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Seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths and Colts start the charge, firsts to follow next week

Seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths and Colts start the charge, firsts to follow next week

Five wins out of six against Campbelltown-Camden with two bonus point is a good round, but a win in firsts would have really topped off the day. With 90 Club Championship points we are certainly starting to head in the right direction. Seconds had a big win after only scoring 201, while thirds got up with a big bonus point win. Fourths put on too big a score, fifths bowled very well and to finish the Colts batted and bowled well to win against Penrith.

A great stumping by Ash Doolan in firsts

There were many good performances with Harry Evans scoring 88 and now accumulating 579 runs at an average of 72. His innings today was first class.

Dillon Amjad continued his great form in Colts scoring 73 while taking 4 for 25, including a double wicket maiden. In seconds Scotty O’Brien lead played a great hand in scoring 54 and also taking 4 for 15, while Tom Hamblin scored 66 and Manus Chauhan 56 not out in fourths. 

Similarly, Naba Haider followed his great score last week with 65 not out in fifths along with Hugh Sherwood who is back in form with 54 not out in a 100-run partnership with Naba. Matt Keevers also had the excellent figures of 4 for 19 off 10 overs in thirds to help. 

The thirds were back at Chatswood to watch firsts after their early win at KIllara

First Grade

After the loss of an early wicket First grade started on fire with Harry Evans putting on a master class of batting scoring at will to all parts of the ground. When Axel was dismissed for 48 after batting very well with Harry, the score was 2 for 135 off 25 overs. The score increased to 2 for 154 off 30 and when you apply the age-old formula in one-day cricket of doubling your score after 30 overs if you have wickets in hand a score of 300 was a big chance.  

Harry put on a master class at Chatswood

But something went wrong, either they bowled well or we lost our way, but after Harry went caught on the boundary for 88, the wickets started to fall. There were contributions of 30 and 31 from Elliot Richtor and Tym Crawford, but by the end of our 50 overs we were only 8 for 243 and a long way short of the runs needed against a strong batting side like Campbelltown Camden.

After a quick start by Campbelltown, the bowlers got us back in the hunt with two wickets and with the score at 2 for 54 off 12, we just needed to take a couple more to put on the pressure.  The problem was Phillip Wells was the opposing bat and with over 15 first grade centuries it was going to be hard. The difficulty was the Philip had good support from Oliver Pope and a partnership of 156 was too good to give us a chance. We kept at them putting on a lot of pressure but the runs were scored in the 47th over. Unfortunately, not enough runs. 

Elliot Richtor and Axel Cahlin at Chatswood

First Grade Scores

Gordon 8 for 243 (Harry Evans 88, Axel Cahlin 48, Elliot Richtor 31, Tym Crawford 30) were defeated by Campbelltown-Camden 4 for 249 (Elliot Richtor 2 for 40) 

Second Grade

Gordon lost the toss and batted first on a green wicket. We were in early trouble at 2 for 4 before Scott O'Brien (54) and Dom Thomson (48) combined for an 80 run partnership. Some middle order stutters didn't help the cause however late-overs contributions from Michael Roberts (25), Max Newman (33*) and James Kennedy (15) saw the team reach 8 for 201 at the end of the 50 overs.

Campbelltown came out of the blocks racing and flayed their way to 1 for 55 off the first 8 overs. However wickets fell steadily, led by Nick Miller (2/26 off 10) and Scott O'Brien (4/15 off 9) who dominated the middle overs. In the end Campbelltown finished well short of our target, all out for 156. A solid team performance supported by some excellent catching. Good to be back in the winners' circle! 

Second Grade Scores

Gordon 8 for 201 (Scott O’Brien 54, Dom Thomson 48, Max Newman 33no, Michael Roberts 25) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 156 (Scott O’Brien 4 for 15, Chris Searle 3 for 41, Nick Miller 2 for 26) 

A close one for Dan Stickland at Killara

Third Grade

Finally, a hard-earned victory for the Third Graders. From over 1, it was on. Having been asked to bowl on a pitch that looked like it would do a bit early, the third grade bowlers were on the money. Matt Keevers and Dan Stickland both bowled an excellent line and length, and were backed up in the field. Dan captured one in the first over, and from there the procession began. 

