Rain played a big part in the proceedings but it did not stop some great performances by the Stags on the first day of the round against Bankstown. First Grade have their noses in front with a resolute Axel Cahlin putting in the hard yards as they chase down 210, following a top bowling performance.
Charlie Booth is all concentration during his 5 wicket haul at Beauchamp.
Thirds have bowled tightly all day to have their opposition nine down with Adam Cubbage snaring four, while Fourths are in a commanding position, needing a further 83 runs for the win with nine wickets in hand. Charlie Booth took 5-54 in an excellent spell and Shayne Lin is poised on 49*.
Unfortunately, the poor weather meant Seconds and Fifths did not get on, and they will be playing 120 over matches next week.
The Colts begin their two day game at Beauchamp today.
Axel was in command just when needed at Jensen
After James Kennedy took an early wicket, a solid partnership ensued before Tym Crawford struck twice. The strong Bankstown batting side was further reduced to 5-107 after Charlie Stobo took another two. A couple of handy partnerships followed but Mason Crane broke the first and then Matt Junk picked up a couple of excellent wickets before Charlie finished the innings off at 210.
Elliot Richtor combined with Axel for an excellent partnership.
A terrific bowling performance with Matt and Charlie outstanding.
Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin got the Stags off to a great start, adding 61 before Cam was dismissed. Two more wickets fell immediately and Gordon were in strife. Then Axel and Elliot Richtor got things back in order with a dominant partnership. Just when the win looked a certainty, Elliot was dismissed for 57 - another top dig – and, with another late wicket, Gordon found themselves 5-158 – still 52 behind. Axel remained 69* - a wonderful innings but still needing to steer the innings home.
An intriguing time ahead.
Jared Burke is bowled by Mason Crane just as the Bankstown skipper was settling in
1st Grade Scores
Bankstown 210 (Matthew Junk 3 for 17, Charlie Stobo 3 for 60, Tym Crawford 2 for 22, Mason Crane 1 for 60, James Jennedy 1 for 20) vs Gordon 5 for 158 (Axel Cahlin 69 not out, Elliot Richtor 57, Cameron Eccles 25)
Bankstown's Michael Stretton is stumped by Ash Doolan off Matt Junk's bowling. Great photography by Tony Wilson
Gordon won the toss and bowled at Graham Thomas. After 4 balls, in which time Pat Effeney managed to snare a wicket, the heavens opened and play was halted. A couple of false starts followed but play eventually resumed at 3.20pm. A partnership took Bankstown to 52 before Jono New took a wicket. Chris De Kretser then began a very good spell in which he took 2 wickets and Gordon had Bankstown 4-93 before Pat took another wicket. They moved to 5-123 and then Adam Cubbage, in half an hour, took four wickets. His great spell had Bankstown reeling at 9-154. The final two batsmen hung on to finish at 9-171. Adam and Chris were excellent, well supported by Pat.
The spin twins Adam (the little master) Cubbage and Chris (The apprentice) De Kretser in action
An early wicket and then some responsible batting on the menu for next week.
3rd Grade Scores
Bankstown 9-171 (Adam Cubbage 4-27 off 10 overs, Chris De Kretser 2-24 off 10 overs, Pat Effeney 2-49) vs Gordon.
Charlie Booth shows his skills at Beauchamp, helped by the Nick Prell catch of the century
4ths started an hour and a half late but Nick Prell got them off to a great start, taking two early wickets to have Bankstown 2-9. The next two batsmen, particularly the opener Jacob Malcolm, both batted extremely well, taking the score to 75 before Nick took what was described on the Gordon App as ‘the catch of the century’ – he ran one way (the wrong way!), turned, the ball got taken by the wind away from him, ran back, jumped and then caught it one handed above his head. Something like that; ask him! That was Charlie Booth’s first wicket and no decent partnerships were able to be formed from then on. He used the breeze very effectively and, despite the one batsman continuing to look in control, Charlie cut through the middle order. 7-161 became all out for 164 and the Stags had had a good day on a very good batting wicket. Charlie’s 5-54 from 19 overs was a stand-out.
Shayne Lin in action at Beauchamp
Gordon had quite a while to bat and it was going to be very important that they didn’t lose their advantage. Mitch Kleem and Shayne Lin opened up and batted most responsibly. They added 36 before Mitch got a very good ball and was dismissed. From there, Shayne and Hugh Sherwood looked in control. Shayne played some imperious strokes while Hugh fed the strike very effectively while looking very safe, and the final score of 1-82 sees the Stags in a strong position. Shayne finished on 49* - a really thoughtful, powerful dig.
A good first session next week will be important for Gordon.
4th Grade Scores
Gordon 1-82 (Shayne Lin 49*, Mitch Kleem 19, Hugh Sherwood 9*) vs Bankstown 164 (Charlie Booth 5-54, Nick Prell 2-34).