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 Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.
A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below.
An unfortunate loss - Coming off a great win against Campbelltown, the Gordon Stags showed up to Killara with prospects of a great game of cricket ahead. The pitch was a belter and the ground in top nick, ND’s won the toss and batted.
Nick Miller during his 52 against Northern Districts.
On a fine batting deck, the Gordon opening bowlers, Sean Campbell and Nick Miller, out bowled themselves to create great pressure, which brought the first wicket of the game. Following this wicket a partnership of 50 was scored putting ND’s in a better position. With a bowling change Rob Barker found the edge and ND’s were 2 down with a 3 wicket to follow shortly afterwards from the bowling of Lachie Mactier. With two new batsmen at the crease, the pressure mounted, and the runs ceased, with another wicket to fall putting ND’s 4/94 at lunch. Some big hitting followed after lunch and few wickets were taken. With some great bowling from Nick Miller, he found the much needed breakthrough. Some great fielding followed to create 2 run outs and ND’s posted 7/228 after 60 overs.
Chasing 229 to win, the opening batsmen Axel “Axe” Cahlin and Liam Windel step out into the middle with runs on their mind. A good start led the Stags to 0/24 but a mix up caused Liam to find himself short of his crease.
James Robertson, Andrew Sierakowski and Michael Roberts in action against ND's
Axel, was hitting the ball beautifully and with the help of some delicate shots from Andrew “Siera” Siewrakowski brought the Stags to 1/51 at tea. After tea, Axels’ wicket fell bringing Aaron “Ronny” Crofts to the crease, dismissed with a beauty Aaron found his bails flying and Nick “I’m in the form of my life” Miller found himself at the crease. Andrew’s wicket fell soon after with Stags now at 4/63. Michael Roberts came in for his first bat of the season and comfortable at the crease.
A partnership of 85 between Nick and Michael followed with both batsmen hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. But these boys had no limits, hitting the ball out of the ground for some HUGE sixes. Nick made his way to his third 50 for the season but he found himself caught and bowled, bringing Seany “I’m a batsmen too” Campbell to the crease. Michael then found himself stumped after making 29. Some great batting and some big hitting form Sean, brought the within the Stags grasp but with the fall of Seany, the game was slowly slipping away from them. With some great effort from the last 3 batsmen the Stags stumbled to 215 before the last wicket fell giving ND’s a 13 run win.
Rob Barker, Sean Campbell and Aaron Crofts against ND's
An unfortunate loss for the Gordon boys but let’s puts this loss behind us and be well rested for the must win game against Sydney Uni on Sunday.
Northern Districts 7 for 229 (Nick Miller 3 for 55, Rob Barker 1 for 22, Lachie Machtier 1 for 34) defeated Gordon 215 (Nick Miller 52, Sean Campbell 30, Axel Cahlin 29, Michael Roberts 25)
No arrests were made after the robbery at Tunks Park. The boys were keen to make amends for the draw against the Bears with a solid win over the Ghosts. This was looking shaky early on with some players lost on their way to Raby (oops, sorry). Gordon lost the toss and were sent in to bat on an reasonable wicket. Liam and Axel opened and didn’t achieve the start they were hoping for being dismissed for 10 and 5 respectively. Everybody else chipped in with runs upward of 20 with Sean Campbell top scoring on 38 showing some strong hitting. It was a solid team effort to reach a final total of 171.
Axel Cahlin, Calvin Breytenbach and Sean Campbell in action against Campbelltown
The Ghosts were off to an average start losing an early wicket. They turned this around and were cruising at 3 for 109 and looked in control of the match. Gordon never gave up and continued to apply pressure on the run chase. Excellent fielding by the team culminated in Calvin running out a top order bat and breaking a valuable partnership for the Ghosts.
From here, the Gordon Fight kicked in, limiting the opportunities to score. Brilliant bowling from Matt Keevers (the other late comer, lucky he made it, HA!) taking a 4 wicket haul and captain Lachie ‘Macca’ Mactier taking 3 wickets.
Matt Keevers in action at Raby
Kapil helped bagging a wicket with his tricky outswingers and Seany Campbell bowling 4 maidens and taking a wicket also.
The wickets fell 4/109, 5/109, 6/121, 7/121. Right here we knew we could win this game. Every player on the park lifted. Then 8/124 9/141 and 10/145. The mighty Gordon Stags had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It was a fantastic fielding and bowling effort by the boys. Nearly every chance on offer was taken and the we all can be very proud of this win.
