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 2016/17 season are provided below:
Coming off the back of some good wins and confidence high, the stags were set to take it to a traditionally strong NDs 5th grade side. Batting first on what was a typically flat Beauchamp track, the sun was shining and it was all set to be a good day of hard cricket.
David Burk was fantastic with the ball, despite the side's disappointing performance
Jack Doolan did his usual thing getting us off to a quick start hitting the ball to all parts over and through the thick outfield. However this was not to last as the Stags lost consistent wickets with no real partnerships to steady the ship. Despite some lusty hitting from several batsmen keeping the run rate above five an over, there was no longevity on display from any member of the team. Gordon we bowled out for 140 in the 26th over.
With a point to prove and an underwhelming total to defend, the Stags needed to come out and bowl in the right areas and put the batsmen under pressure from the outset. Unfortunately some wayward bowling early meant that this initial pressure was not evident.
Dave Burk came on to provide some pressure, displaying excellent control to take four vital wickets at a restrictive run rate. If there was a highlight of this disappointing performance, Dave's performance would certainly be it.
Gordon seemed to drift through the inning never really showing the grit and mongrel necessary despite being in the game on a number of occasions.
5th Grade will look to get back to their dominant winning ways next round against Hawkesbury heading into finals.
Saturday Week 1, I hopped into David's car, the famous "shagon wagon" as he calls it, and squashed myself in between the game ball and 11 bear traps! I realised later on that they wouldn't be needed.
We arrived at the ground questioning if we were in the right sheds, however concluded we were judging by all the white pants, crinkled shirts and packed lunches (kids cricket).
Sam Watts 10 wickets for the match!
Anyway to the game, obviously the gravy train rolls on as the Burk wins another coin toss and utters "we will have a trundle" to the North skipper who replied "on this road no worries!", lol.
Sam extremely pleased with this choice was feeling very towie to get the ball in hand after a girl from the night before left him wanting more on the dance floor.
Soon enough we had the top 5 in our sky rockets easily enough for a staggering 38 runs!
Then a cocky kid came to the crease and offered me some smart remarks, friendship and half of his home made sandwich (on debut). Which I replied I already have a sandwich and 6 points at tea thanks champ!
To sum it all up, it was a great couple of days for the Stags where we bagged 10 points and Sam took home the biscuits with 10 poles for the match.
Will Reg ever get to 10,000 runs?
For an added bonus we shall have Damon Livermore for at at least one more game as he got caught on the fence whilst knowing he had only 2 runs to tick off to achieve the huge milestone of 10,000 runs for the Stags. It almost seems like he doesn't want to leave?
Thanks for your time,
Jack "The Big Cat" Doolan
The 35 bucks in parking was almost worth it. Balmoral Oval. This is a venue for the optical illusion. Fours turn into Fives and Fives turn into Sixes. No 10s to be seen but a couple of sevens spotted.
How about this bloke, Nick Prell, and his efforts on the social side of the club. Surely a shoe-in for MVP!
We reckon we also saw $400 worth of people doing some forward rolls on a massive matt. Wrestling without the use of hands. That was interesting. We could only assume that all was in preparation for a big night out in Mosman. Still, Not a bad venue for an away game.
For some members of the Stags' 5th best 11, it was still a home game.
These 2 boys are tight. They eat together, drink together and sometimes sleep together. Some would say its reminiscent of the Wilson/ Packman duo of the 1970's. Sure, maybe the names have changed, as nobody is called Fran in this day and age, but the same comradeship is there.
I liken it to 2 good golfers on the green, putting at the same time. I'm sure there will be more about this next match report.
Back to the grade scene after leading the Greenies, Nick looks to up the pace of the Stags' innings
Our warm up usually starts on a Friday night with a motivational text from the captain. Some say he isn't capable of composing such a piece. Those same people think Mr Burk has recycled those texts from previous seasons. One thing for sure, those texts inspire us to do great things.
When the man we call Burka starts a religious sect, I'm in, ready to hand over my visa card for a tax deductible donation.
Another item of note, before we discuss the match, glove punching wont be tolerated at the Stags. The last person who tried this was a bloke named Peru. He tried to glove punch Reg back in Round One of the 2012/13 season.
He never played for the stags again after that.
