The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.
Over the past ten years, the Colts side has been very strong and has won a number of premierships. This strength means our grade sides benefit from the pressure these players put on the 4th and 5th Grade players.
Colts match reports for 2015/16 season are provided by the players below:
The Stags affiliate side arrived at David Phillips to find a hard, grass covered deck and a welcome small perimeter, with decidedly less lushness to the outfield than we had experienced in previous weeks at our beloved, asbestos ridden Beauchamp Park.
A scary sight - Cam McBrien charges in with the wind behind his back
As always, the green tinge to the playing surface caused some discussion as to whether the best option at the fall of the coin would be to bat or bowl first. The focus then turned to the warm-up, under the guidance of the evergreen Todd Williams. Around 10 minutes into the warmup, Messers Cant, O’Neill-Fuller and Tullia (Senior) were heard to comment about the intensity of said warm up, and were looking to retreat to the comfort of the sheds.
Conveniently, skipper GT was able to remove himself and attend to the flip of the coin which saw the Stags in the field as the opposing skipper called correctly.
Rudy Midya backed up Cam McBrien very well
The new ball bowling was excellent. Cam McBrien bowled with the wind and harassed the opening bats, whilst Rudy Midya matched Cam’s efforts into a strong wind. The combination resulted in an early wicket to Cam, and the skipper’s timely change to bring Aaron Crofts into the attack payed dividends almost immediately to keep the momentum in favour of the lively young Stags bowling outfit.
Aaron took two, and the Bumblebees were precariously placed at 3-for, before an inspirational piece of fielding from some old bloke that resulted in a runout and a comment, somewhat along the lines of “please politely escort yourself from the playing arena after taking on the fielding ability of this has-been, young man’. I’ll let you presume how that may have been paraphrased.
From there, the Gordon outfit largely continued to apply excellent pressure, executing good bowling plans which were well supported with solid fielding. A young star of the future which this club will hear more about is Rahul Krishna. He bowled into the breeze with his leggies artfully, and finished with the figures of 4-17 off 9 overs.
Michael Cant plays strongly through the legside
This young kid has not only the ability, but the temperament to become a quality top grade cricketer. The last time I was this impressed by a young leg-spinner that could bat was by a fellow called Sam Robson, who went on to play test cricket for England.
With those efforts the ‘Bees were bundled out for 120. Time for the combined experience and youth of the Gordon batting line up to stand up and dominate.
Amazing how the man can bat when not fired first ball by his own side
The evergreen Michael Cant and the effervescent Anshul Baruah strode to the crease to get us underway.
The Gordon legend, ex-First Grade skipper and all-round nice guy, Canty, missed a full toss on leg to start the innings, but from there, it became a batting masterclass. I remember the first time I ever met Canty. It was playing for my old club, against Gordon, at Killara. Our bowling attack was formidable… one or two internationals, and Canty was the subject of one of the best sledges I’ve ever heard in cricket.
Upon bringing up his hundred, with deft cuts, nudges, and an obvious unprecedented knowledge of the art of batting, amongst the claps was the comment “They misspell your name in the paper every Sunday, you Cant”.
Tullia and Cant share a laugh about sledges of old
In this Colts chase, Canty made 83* of the 120, and not only helped the young players that are the future of this club, but showed a promising young player like Anshul how to go about opening the batting.
The Gordon Colts win with a bonus point, and consolidate our position towards the semis. Let's win next week and give GT a stressless week.
There aren’t too many days where someone goes out and takes 6 wickets to create every opportunity to take the 6 points from the opposition. This was Dermott Beattie’s game and only the weather was going to spoil it.
6 wickets to Dermott Beattie. Fantastic work by the young Colt!!
After the torrents of rain during the couple days prior to the first Saturday, we were surprised to see such a dry Beauchamp wicket. Covers were quickly and efficiently taken off to make sure we had the best preparation possible. A young Blacktown side won the toss and sent us into bowl.
A much wanted good start was replicated in the first over by gaining a wicket after three balls. Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya took sneaky wickets to keep Blacktown to 3-26.
