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Teams for Round 14 vs the Hawks announced

Teams for Round 14 vs the Hawks announced

The teams have been announced for the vital Round 14 against the Hawks with two returns in first grade and some shuffling for semi-final eligibility.We still have 5 teams well in the running for the finals, with 2 rounds to go against Hawkesbury and Wests.

Charlie Stobo returns from Futures League match

1st Grade: After Saturday’s brilliant win Gordon are now equal 1st with Syd Uni  on 61 points - then comes Bankstown on 57; Sydney on 54; Parra on 47 and Penrith on 46 make up the top 6.

2nd Grade: We are 7th, just 1 point out of the 6 on 43 points – with Parra in 6th spot on 44 points. In a bunched field, only 6 points separate 5th to 12th spot and obviously we must win the remaining games.

3rd Grade: Now dropped to 11th spot on 38 points and 11 points out of the 6 – a tough ask from here.

4th Grade: We now lie in 4th spot on 54 points and only 2 points off 3rd spot. Need 2 wins to host a semi.

5th Grade: Despite the loss we are still in 1st spot on 56 points; then Saints 54; ND’s 50; Blacktown 48. Hopefully Saturday’s poor loss was the reality check we needed and in particular to the bats, who must build on their innings.

Colts: After an exciting nail biting win, this side showed true grit and toughness to just cross the line.They are clear leaders on 64 points and 10 points ahead of 2nd place Penrith on 54 points - clearly the two best sides in the comp, although Syd Uni would dispute this comment.

Club Championship: Now in 6th spot on 1127 points and only 104 points behind the new leaders in Sydney on 1231. 2nd spot is ND’s on 1200, then Syd Uni on 1191 in 3rd spot; Penrith in 4th place on 1177points and Manly 1143.

*Please note that the selectors have shuffled lower grades to try and ensure maximum qualification criteria. We welcome back Charlie Stobo and James Kennedy in 1st Grade, with Scott O’Brien and Dan Stickland (after his top performance in 1st grade last week) moving back to 2’s to really strengthen them for this must win game. 

Grade .v.

Hawkesbury – 2 day matches.

Colts .v.

Randy-Petes Gold – 2 day match Sat.

Dates:

Grade Saturday 25th Feb & 4th March 2017

Colts Saturday 25thth Feb & 4th March.

 

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Chatswood

Owen Earl

Killara

10.30am

10.30am

12.15pm

1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Mason Crane

Josh Doyle

Adam Cubbage

4) Tym Crawford

Reagan Klemt

Chris De Kretser

5) Ash Doolan w/k

Nick Miller

Darren Jayasekera

6) Cameron Eccles

Scott O’Brien

Shayne Lin

7) Matt Junk

Max Papworth

Cameron New

8) James Kennedy

Chad Soper

Michael Roberts w/k

9) Elliott Richtor

Dan Stickland

Jack Skilbeck

10) Daniel Smith

Dom Thomson

Danusha Seneviratne

11) Charlie Stobo

Anand Verma

Chris Spratt

 

 

 

M/R = Axel Cahlin

M/R = Anand Verma

M/R = Cameron New

4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts

Benson Lane No 2

Beauchamp

Marrickville

12.15pm

12.15pm

12.15pm

1) Stuart Bromley ©

David Burk ©

Aaron Crofts ©

2) Charlie Booth

Nick Andreou w/k

Manus Chauhan

3) Steve Bristow

Jack Doolan

Andrew Harvey

4) Will Calov

Tim Ferrero

Dylan Hood

5) Mitch Kleem

Tom Hamblin

Kevin Huang

6) Liam McElduff

Damon Livermore

Matt Keane

7) Pat Rice

David Monaghan

Rahul Krishna

8) Hugh Sherwood

Vikrant Nehru

Brady Morrison

9) Sam Watts

Nick Prell

Sahil Sharma

10) Matt Wright

Lachie Stewart

Oliver Williams w/k

11) Oli Zanino w/k

Ryan Tullia

Liam Windel

 

 

 

 

 

 

M/R = Matt Wright

M/R = Nick Prell

M/R = Sahil Sharma

Train on: Jarad Clulow

Unavailable:  1) Adam Wasyluk 2) Liahm Williams 3) Oli Isles-Mann 4) Tommy Gohl 5) Nick Dellis 6) Fraser Wilson 7) Harry Middlebrook 8) Prashan Seneviratne 9) James Brown 10) Corbin Edgar 11) Matt Keevers


An apocalyptic storm & Duckworth Lewis combine to ruin the day against ND's

An apocalyptic storm & Duckworth Lewis combine to ruin the day against ND's

Cricket can be a cruel, a generous, or sometimes just a confusing game. Someone work out the Duckworth Lewis method, for a start.This was a weekend that would be remembered more for the apocalyptic storm that threatened cars and impressed passers-by more than the cricket, but sometimes the weather can be more spectacular than the great game.

It wasnt snowing at Chatswood

As it stood after a Saturday and Sunday of hard-fought games against local rivals Northern Districts, the weather and the maths got the better of some teams, but helped out others.

To try to iron out any confusion, here's this week's wrap with precisely what happened.

First Grade

Northern Districts were inserted by skipper Colley, and immediately he got his reward, with Dan Smith snaring two early wickets, including the prize scalp of the classy Dan Hughes.

 
Dan Stickland's first 1st grade wicket, caught behind by Ash Doolan

Dan Stickland, after a baptism of fire against Sydney, found his groove and also claimed two scallops, both bought behind by Ash Doolan, who was getting plenty of work behind the stumps.

From there both wickets and runs came at a rapid pace, with Elliot Richtor bowling very usefully to get three, and Dan Smith also picking up another to finish with three. NDs made it to 197 from 47 overs - a great bowling effort from Gordon.

