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1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2015/16

The Stags were greeted by thousands of Easts Junior Milo cricketers at Waverley Oval on Day 1. Just after 9.15, their parents in Range Rovers had picked up the horde of Eastern suburbs infants and the warm up game of football commenced. 

It seems this week's author features heavily in the photos 

I was supremely confident beforehand that the bowlers (Onions) could string some passes together and echo Barcelona FC’s recent success against Real Madrid. The Onions are a solid team when they apply themselves and play in shape, yet at times we seem too eager to release the ball up the middle, and often panic when pressured by the uneducated and unprofessional babble which is the top 5. 

I guess it makes sense when Charles Stobo takes four Easts wickets

However, a strong first quarter from the Onions had no impact on the result of the game as the top 5 scored 3 ugly goals against the run of play to seal the win. Very disappointing from the Onions but I am confident we will turn the tables next week…

Dan Smith is in a rich vein of form, taking 5 wickets on Day 1 

Now to the second most important match of the day. 

After losing another toss, Steve informed us we would be bowling on a surprisingly green, yet deceptively flat pitch. Early drizzle set in as we started, which aided the efforts of the two best looking opening bowlers in Sydney Grade Cricket – D.Smith and Stobo. 

Smith had the better of the ends; as Stobo had to put on the afterburners just to get to the crease against the howling wind. 

Smith bends his back when claiming two early 

Both bowlers claimed 2 early scalps: Smith had Moran LBW and Stobo even managed to snick off Nic Maddinson with an absolute pearl of a delivery (in reality a very slow short ball that was smashed straight to Tym at mid wicket… Nic who…?). 

Either way, with Easts 4-50 odd, things were looking good for the Stags.

However, as Maddinson and Moran departed, so did the life in the wicket. A solid partnership formed when the score had passed 100, and the Onions struggled to find a breakthrough. W.Smith bowled nicely from one end, while Kennedy managed to keep it tight and even find some bounce out of the deteriorating wicket. 

The slips are ready for Smith to snick off 

Our focus shifted from attacking the stumps to bowling dots, hoping that a mistake would arise. Nevertheless, the two middle order bats put their head down and the score soon passed 280 before D.Smith struck once again. 

The Eastern Suburbs tail managed to smash a few boundaries after Captain Colley took the new ball, and the score blew out to 340ish before there the remaining wickets were taken by D.Smith, including a run out. 

Yes Danny Boy! Another Dolphin is sent back to Bondi Beach 

An unbeaten ton and one substantial partnership are all that stopped the Stags from completing a really successful day in the field and the possibility of batting in the last session. 

Nevertheless, the score of 350 does not do our bowling efforts justice, as each bowler kept their lines tight throughout the day.

Special mention must go to Axel Cahlin, as he is a really good bloke and good player. He plays spin well, and also pace. He is great on the front foot, and also the back foot.

Charles Stobo

Ok - So here is one more of Charles taking a catch. Protect those elbows! 
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Poidevin Gray vs Parramatta - Round 3 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Parramatta - Round 3 - 2015/16

Gordon lost the toss and bowled on a flat good batting deck today at Chatswood. 

Parramatta started slowly but surely and despite some excellent early bowling from in particular Charlie Stobo, they patiently moved to 1-60 after 20 overs.

Max Papworth is cheered off by Tim Ferrero and greeted by the Gordon supporters after guiding the side's successful run chase to secure the points against Parramatta 

Unfortunately Matt Keevers could not continue after 5 overs with continuing hip problems. Nick Miller replaced him and bowled a really economical spell of 8 overs for 21 runs. After a good wicket from Lachie Borg, Parra were 1-85 off 26 overs and then Charlie Booth was introduced to the attack with immediate success. 

He took three quick and vital wickets off only 4 overs, to have the visitors 4-131 off 37 overs. From this stage our bowlers were on top. Wickets fell to Miller, Ferrero, Borg and two to Stobo, to have Parra 9-198 after 50 overs.

Charlie Booth shows excellent control and attacking prowess to really turn the game in Gordon's favour - taking 3/22 from his allotment 

All the bowlers shared the spoils - Stobes had 2-37 off his 10; Nick Miller 1-23 of 9 excellent overs; Lachie Borg 2-33 off 10 vital overs; Tim Ferrero 1-29 off 6; Charlie Booth 3 -22 off 4, Reagan 0-27 off 6 and Matt Keevers 0-25 off 5. 

An excellent effort by all on a very flat deck.

