A wonderful set of performances from the lower grades have put them all in good positions with finals on the horizon. The bad news of the Saturday (and Sunday in the case of first grade) was that both our top sides found themselves on the losing end against a strong Easts club.
Steve Colley acknowledges his century
The lower grade wins means third grade are now hovering in ninth spot, a couple of wins outside the six, fourth grade are eighth in a congested mix, and fifth grade sit plum in first spot. A very nice place to be indeed.
Starring performances came from Steve Colley with a magnificent fighting century in first grade, Ryan Tullia with an incredibly resilient knock in threes, Nick Andreou and Vikrant Nehru for some last-wicket heroics in threes and some impressive batting from a resurgent Darren Jayasekera in fives.
It wasn't exactly a game to rem
ember for the first graders - a tough day in the field with plenty of Easts batsmen showing some ticker followed by a run chase that fell just short of the required 332.
The first day was a tough affair, with all the Gordon bowlers, in particular to two spinners of Matt Parkinson and Matt Junk working very hard. Both finished with two wickets apiece on a Chatswood deck that didn't exactly offer everything for the fast bowlers.
Elliot Richtor and Max Newman on Saturday
It was largely backed it up in the field, with Elliott Richtor summing up the effort by taking a spectacular catch as pictured.
But in the end it would be Robson and Moran from Easts who would lead them to a good score of 6/332 after the Saturday.
They chose to declare on that overnight, and two early wickets fell for Gordon. Both Axel and Cam Eccles fell early, and Harry followed bowled not too long later.
From there it was always going to be an uphill battle, and despite heroics from Steve Colley in the form of an amazing 132, it wasn't to be. He was well-supported by Elliott Richtor who scored a fighting 62 and Max Newman who was in the runs with an unbeaten 40. Sadly the rest of the Stags couldn't hang around for the final 25 runs and Easts got the chocolates.
Steve during his 132
First grade scores
Second grade lost the toss and were sent in to bat on a very juicy Waverley track.
Nick Miller at Waverley
Things did not start out well with stand-in skipper Scott O'Brien out caught behind second ball. And it didn't get much better from there as one Easts opening bowler in particular made perfect use of the helpful conditions.
Jamie Bekis and Reagan Klemt were both bowled in quick succession by balls jagging in and after some resistance from Dom Thomson and Ash Doolan, they were both out caught behind off balls jagging away.
No one in the top and middle order made it into double figures as the Easts opener finished his spell of 10 overs with 7 for 15. The only shining lights in the Gordon innings was the lower order hitting of Nick Miller (34) and the stoic resistance of Dan Stickland (13).
Hitting out was the only option for Dan Stickland
Nick showed everyone how to adapt to a wet deck by batting way outside of his crease, clearing his front leg and hitting over the top. Not pretty but certainly effective.
After a good partnership, Dan and Nick were and out in fairly quick succession and the Gordon innings was closed all out for 80.With the pitch still fairly soft, the reserve graders still held out hopes of an Easts collapse and signs were good early on with Dan Smith hooping the ball around corners and finding the outside half of the Easts openers bats with regularity.
However some streaky shots over the slip corden and a dropped chance helped the openers build a partnership. Dan Stickland came into the attack and had immediate success snaring one of the openers caught behind.
However, a combination of attacking fields, attacking bowling and some batting much in the vain of Nick Miller saw Easts eat into the small target fairly quickly.
Sticko continued to bowl and got himself a second wicket, but the target was reached a few overs after that. A disappointing result for the second graders, with the captain feeling a little hard done by after the toss on this occasion.
The Waverley wicket on Saturday. Not a good toss to lose
Second Grade scores
Eastern Suburbs 2/84 (D. Stickland 2/28) def Gordon 80 (N. Miller 34)
Third grade put together a classic performance that had it all - tight bowling, middle order collapses and the most stoic of innings from an opening batsman.
Mention must be made of Ryan Tullia, who carried his bat to lead the Stags in a successful run chase. It was a remarkable innings of 75 that sealed the deal, and showed why Ryan is a real player of promise at the club.
