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Axel breaks record while firsts bow out in preliminary finals

Axel breaks record while firsts bow out in preliminary finals

It was a bitter sweet weekend for Axel Cahlin as he broke the run scoring record in first grade in a season, however watched his team battle to a draw which saw us bow out of the first grade competition.

Axel Cahlin at Old Kings

In the end Axel scored 971 runs in a magnificent season that included 3 centuries as he went past the record of 958 set by Craig Simmons in the 2007/2008 season. For the record Craig scored his runs over 21 innings at an average of 43.55 and also scored three centuries, two of which were in the finals. Interestingly Axel also batted 21 times during the season however finished with the excellent average of 51.10. 

Axel was the third youngest debutant for first grade in the 2015/16 season behind the legendary Sid Carroll and Ken Eastwood and also for the record in their first three seasons Sid Carroll scored 1,455 runs and Ken Eastwood 1,191 runs compared with Axel who has now scored 1,584 runs in three seasons which only included 7 matches in his first year.   

Axel in action throughout the season 

In other results, fortunately our 4th and 5th grade teams made it through to the semis with loses, being able to make it by squeezing into 4th place. 

The Colts continued to fly the flag, however with a strong win against Warringah and move into a home semifinal next weekend. Also with the defeat of Penrith we now move into first spot in the semi ratings. 

While the first-grade side couldn’t force a win there were two excellent performances in the match with skipper Steve Colley scoring 126 and Tym Crawford 84 in a partnership of 170, just when the team desperately needed them with the score at 4 for 67. 

There was also another fine performance from Dillon Amjad in Colts who took 8 wickets for the match with 4 for 27 and 4 for 46.

First Grade

The first-grade side arrived at Old Kings to find an excellent wicket with the option of bowling and trying to knock over Parramatta and not let them bat out the match or batting and facing a 40-degree day on Sunday in the field. They didn’t get the choice as Parramatta won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket that they know would have some early life but flatten out to a road by day 2.  

Steve Colley during his 126 on Saturday 

While Axel Cahlin and Cam Eccles weathered the initial storm, the Parra bowlers kept at them and actually increased their pace and pressure as the morning continued.

Just as lunch was approaching we found ourselves at 4 for 67 with Steve Colley and Tym Crawford at the crease. As mentioned earlier Axel had scored the 10 runs he needed to break the record, however got a leading edge on 23 and was caught at mid-off.

Steve and Tym then set about recovering the situation with some very patient batting to start and then aggressive as the wicket started to flatten out. This was one of Steve’s best innings with the club as he refused to be tied down and continued to hook and pull the short deliveries that were coming thick and fast. Tym also showed his class by withstanding the short bowling and batting with the power we know he can possess.  

Tym Crawford at Old Kings

With the score on 237, Tym was dismissed as he tried to lift the runs rate and get us into a position to give our bowlers a longer chance at their batsman. This was an excellent finish to the season for Tym who contributed a fine 653 runs. Steve followed not long after being dismissed for 126 off 243 deliveries with 11 fours. In the end, Steve finished with 795 runs which is his best year for Gordon.

With runs still needed, the rest of the bats kept the score moving with Ash Doolan finishing with 35. In the end a score of 8 declared for 331 would give us something for our bowlers to work with.

To defeat a team with a strong batting line up on a good wicket and with the prospect of a very hot day ahead, we needed to have our best players firing on all cylinders, but disaster struck with Charlie Stobo breaking down with a leg injury in his second over which meant he was out of the attack for the whole innings. 

The next day was simply very difficult for our bowlers as the wicket got even flatter with the heat and the Parramatta batsman, as they had every right to within the rules for finals matches, played for a draw from the beginning.

Matt Junk who toiled long all day

To cut a long, long, long story short, Parra finished the second day on 4 for 230 and as the higher placed side move onto next week with a draw. The same argument comes up every year, that with individual batsman run rates such as 25 runs off 149 balls, 89 off 219 and 77 off 161 are we getting to the point in the modern game that this option is removed. I know the argument is always used that they deserved to go through because of their performance during the year, but often these teams are only separated by very small quotients.