     
Steve Colley, Elliot Richtor and Dan Smith against ND's at Chatswood

In reply, Axel Cahlin and Cam Eccles started resourcefully, before Axel fell in the 13th over for 24.

Cam was next to go with the score on 82, bringing Steve Colley and Elliot Richtor together for another useful partnership. At 3/150, the rain came down and the game was called in Gordon's favour on the Duckworth Lewis system, with skipper Colley 2 short of a half century. Another great and well-earned win for the Stags which keeps them in second spot, level on points with Sydney University.

Gordon 3/150 (Steve Colley 46, Cameron Eccles 33, Elliot Richtor 38) def Northern Districts via Duckworth Lewis 197 (Dan Smith 3/28, Elliot Richtor 3/37)

Second Grade

The seconds put together a poor batting display again. Shayne and Josh Doyle fell early, with Dom Thomson and Max Newman following. At 5/64, it was looking troubling but pleasingly managed to scrounge their way to 169. This was mainly thanks to Max Papworth, who stuck out a difficult period early before playing some outrageous shots towards the end to be last man out for 85.

Brett Papworth during his 85 on Saturday.

In direct contrast, the Stags were brilliant with the ball. Chad Soper was the destroyer with 2 early wickets, with Sam Baker and Nick Miller taking it to the batsmen afterwards. Both brought the scoring rate back down with tight spells (0/17 off 7 and 0/10 off 5 respectively).

With the rain looming and NDs ahead on Duckworth Lewis at 2/60, captain Newman turned again to Chad who got the breakthrough (stumped!). A cheeky run out to Josh Doyle brought the Twos ahead of the DL equation.

Sam Baker giving it his all against ND's

At the start of what turned out to be the last over, the Stags were ahead by 1 run, but after 2 runs off the first 2 balls the hail began to come down. NDs finished 4/89, a loss by 1 run on Duckworth Lewis. A bitterly disappointing result but it was a great effort, with plenty of fight shown through the day.

Cricket can be cruel sometimes.

Gordon 169 (Max Papworth 85) lost to Northern District 4/89 by Duckworth Lewis (Chad Soper 3 wickets)

Third Grade

Confronted with a good-looking Killara wicket, there was no option but to bat once the toss was won for the Third Graders.

The skipper shows his batting prowess at KIllara

Cameron New and Liam McElduff got the Stags off to a promising start before Cameron was out. Liam followed in similar fashion, caught behind the wicket, as did Hugh Sherwood.

Jamie Bekis and Darren Jayasekera looked to be positive with three wickets down, but once Darren was out two more quickly followed.

There were echoes of the event wicket partnership between Scott O'Brien and Michael Roberts to come, though, with Jamie Bekis and Pat Effeney coming together. Unfortunately Jamie was out trying to deflect down to third man, but Chris De Kretser picked up where he left off and looked comfortable at the crease.

He compiled a well-made 33 in a 60-run partnership, sticking it out with the captain before holing out in search of quick runs. Will Calov accompanied Effeney to the end of the 50 overs, giving the Stags something to bowl at with 161 on a slow outfield.

 

     
Jamie Bekis, Pat Effeney and Chis De Kretser at Killara on Saturday

Effeney took an early wicket, but a couple of chances went by and the NDs batsmen capitalised in their reply.

With 22.3 overs bowled, however, the apocalypse arrived, and with no chance of play and not having reached the minimum 25 over mark for a match, the game was abandoned. A draw.

Other results means that the season could be over, but you never really know until the final ball is bowled.

Gordon 9/161 (Pat Effeney 43, Chris De Kretser 33) drew with Northern Districts 1/92

Fourth Grade

Fours won the toss at Asquith and decided to bat.

Mitch Kleem shows his style on Saturday

The bowling was really tight from the high-flying NDs outfit, and the boundaries were huge, so it was always going to be a battle to put on a good total.

Gordon lost Tom Hamblin (6) quite early, but Mitchy Kleem (65) and Matt Wright (27) knuckled down and played really solid innings, getting us to 1/101 after 26. Both departed within a couple of overs of each other, and from there everyone pitched in against some good bowing and got the fours to a very solid 8/200... probably worth 260 at a venue like Killara.

The quicks bowled well from the start and NDs just never got away from us. Sam Watts set the tone with his 1/8 off 7 overs, then Charlie Booth spun them deviously, finishing for 2/20 off 5, with fellow spinner Matt Wright also containing handily to have 0/20 off 7.3. Both Boothy and Matt kept things tight and rushed through enough overs to ensure the Stags could get the result via run rate, which Gordon were far ahead on at that stage.

Sam Watts took an early wicket at Asquith

The game finished in predictable, hail-induced fashion with NDs stranded at 4/75 off 28 overs. It was a great win, and most importantly was a return to form for 4s who went off the rails a little last week.

Gordon 8/200 (Mitch Kleem 65, Matt Wright 27) def Northern Districts 4/75 on run rate (Charlie Booth 2/20)

Fifth Grade

Gordon might still be running first, but losing to a traditionally strong club like Northern Districts will be a big wake up call to Dave Burk's men.

It was a promising start for the Stags, sitting relatively comfortably at 2/55, then 4/92 off just 15 overs. The run rate wasn't a problem, with Jack Doolan showing his ability with 26 quick runs.

David Burk at Beauchamp

Lachie Stewart was there throughout, making 61. But aside from that, no one stepped up and when Lachie was dismissed, it all fell in a heap, with Gordon dismissed for just 142.

NDs had no real issues tracking down that score, despite some good bowling from Nick Prell and skipper Burk. They would get the runs six wickets down.

There's still plenty to play for fifth grade in the next two games, and no doubt they'll want to bounce back strongly from this one.

Gordon 142 (Stewart 61, Doolan 26) lost to ND's 6/143 (Burk 4/43, Prell 2/25)

Colts

Gordon won the toss vs Sydney Uni on the Sunday and batted first. After a satisfactory start, Oliver Williams (21) and Aaron Crofts (24) put on 50 to get Gordon to 2/73 off 23. However, the Stags lost 3/3 and things were looking rather shaky at 5/73.

