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1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

An unchanged Stags side returned to Chatswood to take on the Whales. Whilst we weren’t completely disappointed with our first game performance, during the week we talked about avoiding losing clumps of wickets in the middle of our innings which really cost us against Sydney.

Elliot Richtor toughs it out early in the run chase, before cashing in and leading the boys home 

With a hot day predicted, it was nice to know we wouldn’t be playing a shortened game and forced to listen to Reece Bombas’s Facebook/Tinder talk.

The warm up started with the bowlers ‘onions’ taking out the football game. It was a tense battle dominated by the top 5, but the onions could not be broken and they were able to get the only goal in the last play of the game. 

Steve lost the toss and we were forced to bowl. With the deck looking like a great batting track, our goal was to restrict them below 280.

Reece Bombas plays a fantastic understudy role 

The start was identical to round one, picking up the first 2 wickets for under 10 runs with Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo picking up the wickets. Again like last week, the third wicket put on a big partnership, with their number 4 batsmen, Scott Rodgie looking to punish any loose bowling.

Skipper Steve Colley makes it 1 from 2 as new 1st Grade skipper 

Steve tried a few options, including Cam Eccles who bowled very well against the set batsmen. He bowled stump to stump, going for under 6 runs an over. His only change up almost resulted in a wicket, when he bounced Rodgie, forcing a top edge, only for the ball to land just over short fine leg’s head.

James Kennedy ‘JK’ trapped Rodgie LBW with a good slower ball just as he was heading towards a century. This halted the Whales momentum and was a big factor in them not reaching 300. In the last few overs Dan Smith picked up one more wicket.

Congratulations Els - And check out the October message from the President 

The bowlers came back well after a tough middle session and to be able to restrict Mosman to 260 on that wicket was a great effort.

Our batting started with Tym Crawford back in the sheds early. Cam Eccles (30) and Axel Cahlin (24) were both looking good, but failed to capitalise on their starts. With the score at 3/67 Steve and Elliot Richtor, despite some dicey running between the wickets, got the innings back on track with a 52 run partnership. This was before Steve holed out in the deep for 39.

It's when Marcus congratulates the centurion, and new favourite, that the club asks "Iain who?" 

With the required run rate around 6 an over, Bombas came to the crease and continued his form from last week. He and Els were rotating the strike constantly and occasionally hitting the odd boundary. This helped us keep up with the required run rate.

With 10 overs to go Els decided to hit out and to his surprise he reached his century. Shortly after, the game was won. Bombas and Els put on an unbeaten 145 run partnership to finish the game with Reece finishing on 37*and Els 122*. It was pleasing to see the middle order perform, given the emphasis put on them during the week.

It was a good to get the 6 points and we must take this momentum heading into the two day game next week against the Bears.


Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin both made starts in the run chase, but weren't able to cash in like Els. That doesn't stop their sponsors, Plus Fitness @ Thornleigh and M&A Accounting and Financial Services both backing the boys into runs against North Sydney.

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16

Oli ZWith no cricket played in Round 1 the young Colts side were looking to get the season off to a good start, taking on Hawkesbury in the heat on Sunday down at Beauchamp Park. 

Skipper Glenn Tullia won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with the plan to tire the Hawkes out in the heat while getting runs on the board. Ryan Tullia and Rahul Krishna got off to a solid start in the first few overs before Rahul was dismissed with the score at 29. 

Oli Zanino looks to take advantage of the Hawks bowling attack 

Ryan was joined by Oli Zanino and the two of them quickly went about their business keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Ryan quickly passed his fifty and by the time Oli departed for a well made 44, the score had reach 167. Their partnership of 132 had come up in around 20 overs and was highlighted by some sensible batting coupled with aggressive running between the wickets. 

After Oli had been dismissed Ryan kept pushing on and as a couple of wickets fell around him he pushed through the 90’s, keeping calm and brining up his century in the 36th over. 

Sam Braham looks for some away movement with the new rock 

Unfortunately, he was stumped next ball trying to up the run rate, however his innings showed an immense amount of maturity, being happy to work ones and twos while waiting for the bad balls to cash in. It was a chanceless innings and a great start to the season for Ryan.

With less than 10 overs to go a couple of wickets fell as the boys tried to keep pushing the run rate higher. Quick cameos from Dave Leiboff (20) and Sam Braham (15no) along with some really intelligent batting from Andrew Harvey helped the score creep up to a very competitive 7/266 off our allotted 45 overs. 

