2nd Grade vs Sutherland - Round 14 - 2017/18
Skipper Max Newman opted to bat first on what was a batsman-friendly Chatswood oval wicket, much to the team’s relief. From then on it was the Dom Thomson show.
Opening with Bekis the pair strung together a solid opening partnership, and when Reagan (27) came to the crease they continued this dominance with a mixture of solid defence and attacking strokes.
After Reagan was dismissed Roberts (59) and Thomson then kept the momentum going with a 133 run stand, taking the game away from the Sharks with some big blows, including a notable front foot sweep from Dom in front of square off the opening bowler.
DT brought up his 100 with an edge through the slips, much to the delight of the boys in the pavilion. However, he was not done there, and Dom continued his onslaught along with contributions from Smith and Newman.
Dom’s patience combined with aggression and power was a true batting masterclass, as he finished the day on 188* and the score at 5/359.
The following day Dom brought up his maiden double hundred in the form of an overthrow, and pulled his hamstring in the process – what a man.
The Gordon bowlers then bowled in unison to take regular wickets against the Sharks batsmen. The pick of the bowlers was Ryan Meppem, who despite bowling a long spell, maintained his accuracy and length and picked up 5 wickets in the process.
Meppo has a lovely piece of salad.
The bowlers also had to battle against the Sutherland batsman who had decided to shut up shop in the last session, so big ups to the quicks – namely Stickland and Baker who continued to toil against some frustrating batting, and Smithy for picking up the last wicket in the 80th over.
A huge thanks to Nick Miller for also coming to field as a substitute for Dom – your value has been missed.
A win for the ages. Congrats Dom.
Oli "The Stallion" Zannino