The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.
All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship
For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures
Fourth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:
With 4’s finals hopes on the line, it was important that they come out of this game with a big win too ensure their chances in the finals run. The day started well with skip Stu Bromley winning the toss sending them in to bowl.
Rare as hens' teeth. The Mitch Kleem forward defensive
The weather forecast showed that there was going to be some severe rain in the afternoon but at this point the sun was out and the deck was flat and hard. Mitch Kleem and Tom Hamblin got the ball rolling for the stags smoking the ball to all areas of the outfield before Tom was fired by the ump for not many. This bought to the crease youngster Matt Wright. With his patience and Mitch’s brut force, the pair were able to compile a terrific partnership bringing the Stags to 101 before Matt was dismissed.
In Mitch’s defence, I as well as the rest of the 4th Grade side had never seen him block so many balls in his innings of 65. There was a job to be done and he did it extremely well, hats off to him. Once Matt and Mitch were dismissed, run became hard to come by and the middle order were finding it very difficult to pierce the gaps through the off and on side, so Spratty took it upon himself to take the aerial route to bump up the run rate.
This was short live as he and Tim Ferrero were dismissed within 3 overs of each other. Luckily for the 4th grade side we had depth and strength in our batting line up leave Charlie Booth and Oli Zannino to showcase some powerful hitting to get us to the 200 run mark by 50 overs.
The pitch had flattened out over the lunch break due to the heat and sun, but little to ND’s know there was a big storm brewing, and fast. Sammy Watts and Matt Keever’s were tight in their opening spells bowling continuous line and length, drying the run rate up which would end up costing ND’s in the long run of the game. With the dark clouds moving over our heads, we knew rain was coming, and had to get 25 overs completed to have it be classified a game, so on came the spinners.
Charlies Booth and Matt Wright were excellent in ‘bowling to the field’ and the ND’s batsmen were short on ways to score runs causing their top order to crumble due to the pressure of trying to increase the run rate. The lightning and rain began to set in and when all was said and done, the hail stones the size of our hands and the swimming pool on the edge of the square were still not enough for the umpires to call it.
We waited another 90 minutes before the second batch of rain hit before the two captains agreed no more play was going to happen.
Not the outcome we had quite expected but still 6 points for the Stags none the less keeping their finals hopes alive.
The Stags arrived to the sight of a very green deck at Killara Oval and unanimously decided to bowl. However, Stu Bromley had other ideas.
Upon his return from the middle he declared to the team that he had decided to bat!
Charlie Booth, sponsored by SURA, makes the most of his opportunities out there at Killara Oval... but had to wait after Stu chose to bat
Liam McElduff (30) created a steady platform for the team but the Stags struggled to form partnerships.
Charlie Booth whacks the ball to all areas at Killara!
The Stags looked to be in a bit of trouble at 5/105 until a young and handsome Charles Booth crafted an elegant and mature 77 showing his fitness and strength throughout the innings. His innings helped pull the Stags out of the deep water to a total of 259.
Stu and the rest of us reflected that from 5/105, reaching 259 may have demoralised the Whales a little and we certainly felt this total was out of reach of the Pod in the sheds next door.
The slow scoring Whales gave the Stags extra confidence and a win for the Stags looked imminent.
Resistance late in the innings from Mosman created some tension and brought them back into the game. Pat Rice saved the day and took 5 Whale scalps with tight stump to stump bowling.
Pat Rice developing into a great bowler for the Stags!
The Stags song their song proudly and at the top of their lungs, making sure the Mosman Whales heard every last word.
Match abandoned after rainfall. No play occurred.
Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.
The round against Penrith brought some new (and not so new) blood to the 4th Grade team with the temporary leadership team of MacElduff and Booth having big shoes to fill in the absence of Captain Bromley, who was on cultural leave in Bali.
MacElduff started well by winning the toss at Killara and choosing to bat. Mitch Kleem showed why he has so many runs against his name and made a verycolourful wagon wheel for his 66, sharing a valuable century stand with Liam McElduff (45).
Mitch Kleem goes long!
Both Hugh Sherwood and Nick "white pants" Andreou assisted the scoreboard along but a few quick wickets made a good score look out of reach, but Nick "orchard tonight?" Prell and Charlie Booth had other intentions. Fortified by an excellent afternoon tea befitting an English village, they put on a lower order partnership to drag the total to over 250 with the Stags eventually out for 294.
The day also saw some celebrity Stags in the crowd with Rowan MacGregor and Barry Eastment watching from the wings.
Liam M gives the team a great start.
At stumps on Day One, Penrith were 0-12 in the five overs remaining.
