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A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 09/10

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sunday€s or on week days during the school holidays.

The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2009/10 season are provided below:

Green Shield Report vs Norths

Green Shield Report vs Norths

skilbeckGreen Shield Report  

Gordon vs Nth Sydney (14/1/10)

The Gordon and North Sydney teams arrived at Killara Park and were disappointed to hear that play would be delayed until after 12:00 due to light rain. The match would also be played as a 38 over-a- side game. The covers came off at about 12:00 and Gordon elected to bowl after winning the toss.

(Jack Skilbeck gets the edge and Tom Carruthers takes the catch)

North Sydney lost 3 early wickets with Jack Skilbeck taking 2-32. North Sydney's Stephen Birch and Callum Fursman put on a 150 run partnership after the lst wicket, with Birch getting into the 80's and Fursman in the 60's.

This partnership brought a slight loss of enthusiasum to the Gordon field. After the end of the innings at 38 overs North Sydney were 3-179.

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(Taylor Francis and Tom Carruthers whose partnership almost won the game for the Stags)

Gordon went into bat with high hopes, but also knowing they had a tough job ahead of them. Unfortunately, Gordon lost 2 quick wickets, making Gordon 2 for less than 20, but Taylor Francis batted aggressively with Tom Carruthers to make a 98 run partnership; Taylor getting 66 and Tom getting 53. 

darrenAfter that, a few more wickets fell and Michael Clareborough came in and got a quick 21. This gave Gordon hope, but the North Sydney bowling and fielding proved too much and Gordon fell 9 runs short at the end of 38 overs. 

(Skipper Darren with the new ball against Norths) 

To have any chance of making the finals, Gordon will have to beat Sydney Uni on Sunday.

Charlie Stobo

Green Shield Report vs Manly - Round 5

Green Shield Report vs Manly - Round 5

Chris SprattGreen Shield Report vs Manly-Warringah

The Gordon Green Shield team lost in a close match to Manly on Tuesday 12th January. The total of 144 runs posted by Gordon was always going to be difficult to defend.

Chris Spratt leads the boys off at the top of the innings

The Stags arrived at Manly Oval to take on Manly-Warringah for the fifth round of the Green Shield competition. The pitch looked as if there would be plenty of turn for spin bowling. There were some clouds about during the morning session although they soon cleared, and it was going to be a hot day's cricket with the temperature rising. Darren Jayasekera won the toss for the first time in this competition and elected to bat first.

Taylor Francis and Chris Spratt opened the batting for a confident Gordon side, who had won three out of their four previous games. Taylor and Chris got Gordon off to a solid start pushing the runs around with the occasional boundary. Taylor was timing the ball well, until caught at mid-wicket trying to pull a short ball. This brought Dom Thompson to the crease. Dom and Chris went on with their business slowly building a partnership. Dom was unluckily caught at point. Two wickets down then Tom Carruthers joined Chris to build their innings. Wickets fell steadily with all batsmen contributing some runs, top scorers were Corbin Edgar with (26) and Chris Spratt with (22).

Darren jack skillbeck Tom Carruthers

Darren, Jack and Tom send down some tight deliveries to contain the Waratahs

Jack Skillbeck asked for an inspirational talk at the lunch interval and was definitely stunned by what Jim, one of the Gordon club executives, had to say.

The tight Manly bowling managed to frustrate the Gordon batsmen, which meant even when players were in, no one managed to go on and get a big score. Charlie Stobo, Michael Clarebrough, Bhavya Nanda and Jack Skillbeck all hit some vital runs to get the total to 9-144 at the close of innings, which at one point would have been unrealistic.

After a team discussion in between innings on how Gordon were going to defend their total, the team took to the field. The fielding through out the innings was of a good standard, as was the bowling. Although the Manly batsmen got away with some quick early runs, once the first wicket fell, there was always an outside chance that Gordon could restrict Manly and get all the batsmen out.

Tom CarruthersThe opening bowlers were Jack Skillbeck and Darren Jayasekera who bowled with their usual speed and accuracy, managing not to be distracted by the unusual sight of an umpire wearing a batting helmet to officiate. Jack got the first breakthrough thanks to an excellent catch from Taylor Francis diving to his left at mid-on. With the first bowling change came the second wicket, Lachlan Stewart continuing his form taking a safe catch off Tom Carruthers bowling. Tight bowling from Charlie Stobo beating the bat troubled the Manly batsmen.

