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Two thrillers but no Christmas presents for the Stags

Two thrillers but no Christmas presents for the Stags

First and Second Grade were the only two games to be played due to the wet weather.  Both were absolute nail-biters but, unfortunately, Sydney got the better of both matches.  Harry Evans’ ton plus a great five for by Scott O’Brien were the highlights of the First Grade game while Nick Miller scored a great century along with Matt Wright’s 61 in Seconds to almost get them home.

1st Grade

Over the week - Gordon 3-178 (Steve Colley 84, Harry Evans 80*) vs Sydney

A bit of moisture around saw the game start an hour late and 107 overs to play. Harry moved on to another excellent century and Lachlan Barnsley scored a handy 26. Elliot Richtor then moved things along with a brisk half century and the innings was declared at 9-324.

Sydney started well and, despite losing a wicket at 33, got themselves into a strong position, moving to 183 without further loss.  Then, both set batsmen were dismissed to get the Stags back in the game.  Another partnership but then Scott O’Brien ripped through the middle order and Gordon were right back in it. The ninth wicket fell with 24 to win but some good hitting got Sydney home.

A thriller!

Great fightback from the Stags and Scott but we go into the Christmas break with plenty to think about while we enjoy our lunch!

Gordon 9dec 324 (Harry Evans 109, Steve Colley 84, Elliot Richtor 50, Lachlan Barnsley 26) lost to Sydney 9-325 (Scott O’Brien 5-90, Alex Patterson 2-73) on the first innings. 

2nd Grade

Over the week - Sydney 2-229 vs Gordon

Sydney were obviously going to try and get more runs on the board quickly to have a good shot at rolling Gordon.  Will Calov and Ryan Meppem both took a wicket immediately.  Then Will, in a terrific spell, continued to cut a swathe through the Sydney middle order, taking another four. Matt Wright took the ninth and Sydney declared at 9-302, leaving Gordon 103 overs to score the runs. Will finished with a fantastic 5-69 from his 18 overs.

Unfortunately, Gordon did not start well. Early wickets saw them slump to 3-28. Dom Thomson and Josh Staines then took the score to 63 before the former was dismissed. Josh and Nick Miller then shared a handy partnership of 81 but when Josh was out it looked a forlorn hope. However, Nick was batting exceptionally and Matt Wright proved an excellent ally.  Despite suffering from cramps, Nick batted on to a fantastic century. Just when it looked like the two of them would see it home, Nick was out for 111 – a great dig.  

Matt continued on to a really impressive 61 but, at his dismissal, things became really tough. Unfortunately, the last couple of batsmen couldn’t bring it home and Gordon fell 17 runs short.  

A sad ending but a great fighting effort from Nick and Matt.

Gordon 285 (Nick Miller 111, Matt Wright 61, Josh Staines 39, Dom Thomson 31) lost to Sydney 9dec 302 (Will Calov 5-69) on the first innings

3rd Grade

Gordon 4-148 (Liam McElduff 65, Jamie Bekis 32, Arvin Niranjan 25*, Nick Andreou 19) vs Sydney.

No play Day 2. Match drawn

4th Grade

No play either day.  Match drawn

5th Grade

No play either day.  Match drawn

Colts vs Penrith

No play either day.  Match drawn

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Two Stags Do the Club Proud at Under 19s

Two Stags Do the Club Proud at Under 19s

Two Gordon players, Glenn Winsor and Josh Staines, were both members of the NSW Country/ACT team that won the Under 19 National Championships held in Adelaide over the past two weeks.  In a rain-shortened final they defeated Queensland with Josh being there as the winning run was scored.  Both acquitted themselves well and played key roles in the team’s success. ( I’m sure they gained immense enjoyment out of victory over NSW Metro in the semi-final.)

And, they BOTH are eligible again next year. 

Important change of date and venue for GDCC charity golf day and dinner

Important change of date and venue for GDCC charity golf day and dinner

Due to the reconstruction of the golf course, we won’t be able to hold our 9th annual charity golf day next year at Killara Golf Club. Fortunately we have been able to secure the magnificent Avondale Golf Club for the event which will be held on Wednesday May  22 instead of the usual third week of February.

The format of the event will be the same with a guest speaker and the opportunity to secure a hole sponsorship and to attend both the golf day as well as the dinner including our well received charity auction.

The purpose of this notice is to allow you all to put the date in your 2019 diaries and start planning a group.

Specific details of the event will be sent out in the early months of next year.

