As Mark Carmichael said in an early score post on the team app, the weather forecasters had got it right as he watched the matches at Bensons’ Lane. In the end, first grade is in a good position at Owen Earle, while seconds have a mountain to climb at Chatswood. Thirds, fourths and fifths are all in the balance in their matches while Colts are in the unusual position of being behind on the first innings against Easts.
Matt Parkinson in action
The mixed performances were mixed with Matt Parkinson taking 4 for 67 in firsts and Matt Wright scoring 57 not out in thirds.
When we play the Hawks in first grade at Owen Earle, memories always flood back about our match there on October 14 and 21 in 2006.
The temperature was 42 degrees and Gordon won the toss. The wicket was in good shape, but skipper Ed Zelma thought we had should attack the Hawks young 20-year-old bats Peter Forrest and John Hastings and we would be batting by lunch. After all, he had a bowling attack consisting of Zelma, Connell, Stephenson, Casson, McDonald, Simmons and Will Smith. (For trivia buffs, Steve Colley was playing his first-grade game for Gordon in fifths and scored 59)
After 12 overs the Hawks were 4 for 27 with Zelma and Stephenson taking the first 4 wickets and both Forrest and Hastings back in the Pavillion. As John O’Neill Fuller reported in his match report the words “Zelma and “genius” were being floated around the ground by the players.
Beau Casson and Brendan McDonald at Owen Earle on day 1, October 2006
Zeddie, however, hadn’t factored in the Hawks skipper Vaugh Williams and No. 6, Nathan Carroll who went on to score 7500 runs for the Hawks.
By stumps, the Hawks had scored 334 runs and the word genius was being replaced by….
According to the Bureau of Meteorology there was no rain recorded in Richmond during the following week and as reported in the post-match protest meeting a storm had come over the mountain, moved along the river from the west and landed on the No. 1 ground, missing the adjourning ovals and practice wickets.
The second day was about 16 degrees, the wicket was green and soft and a protest was lodged with the umpires Geoff Garland and Peter Kite before the start of play. Gordon was bowled out for 137 with opener Craig Simmons scoring 61 off 218 balls faced (yes BBL Craig Simmons) and was the last batsman dismissed. Will Smith thought he was at Durham in April and the ball was moving around like a humid night with a pink ball at Adelaide Oval. Gordon lost the game and the protest.
Don’t worry, the Hawks are a fine club and are wonderful hosts when we play at Bensons Lane. I am over it now.
A watchful Craig Simmons batting at Owen Earle on day 2 in October 2006.
Back to 2018, 1st grade made the trip out to Hawkesbury in plus 40C heat. Gordon lost the toss and we started extremely well in the field with Alex Patterson and Reagan Klemt taking wickets in their first overs respectively.
Matt Junk in action
Following a strong start, Matt Junk and Matt Parkinson settled in to a long spell of bowling. Matt Junk finished bowling an unbelievable 35 overs, 11 maidens, 3-77. We are doing our best to acclimatise Matt Parkinson who has been selected in the England Lions team where he will be playing in Antigua. So, Steve Colley gave him a lazy 32.2 overs and he finished with figures of 4 for 67. Alex Patterson also supported them well with 9 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 16.
The bowlers were backed up well in the field and we were off with 14 overs to bat. We are 1-20 chasing 185, which will be a good challenge for the stags next week.
First Grade Scores
Hawkesbury 186 (Matt Parkinson 4 for 67, Matt Junk 3 for 77, Alex Patterson 2 for 16) vs Gordon 1 for 23.
Second grade returned to Chatswood where they found a true and very flat wicket. After being asked to field first, the Hawks raced out of the blocks as if they were still in one-day mode. The first wicket fell in the 16th over with the score on 85. The runs ticked along at a steady rate and at lunch the score was 1 for 130.
Scott O'Brien and Ryan Meppem at Chatswood against the Hawks
The bowlers pinned it back well as the temperature rose during the middle session but while the scoring rate was restricted to 3 runs an over we only took another two wickets. The Hawks had a great platform to push for quick runs in the last session and they capitalised.
The wicket offered absolutely nothing for the quicks and despite spinners Scott O'Brien and Ryan Meppem bowling extremely well, both of whom delivered well over 30 overs each, it was difficult preventing boundaries with a short western boundary. Dropping nine catches, seven of which came in the last session, also didn't help. A big run chase is in store for next week!