Andrew again showed maturity well beyond his age to keep the runs ticking along, whilst the batsmen around him were searching for boundaries he didn’t hit a single ball in the air, again just working ones and two and finishing with a very handy 33no.

Ryan Tullia on his way to a chanceless century, congratulated on his milestone 

Despite having runs on the board, the boys were well aware it was going to be a hard slog on a good batting deck. Cam McBrien and Sam Braham got things started with the new ball and were both unlucky not to pick up early wickets as a number of edges found their way down to the boundary. 

The Hawkes had got off to a bit of a flyer at 0/60 off the first 10. With a bowling change getting Anshul Baruah into the attack, the flow of runs slowed and the Stags were on their way as Anshul picked up a wicket straight after drinks. From there the boys began to squeeze the run rate and start building some pressure. Two more wickets then followed first to Rahul and then Sam returned and got a well deserved caught behind. 

Cam McBrien does the job for his skipper, tying down the batsmen and drying up the runs 

The runs continued to dry up and Cam McBrien came back into the attack, picking up the 4th wicket in his first over back. By this stage it was 4/140 from 33 overs, leaving the Hawkes needing 127 from the final 12 overs.

Unfortunately, some lose bowling combined with aggressive batting saw the runs start flowing quite freely again and the Hawkes were still well in the game. A quick change saw Anshul return to the bowling crease where he took his second wicket, removing the number 4 for 75 which pretty match confirmed the result. From there a run out followed and the Hawkes finished their 45 overs 6/228. Anshul finished with 2/37 from his 9 and Sam with 1/37 from his.

In the end it was a fairly comfortable win for the boys however we did let it get a lot closer than we should have. Plenty of positives to be taken from the game – particularly the top order batsmen setting up the game and some really great fielding. Most importantly 6 points first up and a great start for a very impressive young team. 

Dave Leiboff

T20 comes alive at Chatswood Oval

T20 comes alive at Chatswood Oval

Sunday 18th October will see a massive double header, with the Stags competing in back-to-back T20 matches against Easts and Manly from 10am.

And although the cricket will be the focus, there will be so much more happening throughout the day for the whole Gordon community. 

First up, it will be a mini version of the T20 matches, with the Juniors playing an 8-over-a-side T8 mini tournament played on the main ground. Registration is from 7.15am. Games start at 8am and finish at 9.00am, with the final to be played from 12.45pm to 1.45pm. 

Gordon take to the field against Easts at 10am, before the first ever "Gordon Gift" is staged during in the innings break of the T8 final. The 100m race to end the debate as to who is the fastest Gordon cricketer, past or present!

Then we crack on with the Manly match from 2:30pm in the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup. For those unaware, the competition sees clubs from Sydney, ACT, Central Coast, Newcastle and Illawarra, split into Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder aligned regions to play T20 cricket. Gordon is aligned to the Sydney Sixers, so come and watch us play some entertaining T20 cricket as we vie for top spot in our region and a place in the finals..

What is even better for our juniors is the chance to come along and meet Trevor Chappell, ex Australian Test and One Day cricketer, from 1pm to 2pm.
The Club looks forward to welcoming our sponsors and supporters to Chatswood Oval which should be a very exciting day of cricket with special events for the juniors and club players.

Everyone is welcome with no entrance cost.

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Geoff Hickman


Fantasy League 2015/16

Fantasy League 2015/16

What's something Tym Crawford, Ian Higgins and recent GDCC Life Member Ed Howitt Snr have in common? They all enjoy a sparkling rose, care of Adair Durie, at the end of a long day's play. Now, while that is true, they're also entering the 2015/16 GDCC Fantasy League Competition. This year, one year short of a decade of providing entertainment for the players and supporters of the club, we want to get 100 teams entered. So whether this is your first season at the club, or you're a long time player or supporter, we want you to enter now! And enter often!

Here in fantasy league land, we are all about improvements - plenty of effort from Ed Howitt Jnr has gone into getting the players' prices right for this year's season. We've had great feedback on the new points scoring system over the past couple of seasons and a head-to-head competition run during the back half of the season... so we will be doing that again. 

