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Poidevin Gray team start season with a win

Poidevin Gray team start season with a win

The Poidevin Gray team started their season on Sunday with a win against Easts at Waverley Oval. With only six rounds this season it was important we got started on the right foot.Gordon won the toss and sent Easts in on a somewhat benign looking wicket on which the first grade match between St. George and Easts had difficulty with the day before.

Axel despatches a ball through mid wicket during his 55 on Sunday

Gordon made a perfect 8 over start with wonderful new ball bowling from the skip Charlie Stobo and Jack Skilbeck. This set the tone for the wicket takers to emerge. Dan Stickland took 4 valuable wickets for 22 off his 8 overs and was brilliantly supported by Benny Leighton with 4 - 22 off his 10 overs of delicately flighted leggies - and yes pretty to watch.

Ben was backed  up behind the stumps by Max Papworth who took 3 top stumpings. In an overall excellent bowling and fielding performance by the whole team. Charlie Stobo finished with 1 for  26 off his 8; Jack Skilbeck 0 for 23 off 6 and Regan Klemt 1 for 20 off 8.

They bowled Easts out for 144 in just 44 overs, which while was below par, there was concern the wicket was rapidly getting slower and lower, and our our bats started to make heavy weather of the chase.

It took a master class knock from our 16yo 1st grade debutant Axel Cahlin to turn the tide. Axel hit 55 quality runs when the going was at its worse and got the better of the bowling by sticking to his technique. Axel was unfortunately run out when the scores were tied following a huge throw from the boundary.

Of course Axel didn’t do it on his own and he received excellent support from Reagan Klemt who scored 35 vital runs that will greatly lift his confidence. The winning run was hit in the 49th over which indicates the difficulty in scoring.

So a big start for PG's and now we move to Chatswood on the 9th Nov and the rumour is that the "Ger" of the century - Rob Carruthers, will return to assist the Coach Josh Poysden - the dynamic duo are back.

Gordon No. 1 support Marcus at Waverley with Poidevin Gray coach Josh Poysden

For your diaries the qualifying rounds for the rest of the season are as follows:

  • 8th November vs Hawkesbury at Chatswood
  • 30th November vs UNSW at Village Green
  • 7th December vs Bankstown at Chatswood
  • 14th December vs Campbelltown/Camden at Raby
  • 11th January vs Blacktown at Chatswood

As usual our Number 1 supporter Marcus was at the game proudly wearing his new T20 shirt sponsored by Mortgageport. 

Poidevin Gray scores

Easts 144 (Dan Stickland 4 for 22, Ben Leighton 4 for 32, Charlie Stobo 1 for 26, Reagan Klemt 1 for 32, Jack Skilbeck 0 for 23, Darren Jayasekera 0 for 18) were defeated by Gordon 8 for 145 (Axel Cahlin 55, Reagan Klemt 35) at Waverley

Tony Wilson
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

I do like to be beside the sea!, I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom!, Where the brass bands play: "Tiddely-om-pom-pom!". With the deputy assistant wrap master Michael Falk going away on a trip and the webmaster being overseas, the former webmaster has stepped in to write some thoughts on Saturday's play against Manly.

Axel Cahlin is presented with his first grade cap by legend James Packman

I remember that the tradition for the start of each weekend’s wrap is to list the batsman who have scored over 50 or bowlers with 4 wickets or more.  With just the one batsman, Tom Carruthers scoring 51 in thirds there is only one performance to report.  I guess that shows the sort of day we had.

There is of course another option, having played for 12 years for Manly in the 70’s maybe they will get me to write a wrap for them. With an amazing 4 centuries to report in one day, I could be writing for a week.

With such a young playing roster this season at Gordon, days like this will happen, but the only course of action is to take the positives, remind the players how skilled they really are and motivate them during the week to reverse the trend next Saturday. We know they have the talent, they just have to put their heads down and fight with every delivery.

First Grade 

When I received the photos from Tony Wilson of the early first grade bowling, all you could see was fielders with their arms in the air appealing or looks of exasperation as a ball would drop just out of reach or be caught on a no ball.    

 
The arms are in the air, how did that miss?

