The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.
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Colts match reports for 2016/17 season are provided by the players below:
Cricket is a funny game. You win some and you lose some. It isn’t every year that you play 15 rounds of hard fought cricket to make a final. On this special occasion, the 2016/2017 Gordon Colts led by “Sir” Aaron Crofts featured in the Grand Final.
Aaron "Ronny" Crofts - Premiership captain
In weeks gone by the focus of the team was on the finals. A convincing round 15 win against UNSW confirmed top spot and a clash with Randwick Petersham who won a bare five matches all year in the semi final. The rain card was played in the semi and off to the final colts went.
Killara Park was the venue and the 2nd place Penrith Panthers were the opponents. After a mammoth week of preparing tactics that in fact had been organised at least two months in advance, creating a wicket and reminding the boys on the fundamental rules of cricket… (Yes Brady I am referring to you here) the weekend had arrived and the weather had cleared.
As expected a delayed start welcomed the two sides to the infamous dog park. The sluggish outfield was damp on the surface in patches, the pitch in good condition but all we needed was some heavy sun and it was game time.
Nonetheless, it got to midday and play had not begun.
In retrospect, this gave the boys and Ken another chance to mingle in the change rooms. I must admit, teenagers and a sixty-year-old coach really do not mix. Immaturity on both ends if you ask me.
At 3:00pm play was abandoned for the day. Over the last week, we had spent a total of 24 hours waiting in the change rooms doing nothing… is that a record? The only bright side to the day was putting covers back on the wicket. I like to think as Captain I have taught the alliance of students in my team “how to put covers on and off the ground”.
Let me just set the scene for you. We have about 6 players in the team who love standing within a 1m radius of each other. Therefore, instead of taking 5 minutes to put covers on the ground, it takes at least 15 minutes. I think it is time that each club hands out a mandatory “Guide to Covers” at the start of each season.
Anyway… Day 1 abandoned and back to our girlfriend’s houses for a deep tissue and bubble bath after a strenuous day doing chores.
Play was scheduled for 10:00am on Day 2. The “lads” as Jory Cureton would say arrived 8:30am sharp to once again repeat the daily dose of removing and folding covers. The Dharmsala looking wicket was flat, not a tinge of grass was left. It had been rolled more times than a typical Georges River side in the 2016/2017 season…. Sorry Dayle.
The outfield was still moist but the conditions were perfect. Play was called to begin at 11:00am and a toss at 10:30am.
Captain Aaron Crofts had reminded the boys for the last three months that “all we need to do is to bat for 192 overs and we win the premiership, honestly it is that simple”. Well despite those spiteful tactics, Crofts heroically won the first battle of the match and won the toss and elected to bump Penrith out of the game.
Final words were exchanged in the dressing rooms and the realisation that the first ball of the Grand Final was under way in due course. The scene was set and thanks to the efforts of the groundmen and others involved we got to begin the Grand Final.
Let me take you to the commentary.
WICKET – OUT!!! (1/36) Dellis to Bull – Bull tries to loft one over cover but plays on the up and is caught by Crofts in front of point. A solid start by Penrith but once again Gordon continue to attack and a spirited Nick Dellis gets the breakthrough.
Brady Morrison - One to watch out for in the future
WICKET – OUT!!! (2/37) Hood to Agius – Trapped in front on the full and the young and inexperienced green shield player goes packing for a Duck…. Quack Quack Quack. Hood find his rhythm.
WICKET – OUT!! (3/38) Nehru to Sullivan – BOWLED. Nehru has been causing trouble to Organ at the other end but his extreme sweating disease has brought about a sweaty and shaky shot from Sullivan who chops on for another quacker. Penrith have lost 3 for 2.
WICKET – OUT!! (4/41) Keane to Coyte – Caught Behind. Arguably the easiest wicket in the metro cup this season. The professional “hacker” has literally just hacked and snicked off to Oliver Williams with the gloves. This is cricket and this is pressure from the Gordon Colts.
WICKET – OUT!! (5/43) RUN OUT by R.Krishna. Suicide. Slipped on the second and Organ is run out for a well compiled 34. A gorgeous throw over the stumps from Rahul and Penrith are reeling.
WICKET – OUT!! (6/52) Dellis to Crouch – Back into the attack is Dellis and he strikes again. A healthy edge to Williams who takes his second. Penrith are in all sorts and have now lost 5 for 16.
