4th Grade vs UNSW - Round 14 - 2012/13
After the first week washout, Gordon was pumped and ready to gain 6 points against UNSW at the lush David Phillips North. Winning would not only guarantee Gordon a top 6 finish but also create great momentum coming into the semi-final season.
The days play looked encouraging due to both Captain Shayne Lin’s strategic warm-up and a great win of the toss (heads) allowing us the red cherry first.
Mitch Kleem celebrates his hundred and 5,000 runs for the club
Both the humid conditions and the slightly green pitch made it a great win by the captain.
The Stags started strongly from the very first ball, with Jack Skilbeck and Pat Effeney tying down the batsman at each end. Jack’s constant line and length gave three early wickets and gave the Stags the advantage going into the first drinks break.
Thanks to JOF’s ‘friendly’ communication to the batsman in the slips the Stags had their fourth wicket for the morning, thanks to Iqbal setting up the batsman for a stunning caught and bowled. Luckily Iqbal was perfecting his reflexes at training during the previous week.
At this stage UNSW were 4 wickets down for 54 runs and looking nervous in the sheds. Pat made the home side even more nervous with his extremely loud appeals and celebrations. Onlookers were saying it was louder than the 747 planes passing overhead.
Shayne Lin follows on with Mitch's agression
With Pat swinging the bowl both ways the UNSW batman had no hope, Pat ended up with a great 5-wicket hall and finishing up with stats of 5 for 50 off 19 overs.
Dan Stickland also bowled extremely well and was very unlucky not to pick up a few wickets thanks to some dropped catches in the outfield ##. Sorry Dan. He finished up with stats of 0 for 32 of 12 overs. UNSW ended up all out for 172
It was really thanks to Mitch Kleem who set up the victory for the Stags. His thrilling innings included 8 sixes and 8 fours including a sweep that went for six to bring up his triple figures. As you all know Mitch also achieved a great milestone reaching 5000 runs for Gordon over his career.
Thanks to Mitch’s amazing innings and a solid supporting role by Nick Coleman (26) the Stags were 0-135. When Mitch departed for 109 the Stags lost 4 wickets for 3 runs and we were starting to get nervous in the change room, even know the team only needed 40 runs. Thanks to Shayne’s big hitting making 18 off 5 balls the certain semi-final qualification was in sight. Anthony Sherman was next in and hit 5 classic shots for 4 and the game was over. The stags chased UNSW total down with 5 wickets to spare. A great win to put us in second place coming into the final round.