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Green Shield Match Report vs Northern Districts

carruthersGreen Shield Match Report vs Northern Districts

The Gordon team travelled away in the 4th round fixture, as we headed up to Waitara oval to take on Northern Districts. The conditions were stunning with not a cloud in sight and the stage was set for another battle between the two historic clubs.

(Tom Carruthers after his 5 for 17)

Our day started slowly with Darren Jayasekera continuing his unfortunate losing of the toss. This didn't bother the stags as they set about their mission of dismissing the talked about Northern Districts line up. Hugh Buddin and Darren Jayasekera steamed in from both ends to get the attack under way and to almost immediate success Darren had picked up his first scalp picking up one of the N.D's openers caught behind thanks to some handy glove work by Lachlan Stewart, who picked up four catches in the innings. The highlight of the innings was Tom Carruthers brilliant spell picking up 4-12 and very quickly taking the game away from the Northern Districts team.

Chandiramani again got amongst the wickets clean bowling his way to his tenth wicket of the season. This put Northern Districts in deep trouble and this only got worse as some quick thinking by Taylor Francis directly hitting the stumps from the boundary and picking up a rather bizarre run out. Gordon went to lunch in a commanding position having Northern Districts on the ropes with 7-65.

 spratt  leighton  darren

(Chris Spratt, Ben Leighton and Darren Jayasekera in action at Waitara) 

Gordon came back from lunch and immediately the spinners looked dangerous from both ends with Ben Leighton and Shaun Chandiramani both bowling very tidy spells. It was time for the onslaught to continue with the pacemen coming back on to finish up the tail. Carruthers and Jayasekra finished off the tail with Darren finishing with 2-30 and Tom Carruthers finishing with an impressive 5-17.This only consolidated Gordon's position and all but ended the chances of N.D's posting a formidable score ending up all out for 101.

teamGordon's Batting Innings got well underway with Chris Spratt and Shaun Chandiramani opening up the batting. Unfortunately Shaun was given out Caught behind to a quick short ball, which sent out in form batsmen Dom Thomson. As he did in round three Dom was sending the bowlers all over the oval, with Spratt playing the supporting role at the other end. With the fifty partnership up the two looked to be in cruise control until Chris was caught behind for 25. This brought Corbin Edgar to the crease and was only in their for a short stint before it was time for tea. Gordon went to the tea break 2-71 and well on top.

(Winners are grinners)

On the return from the break Corbin Edgar went after a wide one and was caught at point for a disappointing 2. It was left for Dom Thomson and Tom Carruthers to bring Gordon home but after only putting on nine more runs Thomson was caught at short cover for a hard fought 34. The Skipper was next to the crease and as in the past the run rate was boosted with his arrival. Tom and Darren brought Gordon's score level with that of Northern Districts and it looked like they would hit the winning runs until Darren Was given out Lbw on 14 with the score at 5-101. The fall of his wicket brought Michael Clarebrough to the crease and was at the non strikers when fittingly Tom Carruthers hit the winning runs with a beautiful shot down the ground.

Thanks to the Northern Districts cricket club for the wonderful afternoon tea that was put on i know the boys thoroughly enjoyed it, the callipo's were a hit. Thanks to the scorers and the umpires for helping to make it an all round good day.

Congratulations Stags!!

Michael Clarebrough


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