Round 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.
Tom 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.
(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.
Tom 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.
It 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)