Youngsters be warned. Unless you are West Indian or you have just slapped 36 off an over, your gloves won't be making contact with your batting partners gloves. Peru definitely wasn't from the Caribbean. Nor did he find the boundary. Ever.
Harry Middlebrook tried valiantly with the ball
Cricket. Yes. We won the toss and decided to bat first. We lost Jack early as he was trying to lift the run rate. We had to nurdle the Mosman bowlers around for the next 15 overs. To be fair, the home side bowled quite well. Not offering many short balls to the Gordon batsmen, who usually enjoy the bounce of Beauchamp, hence curbing our usual scoring rate.
Mr Stewart was hitting them to all parts for his 30 but our downfall was we didn't capitalise on starts. We had 3 or 4 guys get to 30 but no one scored a 50. We ended up with 9-191.
Harry Middlebrook, (The second or third best Harry at the club) along with Sammy, hit some lusty blows in the final overs which helped us take some momentum into our bowling stint.
Bowling. We started well with Sammy and Nick Prell getting some early poles. We had the Whales 2 for not many.
But just as we really should have turned the pressure on, We started to feed the Whales batsmen too many four balls. These often being short or wide and we were punished square of the wicket. With 2 mosman batsmen, albeit lucky with a few decisions, going on to score over 50, 191 was not a easy score to defend.
And with the bat, Harry certainly provided some spark at the end
Good energy on the field for the entire 50 overs is crucial. We went a bit flat for the middle 15 overs but we came good for the last 14 overs. If we can stay up for the duration next time, I'm sure we can win a lot more games than we lose.
The Whales had 2 ring ins with vast 1st grade experience, along with a couple of crucial decisions that went their way, all contributing in taking the win away from the Stags.
The loss puts us 3rd on the table. But a big win looms for the Stags and if we do that next round, obviously after a few texts from the skipper on Friday night, we might be coming 1st on the table very soon.
We look forward to hunting down the Bears next round.
Yours in Cricket
The Stags were looking to carry their dominant form into 2017 with win over Parramatta at Beachamp.
An unusually green and soft Beachamp wicket saw Dave Burk win the toss and send Parra in to bat. Despite some at times erratic bowling, Sam Watts was able to make an early breakthrough taking a wicket in the third over of the day.
Sam's disciplined bowling was rewarded again in his next over when he took two wickets off consecutive balls, making Parra 3 down with hardly a score on the board.
Sam Watts got the early breakthroughs.
Further tight bowling from Dave Monaghan and Burky saw Parra fall to 5/30 with both men claiming two wickets by the end of the innings. Parramatta managed to scrape together a few partnerships centered around their number 6 who ended up 50 not out and reached 99 before Steve Bristow ended the inning by bowling full and straight to dismiss the number 11.
Lead by Sammy Watts, all the bowlers contributed to this great performance and showed excellent discipline and skills justifying 5th grades position in the top 3 on the ladder.
(Sam Watts 4-18-9, Dave Monaghan 2-16-7, Dave Burk 2-19-6, Steve Bristow 2-5-3)
With only 100 to get the Stags had their eyes set on a bonus point win.
Despite losing a wicket early, Ryan Tullia and Steve Bristow looked calm and composed at the crease keeping the scoreboard ticking along at the required rate.
Credit has to be given to the Parra bowlers who bowled well using the conditions to their advantage and not bowling too many 4 balls.
Gordon's patience paid off however with Steve putting the foot down after what had been a long period of consolidation, smashing 35 before holding out in pursuit of a bonus point.
This brought Krisna to the crease who immediately looked in rhythm scoring freely and rotating the strike.
Nice hitting from Lachy Stewart secured the bonus point win.
When Tullia fell for 18 trying to up the ante, more aggressive batting from Gordon and some luck in the field saw the Stags get over the line in the 28th over, comfortably securing them the bonus point and a very comprehensive win.
(Bristow 35, Stewart 29 not out, Krishna 15 not out).
All in all a fantastic performance from the Stags that continues their dominance in 5th grade this season and a great way to start the new year.
Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.
The 5th grade side, coming of a good victory against the students, were looking to establish themselves within the top 6 with a strong performance against the first placed Penrith side. The stages welcomed numerous changes from the previous week, namely club legend Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore, who combined with the captain John O’Neill-Fuller have over 20 years grade cricket experience, probably more than the rest of the team combined.
