It’s not often that a club bats first in all six grades as happened this round. Unfortunately, in most grades, Gordon were confronted with very disciplined Penrith attacks and found difficulty putting together big scores. Quite a few starts but Corbin Edgar’s 80 was the top score. Dave Monaghan (74 in 5ths), Mitch Kleem (66 in 4ths), Jory Cureton (66 in Colts) and Steve Colley (65 in 1sts) also got amongst the runs.
Axel in action at Howell
After the loss of an early wicket, Axel Cahlin and Steve Colley both batted very well before Axel fell for a very well compiled 54. After losing another wicket Tym Crawford joined his captain and together they got the score to 179, both making important contributions. Unfortunately we then lost 3 wicket for 3 runs and soon the Stags found themselves 8-199 before Dan Smith, Matt Junk and Chad Soper fought a good rearguard action to take the score to 265. A little below par but runs on the board.
Gordon 265 (Steve Colley 65, Axel Cahlin 54, Tym Crawford 40, Dan Smith 40) vs Penrith.
2nds struggled at Chatswood against a very accurate Penrith attack, losing wickets consistently. They slumped to 7-75 before Corbin Edgar and Anand Verma came together and showed good resolve. They put on 98 and turned the game around somewhat. Unfortunately, the last 3 wickets fell fairly quickly but it was a lot better than it might have been. Corbin’s 80 was a standout while Anand and Will Phillips played handy knocks.
Will Phillips at Chatswood
Penrith lost two early wickets and hopes were high but the next two batsmen played well and have taken Penrith close to the Stags’ score.
Gordon 182 (Corbin Edgar 80, Will Phillips 30, Anand Verma 28) vs Penrith 2-150.
Gordon lost two wickets immediately before Jamie Bekis and Tom Hamblin added 41. Unfortunately, from there it was all downhill. Of the remaining batsmen, only Michael Roberts could make any sort of contribution as the Stags collapsed to be all out for 127. Jamie batted well for his 39, but was sadly unsupported.
Jack Skilbeck took 2 quick wickets to at least give Gordon a glimmer of hope and Pat Rice took a late one as Penrith finished on 3-49. Still game on with the slow outfield but it will be tough.
Gordon 127 (Jamie Bekis 39, Michael Roberts 24) vs Penrith 3-49 (Jack Skilbeck 2-11).
4ths won the toss at Killara and batted. A wicket fell immediately but Mitch Kleem was all aggression, blasting the attack all around the field. He shared a brilliant century stand with Liam McElduff before being dismissed for a sparkling 66. Liam also batted very well for his 45.
Mitch Kleem during his 66
Hugh Sherwood and Nick Andreou both made handy contributions but wickets were falling and there was a chance that the Gordon innings would fall short of what should have been an excellent score. Nick Prell and Charlie Booth came together and both hit the ball very hard, ensuring a solid total. All out 294 was a solid tally but a number of the batsmen left a lot of runs out there. At least one of them really needed to go on and get a big score.
Penrith were 0-12 in the five overs remaining, setting up an interesting second day.
Gordon 294 (Mitch Kleem 66, Nick Prell 48, Liam McElduff 45, Hugh Sherwood 41, Charlie Booth 40, Nick Andreou 27) vs Penrith 0-12.
We have a nomination for best afternoon tea for 2016. Paula Booth has outdone herself.
5ths won the toss and batted but were in trouble early, losing their first 4 wickets for 33. A couple of small contributions followed but the Stags found themselves at 7-115 and in real trouble. Then, for the second game in a row, Dave Monaghan and Sam Watts came together and rescued Gordon. Their partnership took the score to something respectable and the innings finished at 204.
In reply, a direct hit run out and wicket to Vikrant Nehru saw Penrith finish at 2-53 and the game evenly poised. Gordon will need to play well next week, and particularly do the ‘little things’ well – too many free runs given to Penrith in the last hour.
Gordon 204 (Dave Monaghan 74, Sam Watts 39) vs Penrith 2-53.
Manus Chauchan in action
The Colts were sent in by Penrith on a lively Beauchamp wicket. They started well with the openers adding 30 before Jory Cureton and Fraser Wilson demonstrated excellent skills as they began to take the game away from Penrith. Fraser was out for a classy 41 while Jory was very effective, hitting the loose ball hard in his 66. Skipper Aaron Crofts struck a brisk 38 and then Manus Chauhan and Oliver Iles-Mann, in his first game for the club, played great cameos. Gordon were able to declare and give Penrith an uncomfortable 4 overs to play out. Jory continued his good form by snaring a wicket to put Gordon in a great position.
Gordon 9dec 263 (Jory Cureton 66, Fraser Wilson 41, Aaron Crofts 38, Oliver Iles-Mann 35) vs Penrith 1-9.