To take absolutely nothing away from Parramatta who had an excellent year and would have beaten us in our round match except for weather intervening, this rule of draws going through in addition to the home ground and wicket preparation advantage makes our game seem very 1970’s when you look at the direction the game is taking toward much more exciting cricket.  

Our bowlers did their best in very trying conditions, without their strike bowler, with Scott O’Brien finishing with the best figures of 2 for 68 off 28 overs. 

Congratulations to the first grade side for their excellent finish to the season and for their commitment at all times to play in the true spirit of our club.

First Grade Scores

Gordon 8 for 331 (dec) (Steve Colley 126, Tym Crawford 84, Ash Doolan 35) drew with Parramatta 4 for 230 Scott O’Brien 2 for 68)

Fourth Grade

Luckily, 4s have made it through to the semi final with a loss, thanks to Manly and Northern Districts maintaining their strong runs and knocking out 5th and 6th place. It was however an important wake up call for the stags batsman, who were mostly out to half trackers and full tosses. Not many would be able to blame anyone but themselves for their dismissal. 

Haider 31 and Windell 26 provided some resistance but unfortunately weren't able to capitalise on a great start. Ratnam 28, Nehru 16, Keane 12 and an unbeaten Calov were able to drag us to a potentially defendable 155. Not a huge total for a two day, 192 over match, but it was a reasonably long and spongey outfield and we always back our bowlers to get us out of trouble. 

Our bowlers did come out ready for a battle with Calov and Keane opening up with great pace. They weren't able to take the wickets but were tight and gave away nothing. It was Windell who quickly imposed himself on the match, taking 2 quick wickets, a bowled and one of the best leg side stumpings you’d ever see by Dash Ratnam. Nehru, Chauhan, New, Haider and Andreou also bowled well, but a true pitch with batsman not pressured to score made it tough to create chances. Windell finished up with 4 for 53 off 18 overs and Haider took 1 for 25 off his 13. 

While the team continued to toil and get to a point where we had Wests 5 for 128 and half a chance of pulling off something amazing, their captain settled in, made 50 and guided his team past our total. With a lead of 27 and only 5 wickets down, there weren’t enough overs left in the day for the stags to have a chance to turn things around in a second inning and the match was called just before tea. 

A good week of training will hopefully benefit the boys who are keen to make up for below average performances with the bat this weekend. We will play Manly at Graham's Reserve in the semi final.  

Liam Windel and Dash Ratnam at Pratten

The bowlers tried hard with Liam Windel taking 4 wickets to keep us in the match but our score was passed with 5 wickets down.

Congratulations to the fourths on getting to the finals, and not giving up at any stage during the season.  

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 155 (Naba Haider 31, Dash Ratnam 28, Liam Windel 26) were defeated by Western Suburbs 5 for 182 (Liam Windel 4 for 53)

Fifth Grade

The fifth grade side went into the qualifying final against a team that bowled them out for 74 only two matches ago and with our last 4 scores being 140, 139, 74 and 228 (with the no.7 and no. 9 scoring over 100 of those runs, we faced a similar result to fourth grade if we didn’t score more runs. 

Jordan Hayes in action at Chatswood 

The toss was won by Sutherland and they decided to bat on a very good Chatswood wicket. Our bowlers continued with their good form and consistently took wickets with aggressive bowling. Dylan Hood, Aaron Crofts and Sam Watts were in the wickets early and then Jordan Hayes came on to rip out the middle order with some excellent off spin bowlers and before long, Sutherland was all out for 120 and the fifths were on their way to victory.

They didn’t factor in however the energy of the Sutherland attack who knew they could get on top of our bats after their performance a few weeks ago. 

Dylan Hood and Sam Watts at Chatswood

Wickets just kept falling with Hugh Sherwood the only bat showing resistance and with the score at 5 for 82 at the end of the day we needed to start well to ensure a first innings lead. The Sunday heat however came from the Sutherland bowlers who decimated our lower order to bowl us out for 96.

