Last weekend the Gordon and Manly clubs commemorated their 14 players who lost their lives in World War 1. The two clubs, while opponents on the field, were united in their respect for their past players who gave the ultimate sacrifice. That closeness of the two teams continued on with the cricket that was played and ended in one of the most exciting finishes ever seen at Chatswood.
Never give in, a Gordon cricket value that Ash executed perfectly
While there is no comparison between war and a game of cricket, the Gordon players showed the ultimate respect in their own way by simply keeping going against all odds and coming up victors.
The Manly team had played the perfect tactical game, leaving a tantalising target to reach while never not believing they would take the 10 wickets needed for victory. In the end it was one player; Ash Doolan and his dogged resolve not to be beaten that won the day for Gordon after being given the opportunity to win by some excellent earlier batting by Axel Cahlin, supported by Harry Evans and Reagan Klemt.
Axel's second first grade century and first one at Chatswood
I simply can’t recall a victory of this type in my days following Gordon, so I asked my son Julian if he could recall a victory like that before. His reply was quick: Yes, a few times…but against us…
Unfortunately, other than first grade and Colts and a first innings tie to fourth grade, the cupboard was bare in regard to points gained, but there was were some fine performances mixed in with the results and maybe the lower grades can look at the way First Grade played and decide they can play that way as well. The strong Premier club players find ways not to get out in their 20’s and how to bowl down the leg side when a tight over is needed. While we have taken steps to be considered a strong club in recent years, a swallow doesn’t make a summer and our lower grade players will have to dig deep and find a way to keep concentrating the whole time and show what we know they are capable of.
A fine gesture by Manly captain Chris Green who presented his Thunder jersey to our No. Supporter Marcus Faulkner
There were some strong performances on the second day lead by Axel Cahlin with a fine century in first grade and Ash Doolan with 84 not out. They were assisted by Reagan Klemt with 51, Harry Evans with 49 and Matt Parkinson with 5 for 156 off 43 overs. In fifths, Nick Andreou continued his innings from last week to also score a fine century while Mitch O’Donnell also collected 108 not out in Colts.
In seconds, Nick Miller (73) and Dom Thompson (68) tried to stop the outright defeat with some resolute batting while Chris Spratt made a fine 82 in fourths to give us a look at an outright win.
Congratulations also to Nick Miller who will make his first grade debut on Sunday against St. George in the T20 Cup at Hurstville. A well deserved promotion after some fine all round performances in second grade and Poidevin Gray. Nick is a classic case of a cricketer wanting to succeed by working hard at his game, having started in Green Shield and working his way up the grades. Good luck Nick.
As predicted the Manly innings continued at the start of play and some aggressive hitting saw their score rise to 8 dec. for 339, leaving Gordon 340 runs to win in 86 overs. Matt Parkinson took one of those wickets to give him 5 for the innings from a marathon 43 overs. With Charlie Stobo chosen for a Futures League game on Monday, NSW cricket deemed he couldn’t play the second day and this meant Matt Junk, after being a late withdrawal last week, was able to take his place.
Harry Evans and Reagan Klemt played important roles against Manly
The innings didn’t start well with Cam Eccles and skipper Steve Colley back in the Pavillion with the score on 11 and it was a case of backs to the wall defence to make sure a collapse didn’t put us out of the game. Axel Cahlin and Harry Evans batted sensibly before Harry was out for 49 with the score on 124.
Axel was joined by Reagan Klemt who, clearly understanding the need to increase the run rate played some excellent shots to put Manly on the back foot. They put on 106 before Reagan was out for 51 with 110 runs needed. During this partnership Axel reached his faultless century with shots to all parts of the ground. The innings was an interesting comparison to the rock that was provided by Adam Crosthwaite, who had scored 113 off 237 balls.
Ash Doolan played the innings of his life
The innings then stalled with Axel being dismissed by a fine catch by Crosthwaite himself for 116 off 212 balls. He was followed not long after by Tym Crawford, Ryan Meppem and Matt Parkinson to put us at 8 for 263 needing 77 runs off the final 6 overs.