Shaun Chandiramani's spin bowling was producing good turn, as well as bowling at a good length. Michael Clarebrough took a vital wicket in his first over testing the batsmen with a short ball. This was followed up by a superb fielding effort by Darren for a run out which allowed the team to be on a hatrick. Despite all these regular wickets falling and the team being on a team hatrick, Manly limped to the total with a score of 7-147 after 47.5 overs.

Results for Tom Carruthers as he picks up a pole

A big thank you from all of the players to the parents and helpers who continue to take time off work to make these matches possible.

It was a good effort by the boys unfortunately could not get the win. The Stags go into their next game with some excellent form behind them and with a clear opportunity to make it through to the semi-finals.

Tom Carruthers 

 Harry and the boys

Harry has a chat to the boys after the match

Green Shield Match Report vs Northern Districts

Green Shield Match Report vs Northern Districts

carruthersGreen Shield Match Report vs Northern Districts

The Gordon team travelled away in the 4th round fixture, as we headed up to Waitara oval to take on Northern Districts. The conditions were stunning with not a cloud in sight and the stage was set for another battle between the two historic clubs.

(Tom Carruthers after his 5 for 17)

Our day started slowly with Darren Jayasekera continuing his unfortunate losing of the toss. This didn't bother the stags as they set about their mission of dismissing the talked about Northern Districts line up. Hugh Buddin and Darren Jayasekera steamed in from both ends to get the attack under way and to almost immediate success Darren had picked up his first scalp picking up one of the N.D's openers caught behind thanks to some handy glove work by Lachlan Stewart, who picked up four catches in the innings. The highlight of the innings was Tom Carruthers brilliant spell picking up 4-12 and very quickly taking the game away from the Northern Districts team.

Chandiramani again got amongst the wickets clean bowling his way to his tenth wicket of the season. This put Northern Districts in deep trouble and this only got worse as some quick thinking by Taylor Francis directly hitting the stumps from the boundary and picking up a rather bizarre run out. Gordon went to lunch in a commanding position having Northern Districts on the ropes with 7-65.

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(Chris Spratt, Ben Leighton and Darren Jayasekera in action at Waitara) 

Gordon came back from lunch and immediately the spinners looked dangerous from both ends with Ben Leighton and Shaun Chandiramani both bowling very tidy spells. It was time for the onslaught to continue with the pacemen coming back on to finish up the tail. Carruthers and Jayasekra finished off the tail with Darren finishing with 2-30 and Tom Carruthers finishing with an impressive 5-17.This only consolidated Gordon's position and all but ended the chances of N.D's posting a formidable score ending up all out for 101.

teamGordon's Batting Innings got well underway with Chris Spratt and Shaun Chandiramani opening up the batting. Unfortunately Shaun was given out Caught behind to a quick short ball, which sent out in form batsmen Dom Thomson. As he did in round three Dom was sending the bowlers all over the oval, with Spratt playing the supporting role at the other end. With the fifty partnership up the two looked to be in cruise control until Chris was caught behind for 25. This brought Corbin Edgar to the crease and was only in their for a short stint before it was time for tea. Gordon went to the tea break 2-71 and well on top.

(Winners are grinners)

On the return from the break Corbin Edgar went after a wide one and was caught at point for a disappointing 2. It was left for Dom Thomson and Tom Carruthers to bring Gordon home but after only putting on nine more runs Thomson was caught at short cover for a hard fought 34. The Skipper was next to the crease and as in the past the run rate was boosted with his arrival. Tom and Darren brought Gordon's score level with that of Northern Districts and it looked like they would hit the winning runs until Darren Was given out Lbw on 14 with the score at 5-101. The fall of his wicket brought Michael Clarebrough to the crease and was at the non strikers when fittingly Tom Carruthers hit the winning runs with a beautiful shot down the ground.

Thanks to the Northern Districts cricket club for the wonderful afternoon tea that was put on i know the boys thoroughly enjoyed it, the callipo's were a hit. Thanks to the scorers and the umpires for helping to make it an all round good day.

Congratulations Stags!!

Michael Clarebrough

Green Shield Report Round 3 vs  UNSW

Green Shield Report Round 3 vs UNSW

ThomsonGreen Shield Report Round 3 vs  UNSW

We arrived at Killara for our round 3 clash with UNSW to find that the pitch was very damp and soft under foot, which meant that play was delayed until 10am. Overhead conditions however were excellent and we knew that things could only improve. During this period the squad was treated to more bantering from the Kings and Riverview boys carrying on from Round 2 on school rivalries in the GPS.

