First grade make limited over semi final
Another nail biter sees Gordon make semi finals of Limited over competition.
There is something about Gordon First Grade scoring 168 runs to win. A few weeks ago Gordon scored 168 at Sydney Uni and defended grimly to hold Uni to 9 for 167 at the close of play. In Sunday's match against Mosman, Gordon bowled out Mosman for 167, however this time scored 9 for 168 to win in the second last over on a low and slow Rawson Oval.
(Jules Stephenson in action at Rawson)
The bowlers did well under an initial onslaught from Warwick Adlam and dismissed them for 167 after they were none for 60 off the first ten overs. Everyone stuck to their guns and kept to the plan.
Julian Stephenson started by bowling out his 10 overs at the start with 2 for 30 including the important wicket of John Davison, the former Gordon player and holder of the record for the fastest World Cup century (100 off 67 balls) for Canada against the West Indies. Matt Nicholson and John O'Neill Fuller and Brendan McDonald then kept the scoring tight in the middle overs. One of the major differences was the Gordon fielding with 4 run outs all executed perfectly when required including a direct hit from Matt Michael. Ed Zelma and Matt Michael then bowled toward the end to hold them to 167.
The prediction from Matt Nicholson after seeing the dry and crumbling wicket before the match and a quick word with Aaron O'Brien who batted on the same wicket on Saturday was that the side batting first and scoring 200 would win the match. The ball would keep low and get lower during the day.
The Mosman score of 167 was almost enough as scoring was very difficult against tight bowling from both sides. The batsman had to make the pace with their shots and a number of leading edges lead to wickets.
(Matt Michael leaps into action)
Matt Nicholson and Matt Michael started the innings well after the dismissal of Craig Simmons for 10. However the loss of Matt Michael and James Packman saw the skipper make an interesting move by bringing in Brendan McDonald as a pinch hitter. Brendan did his job well with 31. Matt Nicholson was out soon after for a well made 36 on the difficult wicket. After the unfortunate run out of Sam Hinton it was then left to Rod Hokin and John O'Neill Fuller to right the ship and get us back on target. With runs needed reducing we suddenly lost JOF, Ed Zelma and Brett Rosen to find we needed 8 runs at 9 wickets down. Rod Hokin then hit a number of twos to get us to needing two to win with Jules Stephenson staying put at the other end.
A shot to backward point meant a scurry for a two and big swan dive to get home as the ball was sent back to the keeper and the wicket broken. An appeal for the run out was turned down and Gordon were home.
Mosman 167 (Julian Stephenson 2 for 30, Matt Nicholson 1 for 14, Matt Michael 1 for 16, John O'Neill Fuller 1 for 19, Ed Zelma 1 for 46, Brendan McDonald 0 for 39, 4 x run outs)
Gordon 9 for 168 (Matt Nicholson 36, Brendan McDonald 31, Matt Michael 25, John O'Neill Fuller 25, Rod Hokin 19 not out)
(Brendan McDonald during his 31 and with his new nickname MAC - THE BAT)
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