Five Gordon bats score centuries in clean sweep against St. George
The headline is the same as last year, but the result was even better with wins in all grades against St. George which puts all of our teams in the frame for end of season games. The Colts also had a strong win against North Sydney at Tunks to make it a 100% weekend.
The ball of the season so far. Dan Smith gets through the gate of Moises Henriques at Chatswood.
Last season with wins in the top three grades and a tie in fourths, I wrote that the win was the first in first grade for some 8 seasons. The dominance had been the same in the 90’s even when we won two premierships and Murray Bennett made that famous statement after a rare win to Gordon at Killara “I heard somewhere you guys had a song”.
Murray was at Chatswood yesterday following his beloved club like so many of his fellow legends that are seen around the grounds every match. It is always a pleasure to play Saints. They play the game hard but fair and always appreciate your hospitality as we do theirs.
It would be true to say that we may have got Saints on a bad day yesterday with three representative players not available and others missing from their lower grades, but there was no complaining on their part as they got on with the game.
The value their players put on their club was shown by Moises Henriques playing in the match on Saturday knowing the following day was the start of a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG and also coming back from injury. It reminded me of Matt Nicholson catching a 6am flight after a Shield win in Brisbane to get to a Gordon one day match starting early that day. Grade cricket needs players like this and we are fortunate there are a number around.
Well played Reg. Damon Livermore is congratulated by his skipper for his first century in first grade for lets say ... a long while...
Yes, it was wins in all grades as firsts gained first innings and tried hard for the outright, seconds played very well at Hurstville to come back from a fast start by Saints, thirds bowled very well on a good wicket at Killara to restrict their opponents, fourths had a remarkable win at Harold Fraser and fifths had a dominant win against their final opponent of last season. Colts who played Norths in the Metro Cup had a dominant win to stay near the top of their competition.
The stars of the weekend were the five century makers, (yes 5) Harry Evans with 130 in firsts, Damon Livermore who is truly showing his class in his return to first grade with 110 not out, Tym Crawford with 100 not out at Hurstville, Connor Jackson with an exhilarating 131 not out at Beauchamp, and finally Stuart Bromley who clouted 129 not out in Colts.
Other bats to do well were Axel Cahlin with a very mature 79 not out under the pressure of holding the innings together, Chris Spratt with 58 in thirds, Andrew Coleman with 50 in Colts and some good forty’s from Tim Van Zuylen, Jack Colley, Anthony Sherman , Greg Lewis and Stan Gaynor.
In the bowling the hero was Josh Poysden who now has 16 first grade wickets and five T20 wickets after his five wicket haul at Chatswood, while Tim Fulton collected 4 wickets for fifths.
Josh Poysden leads the team off after his five wicket haul
Incredibly Josh was on a hat trick twice in the one session, exactly when Mitchell Johnson was doing the same thing at Adelaide. It was riveting watching with one eye on the Pavilion TV and one eye on Josh. I think Josh was probably pleased to be on Chatswood Oval and not watching his compatriots.
St George won the toss and started steadily, the two openers adding 29 before Dan Smith struck twice, dismissing Stu McCabe and then Moises Henriques, who had survived a big LBW in Dan’s previous over from an almost identical ball. With the ball cutting back as shown by the photo sequence below, the ump probably got the close call right with it hitting the pad just outside off stump. A handy partnership followed but then Chad Soper struck once and then again 29 runs later to halt the momentum.
Harry's 130 in first grade at Chatswood which now takes him to 453 runs at 90.6 and the leading run scorer in Sydney First Grade cricket
Josh Poysden then got into the act, dismissing his fellow countryman Adam Rossington who had made an aggressive 55 with a beauty. The next ball saw another wicket and the Saints were teetering at 6-128. A few overs later, James Kennedy picked one up, courtesy of a brilliant Iain Beverley catch and then, once again Josh took two in two balls to have the opposition at 9-153. A handy last wicket partnership moved the total to 181 before Josh took his fifth to finish with the outstanding figures of 5-51 from 20 overs – a great performance on a good batting wicket!
Not to be outdone, Damon Livermore played an excellent innings for his 110 not out
Special mention should also be made of the fielding of Steve Colley. Steve was absolutely everywhere cutting off certain boundaries and threatening run outs with clean pick-ups. Steve’s effort went a long way to lifting the bowlers just in the way he gave them his 100% support. It is amazing what a good fielding performance can do for a team and he led the way.