After the excitement of a wicket in the first over the decision to give Manly the initial use of Chatswood appeared a reasonable choice.  We all know however that Chatswood will move about for a while and if you get the right breaks, the wickets will come. However, after the initial onslaught, the strong Manly batting lineup soon got on top of an attack offering up a few too many loose balls. Two centuries, and a partnership of 224 between Ahillen Beadle (157) and Jay Lenton (104 not out) took the wind out of the sails out of the attack and allowed Manly to finish the day at 4 for 387.

     
Iain Beverley and Chad Soper against Manly

Time for the bats to stand up.

First Grade Scores

Manly 4-387 (James Kennedy 1 for 73, Chad Soper 1 for 72, Josh Poysden 1 for 96, Elliot Richtor 1 for 51

Second Grade

Gordon were sent into bowl on a pitch which seemed to have somewhat life in it. Skilly bowled exceptional with the new rock knocking over both openers in short time to have Manly floundering at 2 for 2. 

Jack Skilbeck in action down by the seasdie

Charlie Stobo also bowled extremely well without any luck and beat the bat on plenty of occasions. After that, the pitch became slow, low and dead as our bowlers worked really hard all day. A special piece of fielding from skipper Max Newman secured a run out for the third wicket when he chased a quick single to short cover, ripped off his keeping glove and threw down the wicket at the bowlers end. The former webmaster happened to be watching this fine piece of fielding sitting next to Manly wicket keeping legend Mal Elliot. Mal immediately commented:  Who is your keeper…he moves well? My reply was: Yes that’s Max Newman. He moves much faster than you ever did!!

In between all of this action, Manly simply batted and batted and batted and declared at 5 for 329 with three overs left.  Kris Colley and Liam McElduff safely saw out the day, but a really gritty batting performance is needed next week.

Second Grade scores

Gordon 0-12 vs Manly 5dec 329 (Jack Skilbeck 2-59, Charlie Stobo 1 for 55, Adam Cubbage 1 for 55).

Third Grade

After losing a wicket from the first ball of the game, Tom Carruthers and Max Papworth consolidated at Killara, adding 44 runs.  When Max was dismissed, Tjaard Tait joined Tom and they took the score past 100.  Unfortunately Tom was dismissed after reaching his half century.  Andrew Crosland joined Tjaard and Gordon sat reasonably comfortably at 3-130 at tea.  

Alas, after tea, things went awry, with wickets falling to loose shots against an honest attack.  There were no demons in the wicket and most Stags got themselves out.  Scott O’Brien, in his first 3rd Grade game, scored a sparkling 32 (with 8 fours) but he received little help as Gordon were dismissed for 213. 

   
Tom Carruthers and Tjaard Tait at Killara against the seasiders

Manly saw the final nine overs off with no loss.  The bowlers have a great opportunity to shine next week!

Third Grade scores

Gordon 213 (Tom Carruthers 51, Tjaard Tait 44, Scott O’Brien 32, Max Papworth 26, Andrew Crosland 23) vs Manly 0-23. 

Fourth Grade

Gordon bowled at Graham Reserve and the first hour or so went well for the Stags.  Will Calov and Iqbal Ahmed both took a brace and Manly found themselves 5-124 at tea.  

The peoples champion Iqbal Ahmed

This progressed to 7-164 as Aaron Crofts also struck twice. However, the later batsmen were most effective and Manly finally declared at 9-260 leaving the Stags a couple of overs to negotiate, which they did without the loss of a wicket.

So, an interesting day in store next week on a good batting wicket.

Fourth Grade scores

Gordon 0-6 vs Manly 9 dec 260 (Aaron Crofts 3-26, Iqbal Ahmed 3-87, Will Calov 2-31)

Fifth Grade

Gordon won the toss and elected to bowl on a very green Beauchamp wicket and after the first over went for 11 runs, it looked like a long afternoon was is store.  The Manly openers batted very soundly for the first half hour before Sam Watts broke through.  From there, wickets fell regularly and Manly were in strife at 8-79. Manly then provided some further resistance, but were bowled out for 138 with all the bowlers contributing including new recruit Ben Parker was at just 15 showed great promise with some nice out swing bowling. Richard Armour, Nick Fagan, Sam Watts and Matt all worked hard to dismiss the seasiders. 

     
The new, the young and the....experienced! Nick Fagan, Ben Parker and Matt Todd show their wares at Beauchamp. 