Borg and Miller toil away, while team mates mob a successful Booth 

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Our opening bats (New and Spratt) commenced the chase in an aggressive and sensible manner and after only 12 overs we were 0-64. 

Cam New looks more of the 'aggressive' rather than sedate and sensible as he lofts one down the ground for a boundary 

During this time Spratty hit one of the biggest sixers for many years, clearing the stand and the railway line. He was out for a well compiled 46 and I am sure he is very close to the big ton, which will delight all and sundry. 

We lost 2 quick wickets and appeared to somewhat lose our way. One was Cam New after a very compact 24 and the other was Axel Cahlin , the result of an unfortunate run out.

The pressure was on our new No 4 in Max Papworth and Reagan Klemt. 

Zac! No pressure felt here by Chris Spratt. The same can't be said for the Parramatta bowlers or the commuters on the St Leonards to Gordon train trip 

Neither disappointed, with special credit to Pappy for a brilliant 67 not out in his new top order role. He was ably supported by Reagan with a patient and vital 44. Both bats naturally blossomed as the partnership grew.

We had a small hiccup with Reags and Borg out however Tim Ferrero joined Max and they both saw us home with 5 down in the 46th over.

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Ferrero demonstrating his value to the side with bat and ball 

An excellent effort from our boys and this will boost their confidence for the really tough games ahead in Sutherland and Penrith. We are currently sitting equal 5th with 3 others on 12 points however are only 1 point behind the joint leaders on 13 points. Is this our year?

Tony Wilson

What footwork shown by Papworth here against the slower bowlers, before celebrating his half century in the middle of the pitch 
The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly

The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly

While it's a good name for a movie, it's an even better description of the first day of the round against Eastern Suburbs.

There were a number of strong performances, some fair performances and some downright ordinary performances on the first day of Gordon’s Round 6 clash with Easts. 

Stobo is certainly in a purple patch of form right now. 4 Eastern Suburbs wickets taken at Waverley Oval 

In several games, fortunes swung regularly through the day as first one side and then the other struggled for ascendancy.

1st Grade

Eastern Suburbs won the toss and batted first at Waverley. Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo were outstanding and the strong Easts lineup (including Nick Maddinson) slumped to 4-25, with Dan and Charlie taking two each. 

Dan Smith had good success against the Dolphins, taking 5 wickets 

A good partnership followed but Charlie took another two and Easts were struggling at 6-117. From there, a partnership of 146 evened up the game. Dan Smith struck a couple of time but the final Easts total of 346 means another strong batting performance is needed from the Stags next week. Dan and Charlie were excellent, taking nine of the Easts’ wickets. 

Eastern Suburbs 346 (Dan Smith 5-101, Charlie Stobo 4-95) vs Gordon.

2nd Grade

2nds bowled first on another great Chatswood deck. The game started an hour late due to misty rain and wickets fell while the Eastern Suburbs batting was aggressive. At lunch, Easts were 4-102 with both Dan Stickland and Chris Bateup having taken two each. After the break, the two batsmen continued an excellent partnership. Adam Ezekiel, a very experienced 1st Grade player, completed a fine century and no wickets were lost in the session. 

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At tea, with Easts 4-212, the possibility of a huge score was not out of the question. A wicket fell at 234 but it still looked bleak as another partnership developed. However, when Adam Cubbage broke through, the floodgates opened and the final five wickets fell for 13 runs. A great fightback with Adam and Chris Bateup the heroes.

Gordon still had a few overs to play out. They finished at 1-30 – a shame to lose a wicket but the final score was much better than it looked around 4pm.

Cam New comes out on a hiding to nothing, having to hold the fort at the end of the day 

Mention should be made of a very fine innings (182) by Adam Ezekiel – great dig! 

Gordon 1-30 vs Eastern Suburbs 288 (Chris Bateup 4-50, Adam Cubbage 3-46, Dan Stickland 2-46). 

3rd Grade

Easts won the toss at Trumper and elected to bowl on a wicket with a tinge of grass. Gordon made it to 2-34 thanks to some steady batting from Matt Chamberlain and minor contributions from Nick McMurray and Ian Higgins. Corbin Edgar and Matt batted against some fiery bowling from Tom Skelly - a former 1st Grader with lively pace - and took the score to 2-75 at tea. 

Corbin Edgar and Matt Chamberlain look for a single through the on side 

A combination of some awful batting and poorly executed intent saw the loss of Corbin (19), Jono New (15), Michael Roberts (11) and Matt Chamberlain (49) in the half hour immediately after tea as the scoring looked to be increased. 

