The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.
Points for all wins go to the club championship.
For the Fifth grade schedule go to Fixtures
Fifth Grade match reports for 2009/10 season are provided below:
5th Grade come unstuck against the Whales
Due to no play on the first day we had a bright and early start at 9:30 with 120 overs to be bowled in the day. Despite losing the toss, we were happy to learn we would be bowling first and Deva got us off to good start with a great opening spell during which he was really unlucky not to pick up any wickets, despite plenty of edges and plays and misses.
Tommy Bangs picks up wickets reliably for his skipper
Pretty quickly Moth turned to Tommy Bangs who picked up a wicket in his first over and continued to keep things tight bowling 10 overs straight and finishing with 1/20. Toddy came on to replace Deva and he too picked up a wicket straight away.
The run rate was very slow and helped us to maintain the pressure along with some really good bowling from Matt Todd and Tim "Moth" Packman. Chapman then stepped up to bowl his first over for Gordon and did well to find the edge during his first over which unfortunately landed wide of 1st slip. His spell lasted only that one over as the long awaited bowling debut from Tom 'Shaft' Cockburn was to take place as the last over before lunch. It was a great start for the Shaft who showed off all his variations in that first over, including the doosra, making sure he would get an extended spell after the break.
With 5 minutes to go before play started again Andy 'Elton' Coleman and Sunny were nowhere to be seen and with Tommy having just began his career as an off-spinner he wasn't going to give up the chance to bowl and Chapman was left to put on the gloves as we took the field just as Andy and Sunny arrived back. Chapman had become somewhat of a one over specialist after his one over bowling and then his one over keeping spell, however he did a fine job that over touching the ball only once, apparently the slip cordon was a much quieter place for that single over, which was greatly appreciated by Moth at 1st slip.
Matt "Fester" Todd gets one early against the Whales
After Andy re-entered the field we got back on the job and began to steadily pick up wickets as the Mosman boys tried to pick up the pace. The Shaft continued his spell and managed to pick up his first Gordon grade wickets bowling 9 overs 2/17. Moth and Deva returned at the end to pick up a couple of well deserved wickets each with Deva finishing on 2/45 from 16 overs and Moth 4/23 in 10. Toddy had finished with 1/36 as we bowled out Mosman for 155 in the 60th.
Unfortunately our innings didn't get off to the start we had hoped for and we quickly found ourselves in a bit of trouble at 4/40 before Paul Deitz joined Chapman at the crease. They combined for a really gritty and well controlled partnership off 64 before Deitzy departed. From that moment the game changed and in the next over, after bringing up his well deserved 50, Chapman was given run out. Things then went from bad to worse as 2 overs later Moth was given out caught behind down the leg side.
There was still some chance if we could just hang around as we only required 35 runs from nearly 20 overs but wickets continued to fall and when Deva was trapped lbw, we were all out for 126, a pretty disappointing effort after doing so well earlier on.
Andrew "Chappo" Chapman provides a solid platform for the run chase
The guys were really disappointed and after a long chat and a few beers we felt maybe this was the loss we might have needed to have leading into the Semis. With two tough games coming up in the last 2 rounds against 1st and 6th this is our chance to bounce back and make sure we finish well and march into the finals.
Fifth Grade report vs Parramatta
This round against Parramatta saw the even stronger 5th grade team playing at Beauchamp. Coming into the round we were placed 3rd, and a win would see us move into 2nd place.
(Toddy takes two wickets in his first over)
After the usual warm-up, the Skipper won the toss and we found ourselves having a bowl on what was a good deck that would promise some early movement. Beau Saddler, on his way back to 3rd grade from injury was handed the new rock, and did not disappoint with two quick wickets. Moth (1-5) pitched in as well, picking up a wicket. As the deck started to flatten out a little, a little partnership ensued, until the ball was thrown to Matt Todd, who immediately made his impact on the game. In his first over he took 2 wickets, and was on a hat trick. At 5 for not many Parramatta were looking to be in lots of trouble.