Danusha Seneviratne at Beauchamp

A magnificent partnership between Danusha Seneviratne and Sahil Sharma saw Gordon reach 120 only 6 down. Sharma (27) and Seneviratne (33) were then dismissed and so was the innings shortly after, finishing on 148. It was a sub-par performance on a very very slow Beauchamp outfield after the carnage the day before.

Not to be dissuaded, Gordon's attack, as always, proved to be tight and attacking.

Danusha (4 wickets) was on two hat tricks that proved to be the most threatening. He bowled the spells that determined the result of the game. James Brown (2 wickets) tossed them up, and at 7/110 it was anyone's game. Dylan Hood, Aaron Crofts and Matt Keane had all chipped in but with 11 required and 1 wicket remaining it was all happening.

However, a touch and go second run from Uni saw Crofts get a run out to seal the game for the Stages by two runs in a thriller.

A great game of cricket, played in the right spirit. Well played to all. Colts are now 10 points clear in first, and deserve to be after a show of character like that.

Gordon 148 (Danusha Seneviratne 33, Sahil Sharma 27) def Sydney Uni 146 (Danusha Seneviratne 4 wickets, James Brown 2 wickets)

Pat Effeney

GDCC Communications Wrap Writer


P.S.

It seems there is an English tradition that on your birthday you have to run from the dressing room to the centre of a cricket ground and back while it is hailing wearing a helmet. Mason Crane (see below) in true Stags spirit kept his part of the bargain at Chatswood on Saturday.He was getting in practice for his return to the homeland. 

 

 

GDCC Charity Dinner and Golf day a great success

GDCC Charity Dinner and Golf day a great success

The weather was fine, but maybe a little hot, the golf was good and the dinner was exceptional with Adam Gilchrist and Tony Squires putting on a great show for the guests.The GDCC Charity Dinner and Golf day was held on Thursday 16th February with the array of guests, sponsors and players filling both the golf course during the day and the dining room at night.

Our long term Golf Day sponsors Elliot House lead by Simon Dorahy were the winners on the day with James Packman’s team winning his 7th podium finish in 7 years coming second and the QC Traffic Control team of Steve Colley, Tym Crawford, Cam Eccles and Ash Doolan coming third.

The course was in excellent condition after the severe weather conditions of the previous week and was a credit to the Grounds team and General Manager David Gazzoli. Alicia Riccobon the Hospitality and events manager was her normal very efficient self, having the day and evening working perfectly to time and quality. 

     
Tym Crawford, Ash Doolan, Pat Effeney and Steve Colley in action 

The evening kicked off with Tony Squires introducing the evening’s events which was followed by Geoff Hickman giving an excellent welcome address to the guests He talked about the great culture of the club has survived 112 years and the importance of helping our charity for the night by donating to the Daff Family Fund. He also introduced the members of the 1989/90 and 1990/91 teams of which Adam played in both years.

     
Craig Marshall, Adair Durie and Geoff Hickman at dinner

As a special treat Adair Durie explained the wines from Tyrrell’s we were drinking on the night in his own inimitable style. Rumour has it that players were asked to play in Adair’s team while he was playing so that they could share in his after match wine tasting.

Adam Gilchrist delighted the guests with his in depth knowledge

The live auction was well delivered by our Gold Sponsor Craig Marshall from Savills Cordeau Marshall with all of the items selling well. 

The guests were then entertained by Adam and Tony who put on a performance as if they had their own show with excellent questions from Tony and in depth answers from Adam. You could hear a pin drop while Adam talked about his cricket career, the many characters he played with and against and the position of Australian cricket in particular the rise of the Twenty 20 game and the importance of Test cricket.   

The club is very thankful to both Adam and Tony for giving up their time to come to our event with Adam flying in that morning after catching the 5.30am flight. Just to show how grounded he is he flew back on Friday so he could coach his son’s team on Saturday morning. 

     
Ed Howitt, Neil Harvey and Mark O'Neill with partner Lindsay at the dinner

It seemed everyone enjoyed the night with a good representation from the players who were glued to every Gilly word as well as of course our Platinum, Gold and Golf Day Sponsors who helped make the day the success it was.

I think the words of Ed Howitt summed the night up when he said. “There is something really special about tonight”.

Thanks to everyone for coming and participating in the event and we look forward to next year.

Make sure you go to https://www.gofundme.com/v9-sammy and make each day count for the Daff Family.

Paul Stephenson 

 
We are not quite sure what Dom Thomson was doing on the 18th green but we will leave it to your imagination.



Hole in one prize of New Holden Astra at Golf day

Hole in one prize of New Holden Astra at Golf day

The club is pleased to advise the golfers on our Charity day tomorrow that we will again be having a hole in one prize of the 2016 European Car of the Year – a brand new $35,000 Holden Astra RS-V. It is the top of the range Astra with leather trim, satellite navigation, Apple car play, push button start, heated seats, dual zone climate control air conditioning and 18'' alloy wheels and is the European car of the year.

The car, if won, will be donated by Central Coast Holden through our long term supporters Jack and Peter Horwitz. 

The cost will be $20 to have a shot at the hole in one and will be played for on the 2nd hole. 

The rules will be available on the hole and the prize is restricted only to those registered to play in the event.

In addition the club will provide a $200 prize for the nearest the pin for both men and women.  

The club thanks Jack and Peter Horwitz for their support of the club. 

 

The GDCC Golf Day committee








Some fantastic auction prizes to be sold at Charity Golf day dinner.

Some fantastic auction prizes to be sold at Charity Golf day dinner.