Second Grade Scores
Hawkesbury 5 for 394 (Ryan Meppem 2 for 99, Scott O’Brien 2 for 138 Vs Gordon
The thirds won the toss and elected to bat on what turned out to be a true but slow wicket. With an opening partnership of 57 in good time and the heat in Richmond, a large score was on the cards.
Matt Wright during his 57 no.
However, the Hawks knew their conditions well and an offspinner and slow medium pacer came on to slow down the run rate. They bowled 45 overs between them and made it a day of attrition as the runs were eked out on the large field.
Mitch had been the first to go on 30 and after Ryan Tullia went for 43, the wickets started to fall on a steady basis.
Matt Wright decided he would play the patient role which was needed on the day and in the end finished with 57 not out.
207 doesn’t seem a large score but the spongy ground and large boundaries would probably mean the score is worth a few more and the bowlers will be doing their best next week.
Third Grade Scores
Gordon 207 (Matt Wright 57 no, Ryan Tullia 43, Mitch Kleem 30) vs Hawkesbury
Hawkesbury took the logical option of batting first on what looked like a great deck at Beauchamp. It went on to play as true as expected and proved very tough to get wickets. The Hawks slowly got to a strong for 3 for 109 but their slow scoring by their top order may turn out to be their weakness, given how quickly the tail was dismissed without too much damage, going on to be all out for 216.
While the quicks all worked hard and bowed bulk overs for very few runs, it was spine which turned out to be the key, with Jordan Hayes 3 for28 off 12 and Naba Haider 3 for 31 off 9. Some great bowling from the young stags!
Jordan Hayes and Naba Haider at Beauchamp
Cam New and Dash Ratnam had the task of opening to face two overs but they did well under pressure to leave us 0/7 after 2 overs.
A solid result, but against a decent bowling attack it won't be a walk in the park on day 2.
Fourth Grade Scores
Hawkesbury 216 (Jordan Hayes 3 for 28, Naba Haider 3 for 31, Dylan Hood 2 for 29) vs Gordon 0 for 7
In what turned out to be our first real away/away game of the season, the 5th grade side used $18 worth of tolls to get to Bensons Lane on a hot and very dry day. Gordon won the toss and elected to bat on a surface they were unsure of but in 40 degree heat there was no other option.
A slow but matured start saw Gordon adjust back into the 2-day format, with Fraser Wilson working hard for his 20 before being run out. Darren Jayasekera 27 and Rahul Krishna 28, looked to increase the flow of runs prior to tea before Sherwood and Krishna fell to leave Gordon 4 for 93 at the interval.
With Aaron Crofts looking to guide the team to an acceptable score with 33, unfortunately wickets kept falling and the fifths were eventually tumbled out for a disappointing 140 and the first time the team has been bowled out all year.
With plenty on the line, Gordon started its defence of our low score with an excellent direct hit run out by Fraser Wilson and then a fantastic catch by Lachlan Burrows at square leg off Monaghan to have the Hawks in trouble early. A steady partnership followed, however it was broken by Shiv Rana who had bowled 10 overs straight in the heat.
Aaron Crofts was able to pick up two late Hawks batsmen to have them 5 for 60, however, the team wanted more to finish the day. So, 9 players were positioned around the bat, 2 leg slips, a bat pad, slip, silly point, 2 silly covers, short mid-on and two mid wickets. The batsmen played forward, inside edge onto the bad, balloons in the air and Lachlan Burrows took a great catch at bat pad. The resultant 6 for 74 at stumps probably puts our heads in front, but we will have to start well again next week.
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 140 (Aaron Crofts 33, Rahul Krishna 27, Darren Jayasekera 25) vs Hawkesbury 6 for 74 (Aaron Crofts 2 for 11, Sriv Rana 2 for 14)
The Colts were back on Killara Oval where they had their momentous victory last season and were looking forward to the contest. Due to the needed rotation of wickets, the track was a new one for this season and certainly looked to have a good covering of grass.
The skipper Oli Williams was still confident enough to bat after winning the toss, however other than the skipper himself who scored 34, no other bats were able to get a start and the side was bowled out for 85. The team was missing a number of their batsman for this round due to unavailabilities and their replacements found the going tough on the lively wicket.
Our bowlers tried hard to keep the Easts bats to a reasonable total and at 6 for 135 still have a chance to take quick wickets next week and possibly set a target. Prashan SEenviratne did well taking 3 for 11.
Gordon 85 (Oli Williams 34) vs Easts 6 for 135 (Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 11, Ayush Joshi 1 for 30, Benedict Duce 1 for 11, Hugh Fraval 1 for 11)