The bowlers had bowled tightly all day, with no one being hit for many runs. To the delight of the supports on the hill, Toddy picked up another 3 wickets, with the final figures of 5-11 off his 8 overs. The final two wickets went to Deva (1-7) and Beau (3-6), with Parramatta bowled out for 49 in the 37th over of play.
The superb bowling gave our bats a great chance to chase the total and set a total on the first day of play, with the chance of the 5ths first outright win.Andy Coleman looked to get off to his usual fast paced start, however after smashing a six was on his way back to the pavilion. Rob Edwards made his way out for his 5th grade debut. Rob started picking off the bowlers, and played some effortless straight drives in his 46, until he was given out to a difficult caught and bowled decision. We passed the Parra scored 1 wicket down with a 2nd wicket partnership of 82 runs.
Tom Cockburn continued batting like the shaft of old, with Andrew Chapman until he was run out on 36. Chapo continued in his recent dominating form, and blazed a 20 red whilst loosing partners around him. Gordon decided a declaration was needed with our bowlers on fire, with the score at 6-139, giving the Parra bats 5 overs to face. Beau picked up a wicket, giving him 4 for the day, and at stumps Parra were 1 for only a few runs.After the rain all week, getting on for the second days play didn't look likely, and on Friday afternoon the game was called.
(Tom Cockburn in action at Beauchamp)
A win on first innings points moved the mighty 5ths into 2nd place. The boys, especially the supporters of the famed Double Whisky, enjoyed a rare Friday night out. Next week we must play well against Mosman as we are facing two top 6 sides in our final two matches, and time is running out before the final series starts.
Fifth Grade report vs UNSW
The inspirational Moth arrived at Beauchamp oval with one thing on his mind. An early finish. I wasn't sure about his state of well being. He was very guarded & not giving much away. To say he looked hung over would be harsh, let's just say he wasn't his normal vibrant self.
(Andrew Chapman during his innings)
It was a scorcher on Saturday so Moth decided no warm up was required from the stags 5ths. He also informed the lads he would send the opposition in. 'We should roll these blokes for around 50' he declared, 'We will chase this down, secure the 2 bonus points & get to the beach'. Everyone liked the idea of this.
The toss was taken & we were bowling first.
The Gordon openers, Tom Bangs and Deva Nirthanakumaran took early wickets on a reasonable flat Beauchamp wicket and UNSW were quickly 3-11. Good ground fielding and catching ensured a constant flow of wickets, in so doing we reduced the Bees to 7-75 & a score of fewer than 100 looked on the cards. We got a bit over confident however & as always seems the case in this wonderful game a couple of handy partnerships, including 26 for the last wicket, ensued, & we finally nailed the Bees for 141, not too bad a result. Best of the bowlers was Tom Bangs, while skipper Tim Packman, Deva Nirthanakumaran also bowled well.
The 45 minute lunch break was a pretty quiet affair. It was hot & no one had much energy. Lethargy had set in and a senior player confided in Moth that he was somewhat concerned about the state of the top 4 or 5 bats. It was time for a chat from the skipper, and the Inspiration delivered in spades. 'It's time to fire up you blokes!, why on earth are you blokes tired, you haven't done anything yet! Fire up!' It seemed to do the trick. Sunny & Elton Coleman got kitted up & were ready for battle.
(Deva shows just where he is going to bowl)
Elton was particularly pumped up. He'd just picked up a new GM from Kingsgrove (he assured me it was the same model as Shane Watson's), a nice piece of willow indeed. Elton is a fine keeper-bat, perhaps the best in the 5th grade comp. He was once named in the Mosman first grade side only to have the fixture washed out. He was subsequently dropped the next week to 5's at the Whales. Cricket can be a cruel game like that. I should know I had been just dropped from 2's to 5's!
