Reece Bombas rescues firsts to reach 3000 runs in first grade after Harry Evans set the platform while the bowlers, in particular Dave Monaghan and Blaize Irving-Holliday, played their part in the lower grades to share the spoils with Sydney on day 1 of our Round 5 fixture.
Reece Bombas in probably his best first grade batting performance
After 113 App messages I am still none the wiser. The Gordon Live scores app was going off on full speed with the normal suspects, Carruthers, Wilson and Falk (M) in good form as the banter was mixed with the scores across the five grades. There was even a cameo on the app air waves from our illustrious non-playing, player leader Ian Higgins who wanted us to know that the wicket was flat at Killara.
Its better with the app when we are bowling, that way most of the messages are wickets, but with firsts batting it was still safer to be on silent in case wickets were falling at Drummoyne. These are the trials and tribulations of the modern social media user as we manage to keep the world up to date with our scores.
Welcome back Dave
In First Grade, Reece Bombas (93) and Harry Evans (78) batted beautifully and in Seconds, Blaize Irving-Holliday (5 for 38 from 21) led a great recovery by the bowlers. Third Grade saw a terrific bowling performance by Matt Keevers (4 for 9) and Dan Stickland (4 for 21), brilliantly supported by six catches from keeper Max Papworth and a very important 53 from Tom Carruthers, while inspired bowling performances in Fourths by Matt Todd (4 for 62) and in Fifths by Dan Monaghan (6 for 73 off 22) have well and truly put us in those games.
Reece Bombas has moved into 17th spot overall in first grade runs with 3026 just behind the legendary Ginty Lush (3119 runs) who played for Gordon from 1940 to 1949. Ginty was a captain during the war and played for NSW while being considered very unlucky not to play for Australia before the war.
Ginty Lush in his NSW blazer (Reece maybe you can try the hairdo?)
Ginty was a fast bowler who batted in the middle order and had one score of 201 in first grade. Ginty went on after playing cricket to be well respected sports journalist. Reece then would approach none other than Michael Falk with 3242 runs and the famous Test player Charlie Kelleway on 3441 runs.
Reece has been a great servant to Gordon cricket, now in his 11th season, always trying his best for the team and not hesitating to make the long trip from the central coast for training. I remember the fresh faced 15 year old arriving at an Academy session at the SCG and being put straight into the Under 21 Academy squad. Congratulations Reece and we look forward to watching you race up the runs chart. A top 10 is not far away with Brian Taber 10th on 4137 runs. Before then however I would like to be at Chatswood when you pass Michael Falk's 3242 runs. Now that would be fun!
Shayne Lin also reaches 3000 runs while Bevo and JK reach milestones
While on records it would be remiss of the club not to congratulate three other Gordon players for reaching milestones in the last couple of games. In first grade Iain Beverley has now collected 2089 runs, while James Kennedy collected his 150th first grade wicket against Manly last round. Not to forget our important lower grade players, Shayne Lin also passed the 3000 runs mark for the club with 3032 runs. Well done to each of these players.
Some memories for Iain, Shayne and James
Gordon were sent in to bat at Drummoyne, maybe an indication the Tigers knew something we didn’t? An early wicket fell but Iain Beverley, who continues to show excellent grit and determination in his opening batting role, and Harry Evans shared a good partnership of 74. Iain was dismissed at this point for a very solid 33 and Harry and Steve Colley added another 44.
Iain Beverley and Harry Evans hit out at Drummoyne
Three wickets then fell quickly to see the Stags sitting precariously at 5-147. Harry was the last of the three, having contributed a sublime 78. It was up to Reece Bombas and Tym Crawford to get things going again and they put together a 52 run partnership before Tym left. Another quick wicket and then Chad Soper and Reece ensured a competitive total with a 79 run stand. This was a terrific, thoughtful partnership with both players displaying great common sense.
The innings closed at 303 with Reece out for 93 - arguably one of his best digs in first grade – against a tight attack on quite a slow outfield.
Something to bowl to next week on probably a quick outfield – should be fun!
1st Grade scores
Gordon 303 (Reece Bombas 93, Harry Evans 78, Iain Beverley 33, Tym Crawford 31, Chad Soper 25) vs Sydney.
Gordon bowled first on a good deck at Chatswood. A couple of chances were missed as Charlie Stobo and Jack Skilbeck both bowled well. Blaize Irving-Holliday took the first wicket at 63 but despite the efforts of the Stags bowlers, a strong partnership developed.
A run out to Adam Cubbage just before tea saw the score sitting at 2-193 with a big last session to come. Blaize took another but the fourth didn’t fall until the score had reached 254. From there, it was one way traffic as Blaize and Charlie ripped through the lower order. The last seven wickets fell for only 35 runs as both quicks showed really impressive form.
