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Green Shield vs Wests - Round 1 - 2012/13

After two bad defeats in their trial games, the Gordon Greenies boys headed to Killara Park with a positive attitude instilled by Bruce through a few hard training sessions. A sloppy start to the warm-up was made up for by a good finish and all the boys went into the sheds to chuck on their silvers after captain Lachie lost the toss and Wests chose to bat.

A wicket to Nick Miller

A loosener of a first over saw Wests 0-8 with Sean Campbell conceding two boundaries through backward point on a very quick Killara outfield. It seemed as though like always, it was either 1 or 4 on this ground. Nick Miller delivered a good first over from the other end, however also conceded a boundary through point to leave them 0-12 from 2. After this some tight bowling slowed the scoring and Wests were 0-61 after 23 overs when drinks were called.
Naturally, following such a start the Gordon boys were keen to find a few wickets soon after drinks, and this happened when in the second over following the break Matt Keevers delivered a ball that seamed back in to have their opening bat bowled for 29. This began a flow of wickets every 20 runs thanks to some very tight 4th stump bowling lines, particularly from Rob Barker and Nick Miller. A spectacular slips catch from Axel Cahlin saw another Wests wicket fall to Nick and the pressure was well and truly on them to score runs. Both spinners – Lachie Mactier and Aaron Crofts – lead by example and delivered some good spells throughout the middle overs to keep the runs down. However, some good late hitting by Wests saw them finish with 194, which wasn’t far off the 190 Bruce had set us to restrict them to following the luncheon break.  

   
Nick Miller with new ball, Axel Cahlin clears square leg for six while skipper Lachie Mactier shows his flight.

Following a quick change of innings and some throwdowns, the opening pair of Andrew Sierakowski and Liam Windel strode to the middle and took guard. Some great early shots saw Gordon off to a confident start, cruising at 5 runs per over for the first 9 overs until Andrew skied a low full toss trying to glance it through midwicket.

This brought Axel to the crease who, on his way to 13, hit a massive six over backward square leg. Liam fell LBW with the score on 78 and Axel followed 2 runs later and this left Gordon needing a good partnership following the two quick wickets. Vice-captain Aaron Crofts stepped up to the job and delivered well, with an excellently crafted 62 from 92 balls with 10 fours, which included some masterful strokeplay through the covers.

Matt Chamberlain joined him before departing to an absolute jaffer from a Wests bowler who angled the ball in towards leg stump before having it jag back to take the top of off stump.

The Matt Chamberlain dismissal with a jaffa

Another Gordon wicket had been lost with less than 100 needed and the in-form Nick “I’m a number 11” Miller came to the crease, on the back of a century in a rep semi-final. Nick played with good power and aggression to pummel the Wests bowlers all around the ground and brought up his 50 by striking the winning runs to finish at better than run-a-ball pace.
A post match celebration ensued, with the team singing their first team song, which Falky described as “rubbish”.
Following the disappointment, the boys went onto the field to stretch and discuss the match. We had achieved what we had set out to do – bowling and batting in partnerships, creating pressure, being sharp and energetic in the field and restricting them to a sub-par score on a good wicket.
And to top it off Liam got delivered a No.1 by a dog.

Scores

Western Suburbs 7-195 (N Miller 2-30, R Barker 1-32, L Mactier – 1-40, M Keevers 1-9, K Chhatbar 1-21) defeated by Gordon 4-198 (L Windel 41, A Crofts 62*, N Miller 50*)

Matt Keevers

 

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