After losing Sunny early, Elton and Ben Cannon took command of the game. They both played some crisp shots against both pace & spin. Their partnership took UNSW out of the game and, despite losing a couple of wickets, Gordon was in control. Big Andrew Chapman came in and dominated the innings, scoring an excellent 48* and ensuring the Stags' win with a bonus point.
He played a pretty mature knock did big Chappo, look out for this guy in the future. Not the 2 bonus points the skipper demanded but a pretty good result on a scorcher of a day.
(Uncle Fester looking good in the field)
The song was sung, a few beers were had, & it was time to head home. A good day all-round I reckon.
Special thanks to our support crew of Pooley & Jenny& Cats, Dietzy's lovely girlfriend Ash, Stevo & the various parents who attended the fixture.
The win for fifths jumps them to third spot on the ladder with four rounds to play.
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 5-142 (Andrew Chapman 48*, Andrew Coleman 40, Ben Cannon 19) defeated UNSW 141 (Tom Bangs 4-25, Tim Packman 3-22, Deva Nirthanakumaran 2-32, Matt Todd 1-17) with one bonus point.
Emphatic win over the Hawks
Saturday, 17 January. Alarm goes off and my day begins. Bensons Lane is my location and a date with the Hawks. Being a Bensons Lane virgin, I took off early and, along with the rest of the 5th grade team, turned up on time as usual, to be told that we were on the 3rd grade field ' like I said, Bensons Lane virgin. So we swapped it up and found out we liked the new one better because we'd be playing right next to the legendary 1st Grade side.
The skipper, when he got his chance to bat, smokes one through the infield
We got off to a great start, with skipper Tim Packman losing the toss and being sent in to have a bat. We wanted to have a bowl too. But that didn't matter, because our openers Tom Cockburn and Ben 'Cannon' Cannon got us off to a great start of 0/31 off the first six, before Ben was dismissed after an aggressive 20 which had some sweet pull strokes. This brought Andy 'Elton' Coleman to the crease, who finally got around to converting starts into something of meaning in a well constructed 48. Tom was looking pretty good, but ended up getting bowled after a bit, for 18 with the score at 101. Adam 'Pinky' Cubbage came in and hit a good 27 before deciding to run himself out half way down the pitch. Our last three batsmen really put the foot down with Paul Campbell (29), Tim Packman (32*) and Gordon debutant Paul Dietz (30*) scoring a good 100 off the last 15 and hitting some sweet bombs in the process. 21 was hit off the last over, going 6, dot, 1, no ball, 4, 2 and 6. We also knew that when we bowled, we needed to reduce the number of sundries that were conceded by the Hawks - 36 in total.
So we headed off to have a bowl, looking to defend a pretty solid 266 off our 50 overs, knowing that if we limited the previously mentioned sundries, held our catches and were tidy in the field overall, it would be a tough ask on a slightly slow pitch with a very slow outfield. The bowling didn't start off well with Deva 'Lucky I'm writing this as otherwise I'm only ever referred to as 'Diva'' Nirthanakumaran chucking 'em all over the place, but at the other end, Dave Leiboff bowled the spell of his Gordon career with great line, length and swing in opening spell of 8 straight overs of 3/18. His first wicket was a screamer taken by former wicketkeeper Ben Cannon in the deep, diving forward and to his left.
Skipper Tim Packman brought himself on for a couple of tidy overs and to beat the bat on several occasions, even if he eluded the scorers. Paul Dietz was brought on to bowl his pace and bowled very tightly, striking in his first over before going on to finish with a tidy 2-27 off his 9. From the other end, Cubbage bowled well, grabbing 2-46 off his 8 overs of beautifully flighted leg spin. One wicket was a plain ridiculous take by Paul Dietz at second slip and the other was a flighted delivery that beat the bat of an older player who had come down the track.
After performing with the bat, debutant Dietz performs with the ball
Michael Manners (1-21 off 8) and Deva Nirthanakumaran (2-26 off 7) then came on to clean up the tail. They ended up on 142, giving us a bonus point.