Gordon were then left 28 overs to bat with Nick Kelland and Nick Fagan to open the innings. We lost a couple of early ones with the top 3 batsmen all dismissed for under 10 leaving us vulnerable at 3 for 33. Dante Otto showed some excellent resolve to fight our way out of the predicament with some strong hitting to get to 28, but was dismissed just at the wrong time. Andrew 'Elton' Coleman and the skip Tristan Cooper put on a partnership but Elton was dismissed right on stumps to leave us 5 for 72 and the game very much in the balance.

Fifth Grade scores

Gordon 5-72 (Dante Otto 28) vs Manly 138 (Richard Armour 3-25, Nick Fagan 2-18, Sam Watts 2-25, Matt Todd 2-43, Ben Parker 1 wkt)

Paul Stephenson & Michael Falk


Axel Cahlin third youngest Gordon player to make first grade debut

Axel Cahlin third youngest Gordon player to make first grade debut

Following his 295 runs in the first two rounds of the second grade and a batsman unavailability in firsts, Axel Cahlin has been selected to play First Grade against Manly over the next two weeks at Chatswood Oval.

Axel in action last Saturday at Chatswood

Axel who turned 16 in March this year will now fall within an elite group of the youngest players to play first grade for Gordon. The youngest was Ken Eastwood at 15 years and 11 months followed by Brian Taber at 16 years and 5 months. Axel at 16 years and 7 months will slip in just ahead of Sid Carrol who made his debut at the age of 16 years and 11 months.

Axel played his first game with Gordon as a 14 year old in Colts on October 6 2012 and scored 74 runs in his debut after being recommended to the club to take advantage of our Academy program. Combining his school cricket and study, he played with our Green Shield team and intermittent games in fourth and fifth grade finishing the year in the successful fifth grade premiership team. In his first game in fourth grade, ironically against Manly, he scored 59 not out in a 128 run partnership for the 8th wicket with Shayne Lin to win the match.

Last season Axel captained our Green Shield team and played a masterful innings in our final round match scoring 148 not out with 17 fours and 3 sixes off 156 balls. In total he scored 786 runs for the season including several solid innings in 5th, 4th and 3rd grade.  

Over the off season Axel, has worked tirelessly on his technique and fitness, taking advantage of Mark O’Neill’s tutoring and the result was selection in second grade as well as the club’s Twenty20 team over the last two Sundays. Axel is also in the NSW Under 17 squad and naturally is hopeful of selection in the NSW team for the Australian Under 17 Championships in January.

As mentioned earlier Axel has joined an elite group of Gordon cricketers to have made their debut before turning 17. The following are brief summaries of our youngest first graders.

Ken Eastwood

Ken played one Test for Australia and 42 matches for Victoria after seven seasons of grade cricket with Gordon and 22 seasons with Footscray in Melbourne.  He was an outstanding teenage cricketer commencing in Third Grade in 1949-50 at the age of 13 and in First Grade at 15.

Ken is most famously known for the fact he played 5 seasons of Green Shield starting as a 12 year old and finished his last season in Green Shield in 1951/52 with the unsurpassed figures of 949 runs in 9 games at an average of 118 including a highest score of 320 in a 60 over match. In the same Green Shield season he took 58 wickets out of the 90 to fall with the best figures of 9 for 47.

Ken went on to play 42 first class matches scoring 2227 runs at an average of 42. In his only Test he replaced Bill Lawry, who was dropped altogether despite being the captain due to a dispute with the Australian Cricket Board. He failed with the bat, scoring five and a duck, but took 1/21 with his left arm unorthodox spin.

Ken’s left arm spin bowling has since been recognised as being in the same class as Michael Falk having passed on his expertise to the younger Michael. Ken who is now in his 79th year recently visited Chatswood Oval on a trip to Sydney and presented the club with his club blazer which is now proudly hanging in the Trumper Pavilion. 

Brian Taber

As a book on the career of “Tabsie” has just been published it is not possible to describe in a few words about the career of Brian at Gordon. His career started at Gordon when he played as a 15 year old in our Poidevin Gray team during the 1955 Christmas holidays, made his first grade debut at 16 and played a total of six seasons in the PG team.