A Corporate lunch for 10 people with Adam Gilchrist in Sydney and a Gordon Legends lunch attended by 9 Gordon Test players head the list.This is your chance to either be ready for the Auction next Thursday night or if you wish make a bid in advance if you are not attending.

We can record the bid and let you know how you went.If you wish to make a bid send an email to paulscricket@gmail.com. It will be acknowledged and recorded. You can even provide a confidential maximum offer if you like.

The six main auction items are as follows:

Corporate Lunch with Adam Gilchrist

Adam has offered to come to Sydney at a time when he is here in the near future and attend a lunch within the premises of a company with up to 10 of your staff/clients. The lunch just has to be a private one not within a restaurant. This is a rare opportunity for our club sponsors and other corporate guests to make a bid to entertain their guests with one of Australia’s great cricketers and businessman.Corporations will know the value of this.

Legends Lunch – 9 Gordon Test players

The lunch will be attended by Neil Harvey, Brian Taber, Ken Eastwood, Ian Davis, Graeme Watson, Matt Nicholson, Beau Casson, Trevor Chappell and Phil Emery and will be held in a CBA function room in their city offices.   We are running this offer a bit differently, making it possible for any Gordon supporter to attend. The item will be in the silent auction and the highest bidders for tickets will attend with a minimum of $250 per ticket. You can put a group together if you like and make an offer. The rules will be in order of the highest per individual bid and if some are equal the same the first ones on the sheet. There is a maximum of 10 tickets available.

 

Boxing Day Test Package of 4 tickets in Bay 53 (near Mid-off) with 2 night’s accommodation

A great offer of 4 tickets to the Ashes Boxing Day Test this year in Melbourne with 2 night’s accommodation in a first class apartment (Flinders Lane Apartments) near to the ground and 4 airline tickets leaving early on Boxing Day morning and returning 2 days later. The seats are in Bay 53 near to the Members area. They are not undercover but in a prime position.Starting bid $2,500

Signed Adam Gilchrist bat in presentation box

Limited edition bat in presentation frame with plaque, photo and signed by Adam Gilchrist (on the day). This is your opportunity to pick up a memorabilia item that has real value. You can also have your photo taken with Adam and the bat. It can go straight to the pool room!

3 nights for 4 people Versace Palazzo

Holiday with your friends or bring the family. Versace amenities, cutlery, crockery, furnishings and with a fabulous private terrace. Entertain at the six-seat dining table and create your own menus in the full size kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, flat range stove with oven. Fabulous entertainment systems with 32" LCD TVs and DVD player. This luxurious condominium comfortably accommodates 4 with 2 double bedrooms both with their own ensuite.Starting bid $2,500.

 

Corporate Box Waratahs v  Blues – Allianz Stadium – Saturday May 6 at 7.40pm

This is your chance to get together with your clients or friends and secure an open Corporate box for 12 people at the SFS for the May 6 match between the Waratahs and the Blues.The box is in the Eastern Stand and does not include catering which can be arranged by the purchaser at an extra cost.This box markets for $2,200 and your chance to get a great deal. Starting bid $800.

 

If you want to place and advance bid for any of these items just send an email to paulscricket@gmail.com with you mobile number for verification.

The excellent silent auction items will follow in another story.

Teams for vital round against ND's announced

Teams for vital round against ND's announced

The teams have been announced for Round 13 against our neighbours Northern Districts and Colts against Sydney University. As you can see from the below tables, this round against ND’s is without doubt the most vital round of the competition for the Club. All 6 grades are definite semi prospects, and this is an opportunity to cement some spots.

Scott O'Brien in action against Sydney

1st Grade: Gordon are now a clear 2nd on 55 points; behind Syd Uni on 61 and clear of Bankstown on 50 in 3rd spot and Sydney on 48 and Penrith on 47. We have Mason Crane for the next 2 rounds, then back to the Old Dart, unless as suggested in the wrap – we kidnap him (sharing and caring Mason).

2nd Grade: We are now 1 point out of the 6 on 43 points in 7th spot, in a tight bunch of 2nd – 6th on 52-44 points and well away from a tearaway leader in Sydney on 69 points. Obviously we must win the remaining games.

3rd Grade: After a great bonus point win we have now jumped to equal 7th on 38 points with Sydney however 9 points out of the six. We must continue winning and we do still have to play ND’s and Wests, both on 49 points.

4th Grade: We now lie in equal 5th on 48 points with Easts. Only 7 points separate 3rd to 8th possie on 50-43 points, well behind the leaders ND’s and Sydney on 67 points. We play ND’s this round and must return to the winners list.

5th Grade: Now clear leaders on 56 points and 8 clear of 2nd place Saints on 48 in 2nd spot. We are on a roll.

Colts captain Aaron Crofts. Leading his team from the front

Colts: Also clear leaders on 58 points and 4 points ahead of 2nd place Penrith on 54 points; clearly the 2 best sides in the comp.

Club Championship: Now in 5th spot on 1073 points and only 83 points behind the new leaders in Penrith on 1165. 2nd spot is ND’s on 1161, then Sydney on 1125 in 3rd spot and Syd Uni in 4th place on 1111 points.

Selected Teams: Please note the selectors are carefully watching the qualification of all players.

The main changes in the sides are the unavailability due to injury of James Kennedy in Firsts and the promotion of Scott O’Brien as well as Chad Soper having representative duties with PNG on day 1. 

The teams are:

GDCC TEAM SELECTIONS – 2016/17 – Round 13

Grade .v.

Northern Districts 2 day matches on Saturday except Colts on Sunday.

Colts .v.