Day Two and some rain during the week saw a slightly different wicket, yet the outfield still provided a heady mix of bounce, skid and pop. With 294 to defend there was some thought that we were 50 runs short and some very good bowling would be needed. Where there’s a Will there’s a way.
Matt Keevers bowled well and struck twice early but then Calov ripped through the middle order taking 5 consecutive wickets with only 53 runs added to the score. Nick "orchard tonight?" Prell also bowled well to pick up a couple.The Panthers were on their knees and all out for 133..
Should they follow on? Yes they should!
Once again Keevers and Calov struck early. Matt Wright also took two and Charlie Booth snared one, as Penrith slumped to 8-109 with just 48 balls remaining.
Will Calov in action with a bag of wickets!
Perhaps it was the lack of scones and brownie for afternoon tea, as unfortunately the Stags were unable to take the final two wickets with credit going to the two Penrith batsman who hung in there to deny us an outright.
However it was 6 points from a solid first innings win which leaves 4th grade in a fighting third place on the ladder behind Northern Districts and Sydney CC.
Well bowled Will Calov with 8 wickets for the match.
Gordon 294 (Mitch Kleem 66, Nick Prell 48, Liam McElduff 45, Hugh Sherwood 41, Charlie Booth 40, Nick Andreou 27) defeated Penrith 136 (Will Calov 5-33, Nick Prell 2-44, Matt Keevers 2-45) and 8-134 (Will Calov 3-35, Matt Keevers 2-17, Matt Wright 2-20) on the first innings.
Charlie Booth is sponsored by SURA
4th Grade headed out to St Paul’s College at Sydney University, where they were up lining up against a strong University side, posting some 3rd Graders pushed down through the availability of State players.
Warm up was completed, and the Stags were sent in to bat with overcast conditions and a green tinge covering the wicket. McElduff and Hamblin opened, both getting the score to 37, before being dismissed, McElduff via 1st slip, and Hamblin via LBW.
McElduff works one onto the on side
This brought Sherwood and Spratt to the crease, hoping to consolidate the innings, however Sherwood falling shortly after to LBW, for just 2 runs. Spratt batted well, setting up an innings and still playing his shots, however falling to a false shot on 24.
Jayasekera in at Number 5, looked as cruisy as ever at the crease, utilizing the square leg boundary before falling to midwicket for 15.
Author, Tom Hamblin, also looks to the on side for runs
The constant loss of wickets when partnerships looked to form wasn’t what the Stags needed. At the drinks break, we were ‘ok’ at 5/109, however second ball after drinks, Krishna, looking to work one past backward square, was caught behind for 10.
Skipper ‘Stuie’ Bromley, looking very comfortable at the crease again, trying to maintain an above 100 average, fell caught behind for 26 and brought us to 133. The tail providing a bit of resistance through Paddy Rice with 8 and Charlie Booth with 7. Keevers finished not out.
The Stags finished on a particularly sub-par 138 and left Uni roughly 30 over in the day to chase down the total.
Our bowling unit started well with Keevers picking up the first wicket, taken in the gully by Jayasekera, with a cracking reflex catch to leave Uni at 1-0. However Uni consolidated and reached 1-55 before Booth was introduced and took a key wicket to dismiss the opener, taken by a sharp catch to Rahul Krishna at short cover.
Matt Keevers takes one late on Day 1, before applying pressure early on Day 2
The Stags then got on a bit of a roll, with Keevers taking a late LBW just before stumps to keep Gordon in with a chance.
Day 2 saw a cracking batting wicket and a fast outfield, in which Sdney Uni needed a further 70 runs for a first innings victory. With quite a tight first few overs from Pat Rice and Keevers, the Stags looked on top early.
A sharp bit of fielding by Mcelduff at first slip saw the 4th wicket fall to Charlie Booth. At 4- 90 the Stags were right in it, however a partnership of 38 basically saw it over the line for Uni. With them passing the score 5 down.
With the game set to finish at tea, a declaration by the uni skipper saw the Stags sent back into bat. This move nearly paid off for Uni as the Stags lost 6-76 in quick succession.
Charlie Booth looked good with ball, before saving the side in the 2nd dig with the bat
However, we managed to hold on to 7-138, as Booth belted one into the construction site, and the game finished there, with Uni winning on first innings. Not a great outing by the Gordon boys, but a few positives to take into the further games.
A pumped 4th Grade arrived at Harold Fraser Reserve to continue their winning ways. It was the first away game of the season and it was refreshing to see a nice even outfield, probably testament to the “no dogs on field” sign.
Beauchamp and Killara desperately need to get one.
