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Fifth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they won in 2011/12 and 2012/13. 

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants and our 5th Grade side has traditionally been quite strong.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

The loss of the toss on a fair wicket at Beauchamp saw Manly bowling first in what seemed like inhumane conditions as both the temperature and Stags runs seemed to increase throughout the day.

Opening with the bat saw the dynamic duo of Sherman and Livermore racing towards the crease, which in turn saw instantaneous runs being scored. 

After a quiet beginning to his innings, Tristan Cooper cashed in on the Manly bowlers in the later overs 

Although, the dismissal of Sherman was seen early in the innings, the runs kept flowing whether they were from the bat or the umpires signalling wides. 

There were well over 20 in the innings. 

Wickets seemed to fall at regular intervals within the top order as a result of some mistimed cross bat shots, which landed the Stags in some hot water at 4-69.

Partnering with his skipper, Rahul Krishna made a defining 71 which set the Stags on the path to victory 

However, the cool heads shown by Rahul Krishna and skipper Tristan Cooper allowed for the Stags to prosper within the heat of battle as a defining 90 run partnership. 

This set the tone for the rest of the innings as it provided a solid platform leading in to the last ten overs of the innings as the score reached 5-159 within 40 overs. 

Shayne Lin and Damon Livermore look to stamp their influence at the top of the innings 

Cooper was the first to be dismissed on 47 after some entertaining fireworks, which left the men from Manly chasing their tails within the field. 

Anthony Sherman was captured in action by one of our supporters, Prasanna Punja.
We love getting photos sent in - from the boys supporting the batsmen from the sideline (on your iPhone), to action shots.

Some further late order hitting was seen by Monaghan and Krishna. However, the dismissal of Rahul within the latter overs of the innings saw a well made 71 come to an end. His innings once again demonstrated the importance of early patience in order to cash in later in the innings. 

Later order hitting by Monaghan and Pat Rice saw the Stags reach 8-234 within 50 overs. 

Early troubles were seen for the Stags with the new ball as the Manly opening batsman attempted to up the run rate with them scoring 26 runs within the first 3 overs. 

Matt Todd looks to rip through the Manly batting order 

However, some smart bowling from Stickland saw the opening batsman cleaned up. 

Some outstanding fielding was seen through Pat Rice within the outfield, as the batsmen were overly ambitious when challenging Rice from the boundary rope to fall victim to a direct hit. Manly, after some early wickets, set about restoring a partnership to further help their run chase, which accumulated, to 60.

Matt Todd entered to break the shackles of this partnership, and put Gordon back in to the match. 

As a result of this wicket, Stickland was able to apply further pressure on the more experienced batsman in order to conclude his time at the crease with the score reaching 5-102 within 31 overs. 

Tristan Cooper opens the shoulders and hit one back over the head of the Manly bowler 

Stickland and Chauhan made it hard to score for batsman approaching the crease, which saw wickets falling at regular intervals with Stickland and Chauhan picking up wickets each during this stage of the game. 

As a result of some built up pressure, unnecessary risks were seen through another run out by Rahul, which further improved the Stags’ chances of a bonus point victory. 

A re-energised spell from Rice saw him concluding the match as he picked up two wickets with Manly ending their innings all out for 121 of 40 overs with the Stags also receiving a bonus point victory. 

Rahul Krishna firstly performed with the bat, then again with the ball 

Therefore, a very all rounded performance with the bat and ball concluded the Stags last game before Christmas as a comprehensive victory against a team within the top 3 has allowed Gordon to enter the top 6. 

Hopefully the break will allow for greater performances to come within the second half of the season as Gordon continues to risk within the ranks.

Manus Chauhan

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Coming off a couple of losses and a draw, we really needed to get back into the winners circle. However, we knew the Penrith club were going to be tough after a strong win in their the previous match.

Matt Todd supports the quick bowlers as they took poles 

The coin favoured us in batting first and we made a great start with Ryan and Damon at the helm. Damon was picking off the loose balls and Ryan was again showing great patience. Tragically, Ryan copped a short ball on the thumb, which more or less rules him out for the season after undergoing a procedure inserting a plate with 5 screws. 

At the time we all thought he was soft and should have played through the pain...

To add insult to injury this break in play saw the panthers pounce taking advantage of some poor communication between batsmen with two quick run outs. Having survived the two run outs, Damon was at the mercy of some sledging (as you could imagine) and with wickets continuing to fall around him he remained in control was rewarded with a 50.

Dave Monaghan and Aaron Crofts 'race' for more wickets 

With the score at 6 for 104 (7 including Ryan's retired hurt), a patient but vital partnership between David and Glen added 69 runs to the total and with the 'most improved player from last year' Patty Rice joining David to add another 44 bringing our total up to a competitive level (although we still felt it was below a par score on a pretty flat wicket).