Dermott Beattie – keep that name in the back of your mind… or better still… in the front of it - came into the attack and was effective immediately by grabbing a well worked wicket. After getting a great start to the game, Blacktown fought back with many of Dermo's balls going the distance all around the ground.
None other than the man Dermott Beattie was there to take the vital wicket.
The run rate was slowed down dramatically due to great bowling by Dermott. Derm obviously wasn't finished as he polished off Blacktown's tail, rolling them for 119.
23 overs were still left to play in the day, Oliver Williams and Anshul Baruah helped us gain a steady start to be 0-24 at stumps.
Rain continued to flow through towards the end of the week, but thanks to the great help from Paul Beattie, Tim Cubbage and Glenn Tullia, we were able to get on the park to work towards the win.
After our steady start, we slumped to 4-51. Glenn Tullia and John O'Neill-Fuller's partnership was very much needed as we were able to get out of a rough patch and get closer to the win.
2 wickets then quickly fell with Gordon still needing 30 to win. Glenn Tullia provided a wonderful captain’s knock to get us over the line and gain the much needed 6 points.
Well done to Derm for his 6-for, GT and JOF for getting us over the line.
After the deluge that hit Sydney early in the week I don't think too many of us thought we would be playing cricket on Saturday. However, after a couple of fine days later in the week Beauchamp was in pretty good condition, a credit to the groundsman.
A talent to be watched - Beattie bowls a great spell after making a handy 32
Captain Tullia (GT) was keen to have a bowl first on a wicket that was understandably a little soft before mentioning to the boys that he wouldn't be disappointed if we had to bat - probably because he bats at 7. Anyway not too disappointed he was, as Hawkesbury sent us in.
We lost a wicket midway through the first over brining John Phillipson to the crease. John was new to the colts team so what happened next was a bit of a surprise. He was out at the end of the fourth over for 27 (2 sixers 1 four) off 18 balls, Colts 2 for 29. Meanwhile I was still on 0 having only faced 2 balls but being thoroughly entertained at the non strikers end. Wickets fell a little too regularly although Brady Morrison was looking good before getting a good one on 21.
At 5 for 79 as GT walked to the crease I was thinking, I bet he's pretty disappointed we had to bat now. The match was only 17 overs old and with John's early cameo our run rate was a very respectable 4.5 so we just needed a partnership.
GT and I put on 75 and we were back in the game at 6 for 154, GT out for a fighting 21 and I was out not long after for 60. With 12 overs still to play Dermott Beattie made a smart 32 and Cam McBrien finished the innings with some big hits for 22 not out. Innings closed at 9 for 222. A total that we were very happy with.
John Philipson gives the ball some air
At the break GT spoke about there still being plenty in the wicket provided we bowl well and we were all confident of defending 222. Our bowling innings couldn't have started better with a run out to GT and early wickets to Cam McBrien (1) and Aaron Crofts (2), Hawkesbury 4 for 33.
At this point the Hawkesbury captain decided he would relieve our umpire, Ryan Tullia. With his season ending injury and no official umpires for Colts, Ryan is happy to help umpiring so both teams provided an umpire each.
The problem was Ryan kept giving them out, caught at 1st slip, not using your bat and getting hit on the pads in front of the stumps, not making your ground running between wickets, unusual dismissals like that. After a heated conversation mid pitch between the two captains and with the support of the other umpire, Ryan was rightfully called back.
We took wickets at 73 and 79 both to Dermott Beattie who bowled a great 10 over spell, 2 for 19.
With Hawkesbury 6 for 79, and the Webmaster Weekend Wrap already calling us out... "things got a little sloppy".
More wickets fell to Rudy Midya and Brady Morrison while Daniel Alleyn, in his first game for Colts, bowled well and finished with 2 for 20 off 8 and Hawkesbury all out for 50.
In the end, a good win keeping us well placed on the ladder in 3rd.
With a win last week against Mosman, Colts looked to go for back to back wins against a strong Balmain outfit. A hot day at Beauchamp would set the scene for Round 8, with the Colts losing the toss and taking the field in this Sunday fixture.
