It was a tough round against UNSW as 4ths and 5ths have strong wins while 2nds and 3rds lose. 1st Grade have a reasonable score on the board in their Saturday/Sunday game. Unusually, the Colts were well beaten in their game against Randwick-Petersham.
Damon "Reg" Livermore looking at ease at Beauchamp
1st Grade (Sat/Sun game)
Gordon were put in to bat at Chatswood. After an early wicket, Steve Colley scored an aggressive 46 and, with Will Smith and Tym Crawford, saw the scoreboard ticking over briskly.
Will Smith has certainly had an impact on the Sydney Grade scene this season
Will continued his great form with a classy 71 but, at 5-180, things could have gone either way.
Elliot Richtor showed his class and Reece Bombas fought hard to make sure the Gordon total was going to be solid. The former completed a stylish 61 while Reece went on to finish on 43*.
With Max Newman, 49 were added for the eighth wicket and the final score, when the storm hit, taking away 13 overs for the day, had the Stags sitting on 7-277 – a satisfactory score with an interesting second day coming.
Gordon 7-277 (Will Smith 71, Elliot Richtor 61, Steve Colley 46, Reece Bombas 43*, Tym Crawford 23, Max Newman 19*) vs UNSW.
Newman and Richtor look to consolidate the start against UNSW
Gordon bowled first on a good Village Green wicket. Dan Stickland took an early wicket but runs flowed freely. The two batsmen added 150 before Adam Cubbage broke the partnership. UNSW moved to 182 from 35 overs before Dan took another wicket.
Reagan looked to repair the mess the top order found themselves in during their chase
The bowling tightened up a little but despite Adam and Jack Skilbeck taking another one each, the score at the end of 50 overs was 6-259 – a solid chase for the Stags.
The early Gordon batting was, once again disappointing. They slumped to 4-49 before Max Papworth and Reagan Klemt added respectability. Max scored a good 32 and Reagan batted impressively to finish 52*. However, with the loss of a couple more wickets, the score struggled to 7-146 before the rain came.
The game finished with Gordon well behind on the run rate.
Gordon 7-146 (Reagan Klemt 52*, Max Papworth 32) lost to UNSW 6-259 (Dan Stickland 2-36, Adam Cubbage 2-37) on superior run rate.
Ian Higgins won the toss at Killara and chose to bat first on an excellent wicket. With a strong batting line up, a good score was expected.
Chamberlain looks down the ground for runs
Expectations were tempered a little due to the extremely long outfield currently being seen in the verdant pastures of Gordon's second ground.
The batting display, however, was nothing short of poor as wickets fell, largely due to poor application and an appreciation that 50 overs is actually quite a long time. For the second time in 2 one-dayers post-Christmas, Gordon 3rd Grade failed to bat out the 50 overs.
Only Dom Thomson's 36 is worthy of a mention as well as Scott O'Brien's late heroics with a better than a run-a-ball 49* boosted the total from 9-95 to all out 143. If nothing else, it was something to bowl at.
What a cracking photo. Dom Thomson watches one very closely
In order to win the game, Gordon would have to create 10 chances and bowl UNSW out. It was highly unlikely that the game would go the full distance. The spin combination of Scott O'Brien and Lachlan Stewart bowled their 20 overs together, with combined figures of 3-43, and kept Gordon right in the contest.
It was a familiar story, however. Dropped catches, missed run-outs and, ultimately, poor application at the crease when batting cost Gordon the 6 points in this pivotal encounter.
Still a chance of the finals, but Gordon will have to win each of their last 4 games, the toughest of which will be against Northern Districts next weekend at Asquith.
The storm came just as Gordon took their 7th wicket, UNSW needing another 6 runs to win. Who knows, cricket is a funny game and anything could have happened. We'll never know. The common-sense rule applied and both team shook hands as the heavens opened. Hopefully more wins and less rain are in store for this Gordon side.
Gordon 143 (Scott O’Brien 49*, Dom Thomson 36) lost to UNSW 7-138 (Scott O’Brien 2-21, Will Calov 2-26) on superior run rate.
Gordon batted first and despite losing an early wicket, Mitch Kleem and Darren Jayasekera shared an excellent partnership on a wicket that was seaming around a fair bit. They score moved along to 4-134 after 34 overs. A couple of wickets then fell but Pat Effeney and Manus Chauhan both played some great shots, taking the score to 233 – a pretty solid score.
Effeney. Top bloke. Gives his all. Every match. More wickets for this clubman!
The Gordon bowling, particularly from Pat Effeney and Sam Watts, was good, as UNSW moved to 2-54 from 15 overs.
A couple of handy partnerships took them to 4-137 but from there, the Stags dominated. Andrew Crosland took another three, Manus Chauhan bowled a top spell, and Pat Effeney also chimed in.
UNSW were left at 8-167 when the rains came. There was only a faint possibility of a resumption, which did not eventuate, so Gordon ran out convincing winners on run rate.
Crosland picks up 4 before the rains came
Well done to the side who have had a tough few games - their spirit was great! Congrats to skipper Nick McMurray, who did a top job and Pat Effeney, who really got things going. Let’s hope they can maintain this and finish the season with a wet sail.
Gordon 233 (Darren Jayasekera 38, Pat Effeney 38, Mitch Kleem 34, Manus Chauhan 24) defeated UNSW 8-167 (Andrew Crosland 4-13, Pat Effeney 2-33) on superior run rate.
Great diving catch by Diehm from Crosland's bowling
Gordon were sent in on a greenish Beauchamp wicket. Gordon were in early trouble at 3-49 but Damon Livermore remained resolute and the innings built around him. He batted particularly well and, with help from several batsmen, notably Pat Rice, the score rose to 9-178, when he was out for a terrific 92.
Livermore notches up 92 as the rest of the boys struggle to trouble the scorers
Pat Rice and Matt Todd then added an invaluable 28 for the ninth wicket and the innings concluded at 206 – a really good recovery.
UNSW started badly with Dave Monaghan striking twice. At 4-32, they were in real trouble but a good partnership took the score over 100, albeit at only a reasonable run rate. There was a long period where the Stags bowling was only fair but the UNSW batsmen were not keen to push the run rate along, even though, to the west, some rather scary clouds were massing.
After Matt Todd took his second wicket, a difficult catch made to look ridiculously easy by Chris Retallick, the heavens opened with UNSW 25 runs behind the necessary rate. As Beauchamp Oval slowly drifted down into the park, the 5ths had completed a strong win and consolidated their position in the top 6.
Gordon 206 (Damon Livermore 92, Pat Rice 25*, Matt Todd 16) defeated UNSW 5-116 (Dave Monaghan 2-19, Matt Todd 2-29) on superior run rate.
We're sure he's never doubted it... but "Reg" Livermore still has it!
The Colts were sent in on a sporty deck at Kensington in their game against Randwick-Petersham. The game started 35 minutes late and the batsmen struggled against a good attack and wickets fell regularly. From 6-52 after 16 overs, Gordon were all out for 88.
There wasn't much of a target for Rudy Midya to defend
The Gordon bowlers tried hard but had little success as Randwick-Petersham passed them two down.
Gordon 88 lost to Randwick-Petersham 2-90.