Overall, it was a good and comprehensive win, dominating with bat, ball, fielding and sundries (we had 28). Another win for the fifth grade team who are on a roll, and will be looking toward the post-season with great hope and expectations.
A Christmas present comes nicely wrapped for the departing writer
For this round's match against Wests the Fifth grade side travelled out to Blick Oval.
Deva 'Just Deva' Nirthanakumaran charges in on his way to 4 wickets
The day couldn't have started any better with Tim Packman winning the toss and batting without hesitation. Sunny Sajdeh and 'Pup' Mark Fonseka set about the task of building a big total. After a promising start Sunny was unable to go on and get a score after being trapped in front.
With Pup continuing on and starting to score freely another wicket fell at the other end which brought Paul Campbell to the crease, although once again after another promising start Paul failed to go on with it.
When Mark was finally dismissed for a fantastic 76, the score was only on 111 and with a couple of quick wickets we were in a vulnerable position. This brought the skipper Packman (61) to the crease and with Michael Gribble (43) began rebuilding the innings. Gribble handed Gordon back the momentum as he was dealing mostly in boundaries (9). This allowed Packman to play a more reserved role at the other end.
After Gribble departed for a well made 43, Dave Leiboff (30) joined his captain to form another solid partnership with Packman, which would see us finishing the first day with a respectable 9-251.
Upon arriving at the ground at the start of the second week it looked as though the pitched had been livened a bit by the previous rain. While both Dave Millar and Deva Nirthanakumaran were able to extract early movement the initial breakthrough came from a brilliant piece of fielding from Sunny with a direct hit which left the batsmen stranded.
Deva was able to pick up two wickets in an excellent opening spelled marred only by multiple no-balls and Dave chimed in with a wicket to leave Wests reeling at 4-40. Tom Bangs followed in Deva's lead and also picked up 2 wickets of his own.
From here Wests started to build a good partnership but this was soon halted with the return of Millar just before tea, clean bowling the set batsman. This allowed us to relax a bit and go in and enjoy the tea that was provided.
Tom Bangs picks up two crucial wickets in the first session
With Packman looking to wrap the game up he turned to his strike bowler in Deva and after each inspirational talk from the captain picked up wickets to take his tally to four for the day. With 1 wicket left and Deva looking for his 5 wicket haul, he charged in and promptly cleaned up the batsmen's stumps only to turn around and see the umpire standing with his arm out signalling yet another no-ball. Next over, the same thing happened but with the batsman trapped plumb in front. Some lusty hitting followed but was never going to be enough as Wests fell well short after being bowled out for 185.
This was my last match for Gordon as I have moved back to my hometown of Lismore and was good to go out with a win. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gordon and wish the club and all the players the best of luck for the rest of the season.
Fifth Grade Report vs Fairfield
Momentum built as the 5ths achieved another close victory
With the Beauchamp oval unavailable last week for play, the mighty Gordon 5ths turned out with a fairly new team on Saturday and Sunday last weekend, keen to put another victory next to the Gordon name. After losing a good toss to lose, Packman's men were sent into the blistering heat for a bowl.
(Nick Dowsley in action against Fairfield)
Pressure applied in the field as Fairfield struggle to get upper hand
Dave Leiboff and Mike 'M'' Manners opened the bowling on a flat deck, facing strong opposition from the Fairfield batsmen. Packman's choice of 9 bowlers allowed for good rotation of the 8 pacemen in the heat. They all maintained good lines and lengths containing the Fairfield batsmen to roughly 2.5 runs an over throughout the day. The possibility of a big run chase was evident with the score at 2-109 mid way through the day but the pressure in the field and the tight areas with the ball brought about wicket after wicket ending the day's play with Fairfield all out for 203 at stumps.