Lachie Stewart - would have been worth plenty in the 2016/17 Fantasy League
As always Stu Bromley won the toss and elected to bat. Once again Gordon were off to a blistering start with both Mitch Kleem and Steve Bristow producing some cracking drives. The former fell for 38 and onto the field walked the man in form, Tom Hamblin, exuberating calmness and patience. With Bristow’s class and Hamblin’s temperament they piled on the runs.
As the scoreboard kept ticking, the chat on the sideline rolled on from Hamlin’s craving for Chinese food during hay fever season, to Charlie Booth’s gazillion tinder matches, to what the hell was going on in 3rd Grade. The overall consensus was that Hazlewood had dropped out of the test match and was now charging in off the long run.
Darren also disclosed some confidential Sydney Thunder information. Apparently they want to steal the whole RCB batting lineup. But personally, I’d much rather have, Shayne Lin and Mitch Kleem to open up the innings for me.
The great 116 run partnership eventually came to an end, Bristow finishing with a well compiled 82. Hamblin fell soon after for 67. A bad day in the office for him with his average dropping from 146 to 120. A flurry of wickets followed with Gordon scratching their heads at 5 for 220 after a great start.
As far as our roving photographers go, Lachie Stewart clearly draws the lens!
However Darren Jayasekera and Captain Stu were there to steady the ship. They ran extremely well between the wickets and dispatched the bad ball to the boundary. Darren’s timing was exquisite and Stu played his signature paddle flicks (I don’t what to call them, but one things for sure, they’re very effective).
Darren woke up after the drinks break and the carnage began. He belted 28 runs of an over! Including 3 massive sixes over square leg in a row. He raced to 72 of 58 balls before he was caught in the deep. Soon later Stu declared with an imposing total of 318. Another captains knock of 34no from Stu. He’s averaging an impressive 162 for the season.
Gordon had 7 overs at Saints that afternoon but couldn’t snag a wicket.
Day 2 did not start very well. Firstly, we thought rain during the week would get some moisture in the pitch. But no, it was the same old dry road. Secondly, Bristow forgot his whites and the in-laws had to make the long drive down from Kellyville. Thirdly, the openers just wouldn’t get out. They had a frustrating opening stand of 80, before 3rd Grade import Matt Keevers made the breakthrough.
Then the magic of spin came on and the whole game turned on its head. It all started with the field placement. Charlie Booth told Pat Rice to stand where the fence turns brown, and poor Patty was staring clueless at a pristine white picket fence for ages.
Booth then turned his mind games away from his teammates and towards the batsman.
He bamboozled the 2nd opener with a lovely half-tracker, which was hit straight to Keevers at square leg. Following suit, Rahul Krishna bowled a long hop and Bristow took an excellent sharp catch at short leg.
Rahul’s next over:
Ball 1: The batsman looked to work it to leg side but it dropped and fizzed on him. The leading edge lobbed to Darren at short cover who took a blinding sitter.
Ball 2: The batsman tried to cut, got done by some extra bounce and Pat Rice took a nice diving catch at point.
Ball 3: Rahul it tossed it up and hoped. The batman played a slog sweep (A slog sweep on a hat-trick ball, are you mad?) The team held their breath as Harry Middlebrook swallowed it up on the deep midwicket boundary.
Rahul took another two quick wickets assisted by some excellent glove work by Skipper Stu that left the Saints reeling for 8 for 143 at tea. Rahul with crazy figures of 6-18 after 5 overs.
It seemed like it would be another easy win for 4th grade, but it was not to be.
The match ball had gone for a swim just before tea, so Gordon had to resort to using a soft old ball which had probably done its rounds at training the last few seasons. The bowlers toiled hard in the heat, but received little assistance from the pitch, ball or fielders who some dropped catches.
Credit has to go to the Saints for digging and playing sensibly, as they slowly built a partnership. The game ambled on and before we knew it, things were getting tense. The 8th wicket partnership had piled on 163 runs.
By the time the new ball was taken the game was in the balance, all three results possible. Saints needed 20 runs and Gordon needed two wickets with 7 overs remaining.
Having bowled the seven overs the previous week, Captain Clever had this last trick up his sleeve and the new ball did the trick. Keevers struck immediately and the second fell soon after.
A hard fought win from the boys in a game that ebbed and flowed until the last ball. Looking forward to building on the winning streak.
Day 1 was off to a frustrating start, with the umpire’s refusal to take the covers off within the first hour, despite persistent efforts from skipper Stuart Bromley and local weather expert Nick Prell.
When the game was finally ready to begin, Stuie won the toss and made the interesting decision to bowl first, after spending the first two hours pre-game saying how good it would be to win the toss and bat.
