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Green Shield Report vs Campbelltown-Camden - Round 4

Greenies vs Campbelltown-Camden

This was the highly anticipated Grand Final rematch of the 2005/2006 Green Shield season. Gordon ventured out to the Raby ground in hope of seeking revenge for last year's humiliating defeat, only posting a miserly 55 on the board.

Captain Steve Colley won his first toss of the season on his fourth attempt, and with little hesitation, decided to bat on what seemed to be a solid batting track.

Henry Carmichael bends his back as he hurls one down

Without too much reminiscing on last years epic final, the pitch had grown a strong reputation as being conducive to sharp sideways movement for the seamers and right-angled turn for the spinners, and an inexperienced Gordon side met the wrath of the green top last year, being dismissed before lunch in the final.

Normal opener Ben Cannon was missing in action for ball one of this year's match. Sitting upon his kit awaiting his lift from Hawk's Nest, this never eventuated and meant Sam Monk replaced him at the top of the order.

They began quietly, with extremely tight lines and smart field placing meant runs were kept to a minimum. Wickets fell in clumps however, and partnerships never developed. The standouts with the bat were Colley with 28, Hugo Anderson with 17 and Henry Carmichael with 14. Gordon was eventually bowled out for 87. The total sounded small, however there was plenty of belief within the squad that if the opening bowlers were able to claim a few early scalps, they were well within reach of stealing the points.

Cannon... M.I.A. ... last seen here with large webbed hands

Drake and Edwards once again led the side with the ball for the fourth match this season. They continue to show the form that has brought the team such great success over the past two seasons. Drake completed his first spell with 1 for 17, and was more than unlucky not to have at least two more in the wickets column.

Edwards bowled well, supporting his performance in the previous game against Uni of NSW with 4 for 25 off his opening 6 overs. With Campbelltown 5 for 41 the Gordon team had a terrific chance of claiming what was an unexpected victory after what was an unimpressive performance from the batsmen. However some aggressive batting got Campbelltown over the line.

The team still has much to play for, regardless of their current position on the table. With three impressive performances at Chatswood Oval, there is absolutely no reason why the team cannot move into the top 6, and from there, it is anyone's game!

Rob Edwards


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