Upon arrival to Rance Oval, Werrington, the combination of Jack Doolan and David Burk were keen to inform the team of their experiences of Rance. The stories began at being outraged that the neighbouring shops hadn’t installed automatic sliding doors, and they were forced to open the door themselves.
However they quickly escalated to highlighting the neighbouring apartments once homed Man Monis and an all-in street brawl in an adjacent street that resulted in the pause in play for security reasons.
JOF meanwhile had attended the toss, and had elected to bat on what looked like a pitch that would do a bit early before flattening out.
Dave "Mona's" Monaghan gets the Stags to a competitive total.
The Penrith attack bowled very well early on, making the most of the early assistance. The stags lost constant early wickets, perhaps the stories of the surroundings left the younger stags doubting their surroundings. With the stags sitting at 7-100 at tea, the bowlers were again unable to make the most of the quality spread put forward by Penrith.
Post tea, the stags were led by David Monaghan as he continued his form with the bat. For the second match in a row, Mona’s has entered with the stags under pressure and has been able to get the stags out of trouble to set a competitive total. The stags innings was concluded with the score on 203, with Mona's finishing on 74, Sam Watts 39 and Vikrant (17*).
With 15 overs left in the day, the stags had the ability to ruin a few of the Penrith batsmen’s second week. The bowling was solid, with chances being created, however there was a lack of consistency that allowed Penrith to finish 2-53.
The stags turned up the second week, knowing what to expect from their surroundings and knowing that early wickets were essential. The bowling from the stags was again solid, with runs hard to come by, however they were unable to take an early wicket. With free entertainment being provided by the Penrith batsmen keeping the spirits high, knowing that one wicket would lead to 3 or 4 and the stags would be back in the game.
Dave Burk picks up a few crucial poles.
The scored reached 3-150 not long before tea and it was looking like an unenjoyable tea for the stags. However, Matt Keane and David Burk took crucial wickets just before tea and the game was looking like being a close finish post tea as Penrith were 6-167. However, Penrith were able to chase the remaining 50 runs quickly after tea and the stags were left rueing the loss of early wickets on day 1 and being unable to take early wickets with the ball.
The 5th grade side now sit in 2nd place on a congested ladder, with another important match next week against Sutherland who are currently in 4th.
The strength of the club this year has provided a level of confidence and belief that even at this point in the season we should see ourselves going deep into the finals. However, as warned by our wise skipper there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness; we should not look too far ahead and concentrate on the match at hand.
We knew coming into this match that the students will provide a test and somewhat of a benchmark for where the season may lead us.
Dave providing a juicy innings (66) and match report
Having won the toss, the temptation to unleash the gravy train of Jack and Mitch was too mouth-watering to resist particularly on a Beauchamp wicket that always plays true.
We were not disappointed. With plenty of gravy to go around and added elbow, Jack led the charge with his accustomed ‘take no prisoners’ attitude towards the opening bowlers, including a crisp, crackling-like, six over the bowler’s head so sweet there was almost no sound off the bat. The score running at a casual 6+ per over, Jack reached a well-deserved 50.
Unfortunately, Jack's meal ended there but a confident start for the team at 1/81.
7 runs later, Mitch (34) was unlucky having smoked a ball to cover whose hands probably felt like he pulled the roast out of the oven without any mits.
Harry, as always, turned up the heat and burnt a few students
From this point, starts were made but unfortunately the next few wickets were like picking meat of the bone but not really satisfying the appetite, and Nick turned JOF back mid-pitch as though he forgot the spoon for the gravy.
I’m sure despite the fact that we’re making a name for our side in putting on a mean spread for tea, there was a feeling of frustration that people missed out on the platter that is the Beauchamp wicket.
Having batted only once before this season and entering at 6/150, there were nerves for there was plenty of work to do but also much to sink my teeth into. Starting out very sketchy like not knowing which fork to use at a formal dining, it was comforting to have three-tone Burk (36) and later Swat (34*) to build both solid partnerships of 52 and 91.