(Dominic Thomson during his 57) 

Darren Jayasekera unfortunately lost the toss and we were sent in to bat on a bowler friendly wicket. Despite losing the early wicket of Chris Spratt caught behind to a ball that sprung up off a good length, the Stags looked comfortable at the crease and it appeared as though Uni were not fully utilising the conditions.

Dom Thomson and Shaun Chandiramani were combining well until Shaun was adjudged LBW for 12. Tom Carruthers fell soon after and we were in trouble at 3-27. A few good partnerships then developed as Dom was joined by Corbin Edgar (23) followed by the skipper Darren (22) who all played prominent roles in our innings. Each of them ran well between wickets and dispatched the bad ball to the boundary.

stoboWith the loss of Dom for a well-compiled 57 we were 6-144 and there was still some work to be done by the lower order if we were to post an imposing total. The wicket was beginning to flatten out and batting was becoming easier as the day progressed. With that in mind Bhavya Nanda and Michael Clarebrough looked to increase the run rate.

(Charlie Stobo at Killara)

They made 11 and 12 respectively before being dismissed and with contributions from Charlie Stobo (16) and Hugh Buddin (25), we managed to reach 207 from 59.5 overs. Evidently we were pleased with this given the state of the wicket at the start of play. However Uni's strength lay in their batting and a solid bowling and fielding effort was required.

The openers Jack Skilbeck and Hugh Buddin bowled well with Hugh picking up a couple of wickets while Jack bowled accurately from the other end. Darren then brought himself into the attack and had early success trapping the number four in front. At tea we were well on top with UNSW 3-32 off 16.

A problem however was potentially going to be rain and when play resumed, spinner Shaun Chandiramani was introduced into the attack to get through the overs quickly. Darren changed his bowlers from the other end swiftly with Tom, Charlie and Michael all bowling tight lines, Uni began to feel the pressure and when Charlie took a great catch at slip off Michael the game was all but over.

stewartShaun picked up more wickets for the competition one of which was a sharp stumping to keeper Lachlan Stewart. Shaun is now the leading wicket taker in Green Shield with 9 after 3 games. The lower order for Uni hung around for a while but was not particularly threatening.

(Excellent stumping from Lachlan Stewart)

A superb runout from Corbin and a Jack Skilbeck short ball finished off the tail, UNSW all out for 116 and a 91 run win for us. The ominous rain clouds from tea thankfully never played a part and we recorded our 2nd win from 3 matches.

Our next game is against NDs in the local derby at Waitara on Thursday. This game appears to be pivotal for both sides as we are 7th and they are 9th.

Thank you to all the parents for the afternoon tea and also to those that scored.

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(Some of the action with Hugh Buddin, Jack Skilbeck and Shaun Chandiramani) 

Go Stags!

Hugh Buddin 

Green Shield Report vs Campbelltown

Green Shield Report vs Campbelltown

carruthersRound 2 of the A.W Green Shield competition saw Gordon arriving at Campbelltown's home ground Raby 1, eager to replicate their riveting win 2 days ago against Penrith. Captain, Darren Jayasekera lost his 2nd toss in 2 games and this resulted in Gordon fielding 1st on what looked to be a flat wicket. After a solid warm up, the enthusiastic Stags prepared to put Campbelltown on the back foot from ball 1. 

(Tom Carruthers at Raby)

Jack Skilbeck and Hugh Buddin opened the bowling for Gordon. They bowled economically considering the immense heat, keeping the boys from Campbelltown to a run rate of 2 an over. Struggling to find early wickets, Gordon was feeling the pressure as the opening batsmen from Campbelltown were hanging in there.

Darren Jayasekera soon replaced Jack who was looking tired due to the heat. In Darren's 2nd over, he managed to clean bowl the opening batsman, making the score 1/30. However while celebrating his wicket; Darren somehow managed to roll his ankle resulting in him having to leave the field for the rest of the innings. It was now up to replacing Captain Hugh Buddin and the rest of the boys to clean up the Campbelltown line up.

buddinTom Carruthers and Taylor Francis were soon given the ball, expected to apply pressure and bowl the right line and length. They did what was asked for as Tom was rewarded with a wicket, getting the left handed opening batsman out LBW. Off Spinner Shaun Chandiramani was next to bowl, very eager to repeat his recent efforts of 4 wickets in the previous game.