Sydney University 2 day match on Sunday

Dates:

Grade Saturday 11th & 18th Feb 2017, Colts Sunday 12th & 19thth Feb

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Chatswood

Mark Taylor

Killara

10.30am

10-30am  

12.15pm

1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Mason Crane

Josh Doyle

Will Calov- out Day 2

4) Tym Crawford

Corbin Edgar

Adam Cubbage

5) Ash Doolan w/k

Reagan Klemt

Chris De Kretser

6) Cameron Eccles

Shayne Lin

Darren Jayasekera

7) Matt Junk

Nick Miller – out Day 2

Liam McElduff

8) Scott O’Brien

Max Papworth

Cameron New

9) Elliott Richtor

Dan Stickland

Michael Roberts w/k

10) Daniel Smith

Dom Thomson

Hugh Sherwood

11) Charlie Stobo

Anand Verma

Jack Skilbeck

 

Chad Soper - in Day 2

Nick Miller - in Day 2

M/R = Mason Crane

M/R = Josh Doyle

M/R = Michael Roberts

4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts on Sunday

Asquith

Beauchamp

Beauchamp

12.15pm

12.15pm

12.15pm

1) Stuart Bromley ©

David Burk ©

Aaron Crofts ©

2) Charlie Booth

Nick Andreou w/k

James Brown – out Day 2

3) Tim Ferrero

Jack Doolan

Manus Chauhan

4) Tom Hamblin

Dylan Hood – out Day 2

Andrew Harvey

5) Matt Keevers

Rahul Krishna

Kevin Huang

6) Mitch Kleem

Damon Livermore

Matt Keane

7) Pat Rice – out Day 2

David Monaghan

Brady Morrison

8) Chris Spratt

Vikrant Nehru

Danusha Seneviratne

9) Sam Watts

Nick Prell

Prashan Seneviratne

10) Matt Wright

Lachie Stewart

Oliver Williams w/k

11) Oli Zanino w/k

Ryan Tullia

Sahil Sharma

Will Calov – in Day 2

Pat Rice – in Day 2

Dylan Hood – in Day 2

 

 

 

M/R = Tim Ferrero

M/R = Lachie Stewart

M/R = Prashan Seneviratne

Unavailable:  1) Jono New 2) John O’Neill-Fuller 3) Adam Wasyluk 4) Liahm Williams 5) Harry Rees 6) Jory Cureton 7) Oli Isles-Mann 8) Liam Windel 9) Tommy Gohl 10) Nick Dellis 11) Steve Bristow 12) Chad Soper out Day 13) Jared Clulow 14) James Kennedy 15) Fraser Wilson 16) Harry Middlebrook
Four outta six ain't bad as Mason leads the way again.

Four outta six ain't bad as Mason leads the way again.

It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Stags, with some sides struggling and others recording thumping victories. It seemed like it was either one or the other. Anyway a whopping victory over a strong Sydney side in first grade was the highlight, with the premier team showing great composure with bat and ball in difficult situations.

A President's job is never done as Geoff Hickman acts as team manager for the First Grade team in 40 degree heat

3rds and 5ths recorded bonus points wins, while 2nds and 4ths had a loss.

A great milestone was also passed, with Damon Livermore reaching his 10,000th run for Gordon. Read about that one here (http://www.gordoncricket.com/gdcc-articles/reg-reaches-that-elusive-10-000-runs-mark).

For now, onto the report.

1st Grade:

A two-day game over the weekend against a strong Sydney side confronted the Stags, and at 4/40 with Elliott Richtor and Steve Colley in the hut, it was time for some other names to step up.

Sorry Tym, I rushed to Drummoyne to get some photos and got your last ball. Well batted

Enter Tym Crawford and Ash Doolan, two of Gordon's best clubmen, who decided to take the game on and give us a total we could bowl to.

They took the score to 158, a near 120-run partnership before Tym was dismissed for a cracking 82 off 115 balls. Ash Doolan was still there, though, and with Mason Crane (30) and Dan Smith (29) looked to turn a good score into a great one. Unfortunately Ash was dismissed a run before what would have been the most deserved of centuries. For all intents, this innings deserved the three figures. Well played Ash.

 
Ash Doolan at Drummoyne

At 8 for 251 it looked like a decent total was on the board, but James Kennedy (53) played another fighting innings at the back end to get the score to all out for 337 early on the second day. No, he did not take his helmet off upon reaching the landmark. Something to bowl at indeed!

 
Another 7 for Mason. The club has decided to kidnap him so his doesn't go home to England

It started slowly for the Stags with the ball, with the Sydney openers looking comfortable. It took until the over before lunch, with Mason Crane and Matt Junk bowling well in tandem, for a ball to fly out towards deep square leg, where Dan Smith took an important catch.

Matt Junk in action at Drummoyne

No Gordon player had dropped an iota during that session, even when Sydney were scoring freely, and it would pay off.

After lunch, it was a different game, with Matt Junk (2/17 off 16 overs) and Mason Crane (7/53) taking over.Matt's dismissal of Sydney skipper Dan Smith, in particular, seemed to place the Stags firmly in the driver's seat.From 0/80, Sydney were all out for 146, with Mason again the star with 7 well-earned wickets, ably supported by the fielders and Matt Junk. A search of the record books will be needed to find out if any other frist grade players has taken 7 wickets in three consecutive matches.

   

Dan Stickland is given his first grade cap by Geoff Hickman and then congratulated by Marcus

The win cements Gordon in second with 55 points. President Geoff Hickman called it one of the best wins he's ever seen in grade cricket. A testament to the quality of the performance, and the character of every player in the team.

Gordon 337 (Ash Doolan 99, Tym Crawford 82, James Kennedy 53) def Sydney 146 (Mason Crane 7/53, Matt Junk 2/17)

Master photographer Tony Wilson "catches" an excellent catch by Steve Colley off Mason

2nd Grade:

Gordon lost the toss at Chatswood and were inserted after a bit of rain that night.A solid start saw the score get to 37 before Dom Thomson was dismissed.From there it was a case of wickets in clusters, with Scott falling shortly after, Max and Josh following him.

With the eighth wicket came a partnership of 30-odd between Max Newman and Anand Verma. When Anand was runout with the score at 139 it was up to Max, who managed to take the score to 156 for the loss of 8 after Gordon's 40 overs.