With a few niggling muscle issues and cramps (clearly not enough salt being added to the meal), a call for water came with a message from the skipper if we get above 300 we’ll declare and have a few bites at the students before stumps. A couple overs later I was out for a tasty 66, a declaration at 9/308, and 3 overs to bowl.
Some succulent wickets for Prell got the Stags going
With the two angry fast bowlers of Prell and Harry to fire up the oven, compound this with the fuel of the chirp lead by Jack and Lachy, it was almost inevitable for a student to get burnt and sure enough Prell scorched a pad for LBW. The day ended at 1 for 6 and we had a week to salivate.
We were looking for much the same heat in day 2 and Prell again led the charge with two consecutive wickets, one of which was an absolute jaffa; the batsmen shouldering his arms thinking the ball was well outside off only to watch the ball in dismay tacking middle stump.
At 3/10, the Stags were hungry for more. Unfortunately, we were asked to wait as a 124-run partnership stifled our appetites.
Another good spread for tea did the trick, with Harry taking a well-deserved wicket and breaking the 124-run feast. Hoping wickets would flow like gravy, the Beauchamp wicket played true and to Uni’s credit, they played a measured game proving they’ll be bringing their dessert spoons later in the season.
Lachy Stewart definitely brought the gravy with 5 poles
There may have been some thoughts creep into minds thinking with little overs remaining in the day, we all may go home with empty stomachs. However, fuelled with nothing but top-shelf products, Lachy provided the missing spice and bagged a Michelle in a spell.
All out for 256 and winning by 52 runs, it was a tough and gritty win like a steak without gravy.
Fortunately, we came prepared with our own and in the words of Burk we must bottle this … for the coming games, particularly against ladder leaders Penrith at Rance Oval next week.
The Stags arrived at Beauchamp where the team efficiently removed the covers, with the effort of the Bankstown side still fresh in their minds.
Underneath was a very solid batting deck ripe for runs.
After being quizzed on his HSC, Ryan was asked about how transformers have changed today’s society. Clearly puzzled, JOF reminded him it was a good decision in not taking chemistry.
Day 2 saw Nick Prell in good form, hitting some classy shots
After losing the toss, the Stags hoped that the pitch would transform into a good bowling deck. However, that was not the case. Dave Monaghan struck early via a catch on the fine leg boundary, before taking another quick-fire wicket caught behind. The Saints then started to make the Stags work hard, with their veteran remaining opener standing firm.
In a masterstroke, captain JOF brought himself onto bowl, and jagged a wicket off a full toss. A brilliant piece of captaincy, and an even better delivery!
The score now sat at 3-41, and after a period of tight bowling, Lauchie Stewart got the prize wicket of the Saints captain, caught behind to an attempted cut shot to a short and wide ball. With the score at 4-65, the match was in the balance. The opener kept the score ticking over by nudging the ball into gaps, and smashing the rare bad balls to the boundary. With the score now onto 108, Matt Wright got his first in what would be a very eventful day for him.
An 80 run partnership then ensued, and with a few tough chances going to ground, it looked like it would take something special to get the breakthrough. A rank full toss was the special delivery that claimed their set opener for 69 in the first shot he hit off the ground all day.
With the score now at 186, the floodgates opened, with Matt Wright taking 2 wickets in an over, and then repeating his feat with the score on 193. Matt Wright finished off the Saints innings with his fifth and the score on 201.
Jack Doolan did what Jack Doolan does hitting back to back boundaries off the first two balls of the innings. After a solid start, Matt Wright walked to the crease, after Jack toed a ball to mid- off.
The other opener, Ryan Tulia eventually faced his first ball 8 over into the innings. After Matt got out for a well- made 27, night watchmen Sam Watts (9) and Ryan (5) saw out the rest of the day’s play, with the score overnight at 2/64.
The Stags turned up on Saturday ready for play, and hungry for 6 points. A huge thankyou must be given to Tim Cubbage for the terrific work he did on the covers on Wednesday night, without which there would’ve been no play.
The Stags started bright, even after the dismissal of Watts with the score on 69. Ryan and Lachlan took the score to 105 in quick fashion before the former was dismissed for a well-crafted 25.
Ryan batted very well in his patient innings, showing the great maturity that he has displayed throughout the season.