We look forward to again gaining the support of our many supporters in what is traditionally a very enjoyable event and of course a very important one for the club.

Geoff Hickman



Randy-Petes narrowly win the day but some top performances from the Stags

Randy-Petes narrowly win the day but some top performances from the Stags

It was two wins each and a draw. In First Grade, Gordon suffered a comprehensive outright loss and Thirds had a narrow defeat. Seconds went oh so close to winning outright while the Fourths won an absolute thriller in the last over. Fifths dominated for two days but were unable to snare the last two wickets for a win. 

1st Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 154 vs R-P 7-249) 

Randwick-Petersham batted on until just before lunch, building their lead to 177. In the couple of overs prior to the break, Gordon lost both openers to stumble to 2-13. 

Straight after lunch, another wicket fell and, with Tym Crawford unable to bat due to a broken finger from last week, Gordon were in deep trouble. Wickets continued to tumble as the Stags fought to avoid the outright loss. 

Unfortunately, the innings folded about half an hour after tea with only Harry Evans and Max Newman making worthwhile contributions. 

A very disappointing effort. 

Gordon 154 and 158 (Harry Evans 48, Max Newman 37) lost outright to Randwick-Petersham 7 dec 331. 

2nd Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 2-137 vs R-P 175) 

Gordon lost two wickets quickly in their pursuit of the 40 runs needed for a first innings win. Then, Oli Zannino and Michael Roberts took them past the total before the latter was dismissed. Gordon batted on to a lead of 101, with Oli remaining undefeated on an excellent 60*. 

Randwick-Petersham started brightly before Matt Wright broke the partnership. Two run outs followed before Matt struck again and the game sat at an interesting stage at tea with Randy-Petes 4-85. 

Wickets continued to fall after the break. Ryan Meppem took a couple, with Dan Stickland and another from Matt and, with 11 overs remaining, Randwick held a lead of 32 with one wicket left. 

Alas, the last couple of batsmen held out and the Seconds were left to celebrate a convincing first innings win. So close! Well done! 

Gordon 276 (Ryan Tullia 74, Oli Zannino 60*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 175 and 9-143 (Matt Wright 3-67, Ryan Meppem3-36) on the first innings. 

3rd Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 142 vs R-P 5-99) 

There were a few nervy moments but Gordon just didn’t have enough runs in the bank. Randwick-Petersham passed them and were all out for 154. 

After losing an early wicket, Gordon’s second innings moved to 32 before the loss of three quick wickets. It was looking a little shaky but Jamie Bekis and Nick Andreou consolidated and carried the score to 112 when the game was called. 

A disappointing first innings batting performance. 

Gordon 142 and 4-111 (Jamie Bekis 32*, Nick Andreou 29*) lost to Randwick-Petersham 167 (Chris DeKretser 4-31, Charlie Booth 3-42, Pat Effeney 2-32 ). 

4th Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 275 vs R-P 1-8) 

It was very hard work for the bowlers as they strived to secure a couple of wickets. The two Randwick-Petersham batsmen were going well and at 1-153, things were desperate for the Stags on a top batting wicket. Finally, the breakthrough came and the Gordon bowlers kept toiling away. Wickets started falling and the pendulum began to swing but it was still a tall order. Lachie Burrows, Vikrant Nehru and Manus Chauhan were all bowling well but could they get there? 

At last, in the final over of the day, the tenth wicket was taken and Gordon had completed a fantastic victory. Well done – a great fight! 

Gordon 275 defeated Randwick-Petersham 251 (Lachie Burrows 4-39, Vikrant Nehru 2-40, Manus Chauhan 2-44) on the first innings. 

5th Grade 

(Over the week – Gordon 8 dec 300 vs R-P 1-8) 

Will Rogers took an early wicket to have Randwick-Petersham 2-10. However, some wayward bowling followed and runs came freely. The partnership was finally broken by Dave Monaghan. An excellent run out came shortly after, before another good partnership. Then, just before tea, Prahlad Iyer got a break through and shortly after the break, an excellent catch off Dillon Amjad saw the score on 6-130. Prahlad took another at 162 but the Stags were unable to break through again until too late when Will took his second. 

So, a drawn match with Randy-Petes eight down but never in the hunt. 

A disappointing result, as Gordon dominated for the entire game. 

Gordon 8 dec 300 drew with Randwick-Petersham 8-220 (Will Rogers 2-43, Prahlad Iyer 2-44).

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