The 'Weatherman' Nick Prell gets the early breakthrough
The gamble paid off however, with Prell striking early, dismissing their left handed opener to a terrific catch taken by keeper Harry Rees. It ended up being 2 wickets in 2 balls for Prell, who bowled the Bankstown captain first ball with a gem of a delivery for the dreaded golden duck.
At 2 down, the Bankstown batsmen were able to stem the flow of wickets, until the final ball before drinks when their in-form batsman tried to take Charlie Booth down town.
This turned out to be a careless decision, as Nick Prell took “the catch of the century!”- Cameron New. The catch involved Nick running in 10 metres before realising the ball was going to land exactly where he had just been standing. Running backwards desperately, he stuck out his left hand in a final hope and somehow the ball stuck in his mitt like glue.
Boothy's brilliant 5 wicket haul gave the Doggies no chance!
After the drinks break, Patty Rice joined the party, taking a wicket caught again by Rees.
Booth then went on a wicket-taking rampage, taking 4 wickets within the space of 50 runs, by first dismissing two new batsman and then getting the all important breakthrough of Malcolm, being dismissed for 72.
That left Bankstown at an underwhelming total of 9/161. The last two wickets were taking quickly within the space of two runs, firstly by Harry Middlebrook and finally by Rahul Krishna, who cleaned up the number 11 for 0. Charlie Booth was the star of the show, taking 5-54 off 19 overs.
This left Gordon a tough 16 overs to bat in difficult conditions. This didn’t bother both openers Shayne Lin and Mitch Kleem, who dispatched the Bankstown bowlers to all parts of the ground.
P-Rice also showed class with the ball.
Mitch’s innings was ended abruptly on 19, when he was caught off a jaffa of a ball from the Bankstown opener.
Shayne continued his destructive ways, by blasting the poor Bankstown bowlers everywhere, to none of whom had an answer to his magnificent stroke play.
Gordon made it to stumps at an impressive 1/81 with Shayne on 49* and Hugh Sherwood on 9*.
Day 2 was off to a fast paced start with Shayne bringing up his 50 with the first ball of the day.
It was the same story as the previous week for Shayne who pounced on anything too full and short by the bowlers.
Shayno is in scintillating touch! Back-to-back tons!
Hugh’s innings was cut short however on 29 to a great caught and bowled by the opening bowler.
Lachie Stewart joined Shayne in the middle and showed great discipline and patience to the two spinners. Both batsmen continued to show their maturity as well as superb shot selection to take Gordon past Bankstown’s total.
Bankstown faced another problem, with the amount of balls that they were losing as a result of Gordon’s batting.
It wasn’t long before Shayne brought up his second ton in successive games with a monster 6 off the leg spinner.
Lachie Stewart was finally undone, as he was stumped on 29, leaving Gordon at 3/200.
Rahul made his way to the middle with the intention of scoring runs quickly, and did just that, making a quick fire 12 before being dismissed, which included a big six over square leg.
Shayne’s wonderful innings was finally ended on 134, after single handedly almost scoring as much runs as the whole Bankstown team.
That left Harry Rees and Pat Rice at the wicket, both of which were looking to score runs quickly. Harry hit a monster 6 onto the road over cow corner, while Pat Rice enjoyed two sixers and a four in his innings of 18*.
Skipper Stuart finally ended the carnage, by declaring with Gordon 5/260 after only 44 overs.
Gordon’s intentions after tea were to push for an outright victory and things start well, with Pat snicking off the left handed opener for just 1.
The Bankstown captain was next in and didn’t last long also, after being caught and bowled off Harry Middlebrook.
Harry struck twice in quick succession, dismissing the top scorer from the first innings for just 19 to a sharp catch from Shayne, leaving Bankstown slumped at 3/38.
Harry and the Stags pushed hard for the outright, so close.
Like the first innings, Bankstown were able to stop the loss of wickets until Lachie Stewart got the all important breakthrough.
Lachie then bowled the new batsman with a fantastic delivery, leaving Bankstown at 5/116 at drinks.
Post drinks brought the same story, with Rahul claiming the wicket of the dangerous big hitter to a fantastic catch by Mitch Kleem.
The two new batsmen steadied the ship, and made it to a total of 153, before Rahul took his second wicket caught at mid-off.
With time running out and wickets to get, Gordon pushed hard and once again Rahul proved the difference, by taking his third wicket LBW.
It wasn’t to be for Gordon however, with Bankstown holding on at 8/176 at the end of play.
Still, a very impressive two days for the Stags, with notable performances from both Charlie booth taking 5/54 and Shayne Lin scoring an amazing 134.
4th grade showed up to the battle with the students with some confidence given two strong wins to start the season, however, with a couple of key players unavailable it was to be the first real test for The Stags.