Lachie was well caught for 38. Matt Chamberlain was dismissed after looking comfortable at the crease to leave the score at 6/142.
Nick Prell hit some classy shots, and together with Nick Andreou, scored 11 off the last over before tea.
Gordon looked comfortable after a fantastic spread, and the Stags batsman looked in control, punishing the bad ball to the boundary.
As reported, Andreou notches up red ink at the end of the game
Nick Prell was caught after a mistimed shot for 29, and in came JOF (11 no) to close off the innings with Nick Andreou (28 no) and the Stags took all 6 points. Through the positive cricket displayed through the match, the game finished 10 overs after tea.
A very good win against the toughest opposition faced so far. Hopefully the good form can continue into next week and the match against Sydney Uni.
A.K.A Andrea as per the team app live updates
The 5th Grade side led by John ‘JOF’ O’Neill-Fuller headed south west for their fourth round fixture against Bankstown at Bankstown Oval. It was to be a big test for the boys playing at such a prestigious ground for the first time, in most of their careers.
Once the rain cleared, Sam Watts powered through the crease
However, with rain around the only thing Day 1 had to offer was a couple of hands of Uno in the sheds, as well as a dismal display of ‘covers’ procedure by the Bankstown Team. That was it for Day 1.
Day 2 saw the boy’s eager to bring home the 6 points, with bad weather lingering around, the outset looked bleak. However, the day saw 120 overs played, with the bulldogs winning the toss and sending us in to bat. Jack Doolan started us off well again with his ‘go and fetch that’ attitude sending the first few deliveries back over the bowler’s head.
However, his innings coming to a close for the second game in a row, being given out from a ‘chest high’ no- ball for 14. Next to the Crease was Matt Wright, where he and Hamblin set the tone, both reaching 50’s and putting the Gordon boys well in front. Wrights ‘Michael Clarke- esque’ stroke play saw him reach 62 without giving a chance, however next ball fell to a great catch at first slip.
Hamblin was joined by Jared Clulow, playing his first game for the club en route from Mudgee. Jared came out with positive intent, hitting 4 fours, however fell Leg Before Wicket for 19.
Later in the extended day, Matt Wright plies his trade
Hamblin was next to go, trying to work one against the spin, getting stumped for 97. With the loss of a few quick wickets, handy contributions from Nick Andreou 17, and Jory Cureton 12*, got us up to a total of 241 from 57 overs, before declaration by JOF.
On an inconsistent wicket, the stags were ready to roll them, with 63 overs to play in the day. However, Bankstown came out swinging, with their opening wicket stand taking them to 53.
Matty Keane and Sammy Watts charged in with the new rock but both bowlers unlucky not to pick up an early wicket.
Use of the new rock belonged to Matty Keane
On comes Matt Wright who had immediate impact taking the key wicket of their skipper, with a well flighted delivery. Nonetheless Bankstown charged on, making for a good finish. Dave Burk trapped the other opening batsmen in front, taking a key wicket from a good few overs of pressure, from the Gordon boys.
Matt Wright took the next two (his sponsorship with Beastwear paying off) and we had game on, however Bankstown ‘shutting up shop’ with 150 runs to get from 30 overs didn’t help the cause. ‘JOF’ reluctantly gives the ball to 3rd choice spinner Jack Doolan to ‘toss em up’.
The move paid off with Doolan taking 4 wickets, to the disbelief of roommate Dave Burk.
Aaron Crofts unlucky to pick up a handful of wickets himself charging in with his 14 overs, tying an end up as well as creating numerous chances.
A little out of order, but Matt Wright looked handy when the boys were batting
With five overs to go Gordon still needing 5 wickets, some slick fielding by Crofts and Wright, as well as a couple of ‘half trackers’ from Doolan wickets fell.
Gordon only needing 2 wickets in the last over, the Stags fell just short.
And we are saving the best to last year, with Hamblin all class on his way to 97
All credit goes to the boys after a tough day of cricket, playing a defensive Bankstown side. Special mention to the 3’s boys, Darren, Corbin and Cubby for having a field after Matt Keane copped one to the wrist.
Unlucky not to get the 6 points, but another impressive display with the bat, and some good areas with the ball.
Hopefully Nick Andreau can show a bit more promise on the ironing board in preparation for Saturday at Beauchamp.