According to everyone at the ground the time was to shut up shop and try and make sure of a draw. The everyone, however, didn’t include Ash Doolan who wasn’t going to defend just to have the satisfaction of not letting the other team win. That is simply not the way Ash plays his cricket and he wasn’t going to let a couple of top flight spinners in Chris Green and Ahillen Beadle spoil his party.
After a couple of defensive blocks and the arrival of a very crowded field, he decided the boundary was the only safe place for the ball to be sent. Eleven of the next 17 deliveries bowled to Ash were hit for boundaries including 4 of them for six. Alex Patterson who had joined Ash also added a couple of important 4’s and with one over to go we somehow only needed 7 to win.The prior 5 overs had gone for an average of 14 runs per over.
The club song is belted out by First Grade
The first ball was hit by Ash for an apparent single but a misfield meant a second run was a chance but Alex was run out at the non-stricker’s end. This meant 5 balls and 6 runs needed, but there now could be no mistake with our last pair at the crease. It wasn’t that Ash didn’t have faith in Matt Junk, as Matt and Mason Crane hold the club record for the highest 10th wicket partnership. For Ash there was no other way and the well-flighted ball from Beadle sailed onto Orchard Road, probably never to be seen again as Ash and his mates celebrated a miraculous win.
As mentioned earlier Manly had every right to win the match, they held their nerve when wickets didn’t fall and then put on the pressure when our innings looked like collapsing. They didn’t lose the match through any poor play, they were simply confronted with an innings that could only happen one out of 100 times.
The 120 men from Gordon and Manly who went to the First World War to uphold our way of life would be proud of both teams. They played the match in great spirit and contributed to a game for the ages.
First Grade Scores
Manly 8 dec for 339 (Matt Parkinson 5 for 156, Alex Patterson 2 for 50) were defeated by Gordon Gordon 9 for 340 (Axel Cahlin 116, Ash Doolan 84 no, Reagan Klemt 51, Harry Evans 49)
After finishing last week on 6 for 31 chasing 321, the hope was there for a recovery to give the players some pride in their work. This wasn’t to be with the team bowled out for 57 with Nick Miller contributing 22 of these. The side was sent back in to bat a second time and at 2 for 7, it didn’t look like things would improve.
They did however with a fine defensive knock by Dom Thompson who finished with 68, while Nick Miller continued his form with 73 to go with his 22 in the first innings.
Nick Miller, Dom Thomson and Matt Wright at Manly Oval
Avoiding the outright loss wasn’t possible, however, with the team bowled out for 253 in the second innings. Some better performances with the bat in the second innings, but some soul searching needed by the second grade bats.
Second Grade Scores
Manly 321 (Sam Baker 3 for 38, Chris Searle 2 for 66, Scott O’Brien 2 for 91 defeated Gordon 57 and 253 (Nick Miller 73, Dom Thomson 68, Matt Wright 26 not out) outright
At 0-44 it was looking food for the thirds to chase down Manly’s 206.
But four quick wickets changed the complexion of the game drastically. We never really recovered from a good spell from the Manly openers and their first change bowler.
Wickets fell regularly and Manly were able to get on top of us. There was a mixture of some good bowling and disappointing shot making, and although six players got starts, no one was able to capitalise on that and go on to win the game for us.
Cam New, Michael Roberts and Tim Ferrero at Killara
A disappointing day with the bat, and plenty to work on for next week.
Third Grade scores
Manly 206 (Charlie Booth 4 for 34, Matt Keevers 2 for 36, Pat Effeney 2 for 40, Chris De Kretser 2 for 72 defeated Gordon 156 (Michael Roberts 39, Tim Ferrero 36)
Sorry Tim, too good a shot to leave out. Courtesy of Tony Wilson
Fourths started the day with 3 points from the tie last week and unfortunately finished with only 2 after losing outright. The skipper Stu Bromley was confident his team could bowl out Manly again given we scored some runs.