Shaun portrayed his dominance taking 2 quick wickets with great work behind the stumps by Lachlan Stewart and a great catch by Tom Carruthers at slip. Leg Spinner Ben Leighton also got into the action bowling great lines to pick up a handy 2 wickets, both Caught and Bowled.

(Hugh Buddin opens the bowling) 

With the score at 6/100 at lunch, Gordon was prepared to take the 4 wickets as soon as possible with minimum runs given away. Shaun and Ben finished off their spells with great figures; Shaun ' 2/16 off 12 and Ben ' 2/31 off 12. Hugh Buddin and Tom Carruthers came onto bowl, hoping to clean up the Campbelltown tail. The tail unfortunately started wagging, as the score increasingly grew. At 6/149, Gordon became slightly worried however were still on top. Hugh Buddin soon relieved the pressure, clean bowling the opposition's number 3 batsmen who scored a classy 64. Hugh struck again soon after with a great catch by Shaun Chandiramani.

The weather soon played a part in the match, stopping play for ' an hour reducing the game to 58 overs. With 1 over left to bowl, Jack Skilbeck was handed the ball and he got a wicket with a catch by Taylor Francis. Gordon was set a total of 170 runs which was definitely within their reach.

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(Corbin Edgar, Tom Carruthers and Ben Leighton in action at Campbelltown)

Opening Batsmen Chris Spratt and Dom Thomson strode onto the pristine ground with great confidence, keen to set a solid platform for Gordon. However, Dom was soon out LBW, and Tom Carruthers came into the crease and put a solid 33 run partnership with Chris (15) who showed his class only just turning 14 years old.

skilbeckTom maintained his accumulating of runs with number 4 Corbin Edgar. The two formed a 2 run partnership and were looking good until Corbin got out caught and bowled for 26. At 3/85, Darren Jayasekera came into the crease with runner Dom Thomson due to his rolled ankle. However his stay at the crease didn't last long getting run out for a diamond duck. After Taylor was dismissed cheaply, an anxious Gordon closely watched Tom Carruthers bat with Bhavya Nanda (6) and Jack Skilbeck.

(Jack Skilbeck in action)

Tom batted superbly to make a solid 61, unfortunately getting out trying to make quick runs. At 7/128, Shaun Chandiramani and Jack Skilbeck forced runs making use of every opportunity they were given. Shaun (12) got out trying to run one down to third man as this brought the score to 8/149. Hugh unfortunately got out cheaply keeping the score at 9/149. With 21 runs and only 1 wicket in hand, everyone was on the edge of their seats.

The sky was dark as signs of rain were promising. With Gordon being in front of the required run rate, slight hope was gained. However, when Jack received a ball that kept low, Gordon's hopes sank as he was bowled for 8. Even though there was a complaint made for bad light, nothing could be done as Gordon was all out for 152; 18 runs short.

shaunIt was a very disappointing result, however there has only been 2 games played. Being placed 9th on the table, there is still a great chance to get into the top 6 for the final rounds. I would like to thank Harry Evans (Coach), the scorers and the parents for taking us all the way to Campbelltown.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a happy New Year.

(Shaun Chandiramani who took 2 wickets) 


Campbelltown ' 6/169 (S.Chandiramani 2/16, H.Buddin 2/18, B.Leighton 2/31) defeated Gordon ' 10/152 ( T.Carruthers 61, C.Edgar 26)

Darren Jayasekera

Green Shield Report Round 1

Green Shield Report Round 1

JayasekeraGreen Shield Report Round 1 vs Penrith  

A fine looking Stags line up commenced the A. W. Green Shield competition on a dull and cloudy day at our home ground, Killara. This solid line up was lead by Darren Jayasekera, who unfortunately lost the toss, which didn't really worry them as they bowled on an uneven green surface which seemed to bother Penrith early on.

(Skipper Darren Jayasekera during his 45)

The Stags knew that this game was vital, and that leading to Christmas it would be essential to win; if they wanted to be in the running to win the competition. The opening bowlers Jack Skilbeck and superstar Hugh Buddin bowled tightly; keeping Penrith fewer than 3 runs an over. Skilly nearly got off to the perfect start, but was unfortunate not to pick up the 1st wicket second ball of the game with a very difficult catch for Taylor Francis, fielding at point.

