Three fantastic individual performances from Axel Cahlin, Blaize Irving-Holiday and Will Calov wasn’t enough to stop most of the spoils being taken by St. George to complete Round 2 of the 2014-15 season.
In the three seasons prior to this one, the 15 matches in all grades between Gordon and St. George has produced 11 Gordon wins, three to the Saints and one memorable tie in fourths at Beauchamp.
Axel acknowledges his century at Chatswood
No doubt a win last Sunday for Gordon in the frist round of the T20 competition against Saints on their home ground was enough for them as they decided the balance had to be restored and while we collected good wins in thirds and fifths, firsts, seconds and fourths were well beaten by a very determined Saints Club.
However this won’t stop us celebrating three wonderful performances by Gordon players which were:
- Axel Cahlin, first year out of Green Shield, in only his second game in Second Grade, scored a masterful 137* for his maiden grade century to help his side avoid outright defeat. This follows on from his 64 and 94 in Round One!
- Blaize Irving- Holliday bowled with great determination and pace to take 7-55 and steer Third Grade to a strong win.
- Will Calov followed his 67 with the bat last week, where he helped rescue the Fifth Grade team from 7-96 to 204, with 5-8 at the bowling crease as St George fell for 100 (and another wicket in the second innings just to ice the cake).
Youngster Aaron Crofts also scored a fighting 70 in Fourth Grade, trying very hard to hold the innings together.
Blaize during his fabulous 7 for 55 off 19 overs
Cam Eccles and Iain Beverley took the overnight score of 0-28 to 0-54 in their quest for St George’s total of 335. Both were then dismissed and for a little while Harry Evans and Steve Colley looked to have righted the ship. However, they also fell and the middle order collapsed to have the Stags 8-141. The final three batsmen, Chad Soper, James Kennedy (top scoring with 35*) and Josh Poysden showed good determination but the damage had been done and Gordon were dismissed for a disappointing 204.
Steve Colley and Iain Beverley were in the runs at Hurstville while Harry Evans didn't enjoy this particular delivery
First Grade scores
St George 8 dec 355 and 1-40 (Chad Soper 1-14) defeated Gordon 203 (James Kennedy 35*, Steve Colley 34, Iain Beverley 30) on first innings.
After St George declared just past the Gordon score from Day 1, a gutsy batting display was needed to avert an outright defeat. At 3-24, things did not look great as Jack Colley and Axel Cahlin set about remedying the situation. Both hit the ball crisply but unfortunately Jack was dismissed for 30 to a loose shot. Axel was joined by Nick McMurray and they batted very sensibly.
Axel shows his class at Chatswood
Once again Nick showed great fighting qualities as Axel hit the loose ball to the fence regularly. Axel moved to 54* at lunch and they continued after the break, finally adding 97. Another 49 run partnership with Max Newman took Gordon out of the range of an outright with Axel reaching his maiden grade century – a wonderful effort for a 16 year old! He moved to 137* (22 fours and one six) before the innings was declared, leaving St George an unlikely chase of 235 off 32 overs. They went at it hard for quite a while but the Gordon bowlers stuck to their task and the day finished with St George 5-155. Another loss but the young team is continuing to learn. A great day for Axel!
Charlie Stobo and Nick McMurray in action against Saints
Second Grade scores
St George 3 dec 159 and 5-155 (Anand Verma 2-26) defeated Gordon 156 and 6 dec 237 (Axel Cahlin 137*, Jack Colley 30, Nick McMurray 30) on first innings.
267 runs on the board was a good start but Gordon needed to bowl well. They started brilliantly, with Blaize Irving-Holliday taking two wickets immediately. Dan Stickland took another to have St George 3-41 and in trouble.
Gordon skipper Adam Cubbage kept the pressure on against Saints
Two excellent partnerships followed which got Saints right back in the match. However, the bowling was good, with skipper Adam Cubbage completing a couple of terrific tight spells of high class leg spin. While he didn’t cash in on the wickets, the pressure he exerted lifted the required run rate. From 4-186 at the final drinks break, Blaize took control and the St George innings collapsed as they chased the win. The final six wickets fell for 47 as he finished with the fine figures of 7-55. Pat Effeney, Dan Stickland and Adam Cubbage gave great support as the 3rds completed their second win from two games. Well done!
Third Grade scores
Gordon 267 defeated St George 233 (Blaize Irving- Holliday 7-55, Dan Stickland 1-54, Pat Effeney 1-57).
Gordon began their chase of the massive 6 dec 366 badly, losing two wickets straight away. Stan Gaynor and Aaron Crofts then set about rebuilding the innings before a disastrous over where three wickets fell had the innings in tatters.
Aaron Crofts fought hard at Killara
Batsmen found unlikely ways to be dismissed and only a partnership of 64 between Aaron and Iqbal Ahmed saved the innings from complete collapse. Aaron’s innings of 70 was a very determined knock and this young player showed excellent resolve.
Gordon were given a second chance by St George and the three batsmen involved fared much better as they saw the day through.
Fourth Grade scores
St George 6 dec 366 defeated Gordon 157 (Aaron Crofts 70, Iqbal Ahmed 38, Stan Gaynor 27) and 1-79 (Tom Carruthers 36*, Stan Gaynor 23, Shayne Lin 17*) on first innings.
Although the 5ths had fought back brilliantly to post 205 last week after being 7-96, they would still need to bowl well to secure a win. Will Calov, following his heroics with the bat, provided that spark, taking three wickets after the St George openers had added 21. Wickets to Anthony Sherman and Matt Keane also assisted in ripping the top order apart and Saints slumped to 5-39.
Will Calov during his 5 for 8
A bit of a partnership followed but the Gordon bowling was very tight and good pressure was maintained. Ben Leighton bowled well and removed the dangerous skipper. Another wicket to Ben and one to Adrian Craig saw St George go into tea at 8-100. Straight after the break, Will Calov came back on and took the remaining two wickets immediately, finishing with the excellent figures of 5-8 from 8.2 overs.
Gordon had a second go, taking a couple of early wickets but the game finished as a convincing, determined win to the young Stags with Will’s contribution outstanding.
A great catch to Andrew Coleman off Will Calov
Fifth Grade scores
Gordon 205 defeated St George 100 (Will Calov 5-8, Ben Leighton 2-25, Matt Keane 1-4, Adrian Craig 1-13, Anthony Sherman 1-36) and 3-31 on the first innings.