A magnificent 155 not out from first grade skipper Harry Evans has propelled his side to a commanding win against Northern Districts in the SCA Rivalry Round on Saturday. Harry’s effort of scoring 155 off 142 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes was one of the best seen at Chatswood since Sid Carroll. I wasn’t there to watch Sid Carroll bat but Jim Cattlin was and he said so. For the older Gordon wrap readers, I am sure they will say this is very high praise and well deserved for Harry.
Harry acknowledges the Chatswood crowd
Harry now has a pre-Christmas total of 556 runs at an incredible average of 111.20 and maybe it is an omen but in the 1956/57 season Sid Carroll scored a combined 1307 runs at 54.47 for NSW and Gordon in the one season which included a score of 150 at Chatswood. Sid finished with 11,686 runs for Gordon. This knock was the 8th highest in 1st Grade Limited Overs history and takes Harry's aggregate past 3,000 1st Grade runs. All the comparison needs now is the nod from the NSW selectors.
Harry’s innings allowed Gordon to reach 281 for 5 and they then bowled out ND’s for 195 in the 49th over.
The Evans innings - with controlled shots around the ground..and over
Thirds had a good win while fifths had an absolute nail biter winning on the last ball of the match by 1 run. Seconds lost after bowling out ND’s for 189 and being 1 for 102 in reply but losing the rest of their batting for 70 runs while fourths also lost after not getting quite enough runs and losing a bowler to injury after only three balls.
The overall results leave firsts in 7th spot with 22 points, seconds in 19th, thirds in second spot, fourths 15th and fifths 4th for the Christmas break.
In addition to Harry’s score our new recruit for South Africa Michael Strauss had an excellent debut for his new club with 91 at Beauchamp to in the end give the team enough runs for their dramatic victory.
Michael Strauss on debut for Gordon after arriving from South Africa
Axel Cahlin continued his good form after returning from a successful campaign for the NSW Under 17 team scoring 69 to lay the platform for seconds which they couldn’t capitalise on. Axel goes into the break with 407 runs at 58.
In fourths Sahill Turki scored 66 while the only bowler to take 4 wickets was Elliot Richtor in firsts with 4 for 26.
Gordon were surprisingly sent in on a good Chatswood deck. A wicket fell early but Steve Colley and Harry Evans batted very sensibly, putting away the loose ball while also running between the wickets well to take the score to 108 before Steve was dismissed. Elliott Richtor looked excellent before being unfortunately run out. Tym Crawford was also effective until out for 16.
Last week's hero Chad Soper congratulates Elliot Richtor on his 4th and match winning wicket
Another wicket fell but Harry was still there and batting imperiously. Iain Beverley came in at No.7 and, with Harry, added 113 from the final 15 overs – a great effort. Bevo made a great 36 not out from 40 balls but the day belonged to Harry. What do you say about an innings of 155 not out from 142, except superb!! The final total of 5 for 281 from the allotted 50 overs was most competitive and, with a good bowling effort, a strong win was on the cards.
The Stags openers responded well. Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo, playing his debut First Grade game after the late withdrawal of James Kennedy with a leg injury, kept the pressure on the early batsmen. Dan Smith dismissed the dangerous Daniel Hughes and Charlie removed the other opener. He bowled his ten overs straight through, finishing with the most impressive figures of 1 for 22 which included 7 off one over!
Iain Beverley, Steve Colley and Chad Soper against the Rangers
The score of 2 for 36 then became 4 for 68 after 25 overs as Chad Soper and Josh Poysden continued the good work. A handy partnership of 46 followed but Josh struck again and Harry Evans also chimed in and it was 6 for 116. Elliott Richtor then took the game completely away from ND’s with a stellar spell. He took the final 4 wickets and, while the Stags were unable to achieve a bonus point, they go into the break with a most convincing victory to chew their Christmas turkey over.
1st Grade scores
Gordon 5 for 281 (Harry Evans 155 not out, Iain Beverley 36 not out, Steve Colley 36) defeated Northern Districts 195 (Elliott Richtor 4 for 28, Josh Poysden 2 for 44).
Gordon were in the field at Waitara but the bowlers responded well and, with Blaize Irving-Holliday striking early, things looked good. The early introduction of Anand Verma paid dividends and Districts were struggling at 5 for 75.
Axel Cahlin during his 69 at Mark Taylor Oval
A couple of small partnerships ensued but the bowling was tight, as was the fielding. Adam Cubbage took a couple, and, with Anand, Blaize, Jack Skilbeck and Dan Stickland all bowling well, Northern Districts were dismissed for a very gettable 185.
Gordon started well, with Tom Carruthers and Liam McElduff putting on 33 for the first wicket. At Tom’s dismissal, Axel Cahlin joined Liam and they took the score to 103. Unfortunately, at this point, the wheels fell off. Liam was out for a gritty 17 and wickets fell rapidly.