The sequence of frames shows how the ball to get Moises cut back from outside off stump.
With 24 overs remaining in the day, the coach told the batsmen to be positive and Damon Livermore obliged, smashing three boundaries in the first over off Moises Henriques all to the point boundary. He and Steve Colley were outstanding and their opening partnership before Steve got a nick. Cam Eccles added another 22 with Damon before he was dismissed but the score was moving along very briskly. While Cam only made 6, he played under difficulty after collecting a fast one on the shoulder and stayed with Damon to take the shine off the new ball. Harry Evans came to the crease and immediately began to attack the bowling. He played some great shots and with Damon bringing up his so well controlled half century, they added an unbeaten 67, with Harry smashing eight fours and a six in his 45 not out at the end of Saturday’s play.
Another frame sequence when Stu McCabe gets the edge to Dan Smith and Iain Beverley gleefully takes the catch
With the first grade match a two day Saturday/Sunday fixture the players were back again at Chatswood on Sunday to finish off proceedings.
The new day was just a continuation of the day before except that Harry Evans was even more commanding as he progressed from his 48 not out to score 130 and be dismissed just before lunch. Harry faced only 109 balls for his 130 with 15 fours and 5 sixes. His innings was a masterpiece of precision hitting to all parts of the ground.
At the other end Damon Livermore was playing his part as a solid opener supporting Harry with every shot. Damon was passed by Harry but it didn’t matter as he progressed to a fantastic 110 not out when Harry decided to have a go at bowling out Saints again. Damon had shown with his opening boundaries in the first over that he would be a hard nut to crack and he showed this with a very pleasing innings. Their partnership of 206 was the fourth highest 3rd wicket partnership in first grade as this particular wicket is greedily held by Mark O’Neill and Phil Emery with 326 which is the clubs overall highest. Mark and Phil also hold the third highest of 216 for the third wicket.
Chad Soper who took 5 wickets for the match in action against Saints
The bowlers then through everything at Saints and wickets started to fall with James Kennedy and Josh Poysden picking up one each while Chad Soper collected three wickets to have Saints 5 for 82 and in need of a rescue. Unfortunately we were unable to keep the momentum going and Saints finished on 6 for 209 when play was stopped in the late afternoon.
First Grade Scores
Gordon 3 dec for 277 (Harry Evans 130, Damon Livermore 110 not out) defeated St George 181 (Josh Poysden 5-51, Chad Soper 2-28, Dan Smith 2-40) and 6 for 209 ( Chad Soper 3 for 38, James Kennedy 1 for 25, Josh Poysden 1 for 77).
Josh Poysden during his five wickets at Chatswood
Brett Rosen won the toss and decided to give Saints the first go at batting on a wicket that he thought would give his quicks an advantage but at 0 for 80 off 15 overs, he was certainly getting worried. The early bowlers weren’t able to get the breakthrough or restrict the Saints bats and it wasn’t until Jack Skilbeck put the brakes on the scoring and also took a wicket to have 1 for 15 off 7 overs.
Tym Crawford during his 100 not out at Hurstville
This spell seemed to inspire the other bowlers and soon wickets started to fall and within a blink of an eye Saints were 6 for 114 and the Stags were well on top. During this time Scott Heaney has come back for a good spell and James Campbell and Tym Crawford also got on top with some fine bowling. Kris Colley also helped the cause by running out Nathan Catalano for only 2 during this period.
Our good friend Craig Thornborough, who is captaining the Saints seconds, started to recover the position and got the score to 160 before he was out to a great stumping from Brett Rosen off Greg Lewis. The Saints tail then contributed a few more runs and they were all out for 207 off 48.4 overs.
Another wicket through the lens of the GDCC photographic team. Craig Thornborough is stumped by Brett Rosen. Might be some emails reporting this one.
The stags batting didn’t start well with Kris Colley out early with the score on 3 after about 5 overs. The momentum changed quickly however when Tym Crawford arrived on the scene to start his innings in normal aggressive form with a run a ball effort to get to 40. Greg Lewis also started to come along for the ride and picked up the scoring rate.
The difference to this innings for Tym however was that when he reached 40 or so he started to hit the ball conservatively along the ground in singles and really consolidated his innings. At the same time Greg Lewis, James Packman and Brett Rosen were soon back in the Pavilion and he was in need of a partner to get us home.
Jack Skilbeck who got the stags back on track with his tight bowling
That partner came in the form of Jack Colley who was in punishing form and together they took the score to near the 207 for victory with some fine batting by both players.