We then tried to have a second attempt at a victory by bowling out Sutherland again, but the horse had bolted and they finished at 6 for 163 to win convincingly.

We now move to fourth and will face Parramatta next week at Merrylands with only a win good enough to get us through to the final. The team showed great form many times during the year, so they can rebound.

Fifth Grade scores

Sutherland 120 (Jordan Hayes 4 for 27, Sam Watts 3 for 21, Dylan Hood 2 for 22) and 6 for 163 (Rahul Krishna 3 for 41 defeated Gordon 96 (Hugh Sherwood 42 not out) 


The colts lost the toss at Beauchamp on Saturday and were asked to bowl on what seemed like a batting friendly deck. The plan for the boys was simple – bowl full and straight and force the Warringah bats to make a mistake.

Prashan Seneviratne and Ayush Joshi opened, hitting some consistently good areas, but the Warringah openers looked in good form before Prashan struck twice to put Gordon comfortably on top in the first session. Wickets fell consistently following the removal of the openers, thanks largely to the partnership between Dillon Amjad and Jay Naganayagam who were rewarded with four and two wickets respectively. After a defensive effort from the tail enders, we were set a small target of 99 to chase down. 

Dillon Amjad who took 8 wickets for the match

Riley Behlevanas and Marcus Miller opened with good intent, all but securing the first innings victory for the stags with 31 and 52 respectively. We looked to increase our lead and ensure a second innings comeback wasn’t on the cards with quick scoring from Dillon and Jay, followed up by a measured performance by Ayush. We finished our innings on a respectable 216, giving the Warringah side a decent total to chase before trying to build any sort of lead.

Warringah’s second innings can only be described as frustrating. The mood in the field was flat, and we struggled to maintain a consistent line and length, bowling to the batsmen’s strengths and allowing them to tee off. However, the colts were able to regain control of the match, much with the help of Dillon again taking 4 wickets. Warringah were all out for 172, setting Gordon a run chase of 55. 

Riley Behlevanas and Marcus Miller in action for colts

The Stags pulled off the chase in relative comfort, and are looking to build upon this game into the semis. With competition leaders Penrith losing their match, the Stags take up pole position in the comp, which will hopefully come in handy if we win our match this weekend. (colts report courtesy Lachlan Burrows)

Colts scores

Gordon 216 (Marcus Miller 52, Dillon Amjad 34) and 2 for 59 def Warringah 99 (Dillon Amjad 4 for 27, Jay Naganayagam 2 for 18, Prashan Seneviratne 2 for 27) and 172 (Dillon Amjad 4 for 46, Ayush Joshi 2 for 30)

Paul Stephenson

Great Northern
Book now for end of season presentation night Saturday 21st April

Book now for end of season presentation night Saturday 21st April

With the semi-finals upon us it is now time for players and supporters to plan for the end of season presentation night. This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever with live music on arrival and of course the now famous “Heads and Tails” segment…not to mention the Awards to recognise many of our players in what has been another outstanding season for Gordon. 

GDCC Annual Presentation night 

Time: 7pm

Date: Saturday 21 April

Venue: Kirribilli Club – Lavender Bay

Cost: $100 single or $190 couples (non-playing partners)…and we are just about to confirm a cost of $85 for persons under 18 years of age

 Bookings open until 31 March…simply click on the link below…

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

3rd grade needed a ‘Steven Bradbury’, to make the finals as they not only needed to beat 18th place Blacktown, but hope Sydney and Randwick lose their games. A fluent and graceful 3rd grade warm up was in full swing, when Patrick Effeney gave us the right handed batting pose, meaning Gordon were batting first.
It was a new look opening partnership with Cameron New getting a well-deserved promotion back into 3’s and Ryan Tullia back from his finger injury. 

These boys got the shine of the ball well, however their partnership ended as the world best cut shot player Ryan Tullia got a chop on onto the stumps. 