Ryan Tullia in great form at Beauchamp
What happened next was borderline inexplicable, but all of a sudden all the pressure that had built up over the time started to show and Easts were all out for 160 - with batsmen thinking the 35th over was the 49th for some reason.
Ryan stayed out there, watching Kleem, then Spratt, then Papworth, then Roberts go. Wright followed, as did Booth next ball and Effeney shortly after.But he'd made his 50 and with an ageing ball and just 30 runs to get, Chris De Kretser and Tullia got the Stags home with three wickets to spare. Ryan carrying his bat for a remarkable 75*.
Charlie Booth and Matt Wright at Beauchamp
Third grade scores
Gordon 7/162 (R. Tullia 75*) def Eastern Suburbs 160 (M. Keevers 4/25 C. Booth 3/37)
Cam New got the scoring underway
What a game of cricket! Just when you think it's all lost, a ninth wicket partnership can pull it all back from the brink. It certainly had the fourth graders thinking 'How good is cricket?' after it all went down.
some good bowling from Vikrant got things started nicely, with Easts on the back foot with Will Calov also chipping in.
Big Steve Bristow (welcome back Steve) got a long-awaited roll and Manus also worked hard with the ball to dismiss Easts for 166 thanks to an all-round effort from the bowlers.
The chase started promisingly with Cam New in the runs. Sadly he was dismissed just shy of his half century, but things were starting to go wrong.
Wickets fell in clumps, and with 9 down and almost 50 still to get everyone was packing up their esky and going home.
But Nick Andreou and Vikrant weren't done. They hung around.
And hung around for a bit more.
And a bit more.
Nick Andreou and Vikrant Nehru saved the day for the 4ths
Fourth grade scores
Eastern Suburbs 166 V. Nehru 2/14 S. Bristow 2/19 M. Chauhan 2/20 W. Calov 2/31 def by Gordon 9/168 CNew 49 NAndreou 39* ANiranjan 37 TBrown 4/32 JCoutts 2/23
5th Grade won the toss at a new home ground in Killara and decided for the first time this season to bowl first.
A very tight 38 overs saw Easts 3/111 with Dylan Hood, Sam Watts and Dave Monaghan all bowling superbly to keep the score quiet. Shiv Rana and skipper Aaron Crofts took two each at the end but Easts managed to scramble 216 in hot conditions.
The chase was always shaky with two early wickets lost and despite a 23 from Wilson and 22 from Crofts, Gordon were 6/90 and in trouble. However it was Darren Jayasekera who blew Easts out of the water with 87 not out.
Darren Jayasekera on Saturday during his 87 not out
David Monaghan supported Darren with 25 and the composure of young Rana helped Darren get us from 8/158 to a two-wicket win. Congratulations to Darren on a very determined innings. Another great win and another team effort that continues to grow
Fifth grade scores
Gordon 8/217 (DJayasekera 87* D Monaghan 25) def Eastern Suburbs 8/216 (S Rana 2/40, Crofts 2/49
Gordon won the toss and elected to bowl. Prashan Seneviratne started off extremely well with good line and length with multiple maidens and Lachlan cashing in with the wickets down the other end. Nathan and Ayush bowled in a great partnership with constant wickets. Ayush collecting 5/11 including 4
clean bowled and one caught behind. The extras (wides) were the only real down point of the day with the bowling being erratic at times.
Tom and Prashan cleaned up the tail. Fielding was tight all morning making it hard for the batsmen to get the ball away. We had Randwick-Petersham all out for a mere 57 after 27 overs.
After an early lunch Marcus and Mitch opened. Both played aggressively from the start and make an easy job of reaching the set target. Marcus finished unbeaten with 38, Mitch bowled for 4 and Harry there at the end, 2*. Another great win to Colts.
Gordon 1/58 off 9.2 def Randwick Petersham Gold 57 (Prashan Seneviratne 1-6 off 6, Lachlan Burrows 2-8 off 5, Ayush 5-11 off 5, Nathan 0-7 off 5, Tom Gohl 2-13 off 3.5)