With Tym now getting close to his century and Jack hitting them well and only a couple of runs needed for victory, Jack played out a maiden to enable Tym to face at the other end to get to his 100 before the winning run was scored. With the 100 celebrated by Tym, Jack then hit a massive six to win the match and finish on 48 not out himself.
A big win for the seconds to take them to third position and only 34 points from the lead.
Second Grade Scores
Gordon 4 for 211 (Tym Crawford 100 no, Jack Colley 48 no, Greg Lewis 44) defeated St. George 207 (Jack Skilbeck 2 for 26, Greg Lewis 2 for 22, Scott Heaney 2 for 35, Tym Crawford 2 for 35, James Campbell 1 for 35)
It was bound to happen eventually, but Missy lost the toss and St George chose to bat first on a very good wicket at Killara.
Chris Spratt during his 58 at Killara
The young opening pair of Charlie Stobo and Nick Miller bowled with good control in the opening passages but without luck and it wasn't until the (dare I say) more experienced pair of Blaize Irving-Holliday and James Kidd that game really began to break open for the third graders. The score went from 0-30 to 3-35 in the space of 18 balls thanks to good bowling from Blaize and James and catching from the fielders and Shayne behind the stumps. A small partnership ensued, but the spin twins of Anand Verma and Tjaard Tait completely controlled the game and their combined 20 overs went for 3 for 50. Gordon managed to keep the score to a meagre 7 for 159 thanks to good fielding and exceptional bowling from all 6 bowlers used.
It was now up to the batsmen to reward the bowlers for their hard work and execution and Liam McElduff and Chris Spratt combined power with precision as the two put on a majestic partnership of punishing, lofted blows and delicate late-cuts. The innings had started with a friendly jibe from a saints fielder “Let’s go boys, this guy is just back from Schoolies” as Chris returned a stare back at the mid-wicket fielder. On investigation the player was just back from Schoolies himself so it was definitely friendly. At 0 for 82 the game was all but won for the home side, but a collapse of 5 for 40 gave St George a sniff - largely thanks to some rather ordinary batting and shot selection.
All the action at Killara with Blaize Irving Holiday, Liam McElduff and Nick Miller strutting their stuff
Tjaard Tait and Nick Miller - not for the first time - guided the ship home with Nick playing some spectacular shots, piercing the field with precision and one unbelievable six over mid- off from the opening bowler that sailed into the trees at the southern end.
Another excellent team win for the third graders which takes them to second on the ladder going into the penultimate round before Christmas.
Third Grade Scores
Gordon 5 for 161 (Chris Spratt 58, Liam McElduff 32, Nick Miller 25 not out) defeated St. George 7 for 159 James Kidd 2 for 13 (7), Blaize Irving Holiday 2 for 28 (10), Anand Verma 2 for 28 (10), Tjaard Tait 1 for 33, (10)
When asked about the plan after winning the toss and electing to bowl, fourths skipper Michael Perry (Chilli) was refreshingly and brutally frank: "Win."
Chilli bowls an outie and Darren Jayasekera obliges
Chilli had earlier chosen to bowl on what looked a good batting wicket. With anything above 200 being par, the fours enjoyed a middling start via openers Adam Fleming and Patrick Effeney, but really started to put the pressure on when the skipper and Dan Stickland came on after the 12th over. These two bowled for 12 overs together, with Chilli bowling out his 10 in one spell, and picking up three vital wickets while slowing the Saints early progress to a snail's pace.
Although Chilli had the three wickets to his name, credit must also go to Dan who bowled a tight spell that displayed great control of length. Chilli had his outswinger working, and Darren Jayasekera snared two fantastic grabs at first slip as the Stags took control.
Axel Cahlin in action
Anthony Sherman also played his part with a brilliant run out after the batsman thought the “40 something” fielder didn’t have a show of moving quickly to the ball. Pic has been around a while and is one of the best anticipators in the field. He knows when not to chase! After receiving a text from Ed Howitt after the match congratulating him on his score and partnership with Axel (see later) Pic’s response was: “Got a run out today”. Enough said!
Adam Fleming was reintroduced with immediate and profound impact, snagging two wickets and keeping it tight. With Gordon well on top at 7 for71 it was looking very ugly for the Saints.
A good partnership between two experienced players, however, saw the Saints reach 7 for 170 after their 50 overs as the bowlers were unable to break through on the good wicket.