After this chance, the Stags remained alert in the field, however it wasn't until the 19th over that 'man moment', Charlie Stobo took the first wicket of the match, dismissing the Penrith skipper who was caught by the Gordon skipper, Darren Jayasekera at point. Tom Carruthers came into the attack troubling the Penrith batsmen from lots of pressure from ball one, hitting the a great line and taking the prize wicket of Richard Potter in his 3rd over. Not long after that Ben Leighton got into the act, making a tremendous run out to definitely turn the game our way. 

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(Jack Skilbeck and Charlie Stobo in action at Killara)

Soon after, Shaun Chandiramani came onto bowl his offies and started consistently, not giving Penrith too many runs which lead to wickets tumbling. Shaun managed to secure a wicket before and straight after lunch, which boosted the Stags confidence in the field. In Chanda's 7th over, he was on a hat-trick, but unfortunately missed out. He ended up with figures of 4-12 of 8 overs. The Gordon Stags had made a tremendous comeback, demolishing the Penrith Panthers for only 143, on what had turned into a very good wicket. Credit also goes to the Stags exceptional fielding efforts.

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(Shaun Chandiramani leads off the Stags while Hugh Buddin does the honours at the end)

The Stags resumed play full of confidence, with Shaun Chandiramani and Dom Thomson opening the batting, These boys job was to see out the opening bowlers. The pair looked promising and patient as Dom was working the singles around the ground. In the 3rd over of the game, Chanda looked to boost the Stags confidence by belting the ball to square leg for four, which nearly hit the fence on the full for a six. Unfortunately the very next over, he was trapped LBW.

Soon after wickets started to fall like dominoes. Before the team knew it, the Gordon Stags at one stage were 5-34 after 13 overs. Penrith looked unstoppable as they were bowling hand grenades. But this didn't stop the Gordon skipper Darren Jayasekera and Taylor Francis from putting on a quick fire 28 partnership, with a couple of sublime shots from Darren and Taylor which sailed over the boundary for six. This looked to be a promising partnership until Taylor tried to hit over wide mid on and was caught.

greenCharlie Stobo joined Darren at the crease playing his natural strokes from the start and supporting Darren. Unfortunately Darren's fine innings of 45 came to an end when he tried to pull one too many. The vice captain Hugh Buddin strolled onto the field with a big job to help the team to a first up victory needing 82 runs to win, but still a lot of overs left. The Stags had not given up as yet, however Junior Stobo was extremely unlucky to get to a superb catch. The total at the point in time was 8-106. So it It was up to Hugh Buddin and Jack Skilbeck to do the job and Skilly to do the job. They both occupied the crease very well and played each ball on its merit.

(Hugh Buddin and Ben Leighton)

This left the Stags 8-115 at tea and lots of encouragement and chatter from the boys in the Pavilion gave superstar Hugh and Skilly lots of confidence. Needing just 10 runs to win, Skillbeck edged one to the Penrith keeper and the pavilion became silent. The best number 11 batsman in the world, big Benny Leighton knew what was expected of him. Cries from Ben's Mum "give Hugh the strike" didn't seem to be the case as he faced most of the balls.


(The winners)

After an agonisingly long period with both batsman holding out well, it came down to only two runs to win, and the nerves in the pavilion were starting to show. The skipper was biting his collar and was looking as nervous as ever. This wasn't the case for long as there was a misfield from the opposition which levelled the scores. A couple of balls after, Penrith tried to aim for a direct hit which missed the stumps and went straight past the fielders for 4 overthrows which gave the stags their first win and an excellent start to the season.

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(The post match review with coach Harry Evans)

On behalf of the boys, I would like to thank the parents for the great afternoon tea with many more to come.

Hopefully we can rip through the Campbelltown boys and make it two in quick succession.

Go the Gordon Stags!


Gordon 9 for 147 (Darren Jayasekera 45, Hugh Buddin 20 no, Charlie Stobo 17, Taylor Francis 13) defeated Penrith 143 (Shaun Chandiramani 4 for 12, Hugh Buddin 1 for 18, Charlie Stobo 1 for 10, Tom Carruthers 1 for 6, Michael Clareborough 1 for 17, Ben Leighton 1 for 0,

Chanda Panda (the big guy)

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