Nick Dowsley's 2-22 and Tim Packman's 2-26 were the highlights for the pacemen, with most of the team's bowlers chipping in for a wicket or two. Josh Poysden's 2- 57 off 26 overs with 9 maidens was effective in tying down one end and keeping the Fairfield batsmen guessing with his spin. Disappointments included Andy Coleman's 1 bye he let through as keeper (although apparently it was off the bat). He was devastated to end his 3-game clean sheet as keeper.. But we'll let it slide this time!
(Josh Poysden during his spell)
Nick Dowsley saved the day, as Fairfield couldn't keep him at bay
Spirit was high on Sunday morning in the change rooms as the team was confident they had the line-up of batsmen to get the job done. We were happy with yesterday's efforts and were hopeful the top and middle order could chase the required 204. Despite Tom Cockburn's 26, early wickets and a growing trend of a middle order collapse the Stags were in a dangerous position at 5 for 87. The class of Nick Dowsley's 94 not out held together the hopes of the 5ths showing the determination and patience required to pull Gordon through. Josh Poysden's 24 not out meant that Dowsley could maintain his flow of runs without running out of partners. This crucial partnership helped Gordon get the 6 points in another close 'down to the wire' victory ending play at 6 for 204. The 5ths hope to work on not losing wickets in clumps in the middle order and focus on building partnerships. All in all good victory for the Stags!
Next week we head back to Beauchamp oval to take on Randwick Petersham.
Moth clocks up his first win as it goes down to the wire
For the last two weekends the mighty Gordon fifth's side traveled to Ryde to take on the Sydney Tigers. The boys were looking forward to playing on a cricket oval, rather than the baseball field experienced at Tonkin Park. After winning the toss on a deck that resembled the Pacific Highway, 'Moth' Packman elected to bat first.
A stoked Packman led from the front with the ball in hand
The foundations of a big innings were laid by the two openers, with Mark Fonseka showing his form early on. Tom Cockburn ran himself out on 14, and the score was 1/48 just before the first drinks break. The next 6 wickets fell in quick succession, and we were faced with the probability of having to bowl that afternoon with the score at 7/90. Enter Mitch Wilson. The often quiet Mitch proved his worth in the middle, and became the rock of our innings and constructed a beautiful half-century. In partnership with Paul 'Pauly' Campbell, they formed the vital partnership that was needed to resurrect our innings, and took the score to 180, when Wilson was dismissed for 53.
The batting exhibition was enjoyed by all, just as much as Gribble's theories on his phone about our female friends, with both batters showing the value in playing straight. With Dan 'Lakey' Lake, Pauly continued to smash around the Sydney attack, and took the score to 230 before he was dismissed for 'marvelous' 75. Lake then stepped up, and hit himself to an unbeaten 31 before the day's play was over. At training during the week, we heard all sorts of claims about Dan's first half century.
Day 2 saw Gordon resume their innings on a virtually identical deck at 9 for 257. A minute later, Gordon had concluded their innings in the 81st over all out for 257, with Tom Bangs out bowled first ball of the day. No chance for Dan to further his batting.
Mitch Wilson puts together his first sizeable innings for the club
Although posting a reasonable total on a batting deck with an average outfield, it has to be noted that too many times the middle order has failed to perform and that it is vital we work on not losing wickets in clumps and building an innings.
Our bowling line up went on the attack early, with Lakey bowling 'sexually'' fast and in good areas - and Tommy Bangs bowling a battle of attrition ' consistent areas aimed at frustrating the batsmen. Both were rewarded, as was the captain when he came on, and Sydney was struggling at 3 for 30 odd at the first drinks break. The next 40 overs were tough. The Sydney batsmen dug in, and had 2 batters make half centuries. Tight bowling from Aaron 'have you got any food?' Johnston, Josh 'Pommy' Posyden and Moth helped stagnate the Sydney attack, however ground fielding was not at its best, with many fours being scored that should have been one, two or even no runs at all. Having said that, no catches were dropped and all throwing was much improved.