Corbin Edgar hits out at Killara

The opposition batsmen struggled under the onslaught, and with the three main pace bowlers rotating the work, there was no relent. Wicket after wicket fell, with Matt getting four and Dan managing two crucial ones. Change bowlers Pat Effeney and Tim Ferrero both maintained the quality, grabbing two each to have Campbelltown dismissed for just 67. 

The batting was largely the same story. Ryan Tullia got a good ball early, and Max Papworth may have been a little unlucky, but Corbin Edgar decided dispatching the ball to all parts was the best way to chase down a small total, which we managed to do in under 20 overs. Corbins cameo included five fours in  row. (Shades of Bruce!). A superb performance from the Stags, which brings them right back into contention on the ladder.

Third Grade scores

Campbelltown-Camden 67 (Matt Keevers 4 for 19, Tim Ferrero 2 for 12, Dan Stickland 2 for 14, Pat Effeney 2 for 17) defeated by Gordon 3 for 68 (Corbin Edgar 39)  

Matt Keevers during his 4 wickets at Killara. I seem to recall another fast bowler who put up his finger with a wicket! Keep the tradition going Matt. 

Fourth Grade

A very solid effort by 4s out at Raby 2. 

Stags were unexpectedly sent in by the Ghosts and with Kleem (11) and New (0) out early on a pitch which was holding up, it was looking like a good decision. But as the new ball calmed down, Tom Hamblin, assisted by Niranjan 25, Hayes 14 and Fletcher 5 pushed the score along to 132. With a solid base, Bromley, who finally found some form, and Hamblin, took the score from 132 to 190 before Hamblin was caught for 66. With 7 overs left, Bromley was caught soon after on the 38, with the score on 209. Not finished yet, Chauhen 56 and Calov 24 went on the blast boundaries, taking us to a very strong 283. 

The Ghosts never really looked like they had intentions of chasing down our large total, playing extremely defensive right from the start. All bowlers were tight and even though we weren't able to take all of the wickets, we still managed to pick up a valuable bonus point by keeping them under 60% from the whole 50 overs. Standouts with the ball this week were Will Calov 3/41 off 10 and Vikrant Nehru 1/18 off 10. 

Hopefully this win acts as a base to launch into the back half of the season. 

Fourth Grade Scores

9 for 283 (Tom Hambil 66, Manus Chauhan 56*, Stu Bromley 38) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 7 for 165 (Will Calov 3 for 41)

Fifth Grade 

Campbelltown won the toss on an overcast morning at Beauchamp where the wicket was dry and locked pleasant to bat on. Gordon’s opening bowler Dylan Hood bowled very tightly in his first 7 overs as well as taking a wicket. However, the Ghosts slowly moved the score along before both Aaron Crofts and Rahul Krishna made a break through to have the Ghosts in trouble.  

Naba Haider and Hugh Sherwood at Beauchamp 

The Ghosts got to 6 for 105 before some excellent fielding from Naba Haider and Rahul Krishna saw two run outs which stopped any revival. With some further tight bowling we were able to keep them to 9 for 155 on a brilliant Beauchamp wicket.

Despite the loss of 3 early wickets, the chase always looked in control. Sherwood 54 not out and Haider 64 not out punished anything loose and too us to a 7-wicket victory with a bonus point.  

When a fifth grader hits a ball into the drain near Beauchamp...who do you call...Drain Busters. Trevor Chappel uses his childhood skills to recover the ball.

Fifth Grade Scores

Campbelltown-Camden 9 for 155 (Rahul Krishna 3 for 21, Dylan Hood 2 for 26) defeated by Gordon 3 for 156 (Naba Haider 65 no, Hugh Sherwood 54no)


An excellenty win by Colts against last year's finalists Penrith. Penrith started their innings with an early wicket to Ayush followed by another to Dillon with the score on 35. The Penrith bats then staged a comeback until Ayush was ablew to get another one with the score on 90. Wickets then started to fall regularly as Gordon put on the pressure. With score on 7 for 185, Dillon decided he wanted it to end soon and bowled a double wicket maiden. In the end Penrith reached 9 for 199 off their 50 overs.

