The Gordon first grade side showed their class with an excellent team effort to score 379 and defeat Mosman on day 2 at Chatswood. Mosman had continued batting at the start of play to post 7 for 378 leaving 88 overs for Gordon to get the runs. Four of the batsman scored over 50 with Cam Eccles top scoring with 78 and Elliot Richtor steering home the team with 77 not out. Harry Evans (70) and Axel Cahlin (60) also batted very well to keep the run chase on target. With the win we now move into 9th place but only 5 points from 6th with two matches to play.
Elliot Richtor held the middle order together
In all we had 5 wins from the 6 teams with only seconds just missing out on a hard-fought victory as Mosman went past our 232 with 8 wickets down.
Thirds, fourths, fifths and Colts all had good wins, with Colts securing an outright victory.
Other than he first grade bats, the best performers were Scott O’Brien taking 5 for 75 and Ryan Meppem 4 for 79 in seconds. Nick Andreou also did well with 68 not out in thirds and Dylan Hood with 4 for 20 in fifths.
The decision of Mosman captain Scott Rodgie to bat on was an interesting decision given the Mosman score was the highest posted of all the matches of the Premier League that round. The thought was Mosman would be better off having all 96 overs at their disposal with an imposing 358 already on the board. Maybe Scott knew something about the prowess of the Gordon bats.
Axel and Cam in action at Chatswood
Another 6 overs were bowled to Mosman with 20 runs added leaving 379 to win off a reduced 88 overs at 4.30 per over. It is easy to say only 4.30 but 379 is a lot of runs to keep going at that pace.
The innings started well with Axel Cahlin and Cam Eccles looking very comfortable. They got the score to 110 with two overs to go before lunch. First there was a mix up with Axel Cahlin losing sight of the ball in the field and taking what ended up being a suicidal run. Then as Steve Colley reached his position at the wicket, the clock was at 12.29 and about to click over to lunch as the umpires took up their positions. There was time for 1 more over and it was to be bowled by Elijah Eales, the son of John Eales and on first grader debut for Mosman. Facing his fifth ball Steve was caught behind and instead of 0 for 110 at lunch we were 2 for 111.
Harry plays a delicate sweep while Elliot pushes for a single to mid wicket
After lunch Harry Evans and Cam Eccles settled in well and at 2 for 221, it was looking comfortable. Scott Rodgie however came on to bowl after his 126 runs in the Mosman innings and started to get the first movement of the match with the ball moving away from the right-handed batsmen. Cam was deceived by the outswing as he played an expansive drive and was caught behind for 78. Not long after Harry also got an excellent delivery and was also caught behind. Now 4 for 221 and not as comfortable.
Then another run out with Tym Crawford misjudging a run and at 5 for 236, Mosman were getting very chirpy in the field as they could sense the ascendancy.
Another century partnership to Axel and Cam and Alex and Els leave the field as winners
Ash Doolan however stayed with Elliot Richtor as Els started to dominate the attack. However, with the score on 291, Ash fell to another outswinger from Rodgie who was bowling well and it was game back on for Mosman.
Reagan Klemt arrived and played some excellent shots to get to 19 with 4 boundaries, but (yes you guessed it) another away swinger from Rodgie and he was caught in the gully with the score on 319. Matt Parkinson in his last innings before returning to England and then on a Lions tour of the West Indies looked positive but he was caught off the leg spinner and at 8 for 332, it was looking like - what might have been.
Skipper Steve COlley is happy
Elliot was still there however and our very capable specialist night watchman Alex Patterson would give it his best shot and that’s what he did.
With 47 runs still needed and about 9 overs remaining, Alex decided it was his turn to play the hero. With some excellent cover drives and pull shots, Alex hit 6 boundaries for his 24 not out to see us home with Elliot continuing with his excellent batting.
So with 5 overs still remaining, they reached 8 for 379 and a very sweet victory. As I said Matt Day obviously knew something.
Second grade had returned to Chatswood to join the firsts in the Gordon song
First Grade Scores
Mosman 6 for 378 Dec (Alex Patterson 2 for 85, Reagan Klemt 1 for 27, Elliot Richtor 1 for 27, Matt Parkinson 2 for 111) were defeated by Gordon 8 for 379 (Cam Eccles 78, Elliot Richtor 77 not out, Harry Evans 70, Axel Cahlin 60, Alex Patterson 24 not out)
Mosman resumed at 2 for 70 chasing our 232. With Chris Searle out injured and the wicket even flatter and harder than last week it was always going to be a challenging task. Still, the bowlers performed extremely well throughout the day. We built up a lot of pressure and forced wickets to fall. Scott O'Brien (5 for 75 off 25) and Ryan Meppem (4 for 70 off 19) were outstanding and almost got us over the line.
Scott O'Brien in action
At 7 for 189 we were in with a terrific chance at victory but their numbers 8 and 9 had a bit of a slog and got a few away to bring the target within reach. We took another wicket before they passed our score 8 down. The extra ‘hit and giggle’ runs Mosman scored at the end belied how close the contest was.
Although more runs would have been handy on day 1, it was a really good effort from 2nd grade against one of the top placed sides.
Second Grade Scores
Gordon 232 Michael Roberts 51, Chris Searle 41*, Scott O’Brien 38, Oli Zannino 28 vs Mosman 2 for 65 (Scott O’Brien 1 for 7, Chris Searle 1 for 15) were defeated by Mosman 287 (Scott O’Brien 5 for 75, Ryan Meppem 4 for 70)
Gordon elected to bat on. Andreou and Seneviratne added a quick-fire 40 odd, with Danusha being particularly severe on the unsuspecting bowlers. Gordon declared at 9-227 (Andreou 68*, Spratt 30, Seneviratne 29*)
Still reeling from the Gordon onslaught with the bat, Mosman were rocked by 4 wickets in the first 5 overs.
