Greenies campaign remains on track with another close win over UNSW
The Gordon Stags' Greenies campaign saw them cross the Harbour Bridge yesterday for a clash with their southern opposition, UNSW. Again captain Jordan Hayes won the toss and elected to bat against a backdrop of NSW Waratahs players training on an adjacent David Phillips Complex field.
Mitch Lole bowls the last UNSW batsman on final ball
The Stags promoted fast bowler Tanvir Singh to open the innings with Jay Naganayagam, and he did not disappoint. Playing very responsibly and picking the correct ball to dispatch, Tanvir was finally dismissed for an excellent 63 and the Gordon total on 4-114. An excellent partnership of 108 then ensued courtesy of Jordan Hayes and Jack Davis-Rice, who both showed great maturity and sense of purpose to consolidate the Gordon innings, and enable the team compile a hopefully defendable total of 9/243.
Tanvir Singh had a fine all round game
Having to win the match to have any chance of making the semi-finals, the UNSW openers batted with aggression in an opening partnership of 81. They further consolidated with some sensible stoke play to have the side 3-192, before the Stags' fighting qualities again came to the fore. As with previous matches, the fielding intensity lifted and the run rate began to steadily climb.
Jordan Hayes was in the runs and wickets again
Jordan Hayes bowled his offies with great accuracy and two quick wickets had afforded the team a fighting chance going into the final seven overs. Enter the 'bush brothers' Tanvir Singh and Mitchell Lole who, as with Penrith, bowled late spells of superb line and length. From 5-228, the UNSW batsmen succumbed to the intense pressure and were all out for 239, on the last ball. While the bowlers gave their all, Jordan with 4-24, Mitchell 3-36 and Tanvir 2-42 were the standouts, along with some excellent pressure catches from the boys. The side must again be commended for their 'never say die' attitude, which they have displayed in a number of incredibly close finishes.
The boys now return to Killara on Thursday against Sydney Uni, where another victory will afford them a home semi-final.
Jack Davis-Rice during his 56 runs
Go the Stags!
Gordon – 9 for 243 in 50 overs Tanvir Singh 63 in 82 balls with 4 fours; Jack Davis-Rice 56 in 75 balls with 4 fours and 1 six; Jordan Hayes 43 in 50 balls with 4 fours; Arvin Niranjan 18no in 14 balls with 1 four and 1 six; Jay Naganayagam 16 in 11 balls with 2 sixers; Marcus Miller 13; Mitch Lole 11. Defeated UNSW – All Out 239 on the last ball of their 50 overs – Jordan Hayes 4 for 24 off 10 overs; Mitch Lole 3-36 off 8 overs; Tanvir Singh 2-42 off 9 overs; Jack Davis-Rice 0-38 off 8; Ayush Joshi 0-37 off 6; Sam Schembri-Green 0-22 off 4; Nathan Sequeira 0-17 off 3; Hugo Fraval 0-18 off 2.
Table with One round to go:
The roving selector with his wingman