A maiden first grade century to Tym Crawford and the 8th first grade and 13th overall grade century to James Packman were not enough to avoid a draw in first grade while seconds continued their wobble at the end of the season to lose convincingly at Pratten Park.
From there on it was much better news with 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and Colts all posting wins giving us 54 club championship points.
Tym Crawford acknowledges his century
The wins in 3rd and 5ths were particularly important with 3rds still in fifth spot but only 4 from the lead with one game to go and 5ths now moving into 3rd position and hopefully a home game for the semis.
The stars of the day were definitely James Packman with 129 and Tym Crawford with 102 not out in first grade, Darren Jayasekera with 84 and Mitch Kleem with 66 in fourths, while Dan Smith played a lone stand with 63 in the losing second grade team. Tom Beverley with 65 and Tom Carruthers with 51 not out were able to get the fifths home with ease and in the bowling there was only one bowler with four wickets and that was the evergreen Anthony Sherman with 4 for 29 in fifths.
When faced with 120 overs of cricket on the second day of a two day game with no play on the first there is always a good chance of a draw if the second team can’t be bowled out. Irrespective of the wicket, one can argue that it is best to bowl first and know your target, but a well prepared batting wicket was too much of a temptation for skipper Harry Evans to take first use in the match against Wests at Chatswood Oval.
He was confident of scoring runs, setting a good target and having Wests lose wickets while chasing the score.
Some classic shots from Tym during his 102 not out
The theory wasn’t working early as we were quickly 3 for 40, but an excellent fifth wicket partnership of 172 between James Packman and Tym Crawford enabled the team to post a daunting total of 330 for 6 off 65 overs. This left Wests 55 overs to score the runs needed for victory at the difficult rate of a run a ball. In Harry’s mind however was the fact that the Wests opener John DiBartolo was the second highest run scorer this season in the SCA with three centuries and he is renowned for his fast scoring. A run a ball at Chatswood is definitely achievable.
A master class from the veteran. Will it bring him back next year?
The batting of James and Tym was first class against a good attack which included Danny McLaughlan and enabled James to post his 8th first grade century. After a shaky start James settled into his stride and completely dominated the attack scoring at will on the fast Chatswood Oval with a classic innings of 17 fours and one six. At the other end Tym Crawford was again showing the development he is making as a first grade cricketer and was able to collect his century off 108 balls just as the skipper declared to have a bowl at Wests.
It was great for Tym to bat with James as he was able to watch a master class of driving given by a club legend nearing the end of his career. I am sure this helped Tym develop his innings and some of his drives and pull shots off one of Sydney best fast bowlers were sensational.
James Kennedy, Josh Poysden and Scott Heaney in action against Wests
The Wests innings started very well for Gordon with James Kennedy and Scott Heaney bowling with great pace and line to have Wests 3 for 23 after 10 overs and basically put Wests out of the picture for a run chase.
This is where the 120 over theory of bowling first comes into play as the bowlers trying as hard as they could were not able to get more than 6 Wests wickets as they completely shut up shop and finished on 6 for 131 off 55 overs.
Wests will of course argue that 330 off 55 overs was a bridge too far from the start but with the close railway boundary a fast start they may have got the momentum they needed. James Kennedy finished with 2 wickets while the other bowlers were only able to collect one each.
Disappointing to dominate a match and not get any points after only 6 overs were able to be bowled in all of first grade last week to make the 120 over rule apply.
1st Grade Scores
Gordon 6 for 330 (James Packman 129, Tym Crawford 102 not out, Iain Beverley 24) drew with Wests 6 for 131 (James Kennedy 2 for 26, Chad Soper 1 for 18, Scott Heaney 1 for 30, Josh Poysden 1 for 32, Reece Bombas 1 for 2)
Anand Verma who took 3 wickets against Wests at Pratten
Western Suburbs batted first at Pratten Park and got off to a good start before Jack Skilbeck took two wickets. Dan Smith took another and Gordon had got right back into the game at 3 for 55. A good partnership of 73 built the Wests innings once again and a couple more good contributions saw the score moving into a most respectable area. Anand Verma bowled well to take three wickets and the Stags were set 214 to win in 54 overs.