Scott O'Brien batting at Chatswood on Saturday

It was a tough batting wicket, but was probably made harder by the team.

Early wickets were required, and came. Three to Josh Doyle, opening the bowling with his offies, and one to Nick Miller saw Sydney at 4/45 and Gordon well in it.

A further wicket to Scott meant with 90 to get Sydney were halfway down, but a partnership of 20 then one of 80 cruelled Gordon's hopes, with Sydney reaching the target 6 wickets down after 36 overs.

A tough loss, but seconds remain well in the hunt for finals.

Gordon 8/156 (Max Newman 56*, Scott O'Brien 28) lost to Sydney 6/157 (Josh Doyle 2-22 wickets, Scott O'Brien 3-51)

3rd Grade:

Another bonus point win for the third graders, who seem to enjoy this whole bowling teams out and chasing thing.

Pat Effeney at Birchgrove (photo not put up by Pat)

The day started slowly with drizzle forcing a somewhat delayed start. But once the players were out there it got off to a bang, with a wicket and 5 runs coming off Pat Effeney's first over. With the bowlers slipping and sliding, Matt Keevers toiled through, and with sawdust called for play got a lot better.

Hugh Sherwood and Will Calov would bowl next, with Will getting two breakthroughs, the number three with a spooned return catch and the number four with a ball chopped straight to point.

Chris De Kretser would then come on from that end and get a wicket with his first over. At 4/48 with more than 20 overs gone, it was slow going. A slow partnership ensued, taking the score to 82 before Matt Wright (1/22 off 10) struck for his first.

   
Matt Wright, Will Calov and Chris De Kretser at Birchgrove

From there, Pat Effeney and Will Calov would clean up the tail, with Pat finishing with 4 wickets and Will with 3, plus a runout to Darren. Sydney all out 106 in a most pleasing display of disciplined bowling.

Cam New and Shayne Lin were intent on getting a positive start, taking the score to 27 before Cam was dismissed.

Wickets came regularly but so did runs, and each batsman made a start but never really capitalised. Jamie was the best with 28, with Shayne making 19. In the end Gordon were 5 down with four to get and two overs to get the bonus point. Two wickets lost weren't really worrisome, and it was secured in the 30th over.

A good performance from the Stags, and a well-earned extra point puts Third Grade right in the mix for finals.

Gordon 7/107 (Jamie Bekis 28) def Sydney 106 (Pat Effeney 4/11, Will Calov 3/23)

4th Grade:

Gordon won the toss and sent them in at Killara, as is the style these days. The fielding didn't quite back up the in-form bowlers as well as usual, with a couple of early dropped catches.

Liam McElduff shows resolute defence at Killara

These cost the Stags dearly as Sydney knuckled down and batted well to reach 8/199 on a tricky Killara deck. The bustling mediums of Steve Bristow (2/20) and Charlie Booth's (2/25) fearsome offies was the best Gordon bowling. Those two bowled very tight and pegged Sydney back through the middle overs. 

With a bit of rain the day before, that would prove a tricky chase on a pitch that has been favouring bowling in 2016/17. 

In reply top scorer Liam McElduff really showed the way with 35. He and Tom Hamblin (24) put on a couple of good partnerships that threatened to put the Stags in it, but at 4/91 wickets began to tumble and no one took ownership. Gordon needed that one big score but it never came,a timely reminder of the standard of finals cricket.

Gordon's innings fell in a heap and finished all out 117.

A disappointing day out for the fours saw us slip down to 5th, but still well in the mix.

Gordon 117 (Liam McElduff 35, Tom Hamblin 24) lost to Sydney 8/199 (Steve Bristow 2/20, Charlie Booth 2/25, Pat Rice 2/60)

5th Grade:

How about that fifth grade team? Another week, another thumping win. Despite being sans Sam Watts, there would be no stopping this side who piled on an impressive 9/262 at Ryde Oval. 

Tim Ferrero, who's missed too much cricket for a young bloke for reasons we all understand, was super impressive on his comeback, making 75 as if he'd been playing all year.

 
Welcome back Tim

Jared Clulow can't go unmentioned, bashing 68, and they were ably supported by Nick Andreou (36) and Jack Doolan (26)

Chase that down!

Or not, with Vikrant Nehru going on a tear with 4/21 to continue his good form, David Monaghan taking 3/19 and Jory Cureton chipping in with 2/24 to see Sydney dismissed for just 83 after 25 overs.

Another categorical win from the fifth graders, who find themselves first, 8 points ahead of the next best St George. Keep up the habit, boys!

 
Jared Clulow during his 68 at Ryde

Gordon 9/262 (Tim Ferrero 75, Jared Clulow 68, Nick Andreou 36) def Sydney 83 (Vikrant Nehru 4/21, Dave Monaghan 3/19, Joey Cureton 2/24)

Colts:

The Colts team had a terrific 7 wicket win against Georges River. After losing the toss and being asked to bowl, Gordon were attacking right from the get go. An early wicket to Danusha Seneviratne, who bowled a virtually unplayable first spell, got us underway. He and Nick Dellis bowled economically, and at 1/41 after 1 overs7, Gordon capitalised with some in swing brilliance from Dylan (3/17 off 6) and Prashan Seneviratne (1/7 off 6). Those two bowled in a true partnership to have GR at 6/45 and in all sorts. 

At one stage there was a 9-0 field employed that even lead to a run out! A terrific sequence of bowling and some good glove work by Oli Williams saw river skittled for 80, with skipper Aaron Crofts finishing it off with 2/8 off 3.

   
Ollie Williams takes his third catch while Aaron Crofts takes the final wicket and then hits the winning runs with a six

Brady Morrrison and Andrew Harvey kicked the chase off with ease. Morrison (10) played attackingly before spooning one to cover. Oli Williams and Harvey took the score to 38 before Williams fell for 5.

