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Lower grades stay in touch but disappointment in 1s and 2s

Lower grades stay in touch but disappointment in 1s and 2s

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.

First Grade

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

Gordon 307 S. Colley 132, E. Richtor 61, M. Newman 40*) def by Eastern Suburbs 6/332 (dec) (M. Parkinson 2/77, M. Junk 2/108)

Second Grade

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

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
It all started at Beauchamp Oval where Paddy Effeney won the toss and elected to field. Two early wickets later and it looked like a justified call, but some good batting from Easts found them at 2-115

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)

Fourth Grade

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.

Until that target was 0, and Gordon were singing the song. A 47-run final partnership seeing the Stags home and keeping them in the hunt for finals.
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

Fifth Grade

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.

Colts scores

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)

Hickman and ritchard
Gordon Cricket Charity Golf Day and Dinner - 22 Feb 2018 - Kerry O'Keeffe special guest and Ian Higgins MC

Gordon Cricket Charity Golf Day and Dinner - 22 Feb 2018 - Kerry O'Keeffe special guest and Ian Higgins MC

The annual Gordon Cricket Charity Golf Day and Dinner will again be held at Killara Golf Club on Thursday February 22, 2018. As a special treat for our supporters, past and current players and sponsors we will welcome Kerry O'Keeffe for the day to share some of his witty experiences as well as his insights into anything cricket. Guests who can't make the golf are most welcome to only come for pre-dinner drinks and dinner from 6pm. We are also pleased to announce that Ian Higgins, former Gordon cricketer and co-author of the book "The Grade Cricketer"will be our MC for the evening,

Costs and Hole sponsorship options.

Costs for the day are $260 for lunch, golf, drinks and dinner, $125 for golf only and $140 for drinks and dinner.

As a special offer for corporate guests, you can buy a hole sponsorship that allows you to have a sign on a hole, distribute marketing material and be mentioned as a sponsor on the night. The cost of a hole sponsorship is $1,650 (including GST) which also gives you four players for golf and dinner. For more details contact:

Registration from 10.30 and lunch from 11.30am.

The event will open with registration followed by a BBQ lunch and a putting competition while players prepare for the day.

Shot gun hit off at 12.00pm

The Event will be a four ball “Shambles” where all players hit from the tee; select the best ball and then play individually from that position. The best score of the group after handicap is then recorded. A presentation will be conducted following the golf before dinner.

Dinner and auction from 6.00pm

Pre-dinner drinks will start from 6.00pm with dinner being served at 7pm. If you are not a golfer you can come just for the drinks, dinner and auction. Auction prizes will be advertised in advance of the event. As with last year the club will make a donation to our nominated charity “Supporting the Daff’s.” 

Two of Mark O’Neill’s grandchildren are suffering from a rare genetic disorder that doesn’t have a known cure, however progress is being made in clinical trials to assist the treatment. They are too little to know what is wrong but our support will assist greatly.     

Ian Higgins will be our MC for the evening 

To submit your application for attending the event, simply go to link and follow the prompts. This includes payment options based on the booking made. You can also request a hole sponsorship through the booking and nominate your playing group. 


Get a group together now for dinner or golf and dinner

The GDCC Executive Committee 

Associate Membership 

Running our club every year with the high costs of grounds, equipment and coaching is a difficult assignment. The addition of a number of Associate members will assist this process and also enable many of our supporters and past players to become an official part of the club.

For a cost of $150, Associate Membership will entitle you to the following:

  • Membership voting rights

  • Club cap

  • Club Shirt

  • Invitation to Club Sponsor day at Chatswood Oval

  • Annual Report

It is also your opportunity to attend matches at Chatswood Oval, meet the players and enjoy a session or two watching some exciting cricket.

With your details we will also register you in our Team App to allow you to get live scores as well as reminders for events coming up.

This is your opportunity to connect or reconnect to the club.

Please click on the following link to register as a member  


Greenies campaign remains on track with another close win over UNSW

Greenies campaign remains on track with another close win over UNSW

The Gordon Stags' Greenies campaign saw them cross the Harbour Bridge yesterday for a clash with their southern opposition, UNSW. Again captain Jordan Hayes won the toss and elected to bat against a backdrop of NSW Waratahs players training on an adjacent David Phillips Complex field. 

Mitch Lole bowls the last UNSW batsman on final ball

The Stags promoted fast bowler Tanvir Singh to open the innings with Jay Naganayagam, and he did not disappoint. Playing very responsibly and picking the correct ball to dispatch, Tanvir was finally dismissed for an excellent 63 and the Gordon total on 4-114. An excellent partnership of 108 then ensued courtesy of Jordan Hayes and Jack Davis-Rice, who both showed great maturity and sense of purpose to consolidate the Gordon innings, and enable the team compile a hopefully defendable total of 9/243.

Tanvir Singh had a fine all round game

Having to win the match to have any chance of making the semi-finals, the UNSW openers batted with aggression in an opening partnership of 81. They further consolidated with some sensible stoke play to have the side 3-192, before the Stags' fighting qualities again came to the fore. As with previous matches, the fielding intensity lifted and the run rate began to steadily climb.  

