Gordon squeeses out five from six with some excellent performances.
Wins in five of six matches, three from well behind, a last wicket draw, a century, two nineties, an 87 and 83, eleven batsman scoring over 50 and a record partnership, just another day at the office for the stags.
Michael Roberts and Chris De Kretser contemplate their task ahead
It was a welcome back to Chatswood Oval for Harry Evans as he scored his 10th century in first grade and his 10th at Chatswood. I think he likes batting there!
The batsman were in good form in all grades with 95 to Rahul Krishna, 91 to Reagan Klemt, 87 to Michael Roberts, 83 to Mitch O'Donnell, 74 to Tym Crawford, 73 to Andrew Harvey, 67 to Dillon Amjad, 65 to Scott O’Brien, 59 to Jamie Bekis, 55 to Steve Colley, and 54 not out to Nick Miller.
The big story though was the 126 run 9th wicket partnership in third grade between Michael Roberts and Chris De Kretser that took the side from 8 for 109 to only 4 runs short of the 238 target and an eventual win 9 wickets down. More on this later.
In first grade, Gordon started at 2 for 71 with night watchman Alex Paterson doing a good job to blunt the early Wests attack before Harry Evans joined Steve Colley to start the job of reaching the wests target of 240. Steve Colley accelerated well to hit several boundaries, however just when he looked like completely dominating the attacking he was bowled on 55.
Harry Evans back at Chatswood for century number 10.
In the meantime Harry Evans was batting like he had never left Chatswood with some great drives and precise placement around the field. Harry and Elliot Richtor got the score to 220 before Elliot was out for 31.
An excellent partnership then followed between Harry and Tym Crawford putting the result beyond doubt. Tym was at his aggressive best and belted 71 runs before he was dismissed for 74 with the score now at 338. Harry continued on to reach 113 not out. With one session left and a very flat wicket, the captains decided to stop the game at tea.
Tym Crawford and Steve Colley were in the runs against Wests
First Grade Scores
Gordon 8 for 377 (Harry Evans 113 no, Tym Crawford 74, Steve Colley 55, Axel Cahlin 34, Elliot Richtor 31, Cam Eccles 25) defeated Wests 241 (Charlie Stobo 6 for 74, Elliot Richtor 3 for 24) vs Gordon 2 for 71 (Axel Cahlin 34, Cam Eccles 23)
Wests resumed on day 2 at 7 for 279 looking to grow their target for the Stags. Nick Miller and second week draftee Sam Baker mopped up the tail in 10 overs leaving a chase of 307 in 85 overs.
Reagan in fine form at Pratten Park
Dom Thomson and Scott O'Brien got off to a solid start before two quick wickets fell around the 50 mark shortly before lunch. This brought Round 1 centurion Reagan Klemt to the crease. Reagan and Scott continued their fine early season form before Scott fell for 65. Another wicket saw Corbin Edgar put on a handy 60-odd with Reagan. At 4 for 200 at tea things were looking good for the Stags.
Scott O'Brien hits another score over 50
However when Corbin fell for 25 and Reagan surprised everyone by actually missing one and was out for a brilliant 91, the boys were in a bit of trouble at 6 for 215. Debutant Ryan Meppem and Nick Miller steadily accumulated runs at the start of their partnership and inched us closer to the target.
As the scores narrowed they unleashed a flurry of boundaries and the victory came quickly, 6 for 309 with 12 overs to spare. Nick (54*) was the dominant scorer hitting several boundaries over cover while Ryan (37*) made an invaluable contribution and showed great concentration and poise, an impressive effort for a 17 year old in his first game in Sydney Premier Cricket.
A ninety run partnership between Nick Miller (Maroon helmet) and Ryan Meppem (Blue helmet) got us home at Pratten.
A clinical run-chase and the 2nd graders are on the board in season 2017/18.
Second Grade Scores
Gordon 6 for 309 (Reagan Klemt 91, Scott O’Brien 65, Nick Miller 54 no, Ryan Meppem 37 no defeated Wests 306 (Nick Miller 3 for 63, A Nugent 2 for 37, Scott O’Brien 2 for 73)
What do you say... what a win!
At 8 for 109 we were all packing up our kits and ready to go home.
Jamie Bekis was in the runs early in the day.
No one told Chris de Kretser and Michael Roberts. Chasing 238 it was dead and buried, except that Wests switched off and the two in the middle showed everyone how to score runs on a flat Killara wicket. Play straight. Respect the bowling. Put away bad balls.
And they did, for 126 runs, the record partnership in third grade for the 9th wicket in 70 years.
That came after a promising start from Jamie Bekis (59) and Matt Wright (35). But we lost 5 for 14 to have us struggling 130 short.
Then the partnership started. Chris batted respectfully and patiently while Robbo hit them clean from the start. They got us to within four of a win then Michael was bowled. Will Calov survived a couple of testing balls before handing it over to Chris, who walloped one over cover to deliver a win no one, particularly the opposition, could have expected.
A record partnership with some excellent batting from Michael Roberts and Chris De Kretser
Funny game, cricket.