Chris Spratt in action (archives)
The runs came as requested with some fine batting from Chris Spratt who returned to form with an excellent 92.
Chris showed some real fight to get into his innings and then flourished like we know he can. He scored ruins all around the wicket and with the assistance of Tom Hamblin (45 not out) gave us a lead of 158 when Stu declared with 29 overs left to bowl.
The required run rate of 5.4 was chance for both sides with our bowlers keen to display their skills like last week.
Manly took risks in their innings and they came off scoring 3 for 163 off 27 overs to win with two overs to spare.
Danusha Seneviratne was our best bowler with 2 for 38.
Now we can get runs on the board the fourths are ready to make a run with some victories ahead.
Fourth Grade Scores
Manly 88 (M. Chauhan 3 for 8. Danusha Seneviratne 2 for 14, Matt Keane 2 for 23) and 3 for 163 Danusha Seneviratne 2 for 38) defeated Gordon 88 and 5 dec for 158 (Chris Spratt 82, Tom Hamblin 45 not out)
In what was a tight and very competitive match from start to finish, 5th grade were left with their first loss of the season. After putting on another 40 runs and Nick Andreou scoring a magnificent 108 not out, Gordon looked set to take 6 points with 68 overs remaining. However, the difference between the two sides was the bowling.
Gordon were inconsistent in comparison to other rounds and just couldn’t find any rhythm. Dylan Hood 3 for 54 off 17 was the pick of the bowlers who worked tirelessly. Nick Prell and Jordan Hayes also looked promising for much of the day.
Nick Andreou during his 108 no at Beauchamp
However, Manly were patient and dominant with the bat. Credit to both sides for a great game of cricket. Two evenly matched sides who will meet each other again around finals time no doubt. Some small things Gordon to adjust but a good game of cricket.
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 9 dec for 272 (Nick Andreou 101, Sam Watts 43 not out) were defeated by Manly 7 for 276 Dylan Hood 3 for 54)
The Colts started the day in a strong position having won last week on the first innings with a lead of 34. The Colts lost a couple of early wickets but Mitch O’Donnell and Brady Morrison got together to post an excellent partnership of about 150 before Brady was out for 67. Mitch continued batting well to eventually score a fine century with lots of spectators at Balmoral (some were watching).
Stand in captain Brady Morrison declared at 3 for 254 leaving 37 overs to bowl for an outright win. Considering Mosman has scored 86 in the first innings this was certainly a challenging target for Mosman needing 7 runs an over for 37 overs.
Mitch O'Donnell at Balmoral
They must have been hiding some batsman from last week.
All of the bowlers tried hard with Shiv Rana, Prashan Seneviratne, Dillon Amjad and Lachlan Burrows doing their best to bowl out Mosman. All showed showed good intent and proved to be worthy members for the team taking many vital wickets at vital stages of the game.
Brady Morrison during his 67 at Balmoral
Prashan although not taking a wicket, made it possible for his fellow bowlers to take wickets. Shiv Rana, the only spinner in the team, took 5 wickets in both innings combined and showed his resolve when hit for a few boundaries.
Dillon was the most consistent with good pace, keeping batsmen in their crease and keeping the run rate down.
In the end we couldn’t get Mosman out in the 37 overs and they finished on 6 for 146. Ovrall a good first innings win.
Gordon 120 (Mitch O’Donnell 41, Brady Morrison 28) and 3 for 254 (Mitch O’Donnell 108 no, Brady Morrison 67, Dillon Amjad 28 no) defeated Mosman 86 (Dillon Amjad 5 for 18, Lachlan Burrows 3 for 33, Shivraj Rana 2 for 3) and 6 for 146 (Shivraj Rana 3 for 48, Lachlan Burrows 1 for 12, Hugo McGurk (Gordon junior) 0 for 2 off 1)
Thanks again to photographers Jennifer Williams, Catriona Coote, Damon Lesnie, Nick Wright and Tony Wilson