Of course Brian went on to play 16 Tests as a keeper and 129 first class games as well as captaining Gordon First Grade for many seasons during his career from 1955 to 1978. Brian took 216 catches and 117 stumpings during his career at Gordon as well as scoring 4137 runs with 4 centuries at an average of 26.

For anything you need to know about Brian can I suggest you purchase his book “It’s not about me” written by Ronald Cardwell and Davis Jenkins and published by the Cricket Publishing company this year.

Sid Carroll

Sid is Gordon’s highest First Grade run scorer with a total of 11,314 runs at an average of 35.36 during his 27 seasons with Gordon.  Sid was a stylish opening batsman, and was one of the greatest players that ever played for our Club.  Known to his mates as Uncle, he played his whole career from 1939 to 1967 with Gordon. He was captain of the First Grade team from 1950 until 1966.

Sid was unfortunate to be overlooked by the selectors for the Australian teams which toured England in 1953 and 1956.  Most cricket followers thought he would be picked and many were thoroughly disappointed at his omission.

Sid played 46 first class matches, scoring 2,811 runs at an average of 39.59, with six 100s and fourteen 50s.  He captained NSW on 13 occasions losing only one game.  His ability to nurture young players was well recognised and two great international players who blossomed under his leadership and guidance were Gordon Rorke and Norm O’Neill.

Axel Cahlin is therefore in exulted company in being the third youngest player to don a first grade cap for Gordon. While his career lay ahead of him, there is no point as yet to make any comparisons, but it is important to state that Axel is an extremely level headed, courteous and team centred young man who will humbly accept his promotion and do his best for his team. Axel's parents should be very proud of his efforts and we wish him well.

Team Selections

In regard to team selections for this round against Manly, all I can say is that with 16 unavailabilities it is impossible to re-create the path needed to be taken by the selectors to get 5 teams on the park. The good news is that we always knew the next two rounds would be difficult following pre-season notifications and I am sure all teams will make a very good account of themselves against the strong Manly Club.

To assist our supporters the following is a run-down on our new players starting in fifth grade for this round:

Nick Fagan comes from the Nelson Bay and last 2 years played for Newcastle 1st grade. He is a top order bat and off spinner from Kings and was recommended to us by Rod Hokin having now moved to Sydney.

Nick Kelland is an 18yo top order bat and keeper from Grammar who scored 235no against Brisbane Grammar. Nick played in our recent Academy game against against Shore.

Ben Parker is a 15yo bowling all rounder from Mt Colah who just missed out on our Greenies squad and is a very promising youngster.

Other notables are the promotions of Darren Jayasekera for his debut in second grade as well as the return to seconds of Adam Cubbage and Blaize Irving-Holliday.Matt Keevers and Scott O'Brien will also make their debuts in thirds.

One player we must welcome back after missing the first two rounds is James Campbell who will start in thirds and no doubt strengthen the batting with his stylish play. He might bowl some overs as well.

In addition our Poidevin Gray team plays its first game on Sunday against Easts at Waverley and this team is also listed below. Congratulations to Charlie Stobo for his selection as captain.

The teams are as follows:

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Chatswood Oval

Manly Oval

Killara Oval

Start 10:30 am

Start 10:30 am

Start 12:15 pm

Harry Evans ©

Max Newman ©

Tjaard Tait ©

Iain Beverley

Adam Cubbage

James Campbell

Reece Bombas

Jack Colley

Tom Carruthers

Axel Cahlin

Kris Colley

Matt Chamberlain

Steve Colley

Darren Jayasekera

Tom Colverd

Tym Crawford

Blaize Irving-Holliday

Andrew Crosland

James Kennedy

Liam McElduff

Matt Keevers

Josh Poysden

Jack Skilbeck

Reagan Klemt

Elliot Richtor

Chris Spratt

Scott O'Brien

Daniel Smith

Charlie Stobo

Max Papworth

Chad Soper

Anand Verma

Dan Stickland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report

Match Report

Match Report

Tym Crawford

Jack Colley

Matt Chamberlain

 

 

 