Aaron Crofts (39 not out) hit boundaries and sixes aplenty to close out the game within 10 overs. A comprehensive victory winning by 7 wickets, keeping the Colts march going

Gordon 3/86 (Aaron Crofts 39*) def Georges River 80 (Dylan Hood 3/17, Aaron Crofts 2/8)

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Reg reaches that elusive 10,000 runs mark

Reg reaches that elusive 10,000 runs mark

If you are having a quiet day and want something to read, just put in “Livermore” in the search function on the GDCC website. I got to about 340 references and I had only gone back to 2011.On Saturday February 4, Damon (Reg) Livermore scored his 10,000th run for the club. It came in the form of an innings of 5 against Sydney.  

His total runs now stand at 10,003 at an average of 30.68. Hs total runs include 2550 runs in First Grade and the rest mainly in seconds and thirds. In his 23 seasons with the club Reg has scored 13 centuries and 50 scores of 50 or more. He is third on the overall runs scoring table for Gordon behind Sid Carroll with 11,694 runs and Bob Lowing with 12,681 runs.

For the record, Reg started playing for Gordon in the 1992/93 season at the age of 16 where he batted four times in 5th grade for 41 runs before being promoted to 4th grade. I am not sure why an average of 10 got him a promotion but someone saw his capabilities as he scored a century in his 6 innings in 4th grade with 4 not outs and an average of 134. This took him to 3rd grade for the last game of the season.

An early one day photo of Reg at KIllara

Reg’s career stayed fixed in 3rd and 2nd grade until the 1998/99 season when he made his debut in First Grade. From here till 2006, Reg played mainly in First Grade with a mix of some 2nd grade games and in the 2002/03 season scored his most runs with 682 @ 24.36. I am sure Reg would admit that the team didn’t do that well that season and in fact he batted 29 times which included several second innings.

Following one season at Manly in the 2007-08 season, Reg returned to the Stags to join Ed Howitt in the mighty third grade team of that season who went on to win the premiership with a win over Sydney University at University Oval. His 635 runs with a century against Easts at Beauchamp was an important contribution to Eds’ team that included Brett Rosen, Elliot Richtor, Hamish Angus and Will Sweeney.

Playing his favorite shot in 2010-11 season

The following year he returned to second grade as captain and scored 568 runs with two centuries. For the next three seasons, Reg played in the third grade team and after a loss in the Grand Final in the 2011/12 season was again part of the third grade premiership team with another win against Sydney Uni at University Oval in the 2012-13 season. Reg’s 63 not out was the rock that saw us get past the Uni total, much to the relief of Ed Howitt who was hiding behind a tree unable to watch. 

The 2013/14 season was up and down for Reg with a promotion to First Grade at the age of 37 for the middle part of the season and two excellent centuries that are described later in this story.

Reg in 2013-14 season at Killara

Another season in third grade in the 2014-15 season included another stint as captain after Adam Cubbage was promoted to second grade for round 3 of that year. There were no centuries this time but two scores of 94 and 97 continued to show his run scoring capability.

A late start to the 2015-16 season in November and a request to play in the fifth grade side, including Anthony Sherman and Matt Todd, saw Reg score 470 runs, but unfortunately finished with a defeat in the semi-final against Campbelltown.

An even later start this season in December in fifth grade sees Reg finally score that elusive 10,000th runs after a miraculous dismissal only two runs short in the last round against Norths. A one handed catch leaning over the boundary at mid-off at Beauchamp by a Norths fielder stopped Reg from bringing up his 10,000th run with a six. 

There are four centuries that stand out in Reg’s career and I had the pleasure of taking photos at all of them. It is very hard to separate them but his score of 110 against St. George at Chatswood in First Grade in the 2013/14 season is very hard to beat. The St.George attack included Moises Henriques and Dan Magin and all I seem to remember is the fence at backward point getting a bashing from his square cuts. 

 

Reg at Chatswood during his century against St. George

Another contender for best century was his highest score of 148 not out which was scored in difficult conditions at Raby Oval against Campbelltown in the first round of the same season in second grade. Gordon were chasing 274 and at 5 for 82 the chances of victory were slim. Reg was still in, however, and was joined by Adam Cubbage, who stayed with Reg for 104 runs with a score of 44. At 6 for 186, Reg was joined by Chad Soper and step by step they added another 90 runs to pass the Campbelltown score. Reg finished on 148 not out and I can still see the look of exhaustion on his face as he came from the field a winner. 

 
Reg's century at Campbelltown

Another century I witnessed was at Killara in second grade in the 2005/2006 season when he scored 140 not out against North Sydney. On that day, Reg shared a 235 run partnership with Rod Hokin which is still the record for second grade for the 4th wicket and one run (Kris Colley and Andrew Crosland 236) short of the overall 4th wicket record. In addition, Reg also holds the third grade 5th wicket partnership record of 181 with Hamish Angus.

The fourth “best” century may well be rated by Reg as his best scoring 106 against Fairfield in the 2004-05 season against an attack that included Doug Bollinger, Grant Lambert and Jason Krezja. The innings was played on a lively track at Killara and the young tearaway Bollinger as at his fearsome best. My photos of this innings show the pressure he was under. 
 
Reg's century against Fairfield, a lot of ducking and weaving and a rare shot with a helmet. Who would blame him
It would be fair to say that the best characteristic of Reg’s batting over his career is his “eye”. He was always ready to hit a drive or a hook or cut to the fastest of bowlers and was one of the first (now taken up by Peter Hanscomb) to stand well back in his crease when facing the fast bowlers. Maybe this practice also helped the fact that Reg in his later seasons doesn’t wear a helmet when batting and having been an opener his entire career, he would have faced many a short delivery. It could in fact be said that many a fast bowler noticing Reg didn’t have a helmet on would be tempted to intimidate with a bumper or two. This was just what Reg wanted and in the main these deliveries were dispatched to the boundary.
     