Remember, the Fantasy League is open to anyone and everyone. It was developed in order to help foster an interest in other players - your Gordon club mates - throughout the season and encourage them to perform. New players to the club... this is a great opportunity to get involved. Mothers and Fathers - will you put your son as skipper? Or leave him out all together?

The cost of entering the competition will remain at $10 per team, with some great prizes and a trophy on offer for the winning fantasy team. We're also offering "Buy two get one free" scheme this year... as it was so well received last year. So you get 3 teams in the competition for just $20 - less than the price of a beer during Oktoberfest. So submit a 'family' group of 3 - pitting brothers against sisters, or mums and dads against their sons.

Payment MUST be made by the completion of the Round 4. Failure to do so will see teams torn up. You can enter as many teams into the competition as you would like. The more teams you enter, the better chance you have at taking home the big money.

The electronic team sheet has been placed on the website and will be emailed to all players and supporters. See all of the details below about to whom this needs to be returned and bank details for the monetary deposits. 

Note: Due to the late start... and a number of players not commencing the season, the team sheet MUST be in by the commencement of Round 3. That's right, you can wait for the results from all of Round 2 (there wasn't much in Round 1!) before submitting your sides. 

Please return the Electronic Team sheet to the following email addresses: 

Download the Electronic Team Sheet here

Download the Player Values here



The Fantasy League competition has been set and organised on behalf of the Social Committee and for payment purposes you can either give cash to Tym Crawford, Adam Cubbage, Ed Howitt Jnr or Dave Millar. 

Dave Millar has also set up a separate account for the competition and you can pay via the internet to the following account:

BSB: 062-028 & Account No.: 10666272

Make sure you put in your name as the 'remitter' for reconciliation purposes. You can also send in your team or teams by mail and send a cheque made out to "Dave Millar A/C 10666272". Actually... don't send a cheque!

As mentioned before, all teams must be lodged before the commencement of round 2, therefore if you are sending in via mail make sure you do it in time. An official receipt will be sent to all fantasy league players and your scores will be monitored via the website.



Each squad has a budget of $1,000,000.

You must select 11 players containing 4 batsmen, 4 bowlers and 3 all rounders.

Each squad must have a nominated captain who scores double points for each round.

Players must be selected from the player spreadsheet and must only be chosen in the positions already allocated to them.

Squads must be submitted prior to the commencement of play of Round 3, either electronically or hardcopy.

There will be one transfer window - over the Christmas break. During this time 2 players can be changed within your initial squad. Any substitutions made must still fall within the original squad rules. You may also change the captaincy of your team at this time - this will be counted as one of the changes.

All 11 players within the squad score points for their onfield performances for Gordon during the 2015/16 cricket season - including any finals! Note: All 1st Grade and T20 matches are included (and Poidevin-Gray Shield games are NOT included in 2015/16).

Points are awarded as follows:

  • 1 point for every run scored
  • 20 points for every wicket taken
  • 15 points for every catch
  • 20 points for every stumping

Stay tuned to the website and at practice for more information.

NOTE: The Fantasy League Team has endeavored to ensure that the list at time of publication was up-to-date. However, we are unable to guarantee that all players have made it on to the list and that all the players on the list will be playing throughout the season. It is up to you, as part of your interest in the club, to ensure that your 11 players will help you obtain the maximum amount of points this season. If your name does not appear on the list, please contact the Fantasy League Team as soon as possible.

Download the Electronic Team Sheet here

Download the Player Values here

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Anand VermaA postponed Round 1 saw the Stags eager to get the ball rolling with a win to set up the season. A new kit ignited a previously absent enthusiasm about training gear, with the topic being consistently conversed for most of the day. Props to the committee for a big win, and really this is where the success starts. 

Anand Verma begins the 2015/16 season in good form 

However as only one set has been handed out to each player, high probabilities of theft is most certainly an issue... So keep them locked up or on at all times. Rumours circulated that some were being worn under whites for extra security, an interesting strategy. 

Anyway, newly appointed 2nd Grade captain had a considerably hard job of attempting to get the side to Allan Border on time, especially with 3 returning from uni games the previous evening. Luckily your author was in bed by 9 on most nights during the week and definitely did not circuit, however could the same be said for Spratt "the perfect week" or Miller "the closet fiend"?

Reagan KlemtI certainly thought I was 0 chance of having to actually write this match report, because really Spratt was paying $1.10 to be late, but as he walked in at 8.20, my heart sank and I cancelled all plans for the weekend to reach the Webmaster's strict deadline. 