Gordon lost couple of earely wickets, however Dillon Amjad and Fraser Wilson put togther a good partnership to take the score to 3 for 116 when Dillon was dismissed. The fall of the couple of wickets put us in some danger, however Jay Naganayagam and Harry Vale got us home with some excellent batting. 

Dillon Amjad, Fraser Wilson and Jay Naganayagam in action for Colts

Colts Scores

Penrith 9/199 off 50 (Dillon Amjad 4 for 25, James Brown 2 for 44) def by Gordon 6 for 201 off 34 (Dillon Amjad 73, Jay Naganayagam 35 no, Fraser Wilson 35, Harry Vale 31

Hickman and ritchard
Sometimes the rain helps and sometimes it doesn’t

Sometimes the rain helps and sometimes it doesn’t

Saturday wasn’t a complete wash out, but it may as well have been with First Grade escaping with a draw, thirds and fifths unlucky not to get the full day and seconds, fourths and colts losing on the first innings. 

Parramatta are not the mid-table club they used to be, and this is shown by them leading the club championship. 

Jamie Bekis scores 50 in his second grade debut

They have some excellent cricketers and they play to win in all grades. They certainly showed this in all grades and if we are to lift ourselves back into the running we need to take some guidance from their strong performances. We have the players.

I didn’t get out to watch the teams play and take photos this weekend as I had to re-arrange my sock draw in time for the new working week so we don’t have all grades covered with photos.

Peekaboo - How did you get under there? Seconds give a lesson on covers management

Very importantly though we won the unavailability contest with a clear 20 to Parramatta’s 8. Not sure how many club championship points you get for that but they should create a new category. We would be clear leaders.

So the rain came in time to save firsts from a loss, while seconds had unfortunately already succumbed to the Parra attack by lunch. The thirds had Parramatta 4 for 160 chasing 330, while the fourths incredibly had Parra 7 for 47 chasing their 183 and lost with Parra winning 9 down. The fifths were 14 runs short and 5 wickets in hand when rain washed out their day and the Colts were not able to stop UNSW getting the runs for a win. 

Therefore, what was looking like at least wins in thirds, fourths and fifths ended up with no wins in any grade.

The best performers were Dillon Amjad with 5 for 50, Naba Haider with 63 not out in fifths and Jamie Bekis with a fine 55 on debut in seconds. 

First Grade 

The first grade bowlers faced an onerous task to bowling out Parramatta for under 254 with 59 runs already on the board from last week. They had the prospect also of Nick Bertus returning from injury sustained in a Futures League game and having scored 549 runs this season including a score of 206 in his last grade game. 

Matt Parkinson gave us some hope when he bowled the opener with the first ball of his spell and then Charlie Stobo removed Bertus for only 19 with the score on 147. The team app remained silent from then until soon after tea when a notice came through that rain had stopped play at 3 for 202. 

Managed chaos as seconds gets the covers down on the T20 Sunday wicket with the help of the Parra boys

Our bowlers had a target of bowling the best lines they could on a very flat wicket to try and least get us a draw as the heavy cloud were starting to appear on the radar and approaching Parramatta. It seemed that Parra thought it would be a passing storm and would be able to get on later in the day as our bowlers kept them in check to under 3 runs per over.

Charlie Stobo was particularly frugal taking 1 for 42 off 23 overs, but neither he nor the other bowlers could make inroads in the Parra batting. 

The rain duly came and even when it appeared totally fruitless to hang around, the Parra team were convinced they would get back on. This didn’t happen as another front came along as darkness approached. 

First Grade Scores

Gordon 254 (Cam Eccles 58, Steve Colley 55, James Kennedy 38no, Charlie Stobo 29, Reagan Klemt 26) drew with Parramatta 3 for 202 (James Kennedy 1 for 27, Charlie Stobo 1 for 42, Matt Parkinson 1 for 92) 

Second Grade

Oli doesnt want to have a look around after letting this one go

Oli Zannino was dismissed early after resuming our innings at 3 for 75 chasing 245 alongside Jamie Bekis. Jamie was looking solid and partnered with Nick Miller who played some glorious shots before he was dismissed for 20. Jamie and Max Newman then put on about 50 as Jamie reached his half century in his debut match in 2nd grade. After Max was dismissed the wheels really fell off the run chase as the final five wickets fell for less than 10 runs. All out 175, a disappointing end to what could have been a successful chase.