This was followed too by Cam New the world best leg side player snicking one behind. 

In came Christopher Spratt, after touching down in Sydney only 2 hours ago, he rocked up at the crease sleep-deprived and with a very cool tan.

The beer gut gets put to great use as Spratty powers them over the top. 

He played the way he loves too, by bludgeoning the ball with excellent pull shots and immaculate lofted drives, an innings of pure class, the hundred was waiting for him until a miss lapse in concentration brought his down fall at a spectacular 77, and due to him being in the country for only a couple of hours, this is exclusively a brilliant 3rd grade innings. 

Wickets were falling at the other end, Maxwell Papworth genuinely missed a straight ball and Matthew Wright spooned one up to mid-on, however there was resistance with Thomas Hamblin batting at 6 making a gritty 36 and Charles Booth boosting the runs with a quick-fire 31 which included 18 of an over. 

All round a score of 222 on a very slow, thick Beauchamp outfield was very defendable and above par.
Bowling started off convincingly well with Pat claiming 2 early scalps including a ‘seed’ as they call it in his opening spell, supported by the always reliable Matthew Levers. 

Danusha followed suit bowling tight lines, not giving much away, Blacktown needed a big partnership and one was starting to form.

Classic Hamburglar Keevers cleans up the tail. 

That was until the inclusion of Matt Wright, who produced maiden after maiden, tying down an end as well as claiming wickets, assisted with Charlie Booth also claiming 2 as Gordon piled on pressure to the withering Blacktown. 

A superior alpha bowling performance capped off with Matt Levers Keevers coming back on to bowl his 2nd spell and burgle the last 3 wickets (trust) to hand the Stags a 103 run win and a bonus point.
Unfortunately Sydney won and kicked us out of the finals race,thus that was all she wrote on a successful season. 

Finishing 7th out of 20 teams is something to be proud of and close to or beating 1st, 2nd, and 4th placed teams shows this team has potential to go all the way next season.  

A huge thank you goes to the skipper Pat, it is not easy captaining a 3rd grade side like ours, but he is very good at what he does and leads by an example on and off the field. 

Thank you also to all the parents, supporters and scorers. Without them cricket wouldn't be as successful as it is today. 

Even though we continue to waste our Saturdays in a suburban ground in Sydney, we will definitely be back next year to do the same.

Danusha Seneviratne

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

It was an important last round clash for the First Grade toilers and big dogs, with a win and probably a bonus point needed against the Warrior Dolphins from Blacktown to lock down a spot in the finals. 

The Stags lost the toss and were asked to bowl first on a slightly cloudy and damp day at the home of cricket. 

The early signs were good for the spectators as Stobes channelled his inner Reagan and tried to fit as much cricket into his first spell as possible, it was all wides, wickets and boundaries from his end.

Stobes is purposely skipping leg day in the hope he'll too be nicknamed 'Pigeon'. 

At the other end, the complete opposite was happening as Patto tried to keep the amount of cricket to the bare minimum. It was a spell filled with leaves, maidens and a couple of meekly guided singles to third man. 

Charlie’s 2 wickets and Patto’s tight spell had the Warriors tied down and in trouble after the first powerplay, and once Elz picked up his 100th (97th on recount) First Grade wicket and removed the linchpin of the Blacktown batting order, the Stags were on a roll. 

The early introduction of spin worked a treat, as another 3 members of the opposition batting order fell to our former Second Grade opening batsman and the Warriors were reduced to 6 for 40. 

As is almost always the case however, a partnership was formed in the lower order between Blacktown’s skipper and their 15 year old wicket-keeper. 

But the re-introduction of Stobes quickly put an end to any real threat of a competitive total being posted as he removed both batsmen fairly quickly. 

The tail managed to get a couple of boundaries away, but they were no match for the flight and guile of Matty Junk as he picked up 2 wickets to clean up the tail. 

Blacktown were all out for 114 and the bonus point win was in the Stags sight.