Manus Chauhan - Unlucky with the ball in the Grand Final, but clearly kept the pressure up to the Penrith bats
WICKET – OUT!! (7/79) Crofts to Lelliott – A healthy partnership was forming but on comes the captain with some tight bowling and Lelliot gets strangled to square leg where Rahul Krishna takes a sitter.
WICKET – OUT!! (8/79) – Crofts to Chowdhury – Crofts is on a hat trick. The battle of the captains is one by the Gordon skipper as crofts charges in and shatters the stumps first ball. In celebration, he runs off down towards his fans.
WICKET – HOWZATTT – OUT - (9/81) – Seneviratne has the last laugh as Smith plays around one and gets struck in front LBW. A pumped up Danusha gets his first.
WICKET – OUT!! - (10/87) – Crofts to Greogory – A massive shout from Gordon and Crofts has his third as Nick Dellis takes a catch at bat pad.
A phenomenal effort to take 10 wickets for 51 runs as Penrith crumbled for 87 all out.
Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison had been cautious in recent weeks with the bat and had the best opportunity to seal the deal for the Colts side in chasing 88 runs to win the game and the Grand Final.
Harvey and Morrison were watchful and played their most elegant innings of the season. Harvey (30) left the ball with ease and punished the short and wide deliveries when he was offered them.
Morrison once again dominated bat and ball. He enjoyed clipping a ball for six over deep backward square that I am sure his Shire ladies will be hearing about during the week. Nice work Brady.
At 0/40, Gordon looked comfortable. Morrison eventually fell for 20 but Harvey was class and anchored the innings right until the score reached 80. Williams, Crofts and Krishan all chipped in a few runs to see us to the end but it was Manus Chauhan (3 not out) and Matt Keane (18 not out) who had the honour of seeing us to a 5 wicket victory and the Metropolitan Cup title.
Andrew Harvey makes a great start to the small target chase
What a season…. What a team. 165 wickets later and over 2,500 thousand runs scored, the Gordon Colts proved that experience does not mean everything and that a strong and relentless bond is what truly counts to any success.
Beers were shared and stories were told but a big thank you must once again to our manager Jenny Williams who has worked tirelessly all year to ensure this team reached its peak.
As captain I would like to thank those who attended the match and supported us this season. Ken Wilcox you are an ideal and your enthusiasm was immense in tutoring these boys on how to sustain pressure on and off the field. Ha!
Finally, congratulations to all of those who were a part of this squad this year. I am proud of you.
Captain and Champion Player out!!
Ahh… Georges River. The second encounter between Gordon and Georges River was once again being held at Beauchamp Park. But before I get into the events of Saturday’s action, I think it is only fair that I give the viewers a glimpse of what happened in Round 4 vs the River.
Crofts leads the charge against the River!
In short, Georges River played two ineligible players, scored 385 in 96 overs and claimed that we… yes Gordon were playing for the draw…. I still don’t understand how they thought we were playing for the draw.
If you are reading this Dayle Carew, please call me and let me know. As a result, the game ended in a draw, Gordon protested and got 6 points and back down the river they went.
With back to back wins against Blacktown and an outright win against Easts, Colts returned to Beauchamp looking to score three straight victories on the trot. Mild, overcast conditions welcomed the two sides to the one day format.
The return of Nick Dellis and departure of Jory Cureton meant Colts did not lose any striking power with the ball. Dylan Hood backing up after his four wicket haul and Prashan Seneviratne eyeing off another performance than Nuwan Kulasakera would be proud of.
Lovely footwork here by the 'keeper to take a catch off the quick
Skipper Aaron Crofts lost the toss and Gordon were asked to add another 10 wickets to the tally of 125 for the season. Despite Gordon hoping to win the toss and bat first, it is always a treat for the opposing team to shape up against the firing quicks the colts side has each fixture. Danusha Seneviratne (1/17 off 6) and Nick Dellis (0/21 off 8) started off the innings satisfactorily.
With periods of economical bowling and tight lines, Georges River managed to tick over some runs to kick of their innings. However, nonetheless, Colombo born Seneviratne was up to the task, adjusted to the conditions and took an early pole to add to wicket #126 for the season. At 1/41 off 10 overs, the River, who for 99.9% of the season barely reached 10 runs without losing at least 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 wickets, were actually in a decent position.
But… yes… they were playing the top side in Gordon and over the next three to six overs the game changed dramatically.
Prashan Seneviratne (1/7 off 6), who idolises his bowling off kiwi international Neil Wagner who possesses that infamous grunt at the end of his delivery stride, once again hit that 50 cent coin for his next 36 deliveries.
