Green Shield Report Round 1
|Green Shield Report Round 1 vs Penrith
A fine looking Stags line up commenced the A. W. Green Shield competition on a dull and cloudy day at our home ground, Killara. This solid line up was lead by Darren Jayasekera, who unfortunately lost the toss, which didn't really worry them as they bowled on an uneven green surface which seemed to bother Penrith early on.
(Skipper Darren Jayasekera during his 45)
The Stags knew that this game was vital, and that leading to Christmas it would be essential to win; if they wanted to be in the running to win the competition. The opening bowlers Jack Skilbeck and superstar Hugh Buddin bowled tightly; keeping Penrith fewer than 3 runs an over. Skilly nearly got off to the perfect start, but was unfortunate not to pick up the 1st wicket second ball of the game with a very difficult catch for Taylor Francis, fielding at point.
After this chance, the Stags remained alert in the field, however it wasn't until the 19th over that 'man moment', Charlie Stobo took the first wicket of the match, dismissing the Penrith skipper who was caught by the Gordon skipper, Darren Jayasekera at point. Tom Carruthers came into the attack troubling the Penrith batsmen from lots of pressure from ball one, hitting the a great line and taking the prize wicket of Richard Potter in his 3rd over. Not long after that Ben Leighton got into the act, making a tremendous run out to definitely turn the game our way.
(Jack Skilbeck and Charlie Stobo in action at Killara)
Soon after, Shaun Chandiramani came onto bowl his offies and started consistently, not giving Penrith too many runs which lead to wickets tumbling. Shaun managed to secure a wicket before and straight after lunch, which boosted the Stags confidence in the field. In Chanda's 7th over, he was on a hat-trick, but unfortunately missed out. He ended up with figures of 4-12 of 8 overs. The Gordon Stags had made a tremendous comeback, demolishing the Penrith Panthers for only 143, on what had turned into a very good wicket. Credit also goes to the Stags exceptional fielding efforts.
(Shaun Chandiramani leads off the Stags while Hugh Buddin does the honours at the end)
The Stags resumed play full of confidence, with Shaun Chandiramani and Dom Thomson opening the batting, These boys job was to see out the opening bowlers. The pair looked promising and patient as Dom was working the singles around the ground. In the 3rd over of the game, Chanda looked to boost the Stags confidence by belting the ball to square leg for four, which nearly hit the fence on the full for a six. Unfortunately the very next over, he was trapped LBW.
Soon after wickets started to fall like dominoes. Before the team knew it, the Gordon Stags at one stage were 5-34 after 13 overs. Penrith looked unstoppable as they were bowling hand grenades. But this didn't stop the Gordon skipper Darren Jayasekera and Taylor Francis from putting on a quick fire 28 partnership, with a couple of sublime shots from Darren and Taylor which sailed over the boundary for six. This looked to be a promising partnership until Taylor tried to hit over wide mid on and was caught.
Charlie Stobo joined Darren at the crease playing his natural strokes from the start and supporting Darren. Unfortunately Darren's fine innings of 45 came to an end when he tried to pull one too many. The vice captain Hugh Buddin strolled onto the field with a big job to help the team to a first up victory needing 82 runs to win, but still a lot of overs left. The Stags had not given up as yet, however Junior Stobo was extremely unlucky to get to a superb catch. The total at the point in time was 8-106. So it It was up to Hugh Buddin and Jack Skilbeck to do the job and Skilly to do the job. They both occupied the crease very well and played each ball on its merit.
(Hugh Buddin and Ben Leighton)
This left the Stags 8-115 at tea and lots of encouragement and chatter from the boys in the Pavilion gave superstar Hugh and Skilly lots of confidence. Needing just 10 runs to win, Skillbeck edged one to the Penrith keeper and the pavilion became silent. The best number 11 batsman in the world, big Benny Leighton knew what was expected of him. Cries from Ben's Mum "give Hugh the strike" didn't seem to be the case as he faced most of the balls.
After an agonisingly long period with both batsman holding out well, it came down to only two runs to win, and the nerves in the pavilion were starting to show. The skipper was biting his collar and was looking as nervous as ever. This wasn't the case for long as there was a misfield from the opposition which levelled the scores. A couple of balls after, Penrith tried to aim for a direct hit which missed the stumps and went straight past the fielders for 4 overthrows which gave the stags their first win and an excellent start to the season.
(The post match review with coach Harry Evans)
On behalf of the boys, I would like to thank the parents for the great afternoon tea with many more to come.
Hopefully we can rip through the Campbelltown boys and make it two in quick succession.
Go the Gordon Stags!
Gordon 9 for 147 (Darren Jayasekera 45, Hugh Buddin 20 no, Charlie Stobo 17, Taylor Francis 13) defeated Penrith 143 (Shaun Chandiramani 4 for 12, Hugh Buddin 1 for 18, Charlie Stobo 1 for 10, Tom Carruthers 1 for 6, Michael Clareborough 1 for 17, Ben Leighton 1 for 0,
Chanda Panda (the big guy)
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