When Nick Prell was caught at second slip for 2, the score was 7/122 and Gordon were in dire straits, albeit on a relatively difficult wicket. Dom Thomson and Nick Miller despatched any notion of rolling over lightly and attacked, blasting the six bowlers used to all parts of the ground. Dom Thomson resembled a young Steve Waugh, with some dashing cut shots over point and gully with plenty of elegance and flair, while Nick resorted to the more conventional straight hitting down the ground. 

The pair put on 87 for the 8th wicket and brought Gordon right back into the contest. A further 9 runs were added after Nick (40), Charlie Booth and Pat Effeney were dismissed and Gordon had struggled and fought to all out 218. Dom Thomson finished on a magnificent 61*. 

Corbin Edgar was able to see off the fiery Eastern Suburbs bowling 

With 5 overs left in the day, not much could be achieved. However, Patrick Effeney did make the task for next week one wicket easier, producing a beauty to bowl the Easts opening bat. 

If the wicket remains the same, it should make for an extremely interesting contest next week. 

Gordon: 218 (Dom Thomson 61*, Matt Chamberlain 49, Nick Miller 40) vs Eastern Suburbs 1/9 (Pat Effeney 1/5).

4th Grade

Gordon batted first on a decent Killara deck. They were dismissed for 51 with the highest score being 13. 

Nothing much worth photographing from Killara, so here is a photo of Pat Rice instead 

In reply Eastern Suburbs declared at 3-176 and then gave Gordon another crack.

Not much more to say, really. Maybe more application from the batsmen next week?

Gordon 51 and 0-18 vs Eastern Suburbs 3dec 176.

5th Grade

Gordon bowled first at Snape. Dave Monaghan took an early wicket and Anthony Sherman struck shortly after to have Easts 2-24. The score rose slowly as wickets fell, mainly to Matt Todd and Anthony Sherman. They were both very good and, despite a strong partnership in the middle of the innings, broken by a great catch behind the stumps by Shane Lin, the day finished with Easts on 9-212. 

Anthony Sherman captured delivering a wicket-taking ball. Front foot confirmed OK. 

Pat Rice was also impressive and was unlucky not to get a bagful. A pretty good performance from the Stags.

Eastern Suburbs 9-212 (Anthony Sherman 3-32, Matt Todd 3-58) vs Gordon.


The Colts won the toss and batted against Sydney University at Beauchamp. With the overcast conditions and a bit of grass on the wicket, a couple of early wickets fell. John O’Neill-Fuller and Rahul Krishna had a handy partnership but, at 3-83, the innings lost its way.
John O'Neill-Fuller leads the way with the bat, and imparts his wisdom to his bowlers 

John went on to score 52 but other contributions were minimal. The final total of 138 was disappointing but, with 33 overs to play, anything could happen.

Rudy Midya came to the party, taking two early wickets. The bowling was steady and Rqahul Krishna took another. Unfortunately, that was all the success Gordon had, but, with Uni sitting on 3-59, a very interesting first session awaits next week.

Gordon 138 (John O’Neill-Fuller 52, Rahul Krishna 27) vs Sydney University 3-59 (Rudy Midya 2-20, Rahul Krishna 1-6 from 10 overs).

The boys celebrate Dan Smith's wicket, while Jack Colley chases his cap 
Where are the Bevos?

Where are the Bevos?

Keen followers of Gordon cricket would have noticed that the Bevo Clan, Mike, Jo, Iain and Tom are not gracing the fields around Sydney this season with either their manager kit, afternoon tea bag, sweeping bat or wicket keeping gloves.

It is all Iain’s fault.

That famous catch at Chatswood in 2011.

Last year Iain spent some time at the University of Alabama, Birmingham undertaking an internship with the strength & conditioning management team of their college football team.  He must have done something right during his time at UAB, because arising from that he was subsequently offered earlier this year a Graduate Assistant sponsored position at the University of Southern Mississippi which is located in Hattiesburg MI.

The position requires Iain undertaking a Masters' Degree in Business Administration and being a member of the strength and conditioning team of USM working with the 'Golden Eagles' being the USM college football team, and also working with the college's women's soccer team and being involved with the colleges tennis and golf programs.  As a matter of interest a senior member of the USM football alumni is Brett Favre, the former QB at the Green Bay Packers.

Bevo showing off

It's is obviously a tremendous opportunity for Iain who finds himself well ensconced in the American Football college environment, together with other American college sports all of which Iain has an interest.  The Golden Eagles play their last game at home this coming weekend in front of a sell-out crowd.  The team are having a tremendous season and our now eligible for a Bowl play-off. 