Blaize showing all his skills at Chatswood
Blaize’s figures of 5-38 from 21 overs was outstanding, while Charlie finished with 3-66 from 22 overs.
Gordon had to see off the final 6 overs which Liam McElduff and Chris Spratt did, so looking forward to Day 2.
The first wicket at Chatswood. Some excellent photgraphy by Paul McMurray
2nd Grade scores
Gordon 0-16 vs Sydney 289 (Blaize Irving-Holliday 5-38, Charlei Stobo 3-66, Jack Skilbeck 1-45).
Sydney batted first and moved reasonably well to 0-23 before the Matt Keevers/Max Papworth show began. About an over later the score read 3-23 with all three wickets “caught Papworth bowled Keevers”! Nick Miller and Dan Stickland then chipped in to have Sydney in all sorts at 6-59, with Max having caught all six.
Max takes a brilliant catch of Matt Keevers. Great Photography...this time from Tony Wilson
He then missed a difficult one which could have made it seven out of seven. In fact, when the seventh wicket did fall the message circulating said “NOT caught Papworth”! Dan took his third and fourth and Pat Effeney also chipped in to have Sydney all out for 112 – a great performance by the bowlers (and keeper).
Dan Stickland asks the question at Ryde Oval
Obviously an easy target for the Stags? After a couple of overs and with the score at 3 for a couple, not so! A few overs later, 4-23 and 112 a long way off. Tom Carruthers, who had batted through the carnage, and Reagan Klemt then set about resurrecting the dire situation. With very sensible batting, they took the score to 79 before Reagan was out.
Nick Miller then joined Tom and they moved past the target before Tom was dismissed for an invaluable 53. Ten overs were left in the day and the score moved slowly ahead. Nick was out for a determined 20 and the remaining batsmen managed to get the total to 131 before the tenth wicket fell right on stumps.
First innings points, a lead of 19 and anyone’s guess as to what will happen next week. Well done!
3rd Grade scores
Gordon 131 (Tom Carruthers 53, Nick Miller 20, Reagan Klemt 18) vs Sydney 111 (Matt Keevers 4-9, Dan Stickland 4-21, Nick Miller 1-33, Pat Effeney 1-47).
Shayne Lin continued the type of form not welcomed by his mates at an Anzac Day two-up game and, as a result, Fourths were bowling again on a very good deck at Killara.
Toody enjoyed the experience back up in fourths
Sam Watts took the first wicket at 47 and the score continued to rise until Matt Todd struck with the score at 70. Will Calov chimed in with a couple and then Sam took two more to have Sydney at 6-115.
The score moved to 158 before Matt took another couple and it looked like an early end to the innings. However, the last two batsmen showed good commitment and the day finished at 9-248. Matt Todd was the pick of the bowlers while Sam Watts and Will Calov toiled hard.
Sam Watts worked hard at KIllara
It should be a very interesting chase next week.
4th Grade scores
Sydney 9-248 (Matt Todd 4-62, Sam Watts 3-53, Will Calov 2-35) vs Gordon.
Another lost toss saw the 5ths bowling on an excellent Beauchamp wicket. A couple of early wickets were promising for the Stags but the third wicket partnership took the score to 123 with some really good batting. Just when things were looking bleak for Gordon, Dave Monaghan, having his first game since his Player of the Match Award in the Fifth Grade Grand Final back in the 2012-13 season, struck. And again. And again. 2-123 became 5-137 as he began to remember what to do. A small partnership followed before Pat Rice took his second.
Dave Monoghan remembered how it was done
Then Dave took another couple and Anthony Sherman chipped in with another to have Sydney in a bit of trouble at 9-219. A handy last wicket partnership took the total to 249 before Dave took his sixth in the final over of the day. His final tally of 6-73 from 23 overs was a fantastic performance although, well after the day finished, there was some conjecture as to whether he was going to have enough energy to reach his car for the rigorous 5 minute drive home!
Anthony Sherman in action. Bowl, caught behind, see you later
So, an intriguing day in store next week as the Stags chase 250 for victory. A pretty solid performance although some of the ground fielding can certainly improve, considering our guest player Brett Papworth (yes of rugby fame) was probably our best fielder. He has certainly challenged the youngsters to make this part of their game important, it certainly is to the bowlers.
A big day in the field for new recruit Brett Papworth. I hope the Eastwood Rugby boys are not looking at this?
5th Grade scores
Sydney 249 (Dave Monaghan 6-73, Pat Rice 2-17, Tim Fulton 1-24, Anthony Sherman 1-47) vs Gordon.