4th Grade

5th Grade

Poidevin Gray

Graham Reserve

Beauchamp Park

Waverley Oval vs Easts

Start 12:15 pm

Start 12:15 pm

Start 10.am

Shayne Lin ©

Tristan Cooper ©

Charlie Stobo ©

Iqbal Ahmed

Richard Armour

Axel Cahlin

Rob Barker

Jack Clinton

Jack Colley

Will Calov

Andrew Coleman

Darren Jayasekera

Aaron Crofts

Nick Fagan

Reagan Klemt

Stan Gaynor

Nick Kelland

Ben Leighton

Mitchell Kleem

Dante Otto

Liam McElduff

Ben Leighton

Ben Parker

Max Papworth

Harry Middlebrook

Patrick Rice

Jack Skilbeck

John O'Neill-Fuller

Matt Todd

Chris Spratt

Saahil Turki

Sam Watts

Dan Stickland

 

 

Tom Carruthers (12th)

 

 

Matt Keevers (13th)

Match Report

Match Report

Match Report

Rob Barker

Jack Clinton

Darren Jayasekera

 

 

 

Unavailable:  Liam Cole, Adrian Craig, Cameron Eccles, Corbin Edgar, Pat Effeney, Jordan Farrell, Tim Fulton, Matt Keane, Damon Livermore, Lachie Mactier, Nick McMurray, Nick Miller, Anthony Sherman, Lachlan Stewart, Michael Strauss, Dom Thomson
Unavailable for Poidevin Gray: Nick Miller 

Paul Stephenson

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Match report duties are usually easy to unload in the second grade post-match court session. However, this week the system failed. Not even Spratty was fined. Alas, I am left to write my first match report for the club in over two years. Here goes…

The stags arrived at Chatswood oval looking to get their season rolling after a slow start in round one. The team was confident due to the return of Anand Verma, although he refused to offer any chat during the warm up, simply claiming, “I don’t speak to lower graders”. Good bloke. 

Max won the toss and chose to bat. The wicket was green, but we all know that if you can get through the first session at Chatswood, the runs will come thick and fast later in the day. Sadly, we didn’t quite make it to ‘later in the day’. 

Our innings started horribly, losing a wicket on the first ball. It didn’t get much better as we struggled our way to 4 for 13. Credit must be given to the strong St. George bowling line up who rarely deviated from a good line and length, forcing our top order batsman to play a shot just about every ball. You know a team is bowling well if they can dismiss the superstar Axel Cahlin before he raises the bat.

Sixteen year old Axel Cahlin made his maiden ton for the Stags 

There was a strong fight back from the stags, led by Jack Colley. Jack showed how damaging he could be on his way to a well made 40, but was unlucky not to go on with his innings after missing a straight one (shock me!). 

Again, wickets began to tumble and it looked as though we would be skittled for fewer than 100. Enter Max Newman. Max started his innings cautiously, showing us all how to play on a deck that is doing a bit. He played the ball late, under his eyes, and put away the booming cover drive in order to grind his way though the tough stages. Max also batted brilliantly with the tail by scoring consistent boundaries and taking control of the strike. His 77 was a great captains knock that got our team total to a somewhat respectable 156, a score that seemed unreachable earlier in the morning. 

Stobes

The Gordon quicks started the bowling innings well, finding their line and lengths much quicker than they did in round one. Two early wickets had St. George 2 for 23 and it looked as though we could make a game of it.

Charlie Stobo was the pick of the bunch, bowling with good pace and accuracy to snag both of the poles. 

However, from then on, the St. George batsman did well to dig in. They refused to play a loose shot and waited for the pitch to flatten out, and that’s’ exactly what happened after tea. Despite the bowlers’ best efforts, St. George slowly chipped away at the total, eventually knocking it off 3 down with a couple of overs left in the day. 

A confident declaration from the St. George captain followed, and the Gordon openers had an ugly 3 overs to see out in fading light. Credit to Kris and Chris, who denied the saints attack and saw out the day out unharmed. 

With first innings points already lost, the goal for day two was to use the second innings as batting practice to get some much needed form under the belt. However, in what has become a bad habit this season, we slumped to 3 for 24 and an outright victory looked on the cards for the saints. 

From then on it was the Axel Cahlin show. What can be said...the kid’s a gun. Axel dispatched the ball all over Chatswood oval and the St. George bowlers quickly realised that there is nowhere you can bowl when Axel is in the mood. He ended up with a cheeky 137 not out (red ink!!), more runs than I have scored in aggregate in my 53 matches for the club. I agree with Spratty, Axel is also my favourite person. Axel was well supported by both Jack Colley and Nick McMurray and the Stags finally proved that they could bat for long periods of time. 