As the fifth grade lads rocked up to Dave Phillipson Oval and looking at the what looked to be a quick outfield, flat wicket and a green outfield, which to the boys looked like to be a batting paradise.
With just a typical warm up, JOF won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat. All the lads were keen to get out and post a big total for the Bee's to chase. And make it 3/3 wins.
The opening overs started with a bang with a stunning performance by the one and only Jack Doolan. He smashed 20 within the first 3 overs and the day looked like to be a very long one for UNSW.
Whilst Jack held one end of the crease whilst making the most of poor deliveries and entertaining spectators, at the other end Ryan Tullia played a very crucial and supportive role.
Ryan too good for the Bee's with 122*
Jack raced to his quick fire 50 off 10 overs. With Jack being dismissed for 55, Jack Hamblin soon arrived at the crease to join Ryan Tullia.
Both batsmen looked as if they were making the most of the conditions with the Stags sitting at 1/74 at drinks.
After drinks both Tom and Ryan continued on their demolition of the UNSW bowling attack. With both boys looking very comfortable at the crease, they soon reached their half century.
As Tom and Ryan continued scoring runs, batters such as Nick Andreou, Brady Morrison, and Anshul Baruah were very keen to get out and put runs on the board, but that soon became a dream, as both batters Brady Morrison and Nick Andreou sat and waited for 70 overs.
They were granted with nothing else but the torture of sitting down in the cold and miserable weather with the pads on for 70 overs…… waiting….. waiting.
Tom was just as good with 143*
After tea both Tom and Ryan reached their much awaited 100’s and bringing it up in pure style.
With Jof ending the suspense with the declaration the Stags innings ending at 1/335.
(J Doolan 55, R Tullia 122*, T Hamblin 143*)
After the declaration, JOF seemed fit to have a crack at the UNSW batting line up.
With all the lads having the confidence to knock a few blokes over before stumps in quick succession. That soon became a fantasy as both openers from UNSW came to the crease showing intent, with UNSW finishing up on 0/27 at stumps.
With the Stags arriving for day two, JOF was very keen to take the third win of the season to make it 3/3. As JOF gave his inspirational and yet knowledgeable talk about what he expect from the lads for the day.
As the boys walked out, the energy was high and the lads were keen to take 10 wickets quickly. With the deck still playing true, it posted a difficult day for the bowlers, with the Stags having to be patient and work hard for their wickets.
Aaron Croft steaming in - extreme wheels
With the UNSW opening batters still looking solid from the week before, the much needed breakthrough came from opening bowler Dave "Monners" Monaghan with Nick taking the catch behind the stumps.
With the energy intensifying, another wicket fell, with Aaron "Ronny" Croft's picking up his first of the game and UNSW sitting on 2/83 after 27 overs.
Another wicket quickly fell, with a runout coming from Brady Morrison after sending the ball to Nick Andoru over the stumps. The boys were ecstatic and were keen for more UNSW wickets to fall.
As UNSW continued to grind out more runs another run out came about just a few balls before tea. With UNSW at 4/155 at the break.
And would you believe it or not first over after tea Jack Doolan had contributed with another run out! Sending the dangerous looking opening batsmen on his way.
With the opening batsmen gone and wickets starting to fall, a young man came to the crease and was welcomed with the voice of Dave Burk; “Lads big moment here for Kanga…. No plastic bats today buddy.”
While some of the lads were still catching their breath back after laughing, Dave Burk got his man, sending the top batsmen for Kanga cricket on his way.
Jack Doolan snares a few late poles for the Stags
The tail left the crease as quickly as they arrived as JOF made the tactical decision of ordering Jack Doolan to roll his arm over.
With the stunning performance with the bat, Jack soon then started to shine with the ball, taking two wickets, ending up with 2/25 off 7 overs.
All credit to the bowlers for staying patient and sticking to the game plan and another great win for the Stags, dismissing UNSW for 228 and making it 3/3 wins for the fifth grade side.
Fantastic win stags and massive thank you for all the supporters and parents that helped out!!
(D Monaghan 1/36, D Burk 1/56, M Chanuhan 0/38, A Crofts 2/46, A Baruah 1/21, J Doolan 2/25)