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And so it begins...2019-20 off to a good start

A pretty good start for the Stags with 4 wins from 6 games.  A number of strong batting performances, led by a great undefeated century in 2nds by Josh Claridge – his first innings for the club – and First Grade skipper Harry Evans’ sparkling 88. Jamie Bekis and Nikhil Ahluwalia shared an excellent partnership in Thirds, as did Felix Barbeler and Nick Astridge in Colts.  

Josh Claridge

With the ball, Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo took a handful, while Glenn Winsor (Firsts), Matt Keevers (Thirds) and Rahul Krishna (Fourths) all went particularly well. 

First Grade

Gordon won the toss and batted at Caringbah. Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin got the side off to a great start, adding 77 in good time before Axel was out for 43.  Steve Colley came in and, with Cam, another 68 were added.  At Steve’s fall, Harry Evans entered and played a fantastic innings.  Cam was out for a fine 76 – a most important dig in the scheme of things – and Harry was able to profit from the fine start, striking a delightful 88 from only 68 balls.  He and Tym Crawford added 109 in good time and the Gordon total of 7-303 was formidable, although, with Shane Watson in the opposition, nothing could be taken for granted. 

Harry Evans in action

It was all set up for a great afternoon’s tussle.  However, Ashwin Premkumar knocked things around a little by bowling Watson in the second over of the innings!  A fair partnership followed but when Charlie Stobo took the second wicket and Glenn Winsor bowled a fantastic spell, taking 3 wickets for 14 in his 7 overs, Gordon were in complete control.  5-109 meant Sutherland had too much to do and, with Tym Crawford chipping in with two and Nathan Doyle, playing his first First Grade game, bowling a top spell and also taking two, the Sharks were all out for140.  Mention should be made of the fielding, which was of the highest class with Harry and Charlie both taking screamers. 

So, an excellent bonus point win to start the season.  Well done!

Gordon 7-303 (Harry Evans 88, Cam Eccles 76, Axel Cahlin43, Tym Crawford 39, Steve Colley 27) defeated Sutherland 140 (Glenn Winsor 3-14, Nathan Doyle 2-23, Tym Crawford 2-29, Ashwin Premkumar 2-36) with a bonus point.

Second Grade

Gordon won the toss and batted on a good deck at Chatswood.  Ryan Tullia and Dom Thomson got the side off to a solid start but both fell together and it was up to Michael Roberts and Josh Claridge to resurrect the situation.  This they did, adding 112 before Michael was out for an aggressive 56 from 51 balls.  A couple of wickets then fell and Josh, who was batting superbly, had to shoulder the responsibility.  He moved to a really classy century, finishing on 117* - a great effort in his first game with the club. 

Josh Claridge during his century against Sutherland 

241 was perhaps a little below par on a lightning Chatswood outfield.  Early wickets weren’t forthcoming and although the bowlers toiled hard, they couldn’t put enough pressure on the Sharks.  Eventually, only two wickets fell as Sutherland passed the Gordon total in the 48th over.

A disappointing result but a great dig from Josh and hopefully success soon for the 2nds.

Gordon 6-241 (Josh Claridge 117*, Michael Roberts 56) lost to Sutherland 2-245.

Third Grade

Gordon inserted Sutherland who immediately lost two wickets.  The next two batsmen then added 132 to put them in a good position.  Three quick wickets ensued before a couple of handy knocks took the score to 8-205 from their allotted overs.  Best of the Gordon bowlers was Matt Keevers, while Darren Jayasekera took a couple.

The Stags needed a good start and Jamie Bekis and Liam McElduff obliged, putting on 75 for the first wicket.  Liam was dismissed for 41 and another wicket fell immediately, but Jamie, who hit the ball very solidly and Nikhil Ahluwalia, from last year’s Green Shield team, made sure that the chase would always be successful, adding 113 in good time.

Mitch Kleem against Sutherland

Jamie was unfortunately dismissed shortly before the win was attained for an outstanding 86 while Nikhil remained 63* - a great effort and a top start.

