5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16
The toss saw Gordon batting first against Norths on a very good wicket and quick outfield at Beauchamp on Day 1. Sherman got the Stags off to a quick start blazing away in typical 'Pic' style pushing the score to 49 off 8 overs.
Saahil Turki loosens the shoulders in the search for runs
Two relatively quick wickets saw the Stags sitting less easily, but those would be the last wickets for the next 20 overs with Gordon adding 156 to their score in this short amount of time.
The loss of Stewart and Philipson in quick succession partially slowed the run rate but Crofts stayed busy hitting multiple boundaries before losing his wicket, Gordon's 6th.
Solid contributions from the rest of the order saw the Stags finish at 353 all out off just 63 overs, a tremendous effort.
Lach Stewart raises his bat. A century for the Stags
With 17 overs left in the day Gordon bowled tightly with Monohan managing to steal one wicket from the Bears overnight.
(Turki 123, Stewart 101, Sherman 27, Crofts 27, Rice 27)
Day 2 saw a tight start from Rice and Monaghan taking 3 vital wickets in the first hour. The remainder of the session and part of the way into the next after tea would be hard work as North Sydney batted what one can only describe as conservatively providing few opportunities to take wickets.
The 5th Grade bowling attach, Coffey, Monaghan and Todd run through the Bears
With Norths 6 down at tea, we were confident we could bag the rest of the wickets for a comfortable win. All the bowlers contributed on a tough day with the ball with Todd, Rice, Monohan and Philipson all taking 2 wickets.
Gordon ended up bowling the Bears out for 160 off 83 overs. A very convincing second win making it two from two in 5th Grade when we've got on the paddock.
(Monaghan 2-27 from 13, Todd 2-47 from 22, Philipson 2-17 from 6, Rice 2-17 from 17)
Editor's Note: For a match that had two centuries and the 500th wicket of a Gordon servant, Matt Todd, Lach Stewart could never be accused of over-statement. Saahil Turki partnered with Pic Sherman to set the side up after Coffey was dismissed early, before working through the later part of the first session with the author, and other century-maker, Lach Stewart himself. Congratulations to both of them.
Matt Todd acknowledges the supporters after snagging his 500th!
Without foreshadowing what is to come, more will be said about Toddy's achievement in the next week or so. Congratulations Matt!
Saahil Turki makes a beautiful century, laying the platform for the team's victory