Colts vs North Sydney - Round 5 - 2012/13
Coming off the back of multiple victories, the Gordon Colts team faced up against a North Sydney team with high expectations. Winning the toss, skipper Andrew Coleman elected to bat, trusting in his opening batsmen and top order to score runs on the first day.
Dave Leiboff leads the attack on the raised deck down at Tunks Park
There is a point of contention within the team as to the last time the Colts upper order succeeded, with some siding with round 1, and others round 2. However, this round was no different to the recent rounds.
With the first wicket of Page falling in the second over, the collapse began. Kinny and Srivastava top scored among the top four batsmen with 5 each, and Coleman was caught behind on 2. At 4/12, the innings looked dire and the North Sydney team moved in.
Leiboff came to the crease and put on an inspiring 30 to help stabilise the crumbling Gordon innings, before a hat-trick claimed Leighton, Chhatbar and Carter-Sutton.
However, not ones to give up their wickets easily, Stobo and Campbell scored 13 and 28* respectively and Kennelly made 8 to bring the Gordon total over 100.
Despite this damaging innings, Coleman kept the teams spirit alive, reminding the team that they’d bowled out almost every team for under 100 runs before, and that they could certainly do it again.
Andrew Coleman looks to go straight down the ground in a rear-guard action in the Colts second innings
With some flashes of brilliance in the field, scattered among periods of desperate fumbling and dropped catches, Gordon attempted to bring North Sydney to its knees on the first day. It was not to be, however, with North Sydney passing the required total for a first innings win with the loss of 7 wickets.
Stobo claimed an excellent run out from the outfield after challenging the batsmen to chance his arm. The throw came low and flat and right over the bails for Coleman behind the stumps to complete the wicket. The damage was dealt by the North Sydney’s opening batsman Irving, who achieved a total of 81 runs before being bowled out.
Gordon had their chances with Irving early on, but failed to capitalise, costing them the first innings. Finishing day 1 with 20 runs ahead, Gordon still had hope for a 2nd innings win to claim 6 points.
Day 2 was not Gordon’s day with the ball, however, with North Sydney finishing 88 runs ahead of Gordon’s initial total.
Dave Leiboff shows his value as an all-rounder, skipping down the track to dispatch the spinner back over his head
Once again, Gordon Colts openers Kinny and Page donned their pads and strode out to face the North Sydney bowling attack. In the opening over, Kinny was given not out to a strong appeal for caught behind. However, whilst the umpire was unconvinced of the wicket, Kinny decided that fair was fair, and walked, conceding his wicket to the same bowler who claimed his wicket in the first innings.
A second upper order collapse looked in the making with Srivastava being bowled Ponting style, sprawled on the ground after a yorker. However, skipper Coleman took his place at the crease determined to stay there. With some spectacular batting from Coleman, he and Page put on a moderate partnership before Page was trapped before the stumps LBW.
This brought Leiboff to the crease, who immediately set to destroying the North Sydney bowlers’ confidence. Coleman was claimed by the North Sydney team on 58, and Leighton was caught in slips by a terrific catch on 6.
A Campbell followed his first innings success, finishing the day on 19* with Leiboff refusing to bow to the North Sydney team, ending on an unbeaten 79*. Whilst this strong batting was great to see from the Colts batsmen, it resulted in a draw in the second innings leaving the team on 0 points for the game after walking into it as the No. 1 team.