Green Shield Report vs Easts - Round 5
Greenies vs Easts
The 5th round game against Eastern Suburbs was a very important game for the Stags, as it was a must win. Once again the Greenies were off to a bad start when captain Colley lost his 4th toss for the season which is becoming a familiar way to start the day. However, Easts decided to bowl which proved to be an interesting decision.
(Steve Colley in action)
Gordon was off to a great start with Ben Cannon and Hugo Anderson reaching 42 without loss at nearly 4 an over. It all came undone when the Easts first change bowler claimed Cannon's wicket. Enter captain Steve Colley who had a good platform to work with. Colley (30) and Anderson (42) were cruising having had a 60 run partnership until both fell in consecutive overs, leaving the score at 3/102.
Enter Rob Edwards and Tom Drake. The two big hitters put on solid partnership of 92 in very hot conditions until 'wards' fell to a sharp catch for 41. Drake continued to dominate the bowlers sending them to all parts of the ground. Henry Carmichael provided valuable assistance to Drake adding a handy 27 in quick time before he was bowled. Drake ended up making 76 in a very good display of powerful batting. Gordon finished their innings at 7/253 which coach Brendan McDonald described as a 'par' score for Chatswood oval.
The Gordon boys were very fired up going out to field and when Edwards got a great reflex caught and bowled in his first over the boys were right on top. Drake and Edwards were bowling tight lines until Drake had to go off with an injury. Alex Campbell came on in the 7th over and had immediate success in finding the batsman's edge. Edwards struck again giving him match figures of 2/10 off 10 overs. Great slips catching by Anderson and Edwards saw 5 catches between the two of them (4 in the slips) and the visitors were struggling at 6/21. However some sensible batting got them to 75 without another wicket being taken.
Alex Campbell bowled an outstanding spell finishing with the great figures of 5/30 off 11, proving to be a great birthday present for him. Mark Anderson, Henry Carmichael and Richard Pengelly starved Easts of runs by bowling extremely tight lines which the Easts batsman had trouble dealing with. Colley and Fessey then bowled valuable spells grabbing 1/13 and 1/16 respectively. Easts ended up being bowled out for 109 off 42 overs.
Henry Carmichael playing a good supporting role
A great improvement from the top order after the effort in the previous game. Many players stepped up to the occasion well. Special mention to Tom Drake who finished with 76, Alex Campbell with figures of 5/30, good catching in slips and improved fielding with a runout.