Jordan Hayes was in the runs and wickets again

Jordan Hayes bowled his offies with great accuracy and two quick wickets had afforded the team a fighting chance going into the final seven overs. Enter the 'bush brothers' Tanvir Singh and Mitchell Lole who, as with Penrith, bowled late spells of superb line and length. From 5-228, the UNSW batsmen succumbed to the intense pressure and were all out for 239, on the last ball. While the bowlers gave their all, Jordan with 4-24, Mitchell 3-36 and Tanvir 2-42 were the standouts, along with some excellent pressure catches from the boys. The side must again be commended for their 'never say die' attitude, which they have displayed in a number of incredibly close finishes.

The boys now return to Killara on Thursday against Sydney Uni, where another victory will afford them a home semi-final.  

Jack Davis-Rice during his 56 runs 

Go the Stags!

Match Scores:

Gordon – 9 for 243 in 50 overs Tanvir Singh 63 in 82 balls with 4 fours; Jack Davis-Rice 56 in 75 balls with 4 fours and 1 six; Jordan Hayes 43 in 50 balls with 4 fours; Arvin Niranjan 18no in 14 balls with 1 four and 1 six; Jay Naganayagam 16 in 11 balls with 2 sixers; Marcus Miller 13; Mitch Lole 11. Defeated UNSW – All Out 239 on the last ball of their 50 overs – Jordan Hayes 4 for 24 off 10 overs; Mitch Lole 3-36 off 8 overs; Tanvir Singh 2-42 off 9 overs; Jack Davis-Rice 0-38 off 8; Ayush Joshi 0-37 off 6; Sam Schembri-Green 0-22 off 4; Nathan Sequeira 0-17 off 3; Hugo Fraval 0-18 off 2. 

The team

Table with One round to go:


The roving selector with his wingman 


Team of the week Round 10

Team of the week Round 10

Sole selector Ed Howitt has selected his team of the week for Round 10 below. Evewn though on the losing side Steve Colley was made captain and chief stag ahead of  Darren Jayasekara, Ayush Joshi and Ryan Tullia.

Congratulations to all players selected in the team. A team will be selected each week culminating in a team of the year.

Amazing performance from Chris Searle in Poidevin Gray bonus point win against Easts

Amazing performance from Chris Searle in Poidevin Gray bonus point win against Easts

Well how do you explain an English visiting fast bowler playing in the Gordon Poidevin Gray team taking 8 for 12 including a hat trick in 40 degree heat? Put simply, you don’t. Chris Searle is the second of our registered overseas players along with Matt Parkinson and has been playing mainly in our second grade team. 

Chris Searle during his 8 wicket haul at Waverley 

With a win imperative to keep our semi final hopes alive, Chris arrived with the Under 21 team at Waverley Oval to play Easts thankful at least that they weren’t in the West where temperatures eventually reached 47 degrees in Penrith. 

Chris's Mum and Dad were at Waverley to watch their son

Easts won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket that did show some life for the quicks. Chris opened the bowling at a brisk pace and in his first spell took 4 for 7 including a hat-trick. Not a bad start. He then had a well-deserved rest, to come back at the death to take another 4 wickets, including yet again a near hat-trick by taking two wickets in two balls twice. He finished with 8 for 12 off 6.4 overs and the highlight was that his parents out from the UK, decided not to go to the Test at the SCG. How proud were they to witness this effort from their son. We must not forget that Chris was backed up by 5 other bowlers who gave him tremendous support in these sweltering conditions. Matt Parkinson took 1-10 off 6 overs of immaculate leggies and his spin twin Ryan Meppem took 1-9 off his 6 overs with his probing offies. The other quicks Nick Miller, Tim Ferrero and the debutant Danusha Seneviratne toiled superbly to bowl 12 overs between them for only 24 runs. Special mention must also go to the skipper Axel Cahlin for the way he changed the bowlers in short spells in difficult circumstances.

Michael Roberts finished on 23 not out

Our bats did not waste any time and attacked from the start against a very handy Easts pace attack. Jamie Bekis 12 and Oli Zannino 11 looked the goods before falling and it was up to Michael Roberts 23no (including 4 fours) and Nick Miller 6no to safely bring them home in only 9.4 overs. Michael Roberts deserves mention here for his excellent controlled batting that was naturally welcomed by all the team. And we cannot forget the coach Charlie Stobo and the 12th man Chris De Kretser. They both toiled hard all day in the heat, with Chris fielding for much of our innings as a sub and therefore Charlie had to do the run on duties, as well as coaching. It was a real team effort today and it was one of the loudest versions of our Club song that I have heard for a while – proudly (I hope not shocked) witnessed by both Chris’s parents.

Thank you for a magnificent bonus point effort today Gents and go the Stags. The win should get us in the bottom part of the eight with the final match of the regular season against Bankstown on January 21 at Chatswood. 

The hat trick

Match Scores:

Eastern Suburbs: all out for 56 in 30.4 overs – Chris Searle 8-12 off 6.4 overs (including hat trick); Nick Miller 0-15 off 5 overs; Tim Ferrero 0-4 off 3; Danusha Seneviratne 0-5 off 4; Mike Parkinson 1-10 off 6; Tim Meppem 1-9 off 6;
defeated by Gordon 3 for 59 off 9.4 overs – Michael Roberts 23no; Jamie Bekis 12; Oliver Zannino 11; Nick Miller 6no.

Tony Wilson

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