Gordon 171 (Sean Campbell 38, Nick Miller 28, Aaron Crofts 20 Andrew Sierakowski 20 defeated Campbelltown 145 (Matt Keevers 4 for 19, Lachie Mactier 3 for 44, Sean Campbell 1 for 25, Kapil Chhatbar 1 for 23)
The Gordon Stags were coming off a magnificent win at the foot of the mountains against Penrith and were looking to stamp their authority again against North Sydney at Tunks Park. The strength so far had been the bowling attack of the Stags with the likes of Sean Campbell and Nick Miller up front, they were looking to destruct the Nth Sydney attack again.
Who said it was raining?
However Sean was unavailable for this match and required a few more of the front line bowlers to step up. Without any hesitation for the 2nd time in the competition, skipper Lachie Mactier won the toss on a greenish but hard deck and sent the Bears into bat. Whilst at the toss Lachie warned their skipper to “watch out for the determination and strength of his sides bowling attack”.
After a good solid warm up and briefing from coach Edgar, the boys were eager to get out onto the park and fire away at the Bears line up. Nick “I bowl stump to stump” Miller and Big Rob Barker opened the attack and produced 3 maidens to start the innings. With little reward early on the openers were finally dismissed through some immense pressure in the field through all players. This led to the 1st wicket with a runout from Matthew “dork” Keevers who whipped in a monster of an arm from the square leg boundary to claim an early breakthrough. From here on in it was the pressure and intense nature of the stags that produced dots and wickets.
Kapil and Matt Keevers came on 1st change and continued the success of the opening bowlers, bowling line and length material.
Kapil Chhatbar in action at Tunks
The channels were exceptional and both bowlers picked up two handy wickets each claiming some key wickets in the Bears line up. Matt Keevers 2 for 9 off his 6 overs and Kapil Chhatbar 2 for 13 off his 5.3 overs really set the standard of the efforts in the bowling innings of the stags. Skipper Lachie Mactier brought himself on mid way through the innings and bowled the best 8 overs spell of the tournament to date. Macca’s ability to toss the ball up with good flight led to him picking up a wicket but to keep the Bears run rate at a very low rate. Calvin Breytenbach and Aaron Crofts also chipped in with a few overs to dry up the run rate. To finish the innings Nick Miller came back on and continued his form with the ball to finish with figures of 2 for 17 off 11. The stags finally finished the Bears innings in the 44th over with the run chase target to be 92 runs for victory.
A quick change of innings saw Liam Windel and Axel Cahlin stride out to the crease looking to chase down the Bears target with early efficiency at the crease. Some good running between wickets and positive stroke play saw the Stags reach 24 in the nick of time. However Axel feel for a well-made 10 and this left Aaron Crofts and Liam Windel to ensure the continuous flow of runs being scored for the 2 wicket partnership. Liam Windel looked sharp again in his innings and Aaron Crofts (16*) was supporting him well to take the Stags to 44. Liam Windel shortly fell for a well-made 27 and the stags looked comfortable.
Lian Windel, Axel Cahlin and Aaron Crofts show their style at Tunks Park
Tim Webber joined Aaron at the crease and some patient batting and appropriate stroke play saw the score reach 69 off 24 overs. It looked just about home and hosed for the stags until a gem of a catch was taken off the edge of Tim Webber’s bat and he fell for a well-made 13.
Big Hitting Nick Miller (4*) with a strike rate of just 100.0 this season was next in and after a rib tickler 1st ball he was away quickly. The score was now 3 for 72 and all was need was some 20 runs to win the game off about 200 balls for the stags. And just when you thought it was all but over……. THE RAIN CAME!! An early tea was called and a light shower was sure to just pass over Tunks Park. However 3 hours and 15 minutes later play had not resumed and with only 3 overs needed to be bowled to have a game the stags were left in absolute agony with play abandoned and no points were awarded for the match. A win that was not to be for the stags after another magnificent performance.. With Finals hopes still very much in reach, its time for the boys to step up and show the Green Shield Competition how strong this side really is!
The boys down old Chatswood way came home with a win in their game against Penrith on January 10. The conditions looked to favour the bowlers and all the boys agreed. It was clear. The pitch was unpredictable and with the win of the toss we decided to bowl.
Matt Keevers in action
The conditions proved to favour the bowlers early with big Nicky Miller picking up two very quick wickets including a wicket on his first ball. Don't mind it Nick, top stuff. After the two quick and fiery openers, Sean Campbell and Nick Miller, had completed their spells Penrith were 4 down with all renowned batsmen dismissed from the crease.