For about a month now, Prashan has arguably been the pick of the lower grade bowlers at Gordon. His line and length, seam up deliveries catches the opposing batsmen off guard.
Yep. That'll do it. What a great action shot!
Yet again, the River batsmen could not hit the red kookaburra. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, they both caused a collapse. River lost 5 wickets for just 5 runs. Dylan Hood (3/17 off 6) cartwheeled the stumps down towards 1st and 2nd slips throat. In fact, Hoody was on a hat trick and this is where the drama really kicks in…
Dylan Hood, who at this stage was sweating more than a hot curry after a night out, took the ball and headed to his mark. Little did he know that the most attacking captain at the club had set a 9-0 field for a hat trick ball. Let me just take a moment to set the scene….
1st Slip, 2nd Slip, 3rd Slip, 4th Slip, 5th Slip, 6th Slip, 2 gully’s and a silly mid off…
Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison who have not participated in the slips cordon all year had stains running down their whites they were that scared of a potential “catch it” coming their way.
Anyway, here comes the delivery… Let me remind you that we have no one on the on side. Hoody runs into bowl, an in ducker at the chest.
The batsman who tries to evade the deliver ducks into it and gets hit in the ribs. Just like the infamous 1932/1933 bodyline series (a tactic that the Colts side has utilised this season) the batsman crouches to the side of the wicket….the non-striker batsman cries “YES!!!” and as both batsman meet half way down the wicket… keeper Oliver Williams in true keeping style flicks his left glove off and throws the ball from bat pad down towards Dylan Hood at the stumps to eventually flick the bails off for a team hat trick.
Just when you thought attacking fields were not appropriate for this day and age, the Colts boys always prove it wrong.
Quote Ken Wilcox (coach of the Colts side) on the team app; “Absolute Classic – setting 8 slips with no fielder on the leg side – forcing the batsman to hit the ball on the leg side where there wasn’t a single fielder and then running him out” – K.Wilcox 4/2/17.
Manus Chauhan (1/8 off 4) and Aaron Crofts (2/8 off 3) finished proceedings with a couple of clean bowled deliveries to cash in on the fun that was being had at Beauchamp Park. River… all out for an abysmal 80.
Certainly good viewing from mid-off!
FUN FACT #1 Gordon Colts have taken 135 wickets this season in 12 games of cricket.
With lunch called, it was time for the Colts weekly debrief during the interval. Usually this consists of what controversial things Brady Morrison or Matt Keane did during the week away from the cricket fields.
But as captain I think it is only fair that our readers are not exposed to some of the teenage activities that go in this side. However, I will say one thing…. It certainly lifts the teams morale.
Looking for a bit of swing... and well out of the danger zone here!
FUN FACT #2 Manus Chauhan is the leading fielder in the Metropolitan Cup with 7 slips catches.
The chase began at 1:00pm with Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey given the opportunity to score two 40 not outs each. Despite some early blows by Brady and typical leg side wide bowling by river, Brady was caught at short cover for just 6.
Runs were being scored thanks to the wides column and Oliver Williams and Andrew Harvey went about getting the score close to 40. Oliver eventually fell to a short pitch delivery for 5.
At 2/38, Captain Crofts came to the crease with Harvey to see the side to victory.
Gliding it through point for the winning runs
After a cautious start, Crofts eventually punished 6 boundaries and a six to win the game to end on 39 not out. Andrew Harvey who played a tight innings of 18 fell short just prior to the winning runs.
A 7 wicket win to the Stags over the River sees Gordon outright first still on 58 points.
A game that Gordon was expected to win and a game that once again showed that attacking is the only way to win games of cricket. Thanks again to our excellent manager Jenny Williams for taking photos, scoring and delivering the subway.
Lovely shot that! And great work by Jenny with such fantastic photos!
Also, special thanks to Ken for his pre-match chat and for watching us again this week.
On Sunday, the leader-leading Gordon Colts came up against a strong 4th placed Sydney Uni outfit. The team was full of confidence considering our position on the ladder arriving at Beauchamp Oval.
There were good batting conditions out there on Sunday in a big clash against Sydney Uni
Due to the heavy storm the night before it took a big effort prior to the game to remove the covers with all the water on them, ensuring no water finds its self on the wicket.
Eventually when it came to the toss, Captain Crofts won the toss and decided to bat.
Openers Brady and Andrew got us off to a steady start before Brady was dismissed with the score on 21. Some good bowling from the Sydney Uni attack counteracted by some strong bating in the middle overs from Aaron and Oli got the score to 76 before both fell to good bowling.