Iain hopes to don the Gordon cap again but in the meantime we should reflect on his career at Gordon so far.

With the Gordon First Grade keeper Brett Rosen deciding on a sabbatical for the 2007/08 season, Iain was approached to join the club after spending several seasons at Northern Districts where he kept in the Second Grade team and indeed won two premierships as captain of the team.

Therefore coming to Gordon was a big decision for the Beverley family, however the attraction of a First Grade spot and a chance to show his true wares as a keeper was sufficient for Iain to join the Stags. Also being able to keep to both Beau Casson and Matt Nicholson was an additional attraction.

One of Bevos many stumpings at Chatswood

Iain knew he was in a good side when the 2007-08 team made it to the grand final going down to St. George in that epic match at Bankstown. It was during that season that Iain’s versatility as a lower order batsman who also opened was used to effect. A job he did over the next 8 years whenever needed. During that time he faced some of the fastest bowlers in Australia who didn’t take kindly to his dogged ability to keep them out and to see off the new ball.

Iain is an excellent First Grade wicket keeper. In the 8 years he took 224 catches behind the stumps and made 38 stumpings. Probably the most important stat was that he didn’t miss one of the 156 matches that First Grade played between 2007 and 2015.  This is a performance almost unrivaled in grade cricket.

The words of one of his team mates Elliot Richtor describe Iain, the player and team mate.

“This is a guy who you want to have at your club. He is the ultimate team player, always putting the team ahead of himself. Through the good and the bad he always made time to help others out. Playing 8 years of first grade at Gordon (including playing in a First Grade grand final and captaining the side on a number of occasions), is a testament to how hard he worked on his game. He was a great keeper (Just look at all the shots over the years on the website), and batted anywhere between 1 and 9. 

The best innings I can recall Bevo playing was against Mosman. With overs running out, Mosman were clearly playing for the draw. That was until Bevo came in and swept countless sixes onto the train track and Orchard Road. He ended up 60* off 37 balls to get us home with a couple of overs to spare. It was great to watch.

Mate it was an absolute pleasure playing with you. Good luck in America and see you down old Chatswood sometime in the near future”

The 'ger at Drummoyne

While Iain was either taking catches, or blunting a bowling attack by either refusing to get out or by audaciously sweeping the bowlers over deep mid-wicket, his Dad  the ‘ger Mike Beverley was running affairs off the field. He would be busily doing his best to sort out the needs of the thirsty fast bowlers, the batsman in need of equipment, or helping sop off the water when rain was intervening in the team’s best laid plans for victory. The Ger had followed in the footsteps of Ian Packman to continue the great tradition of First Grade Managers. Very early in his stint as the 'ger, Mike went to Drummoyne Oval and thought he would investigate the surrounds of the ground. He soon found himself in a private area of the perimeter and was locked in. After then he decided to stick within the ground and dressing rooms. While the ‘ger was getting the drinks ready, Jo Beverley would be in the kitchen with her fellow mothers, setting up the world renowned afternoon teas that were provided each week down ol’ Chatswood way. Often an unrecognised role, Jo and her team kept both our team and our opposition very well fed each week.

Iain in the final game last season against Campbelltown, doing what he know best

While Iain would be proud of each day he played for Gordon, no doubt his 6 catches in an innings against Manly at Chatwood Oval would be a highlight although maybe not the end result when a little known Jackson Bird had our first three batsman back in the Pavillion for ducks to set up a seasider outright win after we lead on the first innings.

On the batting side, no one will forget the innings against Mosman that Elliot mentioned but maybe his best batting performance was in a match against Fairfield in November 2009. Grant Lambert, probably the best all-rounder to play in Sydney Grade cricket was on fire and had sent back Messrs Eccles, Colley, Packman and Bombas for a grand total of 12 runs. Beau Casson then combined with Ben Garratt and Brendan McDonald to get the score to 6 for 176 when Bevo joined Beau. Together they put on 172 more runs before Iain was out for 84 caught by Tony Clark off Lambert. Beau went on to make 181 in an eventual total of 8 for 404. Of course Grant Lambert then score 205 not out to take Fairfield to 4 for 405. It seems whenever Bevo did well we lost, but it certainly wasn’t his fault. He gave it 100% every ball whether in the field or with the bat.

With Iain in the USA and Mike and Jo taking a well-earned rest, Tom is also taking a break from keeping before hopefully being part of a Beverley revival at some stage in the future.

The ‘ger reports that Iain is missing the GDCC lads and his cricket and is hoping to be home over Christmas and is anxious to watch them play and have a beer or two after.  He is also sadly missing his boys and wants Marcus to know he is considering a comeback!! 