At teatime, Max made a sporting declaration at 6 for 237, leaving the Saints a tantalising chase for 10 points. The Gordon quicks once again set about their business, starting well to keep the run rate down. However, in the middle overs the saints batsman gave the target a red hot crack and looked as though they could get the required 7 or 8 runs an over to win the match. Anand Verma came into the attack and bowled brilliantly to initially keep the runs down, and later take two wickets. His spell was crucial in denying the saints any chance of the outright victory. Eventually the game petered out as the saints ended up 5 for 155. 

Axel Cahlin
The Axel Cahlin masterclass

Overall, it was a positive fight back from the young second grade team, who arguably took day two honours from a strong St. George line up. However, points are not awarded for simply winning days of cricket and we will need to start scoring big totals in the first innings if we are to open the account for the season. 

Jack Skilbeck

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3rd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Having negotiated the carpark that was the Princes Highway, we arrived at the picturesque Harold Fraser Reserve. Tom Colverd was particularly pleased to see a flat and green outfield and was overjoyed at seeing a ball actually roll along the grass for the first time on these shores. A sharp warm up, which was unfortunately missing Crosland’s (in)famous catching circle, ensured the boys were ready for a traditionally hard days work against the Saints. 

Despite Patrick Effeney’s best attempt to jinx the skipper’s perfect tossing record, Cubby won the toss and elected to bat on a hard wicket with a little grass that looked picture perfect for batting on. 

Adam Cubbage batted well with Andrew Crosland

Losing both openers early, Darren “stags are male deers right?” Jayasekera and Matt Chamberlain combined well to move the score to 51. Both Darren and Matt looked strong off their pads, and punished any wayward bowling before Matt was dismissed. Reagan “friendzone” Klemt then joined Darren and the two batted very sensibly, knocking singles, picking off twos and punishing anything loose in a 61-run partnership. 

Darren played a fluent innings full of boundaries around the ground before edging to slip just shy of his half century for 46. Gordon were 4/112 and Andrew Crosland picked up where Darren left off, punishing any bad deliveries and keeping the score ticking over at a good rate. Reagan fell for 34 on the stroke of tea and you could sense honours were slightly in favour of St George with the score on 5/134. 

The scorebook will reflect a number of starts for our middle order, without them cashing in. Despite a solid run rate, wickets seemed to fall regularly and at the wrong times, leaving the tailenders (particularly Blaize) visualizing their potential innings later on in the day. 

Adam Cubbage and Crosland batted well into the evening session, and looked to have abated the tailender’s fears, before Cubby was unfortunately bowled for 25, with the score on 181. Papworth joined Crosland and the two took us to 232 in a 51-run partnership that took advantage of some tiring bowlers.

Cross collage
Andrew Crosland scored a fine 68

When Papworth was dismissed for 25, it sparked a mini-collapse that saw Gordon lose 3 wickets for no runs. Crosland was out in the next over looking to perhaps hit one too many for 68, and when Blaize chipped to mid off it was looking like the Stags would struggle to make 250. That left Dan Stickland and Pat Effeney at the crease and it looked like Gordon were going to have a little dig at the Saints. Fortunately Dan Stickland and Pat Effeney showed determination and grit, which belied their status as number 10 and 11. The two combined in a sensible 35-run partnership which not only took the score to 267, but featured both batsman's first ever sixes in grade cricket! 

After crashing a number of boundaries through the covers, the 'Paddlepop Lion' Effeney rocked onto the backfoot and sent one over mid-on to cheers from the pavilion. Not to be outdone, Stickland then danced down the wicket and launched the legspinner for a larger six over long-on to cheers from the lads and screaming from his mother, who was in attendance for the first time this season. Stickland, perhaps in awe of his hit, missed one 3 balls later and was out LBW last ball of the day. A handy partnership that created a competitive score, but the Stags would need to bowl well to defend it. 