Beattie in the round before against North Sydney
Balmain were in real trouble from the get go. Fast heat from Ben Parker saw two early wickets fall and Balmain left with a lot of work to do. Balmain managed to form a small partnership, taking the total to 53 before Cam McBrien picked up two quick wickets.
Despite the poor start by Balmain Batsman being 4/64, Balmain stood resilient and advanced to 119 thanks to wide balls racing for four and hard hitting. However with a change up in the bowling attack, Harry Wallace clenched an important wicket sending Balmain into a lower order collapse, with Patrick Rice, Rudy Midya picking up late wickets.
Fielding spurred the bowlers on with all catches being taken 6/10 of the wickets were catches and sharp technical fielding saw the run rate fall leaving Balmain with a small total of 185.
Colts looked to start a typical innings losing an early wicket as Anshul was run out for cheap. Harry Wallace looked to contribute with the bat by smashing 4 boundaries. The wicket of Aaron crofts fell at 55 and 28 runs later Harry was stumped.
Olly Zannino and new batsmen Mitchell O’ Donell were left to rebuild the Gordon run chase and they delivered adding a 59 run partnership and poising Gordon for a comfortable victory.
All in all the chase had gotten a lot closer than expected, with one day rules applied the Balmain bowlers were reluctant to bowl down leg side?!?! With 70 (that isn’t a typo) extras tacked on to aid the Colts batsmen.
Skipper Glenn Tulia batted with Mitchell to oversee the final runs for victory as Colts go back-to-back.
With a couple of tight losses accumulating under their belt, the young Colts team were eager to get back out on the field and on a winning roll.
A slightly sticky second day wicket out at Mosman and an equally sticky, hot day would set the scene for Round 7, with the colts losing the toss and taking the field in this Sunday fixture.
John O'Neill-Fuller walks back to the sheds at Balmoral
The Mosman openers looked very solid, with one youngster particularly catching the eye of the skipper John O’Neil-Fuller, however some tight bowling particularly from young Ben Parker (1/18) aided by the inconsistent wicket saw the first wicket fall quickly. One brought two and two brought three, thanks to some good planned bowling from Aaron Crofts (1-10) and tight fielding from the team.
Mosman were in real trouble but some slightly impatient bowling from the young and excited Gordon side tied in with some disciplined hitting from a Mosman pair saw the right side of the score board climb. However a good ball from Prashan (1-19) saw the much needed breakthrough and though expensive at times the spinners Krishna (2-52) and Beattie (2-31)were then able to roll through Mosman’s middle-lower order.
Noticing the likely possibility of being all out before tea, Mosman dug in, frustrating the Gordon bowlers.
However some proactive captaincy and a bit of luck saw Rudy Midya (1/15) and Anshul Baruah (1/4) both chip in with a wicket to stop the Mosman innings at 163 runs.
Ben Parker whips one off his legs has he notches up some red ink as the Stags pass Mosman's score
With an under par score and 15 overs to bat in the day to bat, Gordon were looking to dig in and get through to stumps unscathed but some miscommunication between Baruah and Krishna tied in with some good fielding and a direct hit left the score at 1/20 at stumps.
Coming into next week the conditions were very similar and it looked to be a good chase for Gordon. However some good and energetic bowling from Mosman saw Krishna fail to add much to his solid start the previous week and prevent Crofts and Wright from settling at the crease.
With the wickets tumbling Oliver Williams (17) was the next man in and together with Andrew Harvey (31) they rebuilt the Gordon chase.
Skipper John O’Neil-Fuller (22) continued pushing Gordon's case, however it was Dermott Beattie (53*), ably aided by Ben Parker (13*), who stole the spotlight as he busily anchored the tail end of the Colt’s chase, bringing up the runs with three wickets in hand.
Dermott Beattie was really the star of the show. With experience beyond his years, he brought the side home, notching up a half century in the process
All in all the chase had gotten a lot closer than expected but some great bowling from the young attack and maturity from the middle order batsman, saw the Colts back on their winning horse.