Some classic Reg shots
While this is not intended to be a retirement tribute, at the age of 41 it could be said that Reg’s best seasons are behind him but maybe, like those many fast bowlers pestering him with bouncers, this comment might be the incentive he needs to keep posting runs and enjoying his time playing cricket for Gordon. 

On a search of the internet I came across a Blog that included an interview with Reg in 2009 with the one and only Mitchell Kleem. Reg’s quote for advice to young players was the following:

“Work hard at your game and always aim to improve..... you are only 3 good innings away from playing at the next level. Enjoy the time you spend with your club and with your team mates. When you get older, you will look back on these days as the best time in your life” 

After 23 seasons at Gordon maybe Reg has enough material to look back on as the best time of his life…but who knows the second and first highest run scorers are still ahead of him.

Paul Stephenson



Teams for Round 12 vs Sydney announced

Teams for Round 12 vs Sydney announced

The teams for the important Round 12 matches have been announced with some possible changes due to injury and unavailability. In particular Ash Doolan our First Grade keeper will be subject to a fitness check following an injury during play last Sunday. Also Charlie Stobo may be required for NSW Future’s Cup duties which will be announced prior to Saturday.

In addition Scott O’Brien was not available for play on Sunday this week and was not eligible for selection in First Grade.

Tim Ferrero in action 
Importantly we also welcome back Tim Ferrero who has overcome a serious illness last year and is now back playing again. Tim had a great Green Shield season with the club the season before last and featured in both seconds and thirds last season. It might take him a while to get the rust out, but it is great to have him back in Gordon colours.

The teams are as follows:

Grade .v.

Sydney 1 day matches on Saturday except 1st grade Sat and Sun

Colts .v.

Georges River 1 day match on Saturday

Dates:

Grade Saturday 4th Feb 2017 and 1st grade Sat/Sun 4th & 5th Feb Colts Saturday 4th Feb


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Drummoyne

Chatswood

Birchgrove

10.30am

10am  

10am

1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Mason Crane

Josh Doyle

Will Calov

4) Tym Crawford

Corbin Edgar

Chris De Kretser

5) Ash Doolan w/k

Reagan Klemt

Darren Jayasekera

6) Cameron Eccles

Nick Miller

Shayne Lin

7) Matt Junk

Scott O’Brien

Cameron New

8) James Kennedy

Max Papworth

Michael Roberts w/k

9) Elliott Richtor

Dan Stickland

Hugh Sherwood

10) Daniel Smith

Dom Thomson

Jack Skilbeck

11) Charlie Stobo

Anand Verma

Matt Wright

 

 

 

M/R = Cam Eccles

M/R = Scott O’Brien

M/R = Hugh Sherwood

4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts on Sunday

Killara

Ryde

Beauchamp

10am

10am

10am

1) Stuart Bromley ©

David Burk ©

Aaron Crofts ©

2) Charlie Booth

Nick Andreou w/k

Manus Chauhan

3) Tom Hamblin

Steve Bristow

Nick Dellis

4) Matt Keevers

Jory Cureton

Andrew Harvey

5) Mitchell Kleem

Jack Doolan

Dylan Hood

6) Liam McElduff

Tim Ferrero

Matt Keane

7) Nick Prell

Rahul Krishna

Brady Morrison

8) Patrick Rice

Damon Livermore

Danusha Seneviratne

9) Chris Spratt

David Monaghan

Prashan Seneviratne

10) Sam Watts

Vikrant Nehru

Oliver Williams w/k

11) Oliver Zanino w/k

Ryan Tullia

Sahil Sharma

 

 

12th Kevin Huang

 

 

 

M/R = Mitch Kleem

M/R = Ryan Tullia

M/R = Andrew Harvey

Train-on: 1) Jared Clulow

Unavailable:  1) Jono New 2) John O’Neill-Fuller 3) Adam Wasyluk 4) Lachie Stewart 5) Adam Cubbage 6) Liahm Williams 7) Harry Rees 8) James Brown 9) Fraser Wilson 10) Chad Soper 11) Harry Middlebrook 12) Oli Isles-Mann 13) Liam Windel 14) Tommy Gohl




Memo to NSW Selectors - Harry Evans in fine form in Tassie

Memo to NSW Selectors - Harry Evans in fine form in Tassie

One of Gordon’s favourite sons Harry Evans is enjoying a fine run of performances for the Kingborough team in Hobart where he is the First Grade Captain. After scores of 153 and 86 on the weekend, Harry has become just the fifteenth player in Cricket Tasmania Premier League (CTPL) history to reach 1000 runs in a season. 

Harry in action for Kingsborough.

Harry’s hot run of form started in Round 6 against New Town, posting 142 and in the following round, blasted 126 against Lindisfarne at ANZAC Park. From Round 11, Evans purple patch has continued, posting 54, 40, 116, 58, 109, 154 and 86 in his last seven innings at an average of 123. For the season he now has 1022 runs at an average of 79.

With three rounds and finals to go in the season, Evans is well in contention to break Ken Burn's 117-year record of 1207 runs in a season, set in 1899/00.

Following this incredible achievement, Evans is also just the sixth player in CTPL history to score five First Grade centuries in a season, joining Burn (1899/00), James Atkinson (1927/28), Ron Morrisby (1940/41) Keith Bradshaw (1988/89) and more recently, Travis Birt (2002/03).

Kingborough currently sit in second place and will be looking for a strong finish to the season and secure a top two spot in the CTPL First Grade competition.

Having just turned 27 earlier this month, Harry is in the prime of his career and we look forward to a return to Gordon next season where he can add to the 9 centuries he has scored at Chatswood to go with the five (or more) he has scored this season on other grounds.

Paul Stephenson



 

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