Unfortunately, in contrast to earlier on, the Gordon innings began disastrously. A hat-trick was followed by three more wickets and Gordon were reeling at 6 for 33! Dan Smith and Anand Verma did their best to resurrect the situation but it was too hard a task. Dan’s excellent 63 off 80 balls was in vain as the innings finished at 150 (James Campbell would be irate if his 23* wasn’t mentioned). So, a very disappointing performance and the side needs to regroup as they move towards the semis.
Jack Skilbeck puts in everything at Pratten
So seconds lost after bowling first and needing 214 off 54 overs. There goes my theory of batting last in 120 over games. I will stick to reporting!!
2nd Grade scores
Western Suburbs 7-213 (Anand Verma 3-64, Jack Skilbeck 2-46) defeated Gordon 150 (Dan Smith 63, Anand Verma 25, James Campbell 23*).
Wests won the toss at Killara and decided to bat on a good looking wicket, albeit surrounded by an excessively thick outfield.
Adam Cubbage whose arrival in the attack changed the game to our favour.
Due to all games being washed out in 3rd grade last week, this was a crucial one-day game for the hosts in a jam-packed top end of the table. Gordon raced out of the blocks thanks to some outstanding bowling from Dan Stickland and Blaize Irving-Holliday and Wests were in dire straights at 4 for 12, including the loss of Australian under 19 squad member, Glendenning, who is recovering from injury. A very good partnership ensued and it wasn't until Adam Cubbage came on that the game swung back to the home sides favour. He bowled his 10 overs straight, claiming 2 for 31 including 4 maidens. It was a delight to see his return to form after some tough weeks previously. The captain of all people knows how hard it is for a leg spinner to bowl a maiden, but to bowl 4 of them in a one-day game was a true delight.
Wests continued on in relatively aggressive manner and with one batsman batting out of his skin to make a very good 83, Wests posted a terrific score of 163 - which may well have been more had Blaize and Adam Fleming not claimed 3 for 0 between them in the final overs.
Adam Fleming, Blaize Irving-Holiday and Dan Stickland took the load well without Adair Durie
Liam McElduff and Chris Spratt opened up in typically reliable fashion and both took the game forward in an aggressive manner. At 0 for 46, the base had been set for a great win but with the loss of Chris for 23, Axel Cahlin looked the goods and with Liam took the score to 76.
Liam "Michael Cant" McElduff at Killara got the innings started
A mini collapse of 4 for 25 saw the loss of Liam, Axel, Max Papworth and Ian Higgins with some lazy batting and the game was evenly poised at 5 for 100. Reagan Klemt was next to go with the score on 116, but that was the end of the rot for Gordon as Adam Cubbage and Tjaard Tait took the game away from Wests with some controlled hitting and excellent running between the wickets. Time and time again Tjaard and Adam have won games down the order and this season, between them, they have been at the crease 8 times when the score has been passed.
This was a most important win for the third graders as they now sit in 5th, 4 points from 1st and 4 points from 7th. Next week is another must-win game in what is an absolutely wide-open competition. Third grade find themselves in the position of potentially being minor premiers or out of the finals all together depending on the results next weekend!
PS. Taity and Cubby. I heard the score at 6 for 122 and immediately drove from Chatswood to Killara to take shots of your impending victory. I arrived as you were being clapped off. I could use one of many archive shots of the two of you batting, but you would know the difference.
3rd Grade scores
Wests 163 (Blaize Irving-Holiday 3 for 33, Dan Stickland 2 for 28, Adam Fleming 2 for 22, Adam Cubbage 2 for 32) were defeated by Gordon 6 for 164 (Tjaard Tait 52 not out, Liam McElduff 29, Chris Spratt 23)
Fourth grade arrived at the picturesque Blick Oval to find a good pitch and fast outfield. A lost toss meant bowling first and while the quicks were able to keep the runs down, Wests were soon 0 for 54 off 20 overs.
Alex Wright took three wickets at Blick Oval
The arrival of the two spinners in tandem Iqbal Ahmed and Alex Wright picked up two wickets immediately, but Wests recovered to be 3 for 109 at lunch off 41 overs. With wickets in hand Wests picked up the pace after lunch and finished their innings right on the 60 over mark at 7 for 226. Alex Wright was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 3 for 43.