Gordon 7/166 beat Mosman all out for 163
When we left home, there was certainly no hope for a solid game of cricket, but as the clouds parted and the sun came out, we saw hope of a quality game against an opposition of equal ability.
The wicket was a batting paradise but the weather conditions where not of the same calibre.
John "Two Pumps" O'Neill-Fuller imparts his wisdom on his chargers
Gordon won the toss and bat was the call. The team was unsure about the decision but we prepared for the game, both the openers (Dante Otto and Anshul Baruah) were full of confidence in the pitch and their ability.
The call to bat first came under even more scrutiny when Anshul Baruah was bowled out early in the first over for 2 with fellow opener Dante Otto following for 6 shortly after.
Andrew Harvey (12) and Rahul Krishna (27) revived the innings, digging in against the new ball. Unfortunately they both fell too early into the innings leaving the team with a job still to do.
Rudy Midya takes 2/38 from 12 overes
In comes the fill-in skipper, John O’Neill-Fuller, with a huge 52 to save the team from an extremely low total, dispatching balls to the rope with ease.
Even after a powerful captain’s knock he fell through lbw to an inswinger from the opposition captain. From there the tail crumbled with only 33 between the last 6 batsmen to end our innings on 138.
We knew we had to bowl well to restrict them to our minute total and for the latter part of the day we did just that with Rudy Midya (12 overs 2/38) bowling extreme heat up around the batsmen rib cage and Prashan Seneviratne (12 overs 1/30) bowling beautiful line and length.
Coming into the next week the conditions were much the same so we knew we had a chance with the ball. With Cameron Mcbrien bowling good heat with a great line and length for 1/23 we thought we were in with a chance. Hut the wickets weren’t falling quick enough, until Rahul Krishna, 4/47 from25 overs, bowled beautifully to almost take a thrilling 5 wicket haul.
But even with those outstanding figures the bowling force simply couldn’t restrict them to such a low total with Sydney Uni reaching the total just before the afternoon tea break, to end a difficult game in difficult conditions.
We left home in heavy rain thinking we had no chance of playing cricket. Surprisingly, as we approached Maroubra, the conditions were not too bad. The groundsman was busy preparing the pitch, and it was agreed by both captains that we would start on time.
Anshul Baruah took three wickets and also struck the ball well
Gordon won the toss on a very juicy wicket. The Randy-Petes captain apologised to him team mates. We set ourselves the target of bowling them out for under 100.
The opposition came out blazing, and the running between wickets by their openers was outstanding. After 9 overs, the score was already 79. This is an area of our game we need to improve, as we are giving our opponents an aggressive start in most games played this season.
Anshul Baruah finally made the breakthrough with an LBW and followed it up with another wicket caught by Manus Chauhan at first slip.
Rahul Krishna bowled ten tight overs alongside Manus Chauhan, before knocking out 43 runs
Again, it was our spin bowlers who reduced the run rate and got us back into the game. Manus Chauhan 1/24 off 10. Rahul Krishna 0/30 off 10. Prashan Seneviratne bowled very tidily once again taking 1/10 off 6. Another wicket to Anshul (3/51) and 2 late wickets for Cameron McBrien (2/51) saw us reduce the score to 7/210 after 50 overs.
A few showers came through during the break, but this was no excuse. The pitch played fine all day. The seam of the ball was ruined early for both sides negating any swing.
In reply, we were 2/55 after 23 overs (20 of those runs in extras). We did not show the same intent as our opposition, and the running between wickets needs improvement.
The skipper, Glenn Tullia, tried to up the run rate towards the end
Anshul Baruah (24) joined Rahul Krishna (43) at the crease and both batted very well, continuing their good early season form. The run rate was maintained at almost 5 per over for the remainder of the innings.
Glenn Tullia (20 not out) and Oliver Williams (10 not out) were at the crease when rained finished the game after 45 overs. We were 5/159 and still 51 runs short.
This was the first loss of the season for the young Colts side, but a lot of lessons were learnt. With majority of games washed out, it appears we maintain 3rd position on the ladder, with a lot of improvement left in us.