Matt Keevers in action at Beauchamp
Matt Keevers and Paddy Effeney bowled beautifully and the ball just couldn’t miss the edge of the bat. Mosman staggered to 5-28, but eventually settled and put on a 95-run partnership featuring increasingly aggressive batting. At 5-123 they were getting back into the match when Matt Wright got the breakthrough. He deceived the oncoming batsman in flight and Max Papworth was happy to oblige with a snappy removal of the bails. Charlie Booth bowled the other set batsman and Tom Hamblin got a direct hit run out with about 1 1/2 stumps to aim at, both wickets falling without addition to the score. To Mosman’s credit they didn’t dig in to fight for a pointless draw, but batted adventurously in pursuit of an unlikely victory. Matt Keevers trapped former Gordon player Dermott Beattie in front to finish off the game and collect his third wicket. Mosman 141 (Keevers 3-25, Effeney 3-33, Wright 1-16, de Kretser 1-17, Booth 1-43)
Pat Effeney enjoys bowling as well as a run out
Third Grade Scores
Gordon 9 for 227 (Nick Andreou 68* Chris Spratt 30 Danusha Seneviratne 29* defeated Mosman 141 (Matt Keevers 3 for 25, Pat Effeney 3 for 33)
After being 0 for 33 at the end of last week, plans were always to do everything possible to get the outright. Kleem, on his birthday, quickly raced into the 30s, but when his wicket fell, the possibility of an outright became a tougher prospect. Having said that, once Bromley and Chauhen passed the total, it was a licence to thrill for 25 minutes before tea with 5 wickets in hand.
With 9 down at tea, and a lead of 40, we decided to declare and give ourselves 40 overs to take the wickets.
Mitch Kleem and Dash Ratnam in 4's
It was a brilliant start by Calov and Keane who destroyed the top 4, having Mosman 4 for 13. Nehru, Haider, Hayes and Chauhan also did well to get us to a point where we had them 6 down when scores were level. With around 10 overs left, we went with short spells and got them to 8 down, but a combination of big hitting and dead batting put the task just out of reach.
Still a solid win for the stags and hopefully similar chances at extra points will present themselves over the coming weeks.
Fourth Grade Scores
Mosman 115 (Manus Chauhan 3 for 42, Naba Haider 2 for 3, Jordan Hayes 2 for 22, Will Calov 1 for 13) and 8 for 79 Vikrant Nehru 2 for 6, Matt Keane 2 for 9, Will Calov 2 for 17) were defeated by Gordon 9 dec for 154 Mitch Kleem 32, Dash Ratnam 27, Cameron New 27)
The call was for tight, accurate and patient bowling on arrival at Killara for day 2. Skipper Crofts opened up with Dylan Hood with the first 6 overs only conceding one run. Crofts dismissed one of the inform batsmen after he spooned one to point where Sherwood took his first easy catch. Dylan Hood then struck with a plumb LBW to have Mosman 4 for 60 after resuming at 2 for 57.
Crofts and Hood bowled extremely tightly with Dylan hood finishing with unbelievable figures of 4 for 20 off 18 including 12 maidens.
Dylan Hood and Aaron Crofts in fifths
After Hugh Sherwood took an absolute screamer at wide mid-on, Sam Watts and Shiv Rana looked to wrap things up at 6 for 81 but despite a wicket to Shiv, Mosman continued to puch toward victory. However, some quick thinking by Rahul Krishna to snag a run out at square leg gave Gordon the upperhand again.
It was only fitting that Crofts and Hood finished what they started and closed out a tight game for Gordon. Some excellent catching by Dave and Hugh and some patient bowling were the keys for Gordon. Mosman all out 122 and only scoring 65 runs in 34 overs on Day 2.
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 139 (Aaron Crofts 55) defeated Mosman 122 (Dylan Hood 4 for 20, Aaron Croft 3 for 24)
Colts returned to Kensington Oval for day two and continued to take wickets at a steady pace, until Randwick Petersham were all out for 83 off 48 overs.
Sharing the spoils were Sam Braham with a clean bowl, Prashan’s caught behind, a brilliant caught and bowled to Dan and the final two unassisted wickets in consecutive wicket maiden overs for Andrew.
Dan West, Sam Braham and Prashan Seneviratne at Kensington
After an early tea break Gordon sent RP back in again to try for an outright and ten points. A great effort from all bowlers on a flat pitch with continual dot balls meant RP found it impossible to score runs. Tight fielding also hampered their efforts. The umpire was willing to keep the match going until 6pm if it looked like a result was likely. At 5.35pm we had them on 9 for 72 and with only a few overs to go tried everything to capture the last wicket. After an unplanned overthrow suddenly the tide turned, batsmen became confused whether to run again or not, Dillon returned the ball to the keeper’s end and Oliver took off the bails. A great sense of relief and the match was won.
Congratulations to the entire team and many thanks to our dedicated scorers/parents!
PS, Of the 77 overs bowled today, 30 of them were maidens including 6 wicket maidens. Well done.
Gordon 4 dec 322 (Dillon Amjad 131, Oli Williams 98) defeated Randwick Petersham 82 (Daniel West 3 for 2, Andrew Harvey 3 for 6) and 74 (Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 18, Sam Braham 2 for 24)