With Toddy and Patty seeing off the final overs of the day and 218 on the board, the team was hopeful of some quick fire runs on day 2 followed by some early wickets.

The man. The legend. Mark Harvey.
What a clubman!
We suspect he's had more hours in the field than almost anyone else this season. And all as a substitute.

Unfortunately, neither of the things we were hopeful of transpired. Patty was adjudged caught behind from the umpire as he padded one through to the keeper and being given out caught behind (although I reckon the balance of decisions probably went in our favour this round at least). I'm sure Penrith feel the same way – all we really hope for is to achieve a fair and an enjoyable competition.

But now back to the game ... Penrith with 218 to get and the Stags hopeful of early wickets.

Early wickets did not come though and with a few indirect deliveries heading to the boundaries, the Panthers appeared to be comfortable and on their merry way.

It was the first ball of David's second spell, which according to Shane changed directions 2 or 3 times, found a gap between bat and pad, bowling the more aggressive opener. This brought about a classic 5th Grade collapse, with Aaron and David in a race for the most wickets (or so it seemed). 

Damon Livermore acknowledges the support on the balcony at Beauchamp after reaching 50 

A partnership of tight bowling saw 5 wickets fall in as many overs and all of a sudden what was a comfortable position for the Panthers became one which they found themselves licking their paws.

Knowing all too well that rolling through the tail of oppositions is not an easy task, we went about it using the same formula of patient line and length bowling. With reward, we bowled them out in the 52nd over for 118.

With 23 overs left in the day, 99 times out of 100 both teams would call it a day and enjoy a cold drink. For some unknown reason and you would have to say not in the spirit of the game, Penrith decided against the cold drink, against an early trip back west, and against any likelihood of changing the result of the game to continue ...

Ryan Tullia was in sparkling form before breaking his thumb 

So what happened next in this 23 overs doesn't actually matter so I won't comment.

In summary, we grabbed 6 points with both hands. Whilst we have some work to do with our batting to ensure we don't lose wickets in clumps the positive with our batting is two games in a row we have seen through 70+ overs, which in previous seasons was almost unheard of. 

More of 'Reg' in glorious form as he set up the Stags' innings 

Our bowling continues to improve, with wickets being shared. I'd say we still have a way to improve if we are to see ourselves in the top 6 by season's end, particularly how we bowl in combinations.

David Monaghan

5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Gordon 5th Grade started round 6 by welcoming Jamal Prasad (John Philipson) back into the fold as well as old club favourite Damon “Reggie” Livermore and young gun Ryan Tullia.

The toss was lost on a flat but dead wicket and the Stags were set for a day in the field.

Matt Coffey makes a strong start at the top of the order 

Starting well, Dave Monaghan took a wicket early on and Easts were 1 for not many. ‘Man Monas’ bowled tightly in partnership with Paddy Rice to restrict the batting side’s progress and maintain pressure.

This resulted in a slow but steady fall of wickets, lead by Matt Todd and Anthony Sherman with 3 wickets each.

Gordon looked on top all day; restricting the run rate and never letting a partnership get out of hand. 

Pic and Toddy combine for an early wicket against the Dolphins 

Nonetheless a couple of decisions going against us and a failure to take wickets in clumps had Easts scraping slowly through to 9/212 at the end of day one - a pretty good day overall for the 5ths.

Arriving back at Snape Park for day two and the pitch looked much the same, a seeming anomaly when playing Easts, Coops exchanged niceties with the team’s favourite trigger finger, Umpire Neil, and we were underway, chasing a solid but highly achievable total.

Ryan Tullia in good form after a million throw downs from his old man 

The Stags started cautiously but steadily, making it to 0/81 before Matt Coffey fell for 49, making sure he re-counted the scorer’s handiwork to try and find another run somewhere.

Ryan Tullia was soon after dismissed for a well made 36, his first grade cricket runs despite two tons in as many weeks for the Colts. 

The Stags looked to be in a good position.

Much like day one, Gordon never really seemed behind in the match, but the wickets kept falling and we failed to solidify partnerships and finish the job. 

Sponsor, and 5th Grade player, Anthony Sherman captured in his 'dressing room' 

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Damon Livermore made a strong 23 in a natural return to cricket for the 15/16 season, capitalising on strong pre-game throwdowns from fellow clubman Glen Tullia.

Shayne ‘Shelton’ Lin looked in good form making a strong 28 and seemingly sailing the team home, but the call of Taylor Swift must have been too much to bear, controversially ‘run out’ for our 8th wicket.

