Green Shield Report vs North Sydney - Round 6
A win against the Bears for Greenies
The classic Stags versus Bears encounter was the challenge faced by the Green Shield boys in round six of the prestigious competition. The boys were placed mid-table leading into the fixture, a win potentially placing them within finals contention. Coach Brendan McDonald was adamant the boys 'control the 'controllables,'' focusing on their own performance before considering the performances of the clubs around them.
Carmichael, the pick of the bowlers
The day got off to a dream start, with captain Colley winning his second toss of the season and electing to bat first. More often than not, this would bring a smile to the team, however there were sceptics more than happy to bring up the last time the skipper had won the toss against Campbelltown-Camden, claiming that losing the toss was the catalyst for the Stags previous successes.
The innings began in typical Gordon fashion. Ben Cannon bullied the openers with some impressive boundaries. Captain Colley headed to the crease with the score on a miserly 11 runs, however the situation did not overbear him. He proceeded with his naturally aggressive game, capitalising upon any loose bowling from the new ball bowlers.
Anderson became the second scalp for the Bears with the score on 45, and this brought Rob Edwards to the crease. He and Colley batted with terrific intent to take the game to the bowlers, their partnership of 72 coming at over 5 runs per over. Further down the order, there were valuable contributions from Jono Wigham (36) and Richard Pengelly (20). They provided quite a show with their confidence to hit over the infield, deciding to deal in boundaries rather than singles.
The Gordon innings came to a close in the 59th over with the total on 256. The inability of the side to bat out the 60 overs was becoming and issue, and BMac was not alone in his frustration that the middle and late order batsmen were not putting up their hand and being accounted for. Nevertheless, a score of over 250 would take some smart batting from the Bears to overcome.
Opening bowler Rob Edwards claimed a wicket with his first ball, along with his counterpart Tom Drake having success in his second over. For the last 4 games, the two openers had dismissed 13 batsmen in their opening spells, providing a terrific platform for the forthcoming bowlers. With the Bears struggling at 2 for 15, there was plenty of confidence that the local rivals could be dismissed for a total less than in their previous game, a miserly 64.
The cordon eagerly awaiting a catch
Some expert batting stabilised the innings for the Bears, however it appeared the boys were playing more to bat for the 60 overs than to win for their team, scoring at less than 3 runs per over. When skipper Colley took a sharp caught and bowled with the score on 80, the tail crumbled, with the rest of the side being dismissed, only contributing 45 more runs between the 7 of them.
Henry Carmichael was quite easily the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 for 5 in only 4.2 overs. He frustrated the batsmen by constantly hitting correct lines and lengths, and it was a testament to his persistence that he was rewarded with such outstanding figures.
Gordon were impressive winners by a margin of 131 runs. A win by the Stags in their final home match against Penrith may allow them to slide into the top 6, however there is still much improvement in the field and the development of partnerships by the boys before they can phase the top teams in the comp.