the new grip

The original prototype, which has now been improved with extensive testing, was used by both Shane Watson and Brad Haddin.

So what makes it unique?

The grip is designed with over 3,600 diamond shaped “nurlings” that are moulded to the surface as well the important raised moulded strip that forms an integral part of the grip. The main benefit of the moulded strip is that it is applied in a straight but slightly offset position to allow the batsman to be always holding the bat in the correct position. The grip also lasts 3 to 4 times longer than a standard grip and therefore doesn’t have to be regularly removed. 

Why is holding the bat in the correct position important?  

A view of the grip plus the correct way to hold it as demonstrated by Mark

Even our Australian captain Steve Smith mentioned in an article in the Weekend Australian on November 4 that he sometimes forgot how to hold the bat. Kiwi cricket legend John Wright suggested he glue his glove to the bat so it didn’t move. Maybe a little radical, but the same concept applies. Hold the bat the same correct way every time and while it won’t make you an immediate success as a batman, it gives you the assurance to know you can work on your balance and weight transference with more confidence.

Importantly Mark has both approval from the MCC for the grip’s use on a worldwide basis as well as patents in every cricketing country for manufacture of the grip. 

Mark O'Neill

The grip also is not designed simply for elite players. Mark says that it is vital for young players (8,9,10) when they are starting out in the game to learn both how to hold the bat correctly and then to use the grip to give them constant guidance. That initial enjoyment of our young cricketers being taught properly and realising they can bat well is important to keep these youngsters in the game and not allow them to drift off to other sports.

While the grips can be purchased at the Greg Chappell Centre, Mark is very willing to come out to any club who would like a demonstration of the grip and arrange for the application of the grips to fit with any club player requirements. If you would like to communicate directly with Mark about a club or group opportunity contact him at

The cost of the grip is $50, which is a bit more than a standard grip. But what is walking off the ground knowing how well you batted worth? I would have paid $50 per match!

The Mark O’Neill Simply Cricket website and twitter feed are coming soon, but you can find the Facebook page which is called Squirrel Cricket.  

So if you are a junior cricketer, a keen “park” cricketer, a shires or grade cricketer or a representative player the squirrel grip will help your game. Get moving now and get ahead of the rest.

Paul Stephenson

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Milo in2cricket has started but you can still register

Milo in2cricket has started but you can still register

The Gordon Cricket Club is excited to announce that the Gordon Cricket Academy will continue to run the Club’s Milo in2Cricket program in season 2017/18 season. The sessions started on October 14, 2017 and will conclude on March 3, 2018 with a break from 23rd December to 27th January. There will be 15 sessions in all. And registrations are still open.  

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for younger children to get their first taste of cricket. The program is open to boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years and is an important first step to introduce new players and parents to cricket and set them on the right pathway for a lifelong love of cricket. The main aims of the program are:

  • to provide a safe, non-competitive environment where young and new players can develop their cricket skills and have fun
  • to link young cricketers to the Gordon Cricket Club and prepare them for their pathway from in2Cricket to Gordon Juniors and beyond
  • to encourage more parents to become actively involved in the administration, coaching and support of the game

With the program commencing in October, the time is right to register your child for the coming season. Registrations are now open. If you have any questions please contact Ash Doolan at The link to the registration is at the bottom of the article.

The key details regarding the program are as follows:

  • Location: Beauchamp Oval - Nicholson St, Chatswood  -->  MAP
  • Dates: the program runs on Saturday mornings from 14th October to 16th December and recommences after the holidays from 3rd February to 3rd March 2018
  • Registration: Program registration is $180 per child; this covers the 15 session program and Milo in2Cricket participant pack containing a bag, cricket bat, hat, shirt, ball and other giveaways. This season in2Cricket program registrations/ payments will only be accepted through the Play Cricket website, with the link found at the bottom of the page.
  • Session duration: each session runs from 8:00am- 9:30am
  • Session format: Players are divided into teams based on age where they’ll practice cricket skills for the first half of the session and then play a modified game during the second half of the session. The session concludes with the announcement of players of the week and a hearty rendition of the Junior Club song
  • What to bring: All cricket equipment is provided – please bring a drink bottle
  • Clothing/ footwear: All children must wear a hat, sunscreen, regular sports shoes and their Milo in2Cricket shirt (received in the participant pack as part of registration). Participants are also welcome to purchase Gordon Cricket Club clothing through our online store.
  • Wet Weather: sessions will proceed unless the oval is closed by the council – please ring the Willoughby Council Wet Weather Line on (02) 9777 7631 or check online at:

The Milo in2Cricket program is designed to identify and develop not just future players but also future administrators, coaches and support staff. To achieve this - and to keep registration costs down - parents are vital to the success of the program. We strongly encourage parents to stay and assist with their child during each session – no experience is necessary and we’re confident that you will enjoy yourself and learn a thing or two along the way. There is space on the registration form to nominate for coaching and other roles in the Gordon in2Cricket program.

To enrol your child in the 2017/18 program please complete the registration form, otherwise please reach out to the team at

For all the latest news on the in2Cricket program, registration forms and much more, see the articles below.

in2Cricket Registration

in2Cricket Registration

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for boys and girls to get their first taste of cricket. The Gordon Juniors Cricket Club runs an excellent in2Cricket centre at Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, every Saturday morning during the season.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

The program’s aim is to allow children to have fun while learning the basic skills of the game. We want children to start a lifelong love of cricket through our enjoyable program. Milo in2Cricket is the first step in a child's long term involvement in the game of cricket.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

in2Cricket Registration Payment Form

in2Cricket Registration Payment Form

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for boys and girls to get their first taste of cricket. The Gordon Juniors Cricket Club runs an excellent in2Cricket centre at Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, every Saturday morning during the season.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

The program’s aim is to allow children to have fun while learning the basic skills of the game. We want children to start a lifelong love of cricket through our enjoyable program. Milo in2Cricket is the first step in a child's long term involvement in the game of cricket.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

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