That's some lovely placement there by Danusha
A small collapse followed but resistance from Sahil (27) and Danusha (32) lead to a defendable score of 148, no easy chase against a strong bowling attack on a slow outfield.
How about these indiviudal displays of brilliance!
After a good lunch Danusha and Aaron took the new ball and two tight opening spells followed which restricted the opening bats from Sydney Uni and their scoring options. Dylan then came on and bowled in a good partnership with Manus who got the breakthrough with the score on 28.
Plenty of pressure on the Sydney Uni batsmen as the Colts line up for the kill
Wickets quickly followed with Danusha taking two in successive balls, twice throughout his 10 overs leaving him with 4 for the match and easily the pick of the bowlers. Some missed chances from Gordon gave Sydney Uni a sniff at the win coming down to the last wicket needing only a handful of runs to secure the win.
With only 4 runs needed to win, the Sydney Uni number 11 came back for a 2nd run but great fielding from the skipper Aaron Crofts saw a direct hit run out from mid on to win the game.
The close win secures Gordon’s place at the top of the table with a couple of games left before finals.
As the sun rose on a crisp Sunday morning in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the Gordon Colts side led by Aaron Crofts were met by Eastern Suburbs. It was 1st vs 3rd in a vital match for both sides. Skipper Croft lost the first battle and the Colts were in the field, the smell of freshly made cappuccinos and soccer mums walking around in their active wear were abundant.
Jory and Danusha opened the bowling and bowled tight areas, Danusha snicking off a kid who looked like he hadn't passed primary school yet.
Prashan then came on with immediate impact clean bowling their captain and Number 3 in his first few overs.
James Brown coming back from an ego boosting private school game continued where Prashan left off and provided excellent flight and drift. Did Shane Warne just come out of retirement? The only thing missing was a sloppy rig and streaky blonde hair.
James Brown bowling with superb flight and control.
After Oliver Williams nearly killed Jory with a ball ricochet into Jory’s sunglasses leaving an attractive scar under his eye, the Eastern Suburbs outfit were struggling at 6/64. They needed a big partnership to get them out of trouble and fortunately due to good, tight bowling Eastern Suburbs were skittled for a measly 106 with Jory picking up 3 at the end.
Eastern Suburbs 109 (Jory Cureton 3/11 off 9, Prashan Seneviratne 2/9 of 6, Danusha Seneviratne 2/20 of 10, James Brown 2/22 off 10, Aaron Crofts 1/19 off 7)
Colts openers Fraser and Andrew strolled out to the middle looking positive and attacking play guided Fraser, who also came back from a time-wasting school game, to a solid 28.
However wickets were falling at the other end, although Aaron Crofts halted the flow of wickets by providing great strokeplay, including a monster dinger into the stands (can report no crowd catch was taken).
Prashan and Jory batted until stumps with Gordon finishing day 1 at 5/76 chasing 106 for first innings points; a nervous run chase indeed.
Day 2 arrived in approximately 161 hours and Trumper Oval spectators were about to witness one of the most entertaining cricket matches since the first tied test in 1960.
Jory playing his shots at Trumper.
Prashan and Jory were ticking the runs along nicely but within a blink of an eye Jory, Danusha and James were incorrectly given out in one of the worst umpiring displays on a cricket field. Independent umpires do make mistakes but to have 3 going against us within 20 minutes is unheard off.
But such is life and Prashan after given a healthy promotion from 11 to 7 was really proving to the rest of the team he can hold a stick, batting out of his skin with the tail.
Gordon needed 13 runs off the last wicket and the stress was showing, fingernails were getting bitten off, hair loss was real and the posh Eastern Suburbs felt like a chamber of immense pressure.
Dylan Hood playing his first game for the club, definitely a very good rig-based selection, strutted onto the wicket looking calm, definitely provided a boost to get the boys closer to the target. The famous Dylan Hood cut shot, the solid Prashan defence and that Eastern Suburb bowler who bowled legit 8 no balls guided us to first innings points.
Gordon 108 (Fraser 28, Crofts 26, Prashan 11, Dylan 10)
With a lead of only 2, Gordon's bowling unit needed another repeat performance of their first innings and that was initially happening with Jory bowling the kid from kindy...these Poms have no mercy.