At 7 for 160 the match was up for grabs. With 12 overs left of play, Moth took the vital wicket of the in-form batsmen, much to the delight of the support that had arrived from 2nd and 3rd grade. Inspirational words from the Pommy helped the Staggies get back on track, yet there was still a lot of work to do.
With 6 overs left Gordon needed two wickets while Sydney needed 35 runs. In the 2nd last over, Josh who had bowled superbly in his 2nd spell took the second last wicket, giving Gordon the glimpse of victory needed.
Time and time again, Lake come to the party with a much needed wicket
It came down to the last over. One wicket to take, or 10 runs for a Sydney victory. The problem for Sydney was that Dan Lake had decided cricket was more important than his HSC and was thrown the rock for the last over. He only needed the one ball, and took the 10th wicket with ease, the batsmen not knowing what had happened till he heard that death rattle from behind. Wickets went to Moth who not only captained brilliantly (maybe he'll give me a bowl next week) but also took 4/51 from his 16 overs, Lakey who took 3 for 42 off 19, Josh took 2/104 off 22 and off his 11 overs Tommy Bangs picked up 1 for 20.
The joy of winning a game likened to the Australia test vs. India at the SCG in 2008 was made greater knowing that the mighty 5ths had just made it 5 from 5 for the club.
Although we walked away with a win and proved we could fight back on more than one occasion, that may be the last 'get out of jail free' card we get, and we have to make sure we value our wickets when we bat, and to never relax but keep applying the pressure when we are in the field.
Next week we travel to Snape Park to take on East's.
Get fah you bah!
A poor performance hands over 8 points to the Sharks
After a long trip south of the bridge, the Stagies arrived at Sutherland's Tonkin Park. For anyone who hasn't been there before, it is right next to the water and if you bowl from that end you face being hit into the sea! It also features a full on baseball mound and various bases where it is literally just dirt. You could say it makes Turramurra look like Lords!
Fonseka makes a positive start at the top of the order
The start was delayed for a while so a game of touch footy commenced with team trackies dominating thanks to some outstanding play from Mark 'Fonzy Fonzy Moi Moi' Fonseka. Anyway, skipper and legend Tim 'Moth' Packman lost the toss and the Stagies got put in on a wicket that was quite wet and with overcast conditions. The ball could do a bit early on. And it did.
In the first over Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn was dismissed, given out caught behind. Aaron Johnstone was the next to fall, run out, with what was a questionable single in the first place! Andy 'AC/DC' Coleman, who has already got the tag of talking too much (unlike a wicketkeeper!!), was the next to go; caught behind. Things were proving tricky with the Sutherland bowlers bowling quite consistently and in good areas.
However, new found opener Mark Fonseca and Michael Gribble then shared a partnership of 46 with Gribble particularly playing a number of good shots and looking good for his 24 before he was caught in the covers. Fonz joined him in the changing rooms soon after, with a solid innings of 29.
This sparked a collapse for the third week running, and the last seven wickets were lost for just 17 runs. Millar, Packman, Campbell, Lake and Bangs were all dismissed without making any significant contributions. Poysden was the undismissed batsmen on 2, and the Stags finishing on a very disappointing score of just 84, all out off 37.2 overs.
Lunch was interesting, which incorporated Poysden's first ever trip into the 'shire', Cronulla. Surprisingly there was a lot of young female talent around, and Dan Lake looked in his element.
Lake's excitement was carried forward onto the pitch where he nicked a batter off in his first over to give us a glimmer of hope. Bangs and Packman also bowled early on, with the Moth having to take himself off after one just one over due to an old man's hip injury. However, this was not of great concern to our great skipper as it set him up for a 'massage' later on in the day. Paul Campbell also bowled a decent spell where he showed a lot of aggression.