Tym delivers the left-right-goodnight to Blacktown ensuring 3pm beers.
Tym got our batting innings under way in typical fashion, making hitting boundaries look really easy. He was well supported by Axel, until young Choppy decided to shoulder charge the ball and was sent to the sin bin. 

He tried to plead with the umpire to reconsider because its cricket and you usually need to hit the ball to be caught, however it is now footy season and you just can’t get away with a good old fashioned shoulder charge these days. 

Another couple of wickets went down in Harry and Tym (for a fine 41), and the threat of this reporter having to put his playing pants back on was looming. 

However, some good hitting from Steve and Elz put that threat to bed and saw the Stags home well before time to secure a vital bonus point win.

After 5 wins in a row, it’s now off to Old Kings next weekend for a Preliminary Final encounter with Parramatta. 

Fingers crossed for Axel at the judiciary tonight, despite most shoulder charges incurring an automatic one week ban, we hope his clean record will see him avoid suspension.

Scotty O'Brien

4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 15 - 2017/18

4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 15 - 2017/18

4th Grade took the lengthy drive out to Whalan reserve confident they could come away with a win and make the finals for the 2nd year in a row. Blacktown were ranked 17th and with an outright win last week, we were confident that 6 points would keep us in 4th place. 

The pitch looked in good condition for batting but with long outfield and huge boundaries a score of 200 or more would be just what the team needed to put pressure on Blacktown.

Captain Bromley won the toss and chose to bat, and Liam Windel and Mitch Kleem looked to keep out the swinging ball. 

However, the pressure of a one-dayer got the better of our top order batsman. Dash Ratnam made 21, but the top order like it has in the last few weeks haven’t been able to post a big score and put the pressure back on the bowlers. 

We fell to 7-57, Nick Andreou and Vikrant Nehru the not out batsman. We were in real strife and the season was slipping away from us as all the team finals talk and finals plans were all blowing up in smoke. 

Luckily, Nick and self-proclaimed now all-rounder Vikrant saved the innings. 

They put on a great partnership of 74 to take it to 7-133 with still 8 overs left. 

Vikrant made some questionable running between wicket choices and a few run outs at the end cost us more runs but 166 in 48 overs was a decent total and one that we knew we could bowl to.

The Vicks Vaporizer takes care of business.
It has to be said that the 4th grade bowling attack and ground fielding have been the saviours and heroes of the team in the last few rounds. 

The start this time however wasn’t as fruitful as the Blacktown openers made it clear they wanted to get the runs well before 50 overs past. They snicked and edged their way to 50 not seeming to hit the ball in front of square. 

Matt Keane got an early breakthrough but 1-66 at drinks was not the start we were hoping for. 

After drinks the plan changed and rather than go searching for the much-needed wickets we bowled stump to stump, set straight fields and bowl maidens. 

The pressure built and there was nothing the below-par Blacktown 4th grade batsman could do. 

Vikrant bowled particularly well to take 4-24 in this period. Liam Windel made vital breakthroughs for his 10 over spell of 2-26. 

By this stage the Stags were on a roll. It was the spinners turn to claim the last few wickets and Jordan Hayes was the man. He bowled perfect lines with a perfect field to the tail enders and wrapped up the innings taking 3-7.

It was a relief that the boys had made it in to 4th position but everyone knew that to be competitive in finals the batting of the team has to step up. All it takes is a couple of good innings from 1 or 2 batsman and the 4th grade side could go all the way. 

Bring on Western Suburbs at Pratten.

Will Calov

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 15 - 2017/18

A swift drive up to Blacktown saw the 2nd graders arrive at the pristine Joe McAleer Oval keen to finish their season on a high. The pitch was green, grassy but hard underneath offering the bowlers some assistance but enough pace for batters to play their shots if lengths were missed.

The Nerds won football warm up…nothing new to report there. Zaninno’s overhead bicycle kick was a standout highlight but was futile against the Nerd juggernaut who sunk 4 away to claim overall bragging rights for warm-up football for yet another season.