It was now up to the meds to clean up the middle order. The meds did their job with Mathew Keevers performing with the ball to pick up 3 handy wickets.
Tight lines and good lengths led to many catches behind the wicket. Well thought out bowling and good change ups supported the attack. Wickets also went to; Kapil (1), big Rob (2) and Seany (1).
Good effort by this stage from the Staggies. Tight fielding and top quality bowling led them to bowl Penrith out for 67. You beauty! It was now time to bat. We were all secretly nervous with the uncontrollable pitch. Robby Barker and Liam Windell opened up for the Stags and looked as comfortable as you could be on this pitch. A few early runs, while looking good, until the dismissal of Liam with a freakish ball.
Nick MIller and Sean Campbell in action
Rob went on a little further finding the middle of the bat nicely getting him there slowly but surely. The dismissal brought none other than Aaron "Ron, Ronny, Croftsy, Rhonda, Katut" Crofts to the crease. Looking good the boys went on to make a few more runs. However, they were not the ones to get us over the line due to the dismissal of both batsmen. Andrew "Siera" Sierakowski and James "Robbo" Robertson were the strike team to push us there.
Classy batting from the final two with hard hitting and good turning of the strike.
They were on top of the bowlers right from the start of their innings'. We ended up 3 for 71. Cheering boys!
A good win off the back of a loss and rescheduled game to push us forward in the competition leaving us with 2 wins and a loss. Looking good fellas, keep up the good form!
After a hard to swallow loss at the hands of Northern Districts, that Stags were back in action at their favourite hunting ground, Killara Oval, against a Sydney Uni side who were sitting high upon the Greenies table. A strong warm up showed that the boys were ready for this do or die match.
Liam Windel during his 77
In typical fashion skipper Lachie Mactier lost the toss and the Stags were sent into the field, although this was apparently irrelevant as it was the toss result we were looking for! The opening bowlers Nick 'I'm just a bowler' Miller and Seany 'I bowl heat' Campbell starting off the Gordon innings well by bowling some tight lines and gaining an early breakthrough as well as keeping Uni's scoring rate to around 3 an over, a solid start for the boys.
Big Rob Barker and Matt Keevers continued this early pressure with Matt picking up a couple of prized Uni scalps. This good start from the Stags was helped greatly by a massive improvement in the fielding by all players from past matches.
At the first break Uni were 3 for 50 with the Stags having a slight upper hand but there was still work to be done. An outstanding spell of spin bowling from the skipper saw him take a four wicket haul and tighten the screws on our opposition. Some tight pace bowling from Calvin Breytenbach and Nick Miller coupled with a screamer of a catch from keeper Michael Roberts and consistently solid fielding left Uni reeling at 8 for 100 heading into the lunch break, the Stags being firmly in the box seat.
Michael Roberts appeals, Sean Campbell lets one go and Axel Cahlin hits a six into the Killara Pre-School
The plan after lunch was to take the remaining 2 wickets for as few runs as possible, however, a defiant partnership for the 8th wicket kept the Stags in the field for a bit longer than we would have liked but, to their credit, all of the bowlers remained patient and in the final overs the remaining wickets fell to leave Sydney Uni all out for 154 just inside 60 overs.
With a slower than usual Killara outfield and a renowned spin based Uni attack, the Gordon openers Liam Windel and Axel Cahlin knew that this match was far from over. The pair set about asserting their dominance over the Uni opening bowlers and they did so in great style with some textbook shots, resulting in cries of shooooooot! resonating from the pavilion in a Bill Lawry like manner, providing Gordon with the best start possible for the run chase with what can only be described as 'the best tea spread in greenies!' just around the corner.
Skipper Lachie Mactier during his 4 for 13 at Killara
A solid 50 run stand was eventually broken when Axe had to depart after tea. The arrival of Matt Chamberlain to the crease saw Gordon head steadily towards the target with Liam continuing to punish any loose bowling from the Uni attack.
The retirement of Matt with a foot injury was unfortunate, however it didn't deter the Stags who had their eyes on the win (hope the foot is feeling better Matt!). Aaron 'Ronny' Crofts came to the crease with Liam, who had already compiled a well-made 50, and they continued to tick off the runs required for victory. After an awesome innings of 77 from Liam he was dismissed by the Uni spinner who he had previously taken a liking to.
Michael Roberts came to the crease and the Gordon innings continued to flow with solid running between wickets being a feature of the whole innings as well as some magnificent stroke play. Mike was dismissed with the target in sight, chipping in some valuable runs in the chase.