The Gordon innings started in classic Mitch form with the veteran hitting the ball to all quarters. With the loss of Nick Coleman for 9 and the score at 42, Shayne Lin joined Mitch to keep the momentum going. After losing his partner for 26, Mitch continued batting well and with the score on 121 after 26 overs Mitch was out for 66.
Andrew Crosland was then joined by Darren Jakasekera and they had an excellent partnership to take the game away from Wests. Darren and Andrew both batted well with Darren particularly showing great form and displaying is well known talents. In the end Darren finished with 84 not out when we passed their score after 45 overs. Another excellent win to the fourths who are finishing their season with a wet sail. Pity they can’t get to the finals.
So 4ths won batting second in a 120 over game. I told you this was the right theory!!
4th Grade scores
Wests 7 for 226 (Alex Wright 3 for 43, Pat Effeney 1 for 44, Iqbal Ahmed 1 for 40, Deva 1 for 33) were defeated by Gordon 4 for 228 (Darren Jayasekera 84, Mitch Kleem 66, Shayne Lin 26)
Gordon bowled first on a Beauchamp deck that was always going to give the bowlers a bit of help, following the rain during the week. The opening bowlers struggled a little with their direction and the first wicket didn’t fall until Anthony Sherman struck with the score on 39.
The two Toms, Beverley and Carruthers were in great form at Beauchamp
Another reasonable partnership followed before Lachie Borg struck twice. Pic then took another three quickly and the innings was in tatters at 6-73. The ball beat the bat consistently and Charlie Stobo, making a cautious reappearance at the bowling crease, was almost unplayable. He finally struck and with Lachie, whose bowling continues to improve at the right end of the season, they polished off the Wests innings for 136. Michael Falk and I joked at what the No. 8 fifth grade batsman for Wests would have thought when Charlie came on to bowl at about the captain's 7th choice bowler! Who is this guy?
A return to the bowling crease for Charlie Stobo while Anthony Sherman bowled one of his better spells to take 4 wickets
A tricky smallish total to chase proved no problem for the Stags. Tom Beverley and Tom Carruthers started positively, choosing the right ball to hit, and they moved comfortably to 0-67 at the first drinks break. At this stage the bonus point win was on and they upped the scoring rate to take it to 136 before Tom B was dismissed for an excellent 65. The winning run was then struck with Tom C remaining 51*. An excellent win, with the bonus point and a thrilling encounter with the competition leaders, Penrith, next week.
5th Grade scores
Gordon 1-137 (Tom Beverley 65, Tom Carruthers 51*) defeated Western Suburbs 136 (Anthony Sherman 4-29, Lachie Borg 4-30, Charlie Stobo 2-10).
Randwick-Petersham batted first and were the beneficiaries of some wayward early bowling and some less than impressive catching (or not catching as it proved to be). Numerous catches were shelled, mostly off the bowling of Richard Armour, and the score rose with wickets falling periodically. Matt Keane, Daniel Chamberlain and Adrian Craig all bowled well and the innings ended at 129. A good result for the Stags but it could have been much better with better fielding.
Andrew Coleman is too quick for this Randy Pete batsman and is out stumped. No DRS needed
The wicket was still playing a few tricks and the total proved a bit of a challenge. James Robertson and Adrian Craig batted well before a minor collapse in the middle meant that skipper Andrew Coleman had to round the day off with an unbeaten 26*.
Adrian Craig, James Robertson and Andrew Coleman in action during the run chase
So, another win for the Colts, already Minor Premiers in the Metropolitan Cup.
The club wishes to thank George Read for his excellent contribution during the season. George is returning to the UK and won’t be able to play in the final series. George wrote an excellent email to the club thanking everyone for their support during the season, in particular the efforts of first grade players to always help the lower grade players. With extra players at various times during the year, George was always willing to be rotated and his attitude toward playing for Gordon was exceptional and we hope he can return to don the maroon cap again in the future. Thanks George, come back anytime…
George Read is chaired off before his return to the UK
Gordon 5-131 (James Robertson 34, Andrew Coleman 26*, Adrian Craig 25, Stuart Bromley 16*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 129 (Matt Keane 3-13, Daniel Chamberlain 3-27, Adrian Craig 2-25, George Read 1-13).
Ps. Thanks again for some excellent photos from Tony Wilson as usual and from our new recruit John Craig who took the great shots at Colts