Anand Verma during his 3 wicket haul
Axel scored a fine 69 but the middle order were swamped as they slumped to 9-156. Blaize made every effort to resurrect the situation with an aggressive 30 not our but the final wicket fell 12 runs short – a disappointing result after getting into such a good position.
2nd Grade scores
Gordon 173 (Axel Cahlin 69, Blaize Irving-Holliday 30*, Tom Carruthers 20, Liam McElduff 17) lost to Northern Districts 185 (Anand Verma 3 for 32, Adam Cubbage 2 for 46).
Gordon lost the toss and bowled first at Killara. The Northern Districts openers put on 27 before Nick Miller broke the partnership. As the total moved up, Rob Barker and Harry Middlebrook bowled intelligent spells and took a couple of wickets each. Scott O’Brien also was most impressive and Districts finished on a below par 159. The Gordon bowling overall was very good and they didn’t allow any decent partnerships to develop.
Nick Miller is supported in the field while skipper Damon Livermore shows his call at Killara
Kris Colley and Damon Livermore started briskly and then Jack Colley also looked quite sound. The score moved quite quickly to 3 for 80 when Damon was dismissed for a very solid 37 and the win was not yet clear cut. Chris Spratt came in and played his shots from the outset. He had a bit of fortune but the score mounted quickly as the game moved away from the Districts. He was out for a vital 46 with the score at 135 and it was left to Reagan Klemt and Nick McMurray to complete the excellent win. A really strong team performance!
Chris Spratt, Reagan Klemt and Nick McMurray at Killara
3rd Grade scores
Gordon 4 for 160 (Chris Spratt 46, Damon Livermore 37, Reagan Klemt 28*, Nick McMurray 16*) defeated Northern Districts 159 (Scott O’Brien 3 for 18, Rob Barker 3 for 35, Harry Middlebrook 2 for 23, Nick Miller 1 for 29).
Gordon won the toss at Asquith and batted first. Early wickets fell as Gordon slumped to 3 for 23. Saahil Turki and Matt Chamberlain then got together and shared an excellent partnership. The outfield was very slow but they put Gordon in with a show. Saahil’s 66 was a good responsible effort and Gordon’s final total of 8 for 172 was competitive.
Saahil Turki during his 66 at Asquith
Districts started carefully and at 2 for 44 from 16 overs, the game was evenly poised. Unfortunately Tim Fulton had to leave the field after only three deliveries through injury and from there it became very hard work as the batsmen dug in and pushed the score up. Only one more wicket was taken as the Gordon total was passed in the 48th over. The Stags were a credit the way they fought hard to the finish but probably not good enough on the day.
4th Grade scores
Gordon 8 for 172 (Saahil Turki 66, Matt Chamberlain 30) lost to Northern Districts 3 for 174 (Tjaard Tait 2 for 44).
Gordon batted first on an excellent wicket at Beauchamp.
Dave Monaghan bowls that final delivery of the match. What a finish!
Early wickets fell and the score moved to 4 for 63 with the Stags in trouble. New club member, Michael Strauss, playing his first game for Gordon having just completed school in South Africa, came to the crease, making his presence felt immediately with some powerful strokes. With Jack Clinton, he added 49, bringing up a powerful half century. He continued to smash the bowling, adding 69 with the ever-reliable Dave Monaghan. He was finally dismissed for a fantastic 91, having rescued the Gordon situation remarkably. When the final wicket fell at 221 - Dave Monaghan falling for 26 and thus robbing Matt Todd of a possible half-century (not out 5) – the Stags had amassed a competitive total despite only batting for 38 overs!
In response, Northern Districts began particularly well. The openers moved to 78 before the first wicket fell. Another wicket fell immediately but another good partnership followed. However, the overs were being churned through and, with the very slow outfield, it was game on. Gordon then took a couple more wickets and it looked like the pendulum had swung to the home team. Then there were a couple of poor overs with sloppy bowling and fielding resulting in the score rising very quickly. Just when Ladbrokes started to receive some sizeable wagers on Northern Districts, some slogs resulted in wickets and the equation got to 24 from three overs.
Tristan Cooper and Pat Rice in action near the finish of the innings
This went to 19 from the final two overs which wasn’t too bad until the last ball of the penultimate over disappeared over the sightscreen to leave 9 from the last over. Dave Monaghan (who else?) was left to bowl the final over. Five balls saw 7 runs so it was one to tie and two to win for ND’s from the last ball.
Good ball, beats the bat, Andrew Coleman calmly collects, runs up to the stumps and takes the bails off, batsman well out, comfortable win by one run!
So, six points going into the break, Fifths now into second place on the ladder, but some definite work needed on FIELDING! Well done.
5th Grade scores
Gordon 221 (Michael Strauss 91, Dave Monaghan 26, Andrew Coleman 24) defeated Northern Districts 9-220 (Tristan Cooper 3 for 50, Michael Strauss 1 for 25, Pat Rice 1 for 38, Anthony Sherman 1 for 44).