With two sessions to go in the day Gordon attacked hard with the ball. Chris Searle removed an opener with a peach before Ryan Meppem came on and bowled beautifully. He picked up three wickets while Scott O'Brien took one at the other end. 

The seconds are happy about this Ryam Meppem dismissal

The rain arrived with Parramatta at 5 for 90 in their second innings. Although there was probably no realistic chance of a second innings result the 2nd graders put up an impressive effort after a difficult morning.

Second Grade Scores

Parramatta 246 (Matt Junk 5 for 64, Ryan Meppem 2 for 32,) and 5 for 96 (Ryan Meppem 3 for 29) defeated Gordon 176 (Jamie Bekis 55, Max Newman 26)

Third Grade

Another week, another draw for third grade. That winning feeling has eluded us, either by bad luck, bad conditions or a lack of execution. This week it as a bit of all three, having the top ranked side Parramatta in a heap of trouble early, before failing to take our catches and the rain setting in, costing us what would have been a well-deserved victory. 

After setting Parramatta an imposing 332 for victory, Austyn Nugent took it upon himself to ruin the day of Parra’s bats on a good batting surface. While runs flowed, Austyn captured three quick wickets through pace and bounce to have the opposition three down in quick time. Dan Stickland toiled away with no luck at the other end, and while Patrick Effeney captured a wicket when he came on, we dropped six catches. Realistically that cost us any chance as the rain set in at tea and didn’t stop. The game was called at 4:30 with no respite in sight on the radar. Another game slips past with no result, and with just one win to their name the threes cricket isn’t being reflected in their ladder position. 

Next week is another chance!

Third Grade scores

Gordon 332, Chris Spratt 150, Michael Roberts 79, Ryan Tullia 30, Tim Ferrero 25) drew with Parramatta 4 for 160 (Austyn Nugent 3 for 30)

Fourth Grade

Matt Keevers is pleased with this one

At 4 for 41 at the end of last week fourth grade were confident of getting the chocolates. At 7 for 48 after three overs of play even more so. However, an eight wicket partnership of 107 threw a spanner in the works until Hugh Sherwood managed to break the partnership.

Danusha asks the question

There was a rain interruption during the tea break and covers were put down, however both captains agreed to get back on as soon as there was a slight break in the rain. This came late in the afternoon and we needed two wickets, they needed 14 runs. Darren Jayasekara managed to get the ninth wicket, but we couldn't get the last with Parramatta passing our total of 182.

Back to the drawing board for fourth grade.

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 183 (Mitch Kleem 44, Jordan Hayes 41, Matt Keane 36, Michael Fletcher 30) def by Parramatta 9 for 188 (Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 31, Matt Keevers 3 for 48, Vikrant Nehru 1 for 31, Darren Jayasekera 1 for 17) 

Fifth Grade 

Returning at 1 for 55, Gordon 5’s looked to complete a victory by accumulating the remaining 135 runs. Despite the loss of O’Donnell for 17, Naba Haider with an elegant 63 not out and Adam Cubbage with 26 got us to tea at 5 for 176 just 14 runs short. With the beers about to be popped the every second Saturday rain came again. We waited and waited and even got to 5 minutes from a re-start but the rain came back and we were left with a point for a draw. 

Fifth Grade Scores

Parramatta 189 (Will Calov 3 for 36, Shivraj Rana 2 for 16, Nick Prell, 2 for 34, Sam Watts 2 for 40) drew with Gordon 5 for 176 (Naba Haider 63 no, Adam Cubbage 26, Andrew Harvey 25)


With UNSW starting the day needing only 76 runs to win we needed a quick breakthrough. Dillon Amjad gave us the chance taking 3 wickets during 2 maiden overs. This was Dillon at his best after taking 2 wickets last week and giving him another 5 wicket haul. Ayush then picked up two and we were still in the match. Unfortunately some poor fielding allowed the UNSW lower order to reach the target after 51 overs.