The next wicket did not fall until the 'Sharks' were on 52. Josh Poysden bowled their number 3 batter. Then, the heavens opened! The Stagies were quietly pleased with this as Sutherland required only 33 to win with 8 wickets left. We were off the pitch for nearly 2 hours. Highlights of this break included some epic games of iPhone Hangman and some group discussion on whom and what Moth should text next!
However, with the ground still very wet and light drizzle in the air the Stagies came back onto the field. However, when we looked at the wicket we discovered there was a massive puddle/mud patch/swamp on a good length just on the bowlers follow through at one end. After a bit of discussion we decided to carry on and see how it played. It would be cruel to deny the Sharks a chance at victory considering they had bowled so well earlier in the day.
With the batters obviously trying to get on with it, Poysden took another wicket in his next over, caught by the Moth. Dave Millar then struck in the next over, getting his wicket caught by a good catch at mid-off from Paul Campbell. With Dave bowling well and the batters aggressing, anything could have happened and we still thought the game was in the balance.
Things turned fairly farcical when the conditions got even worse and we remained on the pitch. There was literally squelching as even the slow bowlers were running up and the swamp on a length was causing serious safety concerns for the quicker bowlers run ups.
Despite these safety concerns and the resulting ineffectual bowling, the Sharks got the score just 4 down. A result they deserved, but one couldn't help but feel the match was simply gifted to them on
Although, we should not have stayed on the pitch, we must take responsibility for this defeat. We all need to take a look at ourselves and think what we can do to improve our performance next week. Batters need to avoid getting bogged down, but not throw their wicket away when they are well set. It's the big scores that win you games not a bunch of low scores.
We travel to ELS Hall Park next week and if we perform to how we know we can, we should get a result.
Up the Stagies.
5th Grade under new ownership. Results expected.
The poor weather conditions on Saturday for Day 1 against Bankstown didn't curb the murmur around the ground as word spread that a new leader had emerged to take the Gordon 5th grade side to great heights. After throwing the footy around, 'Mega' Millar doing his darndest on the supersoper, frantically working his way back and forward along the rain soaked covers, both skippers decided that with very wet playing area and more rain on the way it would be a fair decision to commence the game on Monday with 120 overs to be bowled in the day. Besides, the sweat Mega was returning to the covers from all his hard work was comparable to the water he was collecting so the gesture was proving rather futile.
Fonseka proves himself worthy at the top of the list
Day 2 ' The game
A grey Monday morning saw a return of the mighty stags to Turrumurra oval. A few players entered the arena blurry eyed but bushy tailed, with one of our younger players boasting of snagging a 'cougar' that night. This kind of behaviour, one would find, quite normal due to Rugby League Grand final fever, whereby excitement levels and endorphins are running high. Need less to say Dan 'the man' Lake slept through most of our innings but he did 'perform', again, later in the day with the ball.
Similar to the anticipation of the Eels pulling off the fairytale win, the Stags turned up to demolish the Bankstown Bulldogs. Conditions were damp with run ups a little muddy, but the pitch was pretty good. The boys rallied together and after some inspirational words from their skipper and were ready for battle. The Doggies won the toss and sent us in.
On a slow and turning wicket Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn and Mark 'the Fonz' Fonseka toiled away beautifully. Batting conditions weren't easy and they both grafted away for an opening partnership of just under 90 runs setting up the game for a total of 220. Some well timed but short lived shots from Johnston and Coleman added modestly to the total however the middle order failed to capitalise on the good platform provided by the openers. It took a nice little partnership between Mega and Paul Campbell to steer the ship to a respectable total of 209 from 68 overs.
Trailblazer, Cockburn, nails a short one
The skipper was pretty pleased with the fight back from the boys and the fact we didn't crumble. Something which I want us to replicate during the season.
So, the Dogs needed just over 4 runs an over from 51 overs to reach our total but they found it hard to score from the opening combination of 'Lakester' and Tim 'the Moth' Packman with Dan claiming the first scalp. Bankstown were 1 for not many.