Gordon won toss and elected to bowl, hopeful of keeping Blacktown to a small total. With plenty of nip the opening batters started cautiously before beginning to free the arms. Searle picked up the first wicket with a delightful, yet unintended, slower ball deceiving the dangerous Hinds (who had made 140* out of 160 the last time these 2 sides met). Baker started his spell but briskly blew out his 15th shoe of the season, not even gaffer tape could help him and he was forced to borrow someone else’s right shoe. He looked a right pleb, but that’s Bakes and we love him for it xoxo

Wickets were frustratingly hard to come by, despite the pitch nipping around. Stickland and Cubbage then combined and bowled well in the middle overs restricting the batters and picking up 4 wickets between them. 

Stickland was on a hat trick but couldn’t convert (much like his Bumble account). 

Tinder* Not fooling anyone Stickers. P.S well bowled.

At 5/110 it was looking good for the Stags, however their number 8 had other ideas scoring 60-odd off as many balls which eventuated with Blacktown scoring 222. A par score we agreed, but lamented missing the opportunity to dismiss them for lower.

Tony Clarke, their miserly dibbly-dobber opener, only needed 4 wickets to bring up an unprecedented 1000 grade wickets. Our batting plan was to sit on Tony Clarke, deny him his 1000th wicket and cash in on the other bowlers. Unfortunately, Tony Clarke happened and he picked up 3 wickets in 4 overs, with the 3rd wicket bringing screams of “one more, one more”

Robert Michaels was a standout, hitting his 4 half-century in as many games and looking at ease on the helpful Joe Mac wicket. Other than that there was not a lot to report as Tony Clarke waited for the tail to enter.

Sure enough, Stickland entered at 8/120 and Clarke handed his cap over to the umpire sensing a golden opportunity to capture his 1000th wicket. Unfortunately for Clarke he decided to use all 32 seasons of sledging instead of all 999 grade wickets worth of experience in dismissing batsmen. Stickland picked up on this rather quickly and decided that an angry Tony Clarke was less likely to get him out and therefore seized every opportunity to antagonise the 52 year old veteran. I thought I’d share these with you for some light entertainment:

Tony Clarke: “Play a shot! Try and win the game! Play a f-ing shot! You're an embarrassment to 2nd grade cricket”
Stickland: *laughs and winks suggestively at him

Umpire: That’s over and drinks
TC: Do we actually need them!? These blokes aren’t playing an f-ing shot, what’s the point?
DS: Yer we do, I’m thirsty
TC: You’re f-ing kidding me

*Repeated demands of “Play an f-ing shot! Try and win the f-ing game!”
Tony Clarke bowls his 10th and final over to Stickland and fails to take the elusive 1000th wicket. As he silently walks past the mid-pitch conversation between Stickland and Searle: DS: “Gee it’s gone quiet all of a sudden”
TC “You’re f-ing kidding me! What a f-ing great achievement keeping me from a 1000, you must be really f-ing happy. I guess you’ll start playing some f-ing shots now”
DS: “You know what I think I will, just to make you happy” *winks

It was honestly so enjoyable to annoy this absolute flog of a cricketer and deny him his 1000th wicket. The fact he had to abuse and berate two tail-end batsmen in an attempt to get them out rather than use all his experience was, frankly, arrogant, disrespectful to the spirit of the game and marred his achievement as he was simply the most unpleasant person I’ve shared a cricket field with. If only he was humble, I may have left a straight one to help him out!

Stickland started playing some shots and nicked off 2 overs later and Searle followed not long after to finish all out for 141 and consign the under-performing 2nd graders another loss. It hasn’t been our season with either the batsmen or bowlers failing to fire, often at the same time. Winning is a habit and unfortunately it’s been a hard habit to break into. The team has plenty of talent, at least 5 of our regular players have 1st grade experience, we are learning after each loss and it will only be a matter of time before this team starts to consistently compete and play finals cricket. We did last season, remember?

Enjoy the off-season lads, recharge your batteries, stay fit and keen and see you all in August.

Dan Stickland

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