Reagan Klemt adds to his Fantasy League value - is he in your side? 

Cubby lost the toss and we were sent into the field on a relatively flat deck and quick sandy outfield. Gordon would have to bowl well to keep Mosman to a chase-able total. 

Dan Stickland started very well at the top and his tight lines and lengths were rewarded with his opening pole for the season. Mosman then began a consolidation and batted well for an extended period of the first session without getting away from us. 

Welcome A Verma. With his writing taking a backseat due to a pending lawsuit, he has obviously re-invested his time toward cricket, and it certainly paid dividends. Bowling with exceptional control and really dictating the pace of the game saw the Stags get back on top. Anand then continued to bowl tight throughout the innings returning figures of 3-28 off 10 overs. An exceptional start to the season mate well done. 

No doubt he has booked his spot into various fantasy teams, alongside D Stickland with equally impressive figures of 3-27 off his 10. 

Adam CubbageChris Bateup, the Stags new recruit, also came back well to finish with figures of 2/48 off his 9. Both him and Cubby really restricted late scoring seeing Mosman all out for 216 off their 50 overs. 

We're looking forward to many overs of the Cubbage / Verma partnership with the ball 

A great all round effort in the field for a first hit out with no drop catches and a very commendable team bowling effort. It was now down to the batsmen to get the job done. 

Unfortunately 2/0 was not a good start, and credit to the Mosman bowlers they bowled really well. However other then Darren with the top score of 39, the batsmen really didn't offer much resistance folding for 125. 

Although a disappointing effort, hopefully this performance will make the 2s top order more determined to prove to the selectors and the club why they belong in the higher grades. 

Let's get on the board this week against North Sydney! 

Reagan Klemt

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3rd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

After a first round wash out for 3rd Grade, the boys finally took the field. It was a sunny day at Killara Oval and the wicket was as flat as the M2. The skipper Ian Higgins stepped up to toss the coin and we all thought it was best to have a bowl because if there was anything in the wicket, it would be earlier rather then latter. Missy won the toss and chose to bowl.

Winning the toss and bowling, Higgins was at the crease later in the day, chasing 300 

One of the Mosman batsmen was playing 'Shane Warne Cricket 99' and was trying to hit the square button every shot. Looking to blast his way to his quickest score ever in his life. Our bowlers tried everything but it was just this batsmen’s day. Mares got 85 runs of 69 balls. 

The damaged was done early doors and we were stuck out in the heat. 

Smith came in late doors and was looking to go over the fence ever ball. Our bowlers gave it there best and tried to bowl in zones, which would keep us to a minimal total. 

The pick of the bowlers for Gordan were Pat Effeney with 3/ 68, Rob Barker, 3/40, and Nick Prell 3/63. The positive signs for the bowling was that we bowled them all out which will give the bowlers some confidence going into next game. 

We had some lovely BBQ chickens for lunch, which was generously, provide by Tim Ferrero. We then went out to bat and didn’t have the best start. We lost 4 for 26 and we required the middle order to put together a solid partnership to get us back in the match. 

All that chicken Tim Ferrero brought must have had some special ingredients because it was his turn to launch a great counter attack on Mosman. Himself and Tim Diehm took on all the bowlers and were dispatching them to all parts of the field. 

It turns out that despite Ferrero, Diehm and McMurray notching up runs, the Webmaster has only been supplied photos of Higgins 

They were taking it in turns 'moosing' boundaries for fun and we had turned the game back on Mosman.

Tim Ferrero batted with great class and ended up getting out for 60 runs. A great innings that helped us steady the ship. Tim Diehm and Nick McMurray had a small partnership that help Gordan step closer to the massive target of 300 but was it to late. 

Both Tim and Nick raised the bat and both scored 56. 

3 more wickets fell and we saw the great Pat Effeney step to the crease. He strolled to the crease and wanted to finish the game just like James Faulkner for Australia has done so many times. Effeney then smashed bowls all over the park hitting ever bowler for fun. Hitting sixes and 4s like he was playing backyard cricket in 1998. 

He ended up on 29 a great last hit out but it was to late. We were bowled out for 258.

A great recovery but just pulling up so short wasn’t the feeling we were after. 

3rd Grade lost the match but we still kept out heads up and are staying positive for Round 3 against the Bears. 

Nick McMurray

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