Gordon 3-208 (Jamie Bekis 86, Nikhil Ahluwalia 63*, Liam McElduff 41) defeated Sutherland 8-205 (Matt Keevers 4-27, Darren Jayasekera 2-24).

Fourth Grade

Sutherland were given first use of the Killara deck and use it they did.  The early batting was good and Gordon had difficulty making significant breakthroughs.  The second wicket fell at 128 and several more handy partnerships built the score up briskly.  Sutherland finished on 8-265 – a very solid effort.  Best bowler for Gordon was Rahul Krishna who finished with 4-49.  Simon Read also took two but it was a big total to chase.

Stuart Bromley against Sutherland

Mitch Kleem was his normal aggressive self, putting on 59 with Nick Russo for the opening partnership.  They finished with 36 and 46 respectively, both strong knocks.  Unfortunately, the middle order struggled and, at 6-157, there was a problem.  Skipper Stuart Bromley was his normal belligerent self with a punchy 55* but it was not to be and the Stags were eventually all out for 219.  

Only round one and some good performances.

Gordon 219 (Stuart Bromley 55*, Nick Russo 46, Mitch Kleem 36) lost to Sutherland 8-265 (Rahul Krishna 4-49, Simon Read 2-28).  

Fifth Grade

Gordon batted first at Tonkin Oval.  After losing an early wicket, a number of batsmen made useful contributions without really taking control of the game.  Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo, Jayden Gray, Dillon Amjad, Dave Monaghan and Prashan Seneviratne all scored between 20 and 40 and helped get the total up to an almost respectable 195.  A fair result but tough to defend.

Sutherland did not appear threatened as they cruised to 1-102.  All over bar the shouting?  I think not!

Shiv Rana broke the partnership and then Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo took a couple and, with Shiv striking again, Sutherland had lost 4-2.  Wickets kept falling and with Dave Monaghan taking a couple, the Sharks collapsed to be all out for 158.  A top spell by Nomaan.

Rahul Krishna

A great recovery from the Stags and a top way to start the season.

Gordon 195 (Dave Monaghan 35, Dillon Amjad 32, Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo 27, Prashan Seneviratne 22, Jayden Gray 21) defeated Sutherland 158 (Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo 5-29, Dave Monaghan 2-29, Shiv Rana 2-34).


The Colts started their 2019-20 defence of the Metrop Cup title at Beauchamp Park against Blacktown.  They lost the toss and were asked to bat on an absolutely terrific looking pitch.  And so it proved.  After losing an early wicket, skipper Nick Astridge and Felix Barbeler were circumspect at first but gradually got comfortable, putting the loose balls away and sharing an excellent partnership of 145.  Nick scored a fine 69 while Felix went on to 84 – a top knock! 

Felix Barbeler and Nick Astridge at Beauchamp

Riley Behlevanas kept the momentum going with some good running and English import Josh Porter finished the innings with a very punishing 48*, including 27 from the final over!  Three for 253 from their 45 overs was a great start for Gordon.

Blacktown also lost an early wicket but their young batsmen were on a mission and hit a number of early boundaries.  Wickets were falling however, and Gordon were on top at 4-49 before a very good partnership of 59 in good time saw the Warriors in with a show.  Finally, young Dylan Ranjan broke through and from that point, the Stags were on top.  Dylan bowled an excellent spell, as did Connor Clift.  Wickets fell although the middle order showed commendable determination.  The innings finished at 188, with Josh Porter and Ollie Patterson also making strong contributions, chipping in with a brace each.

So, a really good first up win for the Colts with two one-dayers in the next fortnight at Beauchamp to come.

Gordon 3-253 (Felix Barbeler 84, Nick Astridge 69, Josh Porter 48*, Riley Behlevanas 17*) defeated Blacktown 188 (Connor Clift 2-16, Josh Porter 2-28, Dylan Ranjan 2-33, Ollie Patterson 2-42).  

Our future stars. The Colts at Beauchamp


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