After a wet week, where the sun only really showed his face on Thursday we were excited at the prospect of a more assistive deck, and slower outfield to better defend our total, which was deemed to be just below par. Whilst the outfield was slower, the wicket was still hard but had better carry. Blaize and Dan Stickland took the new ball looking to utilise this extra assistance and put the pressure on early. Blaize “the chemist” Irving-Holliday did just that with 2 wickets in 3 balls in his second over. Stickland then chimed in, forcing a drag-on from the dangerous Vergopolos (who had scored 200 in the previous round) and at 3/41 we were in the box seat.

However the wicket then flattened out and wickets were hard to come by. Cubby in perhaps his best spell in recent memory, was toiling away at one end, bowling a 19 over spell for 36 runs. Whilst Cubbage didn’t cash in on the wickets column, he was the unsung hero of the bowling effort, drying the run rate up and forcing the St George batsmen to chance their arm later on, eventually leading to their downfall.

Blaise
A career best performance by Blaize

With the saints heading into tea at 3-117 Gordon were looking down the barrel and needed a hero. Enter Blaize Mackay Irving-Holliday. Taking a wicket first over after tea gave us the lift we so desperately needed, and put the saints on notice. Blaize made it look as if he was bowling on a different wicket and with Pat Effeney building sustained pressure from the other end we started to turn the screws. 

A small partnership developed, but when Blaize took his fourth wicket at 5/185 the saints realised that to win this match they need to score at 5 an over with only 15 overs left in the day. This sent the match into one-day mode and some brilliant bowling from Blaize, along with energetic fielding, Gordon took the last 6 wickets for only 47 runs. Blaize took 5 of those wickets to earn himself a career best 7-55 off 19 overs. 

A great win, the brilliance of Blaize was backed up superbly by the pressurised bowling of Cubby (0/48 off 21), Pat Effeney (1-57 off 18.1) and Stickland (1/54 off 15). It was great to see us dig in and fight when it looked as if St George were cruising to victory and I will remember this as one of many great victories I've enjoyed wearing the Gordon shirt.

Here's to many more, up Gordon, get fah you bah!

Dan Stickland

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Twenty20 Cup vs Sydney & Illawarra - 2014/15

Twenty20 Cup vs Sydney & Illawarra - 2014/15

Game 1 v Sydney JK

We won the toss and sent the Tigers in to bat on a good wicket. Charlie Stobo spearheaded us through the powerplay with some tight bowling, while James “Monty” Kennedy capitalized on the applied pressure, picking up three excellent wickets in his four overs. 

James Kennedy took 3 for 21 

The fielding was also excellent, led by Bombas and Richtor on the ground and Crawford and Soper with the catching. 

The less said about our batting the better. We gifted our wickets to Sydney and were never in any real danger of chasing down the required runs. The obvious standout was Steve “Grumps” Colley who batted superbly for his 68 runs. Mr. “Kurns” Kennedy continued on from his solid innings the day before to add 15 runs to the tally, but we were eventually bundled out for just 97 runs. 

Well done to Sydney. Your trucker caps were also pretty cool. 

T20 team

The 1st grade T20 team, accompanied by Paul Gow from our major sponsor Mortgageport

 

Game 2 v Illawarra

Another successful toss, but this time we decided to put the runs on the board first. Crawford was "tyming" them beautifully and raced away to 48 runs off just 21 balls. Supportive cameos from Evans, Richtor, and Soper at the end saw us post 142 runs, which was still probably under par given the ground and the start we had. 

Bevo

Poysden opened up with the ball and immediately settled in to some good areas. However, the next five overs saw us offer up a few too many four balls. The Illawarra openers certainly made the most of the powerplay and were in the box seat heading in to the halfway point. Credit to Stobo who came back strongly and was rewarded with a wicket. Mr. “Snrub” Kennedy also got in on the act, picking up two wickets in consecutive deliveries. 

Iain Beverley (Bevo)

With one wicket to get, Axel “Rose” Cahlin was tossed the ball. The Illawarra tail clearly needed to "axe-elerate" the run rate and sent his second ball on to the train tracks. I love Axel’s attempt to try and get the crowds back to Sydney Grade Cricket. He eventually finished things off with a run out. Good on ya mate. It was the best of times. It was the blurst of times. 

Reece eventually found his keys in the covers at the end of the day. It’s always in the last place you left it… you idiot. 

Daniel Smith

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