A partnership was on the verge of getting away until on the stroke tea, Shane Warne (James Brown) bowled a flighted delivery only for the batsmen to hit to the leaping Fraser Wilson, a spectacular mark, reminiscent of the “Leo Barry you star” 2005 AFL Grand Final iconic moment.
With good vibes heading into the next session, it was Dylan Hood cleaning up the tail with the help of James Brown. They took 7 between them due to some brilliant controlled bowling.
Good catching by Colts, Danusha taking this one in the deep.
Side Note - Afternoon tea was delightful, some roast chicken, herb bread, donuts, lollies, watermelon, all the good stuff, however it was clearly not as good as our afternoon tea.
Eastern Suburbs 126 (Dylan Hood 4/15 off 4.4, James Brown 3/18 off 9, Jory 2/33 off 7)
Now it was getting late in the day, the sun was setting, the wind chill coming across, the equation was ...Gordon need 125 of 17 overs to practically burgle 10 competition points.
All the hours of watching the Big Bash would be coming down to this, it was time for our batsmen to peg back the ears and go downtown.
A change in the batting order promoted Brady to open with Fraser and he got us off to a great start before Fraser chopped on. Next was Jory, coming into the crease with the attitude of “it’s six or it's out”,..... we’ll see how that goes chief.
98 runs later and oh boy what a partnership, it was boundary after boundary, including one 6 that was caught by Mr Oliver Williams in the crowd, congratulations to Oliver $10,000 coming his way. Brady and Jory seemingly destroying the Easts bowlers to all parts of the field and was a wonderful partnership to watch, was this were Marcus Stoinis got his hitting inspiration from?
More importantly the required run rate was at run a ball when Matt Keane came to crease to produce one of the most exciting 2 ball innings ever in cricket. A disrespectful 6 first ball over the sight screen was met with loud cheers from the Gordon faithful before being out next ball.
10 points! What an superb performance!
And well kitted out in Beastwear gear!
It was now Skipper Aaron and Brady (who reached his 55) finishing it off for us, giving us the valuable 10pts to go outright first on the ladder.
What a performance, what a game, what a sport. This is why we play cricket, to shake hands with a defeated, devastated opposition with a massive smile and a "thanks champ".
Gordon 3/127 (Brady 58 Jory 46)
Danusha "Big D" Seneviratne
At a pleasant sunny Beauchamp Oval the Stags turned up looking for redemption from their last round loss. A solid warm up as always from the boys and a quick look at a green grassy pitch which the skipper had hopes to bowl first on.
Great captains knock by Aaron Croft (42).
Unfortunately it wasn’t the ideal start, being put into bat against Blacktown side. But the resilience from Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey saw us on top early and looking solid for the 50 overs to come. The thick outfield really demoralised the batsmen as quick singles and hard hits had us running two’s and ones all day.
Similarly a great throw from the boundary while running a three had given an unfair farewell to Andrew Harvey. While Jury Cureton welcomes what became the hottest cricketing day of our lives and wasn’t keen on any singles today. The pitch played all sorts of havoc on the players, at least for Jory which had one pop up from good length to his throat. While our experienced skipper had plenty of shots up his sleeves and ran hard between the wickets, wickets fell and pressure grew at the other end.
Long awaiting runs came from the ‘Big Dog’ Danusha who played alongside our skipper and both took us past the 30 over mark. Trouble against the spin had both the batsmen in all sorts as we saw the end of a solid top order innings by skipper Crofts.
Danusha helped carry the Stags late in the innings (44).
Vikrant Nehru and Danusha then maintained the runs and kept ticking the strike over, all though every run had us drenched in sweat. The plan was simple, Vikrant wanted the spinners downtown (as I have no respect for them) and Danusha attacking the pacers with ease.
The time came when acceleration was needed and we managed a solid score of 204. Unfortunately with a couple of overs to spare which wasn’t the ideal way of finishing the innings but we took it with our middle order collapse.
Brady and Jory put on a display for the fantastic camerawork by Jen Williams
The heat had the pitch hard and we saw plenty of bounce, the Beauchamp pitch looking and playing out better than Chatswood oval on even its best day in the second innings.
The author, Vikrant Nehru, looks to make an impression with the bat
Matt Keane and Jory Cureton had the time of their lives as both the bowlers bowled smartly attacking the stumps and an odd one sniffing past the nose of the batsmen just so they know who’s on top.
Blacktown having no reply of our solid bowling attack as Jory and Vikrant Nehru took out the top order batsmen with ease.
The retaliation of the Blacktown batsmen was no use as the Stags showed why they are on top of the table. Danusha and Manus Chauhan taking out the middle order nicely in time for a bonus point win.