We will bounce back at home next round vs Sydney Uni.
As the cars behind spin their wheels in the rain, the Gordon skipper carries on
Arriving at the ground to a dry Beauchamp park after the torrent rain during the week, the mighty Colts were up beat and ready to take on the Randy-Petes.
After losing the toss we were sent out to field. The pitch looked as though it could offer something to our bowlers. We soon found ourselves in a difficult position with only fielding with 10 players, plus an ill Cam McBrien.
Krishna pairs with Falky to restrict Randy-Petes, at takes 4 along the way
This reduced down to only 9 during the 1st session as Rudy Midya "strained" a heartstring hamstring.
A few early chances went begging but the boys began to dig deep. ‘GT’ Tullia took a blinder of a catch to get the ball rolling. Rahul Krishna and Michael Falk both bowled fantastic long spells to quickly dry the runs and produce much need breakthroughs. They both finished the innings with 4 wickets as we were set the chasing total of 278.
Tullia, Cant and Falk raising the average age of the Colts - by quite a bit!
The second Saturday quickly came again and all the boys were ready to chase the much needed runs. After having a much needed long preparation we began the innings well with Ryan Tullia and Anshul Baruah both knocking the ball around well. The first wicket fell to Anshul on 21 to an unlucky controversial 'catch'.
The many shots of Falky bowling darts - on his way to 4 poles for the Colts
Rahul and Ryan both enabled a solid platform to work from. We were sat in a good position at the end of the 1st session.
Rahul had his woodwork knocked over from well placed yorker. Next ball some terrible umpiring fired Michael Cant for a golden duck (sorry Canty).
Lucky the cameraman had their Canon on the ready - Just the one ball for Michael Cant
With Ryan still looking very solid he was joined by the crease with Brady Morrison. Both running between the wickets brilliantly and placing the bad balls through to the boundary very well. The fantastic form of the great man Ryan Tullia continued as he notched up his 2nd 100 of the season.
Thanks to the hard work by Ryno and Brady we were able to reach the target comfortably before the rain set. Ryan finished on 161* and Brady 29*.
An innings from Ryan Tullia to remember to maintain a vital win.
Ryan Tullia performs well above his years, notching up his second ton for the season
Losing the toss was always going to lead to a long day in the field, with a lightning fast outfield at David Philips, and a pitch resembling the flatter parts of the roads we drove on our way to the game.
Chris Retallick resurrects the run chase, stabilising the middle order after a start of 3/10
With no recognised spinner in the line-up, and a stand in wicket keeper, it would have to be a good tight display by everyone to keep the runs down and leave a gettable target on the board.
Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya offered up some good length early on and Rudy got a couple of wickets (including a sublime technical catch by the stand in wicketkeeper Tim van Zuylen) to keep us with a foothold. However a couple of missed run out opportunities and some aerial shots somehow avoiding the catchers they got well on top at 2/161.
However the breakthrough finally came and set things into motion for our bowlers. Anshul Baruah had the ball swinging and was rewarded with a couple of wickets finishing the innings with 2/45. UNSW lost 8/100 in the end and posted a very chasable 261. Pick of the bowlers was Midya with a battling 3/41.
With 4 overs left in the day to survive we were hoping to get through unscathed, however the open the bowling with a spinner trick payed off when Tim thought he was safe to leave one but misread the spin to be trapped LBW.
1/1 starting the second day got worse when the two Tulia’s fell early to some aggressive bowling leaving us 3/10.
Rebuilding started when ‘Retro’ Retallick and Harvey teamed up in the middle to get the right column of the score rising.
Rudy Midya digs deep on a flat track for his side
Some punishing shots from Retallick off the left arm spinner moved us along well passing 50 and taking the score past 120.
Retro finally fell for 63 trying to continue his assault on the spinners with a slog sweep but ended up giving a friendly top edge.
Harvey continued his steady stroke play and brought up his own 50 just after the tea break. He couldn’t keep it going though and fell for 58 leaving Krishna and Baruah at the crease. At 5/172 it could have gone either way, however they missed their chances (including one by an ex-Stag) and we made them pay.