Matt Keevers during his 3 wicket spell at Killara
Nick Miller entered and set about smashing Gordon to victory with some fluent strokes resulting in a win for the Stags in 45 overs.
A well-deserved win for the Stags who belted out the club song with pride in true Gordon style. The win has also lifted the Stags into 7th spot after the 7 round matches giving us a quarter finals spot against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval next Tuesday. Until then...Up The Stags!!!
Sydney Uni 154 (Lachlan Mactier 4 for 13, Matt Keevers 3 for 35, Sean Campbell 1 for 29, Nick Miller 1 for 36) were defeated by Gordon 3 for 155 (Liam Windel 77, Axel Cahlin 31)
*Please note Lachie didn't mention himself in his report, so we added a bit about his performance.
P.S. Unfortunately Matt Chamberlain broke his toe while batting in Gordon's innings. Matt jammed his bat down on his foot, keeping out a yorker and will be out for quite a while. To his credit he kept batting and tried to run for a few overs, but couldn't continue. The Gordon DCC wishes Matt a quick recovery and we hope to see him in Gordon colours again soon.
After two bad defeats in their trial games, the Gordon Greenies boys headed to Killara Park with a positive attitude instilled by Bruce through a few hard training sessions. A sloppy start to the warm-up was made up for by a good finish and all the boys went into the sheds to chuck on their silvers after captain Lachie lost the toss and Wests chose to bat.
A wicket to Nick Miller
A loosener of a first over saw Wests 0-8 with Sean Campbell conceding two boundaries through backward point on a very quick Killara outfield. It seemed as though like always, it was either 1 or 4 on this ground. Nick Miller delivered a good first over from the other end, however also conceded a boundary through point to leave them 0-12 from 2. After this some tight bowling slowed the scoring and Wests were 0-61 after 23 overs when drinks were called.
Naturally, following such a start the Gordon boys were keen to find a few wickets soon after drinks, and this happened when in the second over following the break Matt Keevers delivered a ball that seamed back in to have their opening bat bowled for 29. This began a flow of wickets every 20 runs thanks to some very tight 4th stump bowling lines, particularly from Rob Barker and Nick Miller. A spectacular slips catch from Axel Cahlin saw another Wests wicket fall to Nick and the pressure was well and truly on them to score runs. Both spinners – Lachie Mactier and Aaron Crofts – lead by example and delivered some good spells throughout the middle overs to keep the runs down. However, some good late hitting by Wests saw them finish with 194, which wasn’t far off the 190 Bruce had set us to restrict them to following the luncheon break.
Nick Miller with new ball, Axel Cahlin clears square leg for six while skipper Lachie Mactier shows his flight.
Following a quick change of innings and some throwdowns, the opening pair of Andrew Sierakowski and Liam Windel strode to the middle and took guard. Some great early shots saw Gordon off to a confident start, cruising at 5 runs per over for the first 9 overs until Andrew skied a low full toss trying to glance it through midwicket.
This brought Axel to the crease who, on his way to 13, hit a massive six over backward square leg. Liam fell LBW with the score on 78 and Axel followed 2 runs later and this left Gordon needing a good partnership following the two quick wickets. Vice-captain Aaron Crofts stepped up to the job and delivered well, with an excellently crafted 62 from 92 balls with 10 fours, which included some masterful strokeplay through the covers.
Matt Chamberlain joined him before departing to an absolute jaffer from a Wests bowler who angled the ball in towards leg stump before having it jag back to take the top of off stump.
The Matt Chamberlain dismissal with a jaffa
Another Gordon wicket had been lost with less than 100 needed and the in-form Nick “I’m a number 11” Miller came to the crease, on the back of a century in a rep semi-final. Nick played with good power and aggression to pummel the Wests bowlers all around the ground and brought up his 50 by striking the winning runs to finish at better than run-a-ball pace.
A post match celebration ensued, with the team singing their first team song, which Falky described as “rubbish”.
Following the disappointment, the boys went onto the field to stretch and discuss the match. We had achieved what we had set out to do – bowling and batting in partnerships, creating pressure, being sharp and energetic in the field and restricting them to a sub-par score on a good wicket.
And to top it off Liam got delivered a No.1 by a dog.
Western Suburbs 7-195 (N Miller 2-30, R Barker 1-32, L Mactier – 1-40, M Keevers 1-9, K Chhatbar 1-21) defeated by Gordon 4-198 (L Windel 41, A Crofts 62*, N Miller 50*)