Asked for a batting plan in the dressing room, Chilli revised his manifesto to “get the runs”. This is the new “Kaisen” approach to game plans. Keep it to three words and under.
A solid start was what the Stags were hoping for, but as ever in cricket it wasn't to be. At 4 for 23, with Coleman, Retallick, Papworth and Jayasekera back in the hutch and the new ball swinging around a bit, it was looking distinctly dicey for the fours. But a fighting partnership of 35 between Andrew Crosland and Axel Cahlin swung the game back into the balance.
Adam Fleming bowled well against Saints
After losing Andrew, but with the shine off the ball, Axel and Anthony Sherman took to the Saints bowling on a flat deck to notch a partnership of over 100. Axel in particular took a certain liking to the opposition spinners, belting several sixes on his way 79 not out. Pic showed all his experience on his way to 41 not out, guiding his 15 year old partner to victory, or was it Axel guiding Pic to victory?. Either way they showed how matches are never over particularly when the shine has gone off the new ball on a good wicket.
A fantastic win for the fours, and the road to the finals begins now!
Fourth Grade Scores
Gordon 5 for 172 (Axel Cahlin 79 not out, Anthony Sherman 41 not out) defeated St. George (7 for 170 (Michael Perry 3 for 35, Adam Fleming 2 for 21, Pic one run out!!)
Beauchamp looked an absolute picture and Gordon batted first on an excellent deck in a rematch of the remarkable 5th Grade Grand Final last season. Even last season’s victorious captain from that game, Dave Monaghan, came down for a look! After losing an early wicket, Mitch Kleem and Connor Jackson took the score to 60 before the former lost his wicket.
Connor Jackson in action during his 131 not out at Beauchamp
Connor and Stan Gaynor then added 72 with both of them batting really well. Stan was unfortunately run out for 47 but Connor continued to dominate the attack. He added 50 with Tom Beverley and just piled on the runs, dispatching the loose deliveries to, and over, the fence. Once he reached his century he kept going, finishing the 50 overs with two sixes from the final two balls. A fantastic innings, great to watch and so good to see Connor converting a start.
8 for 271 was a fair mountain to climb and when Matt Keevers and Tim Fulton struck early to have St George 3-10, they needed more help than Sir Edmund Hillary. An aggressive partnership followed but wickets continued to tumble and the desired total got further and further away. Matt took a couple more, as did skipper Tristan Cooper and it was left to Tim to take the last two wickets with successive deliveries and complete a huge bonus point victory. Well done fifths!
Tim Fulton during his 4 wickets at Beauchamp
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 8-271 (Connor Jackson 131*, Stan Gaynor 47) defeated St George 111 (Tim Fulton 4-62, Matt Keevers 3-17, Tristan Cooper 2-5).
The Colts batted first in their Sunday fixture against North Sydney at Tunks Park. Saahil Turki and Andrew Coleman shared an excellent 80 run partnership, both hitting the ball well. Stuart Bromley then came to the wicket and, along with Tim Van Zuylen, added 132 from the final 15 overs. Both were very destructive with Stuart particularly hitting the bowlers to all part of the local area. He finished with a fine 129* while Tim scored 49*. The Stags’ total of 3-305 from their 50 overs was going to be very difficult to chase down.
North Sydney started quite well and were 1-63 from the first 14 overs. However, at this point the wheels fell off, losing 4 wickets for four runs, thanks to good bowling from our selection of floor coverings - Matt Page, Matt Keane and Matt Selby. A couple of fair partnerships followed but the Gordon score was never threatened. Adrian Craig bowled very effectively, collecting 4-43 from eight overs – his best figures for the club so far - as Norths were all out for 160 after 39 overs. A most comprehensive bonus point win for the Colts with a number of younger players really showing their abilities.
Stuart Bromley who scored a massive 129 not out for Colts at Tunks, leaves the field with Tim Van Zuylen
Gordon Colts 3-305 (Stuart Bromley 129*, Andrew Coleman 50, Tim Van Zuylen 49*, Saahil Turki 39) defeated North Sydney 160 (Adrian Craig 4-43, Matt Page 2-28, Matt Keane 2-36, Matt Selby 1-24).
So a good weekend and one to store in the archives. We got on top of Saints today, but we know what a great club they are and they will be back and we will need to be ready.
Photos courtesy of the webmaster, Steve Smith, Mark O'Neill and Tony Wilson...Well done team