Everyone gave it their best and we really appreciated the younger guys playing for Gordon Colts this round. 

Dillon Amjad gets an early wicket at Beauchamp

Colts Scores

Gordon 165 (Dillon Amjad 82, Oliver Williams 20,) defeated by UNSW 213 (Dillon Amjad 5 for 50,  Ayush Josi 2 for 25 Cormac Levy 1 for 0, Caleb Paisley 1 for 14)

Paul Stephenson

Congratulations to the best sports photographers in Sydney with the pick up of five wickets including three bowled. I will leave my camera at home in future.
Team of the Week Round 7

Team of the Week Round 7

Sole selector Ed Howitt has selected his team of the week for Round 7 below. The chief stag of the week is Dillon Amjad. Congratulations to all players selected in the team. A team will be selected each week culminating in a team of the year. In a surprise move Harry Evans is the keeper.


Teams for Round 7 vs Campbelltown Camden announced

Teams for Round 7 vs Campbelltown Camden announced

The GDCC selectors had a difficult task this round with several returning grade players and the need to balance sides for one day matches rather than 2 day. This also impacts the style of bowler and batsman and how they perform in the shorter game. At the same time players should be given the opportunity to go up the grades, but sometimes more experienced players who are performing well are ahead of them. 

Matt Junk in action last Saturday. 

The selectors are all very experienced former first grade players and an important rule for any player reviewing a selection is to not look at what they think is a lesser performance from someone else. They must only look at their game and how they can improve. In the end that alone will get them the promotion.

The teams for Round 7 are as follows: 

R7 Grade v.

Campbelltown – 1 day matches.

R8 Colts v.

Penrith – 1 day match.


Grade R7 Saturday 9th Dec

Colts R8 Saturday 9th Dec.

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade


Raby 1





1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Jamie Bekis

Charlie Booth

3) Tym Crawford

Cameron Eccles

Corbin Edgar

4) Ash Doolan w/k

James Kennedy

Matt Keevers

5) Harry Evans

Nick Miller

Chris De Kretser

6) Matt Junk

Austyn Nugent

Max Papworth

7) Reagan Klemt

Scott O’Brien

Dash Ratnam w/k

8) Matt Parkinson

Michael Roberts

Chris Spratt

9) Alex Patterson

Chris Searle

Daniel Stickland

10) Elliot Richtor

Dom Thomson

Ryan Tullia

11) Charlie Stobo

Oli Zanino

Matt Wright


4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts v Penrith

Raby 2






1) Stuart Bromley © w/k

Aaron Crofts ©

Oliver Williams © w/k

2) Will Calov

Michael Fletcher

Dillon Amjad

3) Manus Chauhan

Naba Haider

Riley Behlevanas

4) Tim Ferrero

Dylan Hood

James Brown

5) Tom Hamblin

Darren Jayasekera

Andrew Harvey

6) Jordan Hayes

Rahul Krishna

Ayush Joshi

7) Matt Keane

David Monaghan

Marcus Miller

8) Mitch Kleem

Brady Morrison w/k

Jay Naganayagam

9) Vikrant Nehru

Arvin Niranjan

Mitch O’Donnell

10) Cameron New

Prashan Seneviratne

Shiv Rana

11) Danusha Seneviratne

Hugh Sherwood

Nathan Sequeira


Fraser Wilson - playing 12


1) Shayne Lin (injured) 2) Pat Rice (injured) 3) Sohan Boralessa (NT) 4) Jared Clulow (injured) 5) Callum Bladen (injured) 6) Dan Smith 7) Ethan Clout 8) Liam Windel (OS) 9) Sam Watts (study) 10) Lachlan Burrows (OS) 11)Ryan Meppem (Aust U19 carnival) 12) Nick Andreou (back R8) 13) Nick Prell (back R10) 14) Sam Baker (back R8).