In the end the Stags were bowled out for 186, 26 runs short of a fairly achievable total. Though we played well and always appeared on top, Gordon was let down by a failure to capitalise and finish the job.

Pat Rice opening the bowling for the 5th Grade side  

However the Easts team was strong and in the end deserved the win. A frustrating game for Gordon, but promising signs highlight a sure return to the winner’s circle come round 7.

Matt Coffey

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Saahil TurkiThe toss saw Gordon batting first against Norths on a very good wicket and quick outfield at Beauchamp on Day 1. Sherman got the Stags off to a quick start blazing away in typical 'Pic' style pushing the score to 49 off 8 overs. 

Saahil Turki loosens the shoulders in the search for runs 

Two relatively quick wickets saw the Stags sitting less easily, but those would be the last wickets for the next 20 overs with Gordon adding 156 to their score in this short amount of time. 

The loss of Stewart and Philipson in quick succession partially slowed the run rate but Crofts stayed busy hitting multiple boundaries before losing his wicket, Gordon's 6th. 

StewartSolid contributions from the rest of the order saw the Stags finish at 353 all out off just 63 overs, a tremendous effort. 

Lach Stewart raises his bat. A century for the Stags 

With 17 overs left in the day Gordon bowled tightly with Monohan managing to steal one wicket from the Bears overnight. 

(Turki 123, Stewart 101, Sherman 27, Crofts 27, Rice 27)

Day 2 saw a tight start from Rice and Monaghan taking 3 vital wickets in the first hour. The remainder of the session and part of the way into the next after tea would be hard work as North Sydney batted what one can only describe as conservatively providing few opportunities to take wickets. 

PhilipsonDave MonaghanMatt Todd

The 5th Grade bowling attach, Coffey, Monaghan and Todd run through the Bears 

With Norths 6 down at tea, we were confident we could bag the rest of the wickets for a comfortable win. All the bowlers contributed on a tough day with the ball with Todd, Rice, Monohan and Philipson all taking 2 wickets. 

Gordon ended up bowling the Bears out for 160 off 83 overs. A very convincing second win making it two from two in 5th Grade when we've got on the paddock. 

(Monaghan 2-27 from 13, Todd 2-47 from 22, Philipson 2-17 from 6, Rice 2-17 from 17)

Lach Stewart

ToddyEditor's Note: For a match that had two centuries and the 500th wicket of a Gordon servant, Matt Todd, Lach Stewart could never be accused of over-statement. Saahil Turki partnered with Pic Sherman to set the side up after Coffey was dismissed early, before working through the later part of the first session with the author, and other century-maker, Lach Stewart himself. Congratulations to both of them.

Matt Todd acknowledges the supporters after snagging his 500th! 

Without foreshadowing what is to come, more will be said about Toddy's achievement in the next week or so. Congratulations Matt!

Saahil Turki

Saahil Turki makes a beautiful century, laying the platform for the team's victory 
5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Round 2. After the delay, it was our first hit out of the year. It saw us up against Mosman – one of our local rivals.

Tristian “Coops” Cooper won the toss, or rather Mosman called incorrectly, and decided to bowl first on a very flat wicket at Beauchamp. 

Matt Coffy makes an impact in his first outing for the Stags 

We were a little inconsistent with the new ball, however Dave Monaghan managed to pick up 2 wickets in 2 balls to get us on a role. However the runs were flowing so it was up to the slow bowlers to bring us back.

‘Pic’ Sherman bowled well for his ten straight over picking up the third wicket. At the drinks break Mosman were 3/100 and in a good position. We decided it was going to be spin for the remainder of the innings.

Timeless classic. Sherman lofts one through the offside 

Our 4 spinners did a great job building pressure which led to a consistent flow of wickets, all shared amongst the spinners. I have to say the fielding was excellent on such a bumpy surface and played a huge part in restricting our opposition.

We managed to bowl Mosman out for 180. Given the outfield was so quick and the pitch so flat we felt very confident going into out batting innings.

We started our innings with a flurry of boundaries from Pic and the score raced to 50 in no time. As it always happened in the lower grades there was a mini collapse and we lost 3 quick wickets.

Dave Monaghan is undoubtedly going to snag 25+ wickets again this season, while Pat Rice will be looking to secure his passage through the grades 

Not to worry Lachie Stewart and Mike Dale belted the Mosman attack all over the place and we got the job done with a bonus point. 

The highlight of the day was Aaron 'Ronny' Crofts taking his first catch for the Stags from his first attempt, after taking about 15 attempts to bag one last season. And what a catch it was! 

Next week we take on arch rivals North Sydney looking to start off our season well. If we play like we did and continue to improve this team will be one to watch come the end of the season.

Of course if anyone needs a gym membership hit me up!

Shayne Lin

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.


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