Thanks to the Bevos for being the sort of family that allow our club to maintain its fine traditions that have stood firm since its first season in 1905. We certainly hope to see them back in whatever role they undertake or team they play in in the future.

Paul Stephenson

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Poidevin Gray vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 2 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 2 - 2015/16

After the rain all week, the PGs boys were keen to get out on the field and stick it to the Fairfield-Liverpool side. A warm up for champions, the starfish eased many minds and many nerves as we took to the field. 

Yes. Played Stobes! A Lions' batsman castled by the quick 

Numerous cries of “Go Keevers!” were heard from the looming Tai Chi bands and it really got us going.

Charlie “Treebeard” Stobo struck in the first over followed by a second in the 7th over. A tight opening spell from Stobo and Matt Keevers bowled excellent in partnership, which left Fairfield 3-33 off 11 (Stobo 3). 

Lachy Borg then struck with an excellent display of bowling, catching ‘Mr. Sandhu’ plum in front leaving him to walk off very disappointed with his performance and his lack of chat. 

The batsman looks on during Frame 1, his fate sealed in Frame 2 and celebrated in Frame 3 

Charles Booth started brilliantly claiming a wicket early in his spell, leaving Fairfield 5-82 off 29. Charlie ended up with excellent figures of 1-34 off his 10; an excellent effort at Chatswood. 

Cahlin looks to the legside for runs. A great shot by the photographer! 

A run out, and wickets to Ferrero and Keevers left Fairfield 8-199 off their 50. A total that seemed not to big a task for the Stags batting order. 

An excellent opening partnership from Spratty and Cam New had us in an excellent position at 0-56 off 8. With Spratt and Cam both being dismissed, at 2-59 it was up to someone to stick in and bring the boys home. 

Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall at a regular pace. 9 wickets fell for only 50 runs, which meant we were bowled out for 109. 

Now Cahlin plays straight while wickets tumble 

A very disappointing result, considering the way we bowled to put ourselves in the game. Hopefully we can go out there this Sunday against Parramatta and prove why we are a big threat in this competition. 


Max ‘Pappy’ Papworth

Change of policy by SCA creates two more batsman with 5,000 runs for the club.

Change of policy by SCA creates two more batsman with 5,000 runs for the club.

Reece Bombas and Harry Evans are the immediate beneficiaries of a recent decision by the Sydney Cricket Association to now include runs scored in the Twenty20 competitions over the last 4 seasons within the First Grade player records.

Reece congratulates Harry on his century during their 213 run partnership against St. George in 2011.

Up until Harry’s move to Tasmania this season he had scored 4,881 runs for the club since his first grade game in 2006, having started in Green Shield in 2004. In all, including Green Shield and Poidevin Gray Shield matches, Harry has score 6626 runs for the club.

By including Twenty20, Harry’s 294 runs scored in the prior 3 seasons now brings his club total to 5175 runs and places him in 26th place amongst the 28 Gordon players to score 5,000 runs. In that total, Harry has scored 3651 First Grade runs @ 44.52. He has scored 9 centuries for the club with the highest at 170 against Easts in 2013/14 season.  He was also been out four times in the 90’s and was part of four partnerships over 200. Harry made his First Grade debut in on 29th November 2008 against Hawkesbury.

Some archive shots of Harry

Reece Bombas  started with the club in Fourth Grade in 2004 and had scored 4881 runs including 3272 in First Grade. With his 180 runs this season so far it brings him to 4,968 runs. With the Twenty20 decision Reece now has 5063 runs and comes in at 27th place in the 5,000 runs club. I am sure he will be eagerly waiting to score the 112 he needs to pass Harry’s runs.

Reece in action in his famous No. 8 shirt.

After Reece’s grade debut in 2004, he progressed to Third Grade and then Second Grade in 2005 and made his First Grade debut on October 14, 2006 also against Hawkesbury. Reece has score four centuries in grade with his highest of 143 in First Grade against St. George in 2011. He also has two centuries in Poidevin Gray and like Harry has been out 4 times in the 90’s.

Reece didn’t play Green Shield for Gordon as he lived on the Central Coast before coming to grade, however has scored 6178 runs for the club including Poidevin Gray Shield runs.

Congratulations to both Reece and Harry on their achievements.  Both have been fantastic cricketers for the club and have been excellent ambassadors always doing their best.

Some vintage Reece

Harry, what are you going to do if Reece gets more runs than you? You will never hear the end of it.

Paul Stephenson


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