Prashan cleaned up the tail with excellent figures of 3 for 3 off 3, dismissing Blacktown for a mere 101, great day to be a Stag don’t you reckon?
Prashan wraps up the tail, ensuring a bonus point.
An excellent comeback for the Colts who are now alone at the top of the table, showing we are looking for improvements from each game. Also on another note, the great turnout on training days boys, have seen the whole team practicing together which is awesome.
Credit to the skipper, never misses training day although he might miss leg day quite often.
Vikrant "Vicks VapoRub" Nehru
The Colts team huddle
As we arrived in Penrith and with the knowledge that the covers were not on overnight, we knew that our chances of a good pitch to play on, or even play at all, were very slim. Once we laid eyes on the pitch, our suspicions turned into a grassy, muddy and genuinely unplayable wicket but with some work from the Penrith team and midday sun, the pitch was beginning to dry.
Oli Williams tried to get the boys over the line
Play was delayed from a 10 o’clock start to 12:15 start with only the loss of 10 overs to the revised 45 overs a side. The two hour wait was a quick one though with captain Crofts keeping the team entertained with tales of his new year’s shenanigans and how the events of that night were “not on”.
The young Stags in action out at Rance
Both captains knew that the toss would play a huge role in the outcome of this match and luckily Crofts came out on top, with the decision to bowl.
The Colts bowlers were making the most of the damp deck
With the pitch doing a lot early we knew we would have to pick up wickets quickly and that we did. With Matt Keane (O-7 R-13 M-2 W-1) steaming in from the MP end creating dot ball pressure Jory Cureton (O-6 R-17 W-2) was able to clean up one of the openers cheaply and start the middle order collapse. With quick wickets going to Danusha Seneviratne ( O-6.1 R-16 M-1 W-2) and Prashan Seneviratne (O-5 R-21 W-2) only one of the openers was hanging in and keeping their innings afloat posting 41 before finally being removed by Prashan. Their middle fought hard but with accurate bowling and good catching was only able to score 135 from 42 overs.
The Penrith side work hard to get a game on. Congrats gents!
With a low score to chase and a powerful top order that had scored consistently all year we thought we were in the box seat for a convincing win with only the dodgy pitch in our way.
But no, Oh no, with Brady Morrison being dismissed with the second delivery for 0 and Jory Cureton the very next ball for 0 there was a job to be done especially against their opening bowler Raajdeep Singh (O-7 R-22 W-4) who was bowling the game out of our hands.
Get around me boys - Crofts
Andrew Harvey (9) and Aaron Crofts (8) went about steadying the ship and even delivering a few countering blows with some nicely timed drives. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before Andrew was bowled after looking settled with the score 3/20 after 4 overs.
Within the next three overs Crofts had to depart as well being caught behind off Singh’s consistent bowling. With Sahil Sharma only scoring 2 the middle order had work to do and so Matt Keane (18 from 35) and Oliver Williams (44 from 78) dug in.
With the run rate being completely under control, we knew this game was going to be won with patience out in the middle. However, just as things looked to be getting easier, the opening bowler Singh was brought on to change the game once again and took the wicket of Keane with a well bowled yorker.
Straight play was rewarded in this round
With Danusha going without scoring we were in trouble again at 7/98 after 24 overs. In next Manus Chauhan(19*) who scored quickly and with ease to edge us even closer to the target and just when it seemed like we would pull off our best win of the year, Williams was dismissed with the score at 8/127 and the game was turned again.
The final two wickets only need to pull together 9 runs to win the game and with Nick Dellis scoring 3 of them from his first two balls it looked promising but with him being dismissed early the next over it was in the balance again.
With Prashan being the last wicket and needing 6 to win it was going to be a tough first over for him to get through and just after looking solid in defence on the second last ball of the over one snuck through and took the off stump ending an intense game of cricket that we let slip.
Looking forward to see Penrith in the grand final where I assure you it will not happen again.
Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.
Colts went into the game looking to knock of the number two placed Penrith and continue its unbeaten run. With a few of the lads gone up to 5ths and some being a way it was going to be a hard fought and tough game.
This week again the top order showed who were in charge with a quick game of soccer winning 2-3 in the warm ups.
As we discovered the when rolling off the covers it "seemed" to be a completely different wicket that what we had played on over the past few weeks - a green top! Could it be an advantage there was only one way to find out.
Manus knocked around a few quick runs.