Plus we have the following only available during School holidays:  1) James Brown 2) Will Rogers 3) Harry Vale 4) Marcus Miller 5) Jack Davis-Rice 6) Jay Naganayagam 7) Lachlan Donaldson 8) Tommy Gohl 9) Nick Astridge 10) Karthik Surendra

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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

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 5 - 2017/18

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 5 - 2017/18

Day 1 started on Remembrance Day on the 11/11/17, the 149th anniversary of World War I. Day 2 was the 18/11/17 and although not a significant day in the normal scheme of things, it was a significant day and a historic win for Gordon 1st grade.  

Remembrance Day, the players take a minute silence.  

As per usual, the follicly challenged ‘Balds’ entertained the mob with too much ‘Hair’ and not enough ticker. I can tell you it wasn’t entertaining if you’ve got hair as you were run rings around in warm up and this can’t have been a good start to the day on both day 1 and 2. In future when you wake up, have a good hard look at yourself and bring some passion because drop balls and errant passes are continually costing you on the field and in your back pocket. 

Paul Stephenson put on a great speech to honour those Cricketers from both Manly and the Stags who went to War and fought for us. 120 men from both clubs went to the First World War and Paul did extremely well researching and providing some insight into where they were from, where they fought and unfortunately where they passed away. A minute silence was taken. 

Day 1 saw some good, tight bowling from the Stags and some very cautious batting from the Waratahs, leaving the score at 4-286. Manly knew they didn’t have enough runs on the board and showed a lack of intent to put these runs on the board. So they went on into day 2 and took more time out of the game to score 8/339 declared. Stobes toiled hard without much luck from his 27 overs.

Patto bowled exceptional on day one.

Alex Patterson bowled the best he has for the stags and finish with 2/50 off his 18 overs. Ryan Meppem on debut contributed well with 8 overs of his finger spinners. However, the pick of the bowlers was our blonde pom who has grazed his knees in every single warm up, leading to blood trickling down those hairy legs, not a sight attracting any females. Matt ‘Parko’ Parkinson finished with 43 overs, 5/156. 

After losing a couple of early one’s we were on the back foot. Harry joined Axel in the middle and they initiated the resurrection. They put on 113 and took minimal risks to provide some stability in the innings before Harry was gone for 49. Reagan Klemt entered Chatswood Oval and took the attack to the bowlers, providing some much needed momentum. Reagan knocked up 51 in quick time and was a great support to Axel who reached his second ton in first grade. Axel played a dominant innings and showed great concentration to amass 116, including 18 four’s and a six. 

Axel was the rock of the run chase with 116.

The end of Axel bought Patches O’Hoolihan or Ash Doolan as you may know him, to the crease. The stags were in trouble at 8/263 needing 77 runs in the final 6 overs to chase down the total. In came the field, searching for the final 2 wickets and out came the sweep shot from Patches. 11 of the next 17 balls were sent to boundary including 4 maximums. Sitting on the side, I was thinking we are done here, draw is the best we will get. Parko kept whispering in my ear, “If we get a big over here we’re in this, ya know”.

The ball kept on finding the fence and Patto joined in on the fun and as Manly bought the field up, he whacked one over the top of the bowlers head for 4 too. I could not believe what was happening before my eyes, as the ball was flying to all parts of Chatswood Oval off Patches’ new JPG and Patto’s Bluetongue…yes it must be a home brand bat. 

Before walking out Patchy said that he’ll hit 70 not out and win us the game. It got down to the last over and Dools was 77 not out and we needed 7 to win…was his prediction was going to come true. Ball 1 was hit hard by Dools to a deep cover and there was a misfield. Patto was on his way back for 2 but was caught short of his ground and run out. Patches back on strike, Junk at the non-strikers end and 6 runs to win off 5 balls. 

Ash Doolan with the amazing finish! Unbelievable 77*!

Beadle flighted his off-spinner into the deadly sweeping arc of Patches and he dispatched it over towards mid-wicket. The boys in the shed rose as one and it sailed well over his head and onto Orchard Road for another 6! Unbelievable scenes at Chatswood as Dools gave it the big fist pump and raised his ‘stag arms’ above his head. Not a bad game to debut Ryan Meppem.

Tym Crawford

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