With a turning wicket the tactical option was to bring on our Pommie leggie and the plan worked with Josh bamboozling the batsmen with an 'Embryo special' (a full toss) and picking up another wicket. As well as being a top young bloke, the highlight of having Josh in the team is his 'wicked' London cockney accent. You feel like you are watching 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.' The moth picked up 1 shortly after from the other end. The batsman was caught at cover, however the team was a little puzzled as to why Moth shot down the other end to pat the keeper on the bum as if caught behind' everyone later realized Moth was confused and thought Missy was keeping.
So, after some very positive signs by Gordon with the ball the Dogs were reeling on 3 legs and their saving grace was the square leg umpire who, by SCA law, had to call us off due to lightning. He assured me he counted 3 seconds between lightning and thunder intervals which meant the storm was 30km away (10km per sec) and by the book that meant 'danger' [Editor's note: Tim was not nominated for the Noble Prize for Physics with his knowledge of the speed of sound, but his maths is squeaky clean.]
Poysden punches one through the offside
After much analysis of weather conditions, I think Mega even put a quick call in to the bureau, it was to no avail; the storm continued and rain started to fall and heavily. Spotty (the veteran Dogs' skipper) and I shook hands and went to the sheds for an early beer. Enjoyable, but disappointing as we had the ascendancy and were the dominant team.
After the match the team shared a few moments and a laugh in the sheds and my perception is that this team promises to be a very successful and also a very socially rewarding one.
Looking forward to taking on Sutherland next week.
5th Grade kickstarts season with a bonus point
Gordon 5th Grade took on a capable Blacktown outfit at Turramurra Oval on Saturday. Like most of the sides this year, the Stags had a few new names included and all were keen to impress and stake a claim for higher honours.
Danny Lake does the damage with the ball
The new partnership of young Cockburn and Kleem began at a brisk pace, dispatching numerous balls to cow corner and beyond. Kleem was the first dismissed, bowled for 56 attempting to reach a hundred by the 1st drinks break. It was not to be, and young Cockburn, 'Deepheat' as he is affectionately known, was joined by Aaron Johnston.
Aaron is currently a student at Macquarie, having come down from the North Coast town of Taree. He is a quiet unassuming young man and will grow in confidence as the season progresses. 'Deepheat' was dismissed for a sound 50.
Andy 'AC(DC)' Coleman a young recruit from the Mosman Club made a solid 36. He has impressed everyone with his 'can do' attitude and his ability to get on with the task at hand.
Coleman is a St. Ives boy and has come back to his local roots to better his cricket and enjoy a more stable and successful environment.
Lakey keeps the pressure on the Warriors
Iqbal Ahmed joined AC(DC) after a middle order collapse saw the Stags lose 5/27 and chipped in with a handy 26, but the star of the show was Captain Dave Millar who bludgeoned his way to a brutal 76 in double quick time, which would put the Stags in a commanding position at 297 all out.
The usual trip to that chicken shop a couple hundred metres down the road pursued and Kleem enjoyed a selection of roast pork, broccoli, carrots and roasted potatoes.
Millar had his usual 10 hamburgers and 5 chips with sauce.
The young Blacktown outfit had a couple of mature blokes leading the way but for the most part, Dan Lake took advantage of a young and inexperienced batting line up and had one of the openers trapped in front LBW. From the other end Bangs collected another wicket caught behind. 'He bangs, he bangs, oh baby he moves, he moves.'
Tom Bangs makes his debut for Gordon with an early swing bowler's wicket
Blacktown for a short bit did consolidate but were no match for the guile and nous of Iqbal Ahmed collecting 2/39 and Josh ''Poseidon'' Poysdon 2/36. Josh is England's #1 Oasis fan and is devastated by the recent split of the Gallagher brothers.
Captain Millar was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3 for 54. All in all a solid performance, but there needs to be plenty of work done on fielding. At times it was lacklustre on a difficult outfield, but no excuses can be made. More work has to be done.