Crofty lost only his second toss of the year and Penrith chose to bowl first. Starting off well with the new opening combination of Sahil & Fraser (41). They keep the runs ticking over until Sahil feel to a great ball.
Then in strolls the English import having only ever played one day games and in fine form it was gonna be a long day in the sun for the lad. Jory and Crofts (38) then steadied the ship till tea to set up the lower order to go out and have a swing to get us to around a total of 300.
Jory knocked up a brilliant half century (66) before being adjudged LBW batting well out of his crease and charging - Welcome to umpiring Sahil ;)
Great cameos from Manus (22) and Oliver (35) got us to a total of 9/263 dec. meaning we could have 4 overs at there top order and hopefully grab maybe one or two wickets
Jory and Crofts opened up having two overs each with Jorys Chin music and bowling to the plan we nabbed one wicket before the end of the days play.
Full of spirits for day two the colts were ready to nab these 9 wickets and sit even more comfortably on the top of the table.
Again Jory (4/69) and Aaron (1/71) started up again with some tight bowling and unfortunately nothing going to hand with edges flying everywhere.
Jory in the runs and wickets!
Crofts then brought on the spin of Manus & Brown (1/33) who both bowled great lines and to the field to restrict the batsmen to not many runs this put the pressure on the batsmen seeing a stumping off Brown to break the drought of wickets.
With only a few wickets in the first two session we looked to take it to them in the final session and grab those last three wickets but it just wasn't to be. With some great hitting by Penrith and playing great partnerships they got across the line with 10 overs to play.
Special mention to Jason and Johnny for coming to field for the day.
The high flying Stags arrived at Snape Park, to take on Randwick-Petersham, full of confidence on the back of a comprehensive victory last round.
With the boys awaiting the arrival of skipper Crofts we descended into a quick game of touch as the top order showed the bottom order how it was done with a quick rout 3-1, special mentions to Andrew ‘I love Brady Morrison’ Harvey who consistently cut through the defence like a hot knife through butter! Maybe he's in the wrong sport?
Onto the cricket and the greenest wicket I’ve seen since I have been here, with overcast conditions to boot, it was a very important toss to win. With the skipper busy it was down to our second best tosser Matt ‘MP’ Keane to call correctly which he duly complied. All together lads.
Matt does half the damage with 5/26!
Aaron arrived delighted to the news and got straight into making sure we all had a strong mentality of achieving a very possible maximum points over the two days.
New look opening bowling partnership of myself and MP got straight into the task and were swinging the ball both ways, leaving the Randy Petes batsmen clueless but after a couple early wickets and the score at 2/29, the skipper brought himself on accompanied by Vikrant Nehru.
These carried on building the pressure, Ronnie consistently hitting a length and Nehru bowling fast attacking the stumps, the Randy Petes batsmen had no answers the score was soon at 5/42.
After a quick drinks break the skipper brought back man of the moment MP Keane, and he bowled a fantastic spell of quick aggressive bowling of which was easily too good for the batsmen along with Vikrant these two finished off the lower order for 89, with Matt taking a brilliant 5/26, also Vikrant 3/9 bowled superbly.
With bats in hand Morrison and Harvey went out full of expectation and the other lads were waiting to see the same thing they've seen week in week out from these two, a solid opening partnership. With the score on 1 and Brady deciding to guide one on to his own stumps this wasn't to be and maybe these 89 runs weren't going to be as straight forward as first hoped.
It was too easy for the Stags with Vikrant picking up several poles!
Oli joined Andrew and both batted well but both also got starts and got out, Crofts came and went and I was joined by Sahil ‘Wears what he wants’ Sharma. Not wanting to lose anymore wickets we set about gaining the runs, nudging nurdling and dismissing the bowlers with 3 overs to spare in the day and we were there. Good days work 6 points in the bag, a solid team effort…maximum points in sight.
Day 2 arrived with the wicket not to dissimilar to last week and a strict game plan from Crofts 100 runs 15 overs then get back at them, no worries skip. With myself and Sahil falling after a very handy partnership, and a couple handy cameos from Nehru and Huang. We were all out for a Gung Ho 174.
Leading by 85 and a quick changeover delayed by the what can only be presumed to be the batsmen reluctantly awaiting imminent downfall. We got straight back into it and we didn't have to wait long as we soon had them 5/14. A couple a piece for the new ball buddies and a great run out thanks to Manus ‘wish it wasn't a green wicket’ Chauhan.
Almost forgot to mention the batsmen who could only be named as the angriest man in NSW as we helped him on his 5th and 6th consecutive duck in a row. Oops.
