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1 from 6 to finish, 2 from 6 into the finals

At about lunchtime, it looked like Gordon were heading for a decent handful of wins. By the end of the day, 3rds had completed a really good win but everyone else had come off second best, 4ths to Colts by narrow margins. 

Jamie Bekis played a blinder in 3rds to set up the win, while Darren Jayasekera also went close to a brilliant century in 4ths. 

So, in the end, the 4ths and Colts both move on to the finals. 1sts miss out on the finals by less than one win, 3rds come seventh. Tenth in the Club Championship. A moderate season, close to a good one. 

1st Grade 

Gordon won the toss and bowled. Things started in the very best way with Charlie Stobo taking a wicket with the first ball of the game. Glenn Winsor took another with the score at 36 and shortly after, the covers went on for a while. 

On the resumption, Glenn took another and Matt Junk got a couple. In the later overs there was some very aggressive batting and the tail wagged a little, with Sutherland finishing on 237. 

In reply, Lachlan Barnsley was tragically run out in the first over. Another wicket fell before Steve Colley and Axel Cahlin took the score to 88, with a rain break. Axel was dismissed but Harry Evans came in and the score moved to 147 with plenty of overs remaining. Harry was then out and, with Steve following shortly after, things went awry. A couple more wickets went and, when bad light stopped play, Gordon were 8-179 – about 30 runs behind on the Duckworth-Lewis. 

A sad end, as a win would have got the side into the finals series. Almost… 

Gordon 8-179 (Steve Colley 59, Axel Cahlin 38, harry Evans 33) lost to Sutherland 237 (Charlie Stobo 3-35, Matt Junk 2-35, Glenn Winsor 2-50) 

2nd Grade

Gordon batted first and, after losing an early wicket, Dom Thomson and Matt Wright took the score to 46 before the former was out. They found it difficult to form decent partnerships and wickets fell with only Michael Roberts really making a decent contribution. Reagan Klemt, having a guest spot, stroked his first ball for 4 and chipped in with 21 but 154 was disappointing. 

An early run out by Nick Miller got the Stags a bit excited and then Ashwin Premkumar took a wicket as the rain took the teams off for a while. A couple more wickets fell but Sutherland were too good and they passed the Gordon total for the loss of only 4 wickets. 

Gordon 154 (Michael Roberts 39, Dom Thomson 28) lost to Sutherland 4-156. 

3rd Grade 

Sutherland won the toss at Killara. They lost an early wicket, courtesy of Will Calov but a solid partnership took them up to the first rain break. When they got back on, Pat Effeney took two and Chris De Kretser one but a handy partnership added 64 before Chris took another two. One more for Will and a couple to Pat and Sutherland were all out for 211. 

Then…the rain came. A long break finally finished and Gordon were set 169 from 40 overs. 

Jamie bekis and Liam McElduff got the Stags off to a brilliant start, adding 81 in only 19 overs. After Liam’s dismissal, Jamie continued to smite the bowling to all corners. With cameos from Max Papworth, Charlie Booth and Oli Zannino, the win was attained with five overs remaining. An excellent way to finish the year. 

Gordon 5-171 (Jamie Bekis 86, Liam McElduff 31) defeated Sutherland 211 (Pat Effeney 4-25, Chris De Kretser 3-55, Will Calov 2-39) D/L. 

4th Grade 

Sutherland got off to a steady start against a very disciplined Gordon attack. Lachie Burrows took the first wicket in the 26th over, but Sutherland were only 57. The scoring started to accelerate but wickets came with it. Manus Chauhan and Danusha Seneviratne took three between them but a good partnership of 67 threatened to take the game away from the Stags. Raman Phoonie then did a great job, finishing off the innings very capably and Gordon were after 182 for the win. 

Early wickets made the Stags’ job that much more difficult. Darren Jayasekera decided it was his day and played a masterful innings. He had the score moving along quite comfortably but, unfortunately, didn’t receive any substantial support. He was out for a wonderful 93 but, despite a nerve-jangling last wicket partnership, Gordon were dismissed 10 runs short of the total. 

An unfortunate end but the Stags move into the finals series next weekend. 

Gordon 171 (Darren Jayasekera) lost to Sutherland 181 (Raman Phoonie 3-43, Danusha Seneviratne 2-28) 

5th Grade 

Sutherland won the toss and batted at Castlecove. Wicket fell early and they slumped to 3-36. The bowling was steady and, with the slow outfield, Sutherland could only muster 115. 

Gordon’s start was steady but the middle order, with the exception of Steve Bristow, couldn’t do the job and the Stags fell 8 runs short. A sad ending to what had promised to be a pretty good season. 

Gordon 105 (Steve Bristow 31) lost to Sutherland 115 (Dave Monaghan 2-21, Prashan Seneviratne 2-30) 

Colts

The Colts bowled first against Georges River. The batsmen got off to a fair start although Sam Braham bowled well and took a couple. From 4-85, Rohan Watson got into the act and took three quick ones. Georges River fell eventually for 113 – surely an achievable total. 

Unfortunately, the Gordon batsmen struggled with the conditions. Wickets fell consistently, with only Austyn Nugent looking like he might jag the win. Alas, the Stags couldn’t do it, being all out for 96. Austyn’s 39 stood out. 

But, still the finals series beckons next week. 

Gordon 96 (Austyn Nugent 39) lost to Georges River 113 (Rohan Watson 3-20, Sam Braham 3-33).


 

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