Five out of five for Gordon against Hawkesbury with the Colts smashing Balmain South Sydney in a bonus point win as well. An amazing five wicket spell by Glenn Winsor in 1st Grade set up a massive outright win while Dan Stickland’s 5-21 paved the way for a strong win in 2nds. Injured First Graders Matt Junk and Charlie Stobo (with Charlie Booth) saved the day in 3rds, while 4ths and 5ths also completed good wins. 144 points in the Club Championship was a wonderful performance.
Steve Colley in action at Chatswood against the Hawks
First Grade played a two day (Sat/Sun) game while the lower grades played one dayers.The Colts played Balmain South Sydney on Sunday at Alexandria Oval.
Glenn Winsor who took 5 for 9 off 3 overs in first grade
1st Grade at Chatswood (Two day game – Sat/Sun)
Gordon won the toss and bowled on a greenish Chatswood wicket. The early Gordon bowling was good and Hawkesbury lost three early wickets. Another fell at 65 and Gordon were well on top but the dangerous Peter Forrest was still in. The score moved to 103 when Forrest was dismissed. From there, it was all very quick, with Glenn Winsor completing a most amazing spell. In three overs, he took an incredible 5-9 as the Hawks crashed to be all out for 127. Ashwin Premkumar and Alex Patterson also bowled well while Tym Crawford was very tight, keeping a lot of pressure on the batsmen.
Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin added 51 for the first wicket against some aggressive bowling. Cam’s 41 was important, as was Harry Evans’ 42, which held the innings together as wickets fell in the chase for first innings points. Harry fell just after the score was passed and then more wickets were lost. Scott O’Brien added a breezy 33 and Ryan Meppem hit the ball very crisply in his 27*. At the end of day 1, Gordon were 9-194, a lead of 67.
Harry Evans, Ashwin Premkumar and Tym Crawford against the Hawks
Gordon declared on their overnight total. Alex Patterson took an early wicket but the deck had settled a little and the next wicket added 41. Another partnership and the score was 2-100 with Hawkesbury looking like they may be able to post a decent total. However, when Ryan Meppem broke the partnership and Alex struck twice, the Stags were well on top. A handy 40 run partnership followed which was broken by Glenn Winsor. Then, Tym Crawford snared the absolutely vital wicket of Forrest, who again had batted exceptionally, and the tail went quietly. The Hawks were dismissed for 205 with Tym taking 4-45. A top effort by the bowlers, particularly Tym and Alex.
So, Gordon were left 139 to win outright in 39 overs.
Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin again got the side off to a solid start, adding 27 before Axel was dismissed. Cam reached 23 before he went and then Harry Evans, who had looked very safe, got an absolute snorter and the Stags were 3-86. However, Steve Colley was a man on a mission.
Alex Patterson at Chatswood
He batted beautifully, hitting the loose ball (depositing several balls into or near Sydney Rail property) while defending the good ball solidly. He and Tym Crawford added 57 in good time to secure a vital outright victory with almost 12 overs to spare. Steve’s 57* in 53 minutes was top class and Tym did the job perfectly with 15* in 18 minutes.
A comprehensive win which keeps 1st Grade well in touch in a very even competition.
Gordon 9 dec 194 (Harry Evans 42, Cam Eccles 41, Scott O’Brien 33, Ryan Meppem 27*) and 3-141 (Steve Colley 57*, Cam Eccles 23, Harry Evans 21) defeated Hawkesbury 127 (Glenn Winsor 5-9, Ashwin Premkumar 2-27) and 205 (Tym Crawford 4-45, Alex Patterson 3-41) outright by 7 wickets.
2nd Grade at Owen Earle
Gordon won the toss and bowled at Owen Earle. Dan Stickland and Ollie Sutton were on the job quickly and the Hawks slumped to 4-24 with both bowlers having captured two each. Ollie and Chris De Kretser both took further wickets to take the score to 6-52. A partnership followed and the next wicket didn’t fall until the score had reached 114. From there, the end was nigh with the innings concluding on 145. Dan’s figures of 5-21 were outstanding while Ollie’s 3 wickets was also a top effort.
An early wicket fell in the Gordon response before Lachlan Barnsley and Ryan Tullia took the score to 59. Two more wickets fell and things became a little shaky. At 4-94, a strong fight was needed. This was provided by skipper Nick Miller and Josh Staines. They passed the Hawkesbury total without further loss in an excellent partnership. Well done!