It is always important to look back in history when a new record is set to find out how the record was originally achieved. The prior record partnership for the 9th wicket in 3rd grade was held by Harold Butters (74) and Keith Sheahan (44 not out) who scored 95 together in the 1940-41 season. In a good omen for our third grade side the team went on to win the 3rd grade premiership that season. Overall Harold played for the club from 1931 to 1942 scoring 2,385 runs and taking 114 wickets. Interrupted by the war years Keith Sheahan only played intermittently between 1940 and 1945 scoring 385 runs.
After losing its first match, the team had 11 wins and 1 draw in the remaining games. It was certainly a team effort as no-one scored 400 runs or took 40 wickets in the season but six batsmen had averages over 25 and seven bowlers had averages under 15. You now have a target thirds!!
Below is a photo of the 1940-41 premiership team with both Harold and Keith in the photo. The photo also contains Ron Lockrey who was tragically killed in 1943 during World War II. Ron was an air gunner who took off on a bombing raid in a Lancaster on the night of June 22 1943 and didn't return. The aircraft was later found near Mulheim in Germany and Ron is buried in the local cemetery. Ron was 19. Ron was a promising batsman who scored 664 runs in his two seasons having started as a 16 year old. We are constantly reminded of the sacrifice of our members who went off to both World Wars.
The 1940/41 Premiership team including Keith Sheahan and Harold Butters
Third Grade Scores
Gordon 9 for 239 (Michael Roberts 87, Jamie Bekis 59, Matt Wright 35, Chris De Kretser 28 no) defeated Wests 238 (Charlie Booth 3 for 37, Matt Wright 3 for 67, Chris De Kretser 2 for 36) vs Gordon 3 for 8
Pat Rice and Danusha Seneviratne in action at Blick Oval
Fourths started the day in probably the best position of all teams, however the challenge was to take 10 wickets on an excellent Blick Oval wicket. Would the great batting display from last week help or hinder their chances of victory.
They started a bit slowly but lifted their tempo to have Wests 5 for 100 at the half way mark of 40 overs, a long way from their 330 run target. Tim Ferrero had bowled a great spell to take 2 for 24, supported with wickets from Pat Rice, Danusha Seneviratne & Manus Chauhan. Another wicket to Manus shortly after tea to have Wests 6 for 114 surely meant Gordon was poised for victory.
From that point the game slowly slipped away as a very good innings from Wests veteran and past 1st grade player Michael Swan commenced. Captain Stu Bromley tried every bowling option available, constantly rotating his bowlers and brought on a surprised Tom Hamblin who took a wicket in his 1st over and another to have Wests 8 down with 16 overs to go.
However, a good 9th wicket partnership developed and although the ninth wicket fell with 8 balls to go, after the no 11 survived 2 balls Swan blocked out the last over for a draw. One that got away with Wests never looking likely to achieve the run target.
Fourth Grade Scores
Gordon 5 for 330 (Mitch Kleem 94, Oli Zannino 92, Tom Hamblin 71 not out, Ryan Tullia 62) drew with Wests 9 for 247 (Manus Chauhan 3 for 61, Tim Ferrero 2 for 24, Tom Hamblin 2 for 36)
The fifths had a win at Beauchamp in what turned out to be a great game of cricket. Declaring at 9 for 253, with Burrows picking up the only wicket of the morning and Gordon were left 68 overs to chase it down.
Andrew Harvey 73 and Rahul Krishna 93 played phenomenal innings to see Gordon in a great position. They both batted time, with plenty of patience and ran perfectly between wickets.
Rahul Krishna during his 93 at Beauchamp
When Andrew departed, Aaron Crofts made 36 in an attempt to finish the game only two wickets down and with Rahul they put on 65 in no time. However, the loss of Rahul, Aaron, Riley and Nick gave Wests a sniff but level headed batting by Jordan Hayes 27 not out and Michael Fletcher 17 not out saw the side home by 4 wickets with 2.3 overs remaining.
A great two day game win with plenty of solid performances
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 6 for 254 (Rahul Krishna 93, Andrew Harvey 73, Aaron Crofts 36, Jordan Hayes 27no) defeated Wests 8 for 223 (Jordan Hayes 2 for 19, Aaron Crofts 2 for 42, Vikrant Nehru 2 for 44).
All in all a good days cricket against Wests. Both clubs played in great spirit and I am sure Wests cant believe they didn't pick up any club championship points on the day. They played hard right to the end of every game and they showed some great skills with some exciting young players. Their turn will come.
Mitch O'Donnell against UNSW
The Colts played their match on Sunday against UNSW Gold at David Phillips and came away with a resounding win. The batting once again started off nicely with Fraser Wilson and Mitch O'Donnell making early runs to set up the innings. Mitch finished with a well made 83 after his 78 last week. The innings accelerated further toward the end when Dillon Amjad and Nick Andreau battered the bowling.
The bowling was then spot on to restrict UNSW to 177. Shiv Rana and Naba Haider shared the bowling honours with three wickets each with each bowling consistently creating chances and keeping the runs down. The bowling was finished off magnificently by Mitch and Michael. Another successful match by a talented young team.
Dillon Amjad, Shiv Rana and Nick Andreau in action against UNSW
Gordon 8 for 294 (Mitch O’Donnell 83, Dillon Amjad 68, Nicholas Andreou 45) defeated UNSW Gold 177 (Naba Haider 3/32 off 10 Shiv Rana 3/25 off 10)