Batting first, the two youngsters, Matt Wright and Hugh Sherwood, started the innings off steadily. Unfortunately Wright was the first to go for 13, and the Stags were 1/26, bringing Rahul Krishna to the crease.
Rahul and Hugh guiding the Stags with class early on.
Hugh and Rahul went about their business, showing maturity and patience and a real knack for capitalising on the bad ball. A 90-run stand between these two got 4s off to a great start, until Hugh was caught for a well made 58.
Rahul was the next to go, running past one from a turning leggie and being stumped for 47. Two well made contributions, and set the platform for the Stags to build on.
There was a slight collapse in the middle order, with Stewart, Prell and Rees all falling within 10 runs. The key for the Stags was 4s captain Stu Bromely still at the crease, and batting beautifully, nudging the ball around, and putting away the bad ball.
A bit of a wag from the tail, and supportive roles from Booth, Rice and Beattie, ensured that Stu would finish unbeaten on a well crafted 74.
The Stags were all out for 258, a target that was defendable, but early inroads would need to be made to put the students on the back foot.
A real captains knock by Stu Bromley lifting Gordon to 258.
The bowling effort from the Stags couldn't have started any better, with Prell claiming his first in the first over of the innings. Confident, and upbeat, The Stags were keen for more wickets, with everyone pumped and buzzing around the field.
Unfortunately, this was the only wicket to finish out the day, with the frustration of several edges through and over the slips teasing the Stags. The students finished the day on 1/89 and the Stags would need to bowl well and make early inroads next week to rattle the Bee's.
The second day, again, couldn't have started any better, with Pat Rice claiming an LBW wicket early on and boosting the Stags confidence.
Pat Rice struck again the next over, hitting the top of off and bowling perfect line and length and very good pace.
Prell claimed his second wicket a few overs later, and with the students losing 3 of their top 4 in the first 10 overs, some momentum was being gained by the Stags.
Pat had a superb day with the ball and in the field.
Pat Rice then claimed his 3rd and the students really had some work to do, at 5/113, with the bottom 5 needing to get 145 runs to claim victory.
Enter Sam Watts. Sam hit the timber 3 times bowling a nice full length. The Stags were well and truly on top at this stage, with the students in real trouble at 8/172.
Booth chipped in with a wicket of his own, after several overs of well flighted and threatening spin bowling, and thoroughly deserved his wicket.
Pat Rice was the man to end the show, with a run out that was given out with a questionable umpiring call, however that's just cricket!
Another solid performance from 4th grade, with contributions made by everyone with either bat, ball or both.
Given the absence of some key players, the depth 4s can produce at the moment is really satisfying to see, and I am sure will result in the good momentum continuing.
The Gordon fourth grade side were greeted with blustery weather conditions at Beauchamp Oval like most other teams across the Sydney Metropolitan region.
The side was keen to string a couple of wins together after a convincing victory against Blacktown the previous week.
Fairfield won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a pretty good wicket for batsman, however the Gordon lads knew the wicket would get better as the day went on.
It was Shayne's day as he muscled the Lions all over the ground
My previous experiences against the Lions has always seen plenty of verbal exchanges and disagreements, although this match wasn’t too bad.
One remembers the many trips to Cabramatta Oval back in the day when the area was the heroin capital of Australia. It’s OK now though because many of the dealers have now moved to Canley Vale (suburb next door).
Our opening bowling partnership of Pat Effeney and Matt Keevers posed plenty of problems for the opposition.
At one point the Lions were 5/58 but unfortunately we let them get to 215. This is certainly one area the side will be looking to improve on, in that when we have a side under the pump, when need to finish them off.
A good job to restrict them to 215, Pat Effeney collected 4/44 and Will Calov 3/38.
Pat has now picked up around 200 wickets for the club and a few more seasons will see him on the board with 300 wickets.
Pat Effeney picking up 200 wickets for the Stags
After this the fourth graders witnessed one of the most entertaining innings ever seen at Beauchamp Oval.
Shayne Lin butchered the Lion’s bowling attack to all parts of the ground . He even managed to use some finesse to nudge a few singles around.
Shayne has found a new level of confidence with his batting in recent times and is no doubt showing a few of his doubters a thing or two. Shayne made a brilliant 120.
Shayne's masterclass at Beauchamp!
Other contributors included Hugh Sherwood with 26, Rahaul Krishna 24, Stuart Bromley 18 not out and Nick Prell 16 not out.
The Stags will face University of NSW in another home game at Beauchamp. The fourth graders know how to win at this ground and should provide plenty of stiff opposition for the bumblebees.