Back came Crofts and Nehru carrying on where they left off on day one taking 1 and 2 respectively. With one of the batsmen retired hurt it was down to Manus to take what happened to be last and only wicket to be taken in front of the stumps and Randy Petes all out for 43 in 30 overs. A dominant display stretching our lead at the top with maximum points and with great banter all the way.
Quick mention to Jennie, Chris and Jodie for their help on the 2 days and good support of the team.
Can we be stopped?
With the Colts lads rocking up to David Phillipson looking for a healthy win after the dissapointing but yet entertaining draw against the bottom on the ladder Georges River.
The wicket was looking as uneven as Aaron Crofts life with the ladies (sorry skip). But as Jorey Cureton said, “we all dig through dirt to reach the sunshine”.
Virkant Nehru in action for the Colts side
Our skipper, who seems not to lose a toss, won, and elected to bat, and Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey were keen to get out and continue with their ongoing form. The pair started of well with exploiting the quick outfield, and some what poor fielding from UNSW.
Brady Morrison was looking good and playing with intent, he was then unfortunately fired by the umpire for 43 of 30 balls. Andrew Harvey then knuckled down looked for more runs to add to the scoreboard, he was joined will Oli Williams, the two went on to put on a entertaining and well composed partnership, Andrew Harvey was then unfortunately dismissed for 63.
Drinks then came around, with the newly addition to the squad (Jorey) was soon looking to contribute to the team by having the ‘perfect cordial ratio’ with himself and Brady Morrison being the test of that, it was obvious the Pom had done a good job, but that was soon then questionable with the opposition asking for more water…
What is this - Ingrates. Honestly.
Anyways, Oli continued his form in the game and soon raced past 50 till he reached his dismissal of 70 odd. This is when the team started to have a small collapse; but hey we aren't first for no reason, with the tail starting to pile up some runs.
Aaron Crofts saw fit for a declaration at 336, and having a crack at the Bees before stumps.
With 'Big D' Seneviratne returning from his HSC and his fully hectic parties, he steamed in to claim the first wicket before stumps, with Manus Chauhan taking an absolute screaming diving to his left to grab the ball. With the runs slowly starting to rise, Aaron saw that Kevin Huang should come on for the tactical change and, oh my, was it a tactical change, with 'Special K' picking up a much needed wicket to finish up for the day!!!
Good work Kev. We love you <3
With Day 2 of the match soon arriving, it was obvious that Colts boys wanted to finish of the day and with a few wanting to watch the almighty Connor McGregor make history.
The day started off wit the normal chat; Aaron' birds he finds over Facebook.
But the more important thing is that we all wanted to get the win. The day started slow, with wickets coming slow and runs coming slow for the Bees, but because we are the almighty Stags, we pushed through, with Vikrant Nehru taking some poles, Jorey taking a few as well.
As the Bees started to fall, Aaron pushed for a outright, with 'Little P' Seneviratne taking the final wicket.
Aaron sent the Bees back in, with most of the lads thinking that there was no way that we could get the outright, but with a few wickets falling in quick succession, the boys were up on their feet and ready to snatch this outright.
Ok. Ok. Look, I think it is without a doubt the highlight of the day was when Aaron was looking for another bowler to roll their arm over, and that man who he thought could make the breakthrough was… the Brady Morrison… Brady was just as surprised as everyone else, but his off spinners can be as deadly as Aaron’s smooth talk with the ladies.
What can you expect from a batter like Brady, who doesn't bowl much? You can say he's good with the ladies; but yeah, not much else really.
The man marked his run up, looked down the wicket, and was trying to memorise the almighty GOATs action, he looked up took one step, then another, charged in got his front arm up, and then let go off the ball…. What happens next well.. Well he took a wicket first ball.
Ken if you are reading this, what did I say - I can bowl.
But what was even better… He followed it up with a tactical no ball… He just didn’t want to take the embarrass the batsmen…
But on a serious note, the Stags were very close to a outright, taking 8 wickets before the end of play…
A massive thank you to JOF who came and supported us, Ryan Tullia who also helped the team out in the field, with subbing Big D due to his hard partying.
Also massive credit to Andrew, Oli and Brady with a very great innings. Vikrant, Ronny, Jorey, Big D, and especially Manus from retutingnin with a Bangs, Ans massive thanks for Jenny who has been running the show lately, much appreciated. Well done lads, great win.
Brady Morrison (with plenty of editing)