Special mention to the backhand tactics from Andrew Harvey serving hot cordial at the drinks break.
Yes Andrew Harvey. If a contribution with the bat wasn't enough... drinks may well have been
Krishna brought up his 50 and then pressed on with some aggressive batting to really drop the heads of the fielders. With 24 runs needed off the last 8 overs of the day, UNSW had a very slim chance for victory, but required wickets which were not on offer from the Stags. Could a draw be possible?
Not a chance. The Colts reached the target 5 wickets down for a great win!
Anshul Baruah finished 46 not out and Rahul Krishna 80 not out after some absolutely fabulous batting with the composure of players much more experienced.
Congrats on a great win boys and special mention to the middle order who batted with the pressure on and got us over the line.
Tim van Zuylen
With no cricket played in Round 1 the young Colts side were looking to get the season off to a good start, taking on Hawkesbury in the heat on Sunday down at Beauchamp Park.
Skipper Glenn Tullia won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with the plan to tire the Hawkes out in the heat while getting runs on the board. Ryan Tullia and Rahul Krishna got off to a solid start in the first few overs before Rahul was dismissed with the score at 29.
Oli Zanino looks to take advantage of the Hawks bowling attack
Ryan was joined by Oli Zanino and the two of them quickly went about their business keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Ryan quickly passed his fifty and by the time Oli departed for a well made 44, the score had reach 167. Their partnership of 132 had come up in around 20 overs and was highlighted by some sensible batting coupled with aggressive running between the wickets.
After Oli had been dismissed Ryan kept pushing on and as a couple of wickets fell around him he pushed through the 90’s, keeping calm and brining up his century in the 36th over.
Sam Braham looks for some away movement with the new rock
Unfortunately, he was stumped next ball trying to up the run rate, however his innings showed an immense amount of maturity, being happy to work ones and twos while waiting for the bad balls to cash in. It was a chanceless innings and a great start to the season for Ryan.
With less than 10 overs to go a couple of wickets fell as the boys tried to keep pushing the run rate higher. Quick cameos from Dave Leiboff (20) and Sam Braham (15no) along with some really intelligent batting from Andrew Harvey helped the score creep up to a very competitive 7/266 off our allotted 45 overs.
Andrew again showed maturity well beyond his age to keep the runs ticking along, whilst the batsmen around him were searching for boundaries he didn’t hit a single ball in the air, again just working ones and two and finishing with a very handy 33no.
Ryan Tullia on his way to a chanceless century, congratulated on his milestone
Despite having runs on the board, the boys were well aware it was going to be a hard slog on a good batting deck. Cam McBrien and Sam Braham got things started with the new ball and were both unlucky not to pick up early wickets as a number of edges found their way down to the boundary.
The Hawkes had got off to a bit of a flyer at 0/60 off the first 10. With a bowling change getting Anshul Baruah into the attack, the flow of runs slowed and the Stags were on their way as Anshul picked up a wicket straight after drinks. From there the boys began to squeeze the run rate and start building some pressure. Two more wickets then followed first to Rahul and then Sam returned and got a well deserved caught behind.
Cam McBrien does the job for his skipper, tying down the batsmen and drying up the runs
The runs continued to dry up and Cam McBrien came back into the attack, picking up the 4th wicket in his first over back. By this stage it was 4/140 from 33 overs, leaving the Hawkes needing 127 from the final 12 overs.
Unfortunately, some lose bowling combined with aggressive batting saw the runs start flowing quite freely again and the Hawkes were still well in the game. A quick change saw Anshul return to the bowling crease where he took his second wicket, removing the number 4 for 75 which pretty match confirmed the result. From there a run out followed and the Hawkes finished their 45 overs 6/228. Anshul finished with 2/37 from his 9 and Sam with 1/37 from his.
In the end it was a fairly comfortable win for the boys however we did let it get a lot closer than we should have. Plenty of positives to be taken from the game – particularly the top order batsmen setting up the game and some really great fielding. Most importantly 6 points first up and a great start for a very impressive young team.