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Green Shield Report vs Manly - Round 1

Greenies go down to Manly

Following last seasons' second placing, plenty of expectation had been placed upon the shoulders of the incoming players to replicate the successes of the squad and uphold the reputation of the club as being one of the more formidable sides in the competition. After trial matches against Barker and an Under 18 academy side, there was much reason for optimism as the team took on Manly in the first round of the Green Shield competition at Chatswood Oval on Sunday.

Drake sends one down in the opening overs

The team took to the field, as an unsuccessful coin toss ensured the bowlers would be in the thick of the action more prematurely than desired. The two opening bowlers, Drake and Edwards bowled tightly without reward, and it wasn't until the first change of Campbell and Mark Anderson that the Gordon side appeared to be mounting any sustained period of pressure. A catch at first slip by Hugo caused headaches for the scorers, as caught Anderson bowled Anderson became the first of hopefully many wickets for the side this season.

Although the run rate for the first 25 overs was less than 2, the side continually let themselves down, failing to get their body behind the ball, and mount any sustained pressure on particular batsmen. The second break-through came when skipper Steve Colley bowled the big left handed opener attempting to sweep.

From here on in however, there would be little joy for the bowlers, as the Manly numbers 3 and 4 mounted a 172 run partnership in only 26 overs. The two played extremely well, however, Gordon failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided, proving to be expensive to say the least. Edwards received a consolation wicket with his third last ball, meaning the final Manly total would be 3 for 264, something which seemed well within the capabilities of the Gordon batting to chase down.

A quiet day for Cannon with the gloves - much more fruitful with the willow

Openers Ben Cannon and Hugo Anderson began the Gordon reply in terrific style, leading the side to 76 without loss at the 17 over mark. Both batsmen were dismissed in similar style, attempting to hit the leg spinner over the top of the infield, and misjudging the spin on the ball, only to see the keeper whip off the bails behind them. They scored 77 and 40 respectively, and provided a platform from which the middle order could attempt to win the game from.

The middle order could not benefit from the solid start of the openers, losing wickets 3 through to 7 for only 24 runs, the only resistance coming from Henry Carmichael with a quick-fire 40 that sparked a temporary fight back, however, with third stumping victim Ledgerwood departing from the crease with the team's score on 199, the game ran away from us, and eventually fell 42 runs of the winning target.

Tough work with the ball for Carmichael

Much improvement in the team's enthusiasm and precision in the field will need to be experienced in the crunch re-match against Northern Districts in the first round after the holiday break. There are no easy games in the Green Shield competition; however there is extra spice in the Northern Suburbs derby on 4 January, after a superb performance last year from current player Tom Drake, allowed Gordon to sneak under the radar and into the final against Campbelltown-Camden.

Rob Edwards


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