Gordon 4-146 (Nick Miller 40*, Lachlan Barnsley 30, Josh Staines 25*) defeated Hawkesbury 145 (Dan Stickland 5-21, Ollie Sutton 3-38).
3rd Grade at Killara
Hawkesbury won the toss and batted on a Killara wicket that offered the bowlers a little assistance for the whole day.
Matt Junk showing off in third grade
The Gordon side looked a bit strange with injured 1st Graders Charlie Stobo and Matt Junk both playing. The bowling was steady and at 4-98 after 31 overs it was a tight affair. From that point, wickets fell with the Hawks trying to push the rate along. Arvin Niranjan took four as the tail wagged. Vikrant Nehru and Danusha Seneviratne also bowled very steady spells.
Gordon’s response started poorly. Both openers fell early, followed by a couple more. The innings slumped to 5-45 and the Stags were in real trouble. Charlie Stobo and Nick Andreou steadied things and the score struggled to 120. Matt Junk was batting well with his hand injury and when Charlie Booth came in they added 54 to win the game in the 44th over. Charlie played in his usual aggressive style, contributing 37 to the partnership.
Vikrant Nehru and well done to Danusha Seneviratne for a wicket
A top win and well done to Matt and Charlie for filling in.
Gordon 7-174 (Matt Junk 53*, Charlie Booth 37*, Charlie Stobo 28) defeated Hawkesbury 170 (Arvin Niranjan 4-33, Vikrant Nehru 2-19, Danusha Seneviratne 2-34, Charlie Booth 1-39)
4th Grade at Bensons Lane 2
Gordon batted first at Bensons. It was difficult, but Fraser Wilson kept his head and batted well for his 49. Darren Jayasekera and Stuart Bromley also made good contributions as the score finished at 196 in the 50th over – certainly a defendable total.
Dylan Hood and Lachie Burrows started well and wickets fell consistently. Manus Chauhan bowled another most economical spell, Liam Windel chipped in with a brace and, at the second drinks break, Hawkesbury were 7-102 and in deep trouble. They finished on 141 and the Stags had completed a strong win.
Fraser Wilson and Darren Jayasekera in action in 4's
Gordon 196 (Fraser Wilson 49, Darren Jayasekera 41, Stuart Bromley 39) defeated Hawkesbury 141 ( Manus Chauhan 2-17, Dylan Hood 2-33, Liam Windel 2-35)
5th Grade at Castle Cove
Gordon won the toss and elected to bowl. The Hawkesbury progress was slow as they moved to 3-63 from 27 overs. Wickets continued to fall and they slumped to 6-85 in the 40th. Their final score of 6-127 from their 50 overs should have caused few problems for Gordon. Trystan Kennedy and Rahul Krishna were the best of the Stags bowlers, taking two wickets each.
Naba Haider in fifths
However, it was tough work! A couple of early wickets fell and again the scoring was difficult. At 3-41, it was anyone’s game. Naba Haider dug in and the score gradually increased. At 6-93, again the pressure was on and when Naba was dismissed at 109 for a most responsible 51, things had tightened immeasurably. However, cometh the hour and cometh the Monners, as skipper Dave Monaghan steered the ship home for an excellent win.Well done!
Gordon 7-128 (Naba Haider 51, Dave Monaghan 17*) defeated Hawkesbury 6-127 (Trystan Kennedy 2-18, Rahul Krishna 2-22)
Colts vs Balmain South Sydney at Alexandria
Gordon were invited to bat first at Alexandria. They got off to a great start with Riley Behlevanas and Cam Hewitt adding 78 for the 1st wicket. Both batted very well and a great platform had been laid. Tom Chapman and Jaiden Gray then enjoyed a century partnership as they belted the attack around mercilessly. Tom completed a fine 72 while Jaiden remained unbeaten on 85. A fantastic effort from two of our Greenies. Despite losing a couple of wickets late in the innings, the final tally of 5-288 was a top effort.
Riley Behlewanas, Tom Chapman and Jaiden Gray in action for Colts
The Balmain South Sydney response was brief. The Gordon bowlers were very good and they were all out for 50. Rohan Watson was outstanding finishing with 3-7 from his six overs. The rest of the wickets were shared.
A comprehensive win with a bonus point which keeps the Colts well and truly in the hunt.
Gordon 5-288 (Jaiden Gray 85*, Tom Chapman 72, Riley Behlevanas 33, Cam Hewitt 27) defeated Balmain South Sydney 50 (Rohan Watson 3-7) with a bonus point.