Green Shield Report vs Manly - Round 5
Green Shield Report vs Manly-Warringah
The Gordon Green Shield team lost in a close match to Manly on Tuesday 12th January. The total of 144 runs posted by Gordon was always going to be difficult to defend.
Chris Spratt leads the boys off at the top of the innings
The Stags arrived at Manly Oval to take on Manly-Warringah for the fifth round of the Green Shield competition. The pitch looked as if there would be plenty of turn for spin bowling. There were some clouds about during the morning session although they soon cleared, and it was going to be a hot day's cricket with the temperature rising. Darren Jayasekera won the toss for the first time in this competition and elected to bat first.
Taylor Francis and Chris Spratt opened the batting for a confident Gordon side, who had won three out of their four previous games. Taylor and Chris got Gordon off to a solid start pushing the runs around with the occasional boundary. Taylor was timing the ball well, until caught at mid-wicket trying to pull a short ball. This brought Dom Thompson to the crease. Dom and Chris went on with their business slowly building a partnership. Dom was unluckily caught at point. Two wickets down then Tom Carruthers joined Chris to build their innings. Wickets fell steadily with all batsmen contributing some runs, top scorers were Corbin Edgar with (26) and Chris Spratt with (22).
Darren, Jack and Tom send down some tight deliveries to contain the Waratahs
Jack Skillbeck asked for an inspirational talk at the lunch interval and was definitely stunned by what Jim, one of the Gordon club executives, had to say.
The tight Manly bowling managed to frustrate the Gordon batsmen, which meant even when players were in, no one managed to go on and get a big score. Charlie Stobo, Michael Clarebrough, Bhavya Nanda and Jack Skillbeck all hit some vital runs to get the total to 9-144 at the close of innings, which at one point would have been unrealistic.
After a team discussion in between innings on how Gordon were going to defend their total, the team took to the field. The fielding through out the innings was of a good standard, as was the bowling. Although the Manly batsmen got away with some quick early runs, once the first wicket fell, there was always an outside chance that Gordon could restrict Manly and get all the batsmen out.
The opening bowlers were Jack Skillbeck and Darren Jayasekera who bowled with their usual speed and accuracy, managing not to be distracted by the unusual sight of an umpire wearing a batting helmet to officiate. Jack got the first breakthrough thanks to an excellent catch from Taylor Francis diving to his left at mid-on. With the first bowling change came the second wicket, Lachlan Stewart continuing his form taking a safe catch off Tom Carruthers bowling. Tight bowling from Charlie Stobo beating the bat troubled the Manly batsmen.
Shaun Chandiramani's spin bowling was producing good turn, as well as bowling at a good length. Michael Clarebrough took a vital wicket in his first over testing the batsmen with a short ball. This was followed up by a superb fielding effort by Darren for a run out which allowed the team to be on a hatrick. Despite all these regular wickets falling and the team being on a team hatrick, Manly limped to the total with a score of 7-147 after 47.5 overs.
Results for Tom Carruthers as he picks up a pole
A big thank you from all of the players to the parents and helpers who continue to take time off work to make these matches possible.
It was a good effort by the boys unfortunately could not get the win. The Stags go into their next game with some excellent form behind them and with a clear opportunity to make it through to the semi-finals.
Harry